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Halemaumau Volcano Watch: Do recent changes herald the opening of a new vent on Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō? Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for April 19, 2018 ‘Imiloa’s Maunakea Skies talk with Astronomer Dr. Richard Wainscoat Friday (April 20) National Parks Week is April 21-29, 2018 Volcano Watch: Explosive eruptions at the summit of Mauna Loa
 
The slowly rising lava lake at Kīlauea's summit was very close to the rim of the Overlook crater, and floor of Halema‘uma‘u Crater. This afternoon the lava lake was roughly 6 m (20 feet) from the rim. This photo was taken from the Jaggar Museum overlook, which had superb views Saturday (April 21). Photo taken Saturday, April 21, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Halemaumau’s lava lake rises providing great views this weekend

The Halemaumau Overlook Crater lava lake level was about 20 feet below the rim of Overlook crater Saturday afternoon (April 21), a rise of about 13 feet from the day before.

Overflows from the perched lava pond within west pit, a small crater adjacent to the main Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater on Kīlauea Volcano’s East Rift Zone, continue to build up the levees around the pond. The rising level of the perched lava pond during the past month is a sign of the increasing pressure within the magma system beneath Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. This overflow, captured by a USGS-Hawaiian Volcano Observatory time-lapse camera, occurred on April 17, 2018. Photo taken Tuesday, April 17, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Volcano Watch: Do recent changes herald the opening of a new vent on Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō?

Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō appears to be at a critical juncture, and USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists are closely monitoring it and will provide updates if and when conditions change.

An HVO geologist photographs an active pāhoehoe breakout after taking a lava sample nearby. Photo taken Friday, April 13, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for April 19, 2018

On the East Rift Zone, the 61g lava flow remained active with breakouts on the upper part of the flow field.

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‘Imiloa’s Maunakea Skies talk with Astronomer Dr. Richard Wainscoat Friday (April 20)

Learn about Near-Earth Objects and the potentially disastrous outcomes that occur once they reach Earth.

Kick off National Park Week with a fee-free day on Saturday April 21, 2018. NPS Photo by Janice Wei

National Parks Week is April 21-29, 2018

National Park Week is April 21-29, and this year’s theme, “Park Stars,” offers a galaxy of opportunities to get to know Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park better.

This light gray block of rock (backpack for scale) is part of the approximately 830-year-old explosion deposit on the northwest rim of Moku‘āweoweo, the summit caldera of Mauna Loa. USGS photo by F.A. Trusdell.

Volcano Watch: Explosive eruptions at the summit of Mauna Loa – When did they occur?

Three deposits from explosive eruptions at the summit of Mauna Loa are located west, northwest, and east of Moku‘āweoweo, the volcano’s summit caldera.

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Applicants sought for disciplinary board of the Hawaii Supreme Court

April 24, 2018

The Hawaii Supreme Court is seeking both attorney and non-attorney applicants to fill six positions on the Disciplinary Board. Applicants from all islands are invited to apply.

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Search for new UH Hilo chancellor is extended

April 24, 2018

The search for the next chancellor of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is now expected to be completed by the end of 2018, with the new leader in place in spring 2019. The initial goal of the search committee, formed in December 2017, was to have the new chancellor by fall 2018. The timeline […]

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Police raid Puna home find heroin, meth, marijuana, and make two arrests

April 24, 2018

Hawaiʻi Island Police served a search warrant at a Puna home where drug dealing was suspected for the second time this year. Yesterday (April 23), just before noon, Vice officers from the Area I Vice Section executed a search warrant at a home on Kupono Street in Leilani Estates. Police recovered 369.3 grams of heroin, […]

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Police DUI stats for the week of April 16-22, 2018

April 24, 2018

During the week of April 16, through April 22, 2018, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 21 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Six of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under the age of 21. So far this year, there have been 350 DUI arrests compared […]

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Police seek info on stolen safety bags of rocks in Ka‘u

April 23, 2018

Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person(s) involved in taking the rock bags placed around an asphalt pile near Highway 11 by the 56-mile marker on February 13, 2018. The rocks were placed in green bags and were being used as a safety precaution for the asphalt pile. Anyone […]

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Missing inmate Chung-Hoon is arrested and returned to HCCC

April 23, 2018

Missing extended furlough inmate Troy Chung-Hoon was arrested this morning by Hawaii County Police and returned to the Hawaii Community Correctional Center (HCCC). On January 26, Chung-Hoon failed to check in, as scheduled, with his case manager at the Hale Nani Reintegration Center in Hilo.

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Police charge Puna man with multiple sexual offenses

April 23, 2018

A 37-year-old Puna man was charged on Friday (April 20) with nine sexual offenses in connection with a sexual assault reported in Hilo on Tuesday afternoon (April 17).

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Honolulu man receives 57 month prison sentence for bogus Stevie Wonder concert for UH

April 23, 2018

U.S. District Court Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi sentenced Marc Hubbard, age 50, to 57 months in prison today for defrauding the University of Hawaii in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343. Hubbard pled guilty to the offense on October 4, 2016.

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Police are searching for three Puna men wanted on warrants

April 23, 2018

Hawaiʻi Island police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating three Puna men who are wanted for outstanding bench warrants and for questioning in connection with numerous other crimes.

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Average gas prices in Hawaii fall 5.5 cents per gallon the past week

April 23, 2018

Average retail gasoline prices in Hawaii have fallen 5.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.75/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 gas outlets in Hawaii. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.75/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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National Take-Back Initiative to dispose of unwanted medications

April 22, 2018

The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at various locations statewide. The State Attorney General’s Office hopes to double its collection at this month’s Take Back. Normally, they collect approximately 1,500 pounds statewide, but their goal for April’s Take Back is 3,000 pounds. All unused or expired medication […]

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Lecture on how diversity has failed us by Dr. Gary Okihiro (May 2)

April 22, 2018

Inclusion is a no-brainer, at least for most Americans, especially here in Hawai‘i. We are and have been a nation of diverse peoples, cultures, and religions. At least, that is a central feature of a version of U.S. history. Contrarily, Gary Y. Okihiro Ph.D., argues in this free lecture that diversity has failed us.

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Hawaii Island Humane Society Central Bark Dog Park to open Saturday (April 28)

April 22, 2018

All dogs and their people are invited to the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Central Bark Dog Park Grand Opening slated for Saturday, April 28. Festivities begin at 10 am with the untying of a maile lei with refreshments served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A DJ will be on hand to provide a festive […]

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Dept of Human Services Kailua-Kona office temporarily closes

April 21, 2018

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has temporarily closed its North Kona Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division Processing Center. This office processes applications for financial assistance and SNAP. It also houses First-to-Work and Child Care Licensing offices.

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