Archive | January, 2015

Two children die in Holualoa fire early Thursday (Jan 29)

Hawaiʻi Island detectives are at the scene of a fatal fire in Hōlualoa. At 1:56 a.m. Thursday (January 29), Kona Patrol officers responded to a residential fire on the 76-5200 block of Old Māmalahoa Highway. When they arrived, the one-story house was fully engulfed in flames. Fire Department personnel extinguished the fire.

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A photo looking west from a research camera temporarily positioned southeast of the Pāhoa Marketplace, this image shows the June 27th lava flow advancing from left to right. The image was taken at 8:10 a.m. Thursday, January 29, 2015. This camera that took this was installed through a collaboration between the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, and Bryson's Cinders Inc.

LavaTalk: January 29, 2015 update on Kilauea’s lava flow

The Thursday morning (Jan 29) assesment revealed that flow breakout on the north margin breakout continues to be active and widening but has not advanced and remains about 0.36 miles from Highway 130 near the Pahoa Police and Fire Stations.

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Location of quake at 12:06 a.m., Thursday (Jan 29). Map courtesy of USGS.

Weak quake strikes Hawaii Volcanoes National Park early Monday morning

A weak temblor struck at 10:06 a.m. in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park very early Thursday morning (Jan 29). People reported the quake being felt in the Hilo, Papaikou and Honomu areas.

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Police are searching for a Hilo man who violated his probation

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 30-year-old Hilo man wanted on a bench warrant for violating probation. Kalani Ahuna is described as 5-foot-10, 170 pounds with brown eyes and short, black “buzzed” hair. Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at […]

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Puna man facing felony and misdemeanor charges due to stolen iPad

A Puna man is facing felony and misdemeanor charges in connection with a stolen iPad. On May 15, 2014, an unknown man went to a house on Desha Avenue in Hilo to sell opihi. The buyer went inside the house to get cash while the seller waited in the garage. After the seller left, it […]

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Updates from Rep. Gabbard (Jan. 12-27)

MEDIA RELEASE Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) spoke out against potential downsizing at Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter during the United States Department of the Army’s Community Listening Session regarding proposed Army personnel reductions. In a video message to forum attendees, Gabbard outlined the serious negative impacts of the worst-case scenario downsizing. “The worst-case scenario facing […]

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Updates from Sen. Schatz (Jan. 12-27)

MEDIA RELEASE U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) submitted video testimony opposing proposed reductions to Army personnel in Hawaii. In video remarks to be delivered at the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s community listening session in Honolulu, Schatz underscored Hawaii’s important role in the nation’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific and highlighted the deep ties the Army has cultivated […]

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Updates from Sen. Hirono (Jan. 15-22)

MEDIA RELEASE U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement today to recognize the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision: “As a college student at the University of Hawaii, I wrote my first political letter to Hawaii’s Congressional delegation asking for their position on a woman’s right to choose. At the […]

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Hawaii FoodCorps connects children with fresh, healthy food

MEDIA RELEASE In its first year, the FoodCorps Hawaii program served 1793 school children in West Oahu and on Molokai and Hawaii islands, working to change their attitudes about eating healthy food by creating classroom and school garden activities combined with culinary and marketing experience. FoodCorps, a national non-profit program in partnership with the AmeriCorps […]

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Goldberg named NHCH chief medical officer

MEDIA RELEASE North Hawaii Community Hospital announces Gary Goldberg, M.D., as the hospital’s first Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in the organization’s nearly 19‐year history. “Dr. Goldberg brings several strong attributes to the role of CMO, including his long tenure at NHCH, his keen awareness of hospital processes, and his constructive approach to communications,” said Ken […]

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LavaTalk: January 28, 2015 update on Kilauea’s lava flow

The Wednesday morning (Jan 28) assesment revealed that flow breakout on the north margin continues to be active and widening but has not advanced since yesterday and remains about 0.36 miles from Highway 130 near the Pahoa Police and Fire Stations.

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The north margin breakout from the Kilauea June 27th Lava Flow advancing about 1/2 mile mauka of Highway 130 in Pahoa. Photo Saturday, January 17, 2015. Courtesy of County of Hawaii.

Volcano update in Kona (Jan. 28)

MEDIA RELEASE On Wednesday, Jan. 28, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) geologist Frank Trusdell reports on the current status of Mauna Loa and Hualalai, and presents updates on Kilauea Volcano’s ongoing eruptions, including an in-depth account of the active lava flow near Pahoa. This Volcano Awareness Month talk begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Makaeo […]

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Roy Kodani: ‘The Sound of Hilo Rain’

MEDIA RELEASE Nurtured by showers swept in on the tradewinds, the town of Hilo is fertile ground for The Sound of Hilo Rain, a heartwarming Big Island memoir from native son Roy Kodani. Populated by the colorful characters of small-town Hawaii, Kodani’s collection of vignettes captures the joys and sorrows of coming of age in […]

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One of many small breakouts on the surface of the June 27th flow immediately upslope of the leading edge. Many inflation features are present on the flow, including the tumulus in upper right. Photo taken Monday, January 26, 2015 courtesy of USGS/HVO

Pahoa Lava Viewing Area Closing (Jan. 31)

MEDIA RELEASE The county Department of Parks and Recreation will stop operating the Pahoa Lava Viewing Area at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. Located at the Pahoa Transfer Station, the free viewing area is being shut down so the facility can be converted back to its original use as a public trash­ collection site. It […]

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