Monday, March 14, 2011

Fundraisers, blame games as Hawaii mops up after tsunami, Japanese, Hawaii residents trying to get home, more tsunami scenes and news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Aloha for Japan T-shirt
Help Japan tsunami victims with an Aloha for Japan T-shirt. Available here.

Recent tragedies in Japan has sparked a special fundraiser in hopes to spread Aloha overseas. Grp Home has created special T-shirts for the "Aloha for Japan" fundraiser that will be available on Monday. Hawaii News Now.

Honolulu Festival Helps Japanese Disaster Victims. KITV4.

First Hawaiian Bank has donated $100,000 to establish a Japan-Hawaii Relief Fund to help survivors of Friday’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Pacific Business News

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says harmful levels of radioactivity are not expected in the United States due to damaged nuclear reactors in Japan. Associated Press.

Crews were busy over the weekend cleaning up and assessing damage, while American Red Cross volunteers were helping people after tsunami waves battered Hawaii early Friday. Associated Press.

Late Sunday afternoon, the office of Gov. Neil Abercrombie issued a statement explaining that he had signed a supplementary proclamation, "which expands and extends the previous State of Disaster Proclamation the Governor signed on Friday." Civil Beat.

In the wake of this morning’s statewide tsunami strike, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has issued an emergency proclamation and will seek federal assistance to pay for at least $3 million damages to state property alone. Hawaii Reporter.

Hundreds of visitors from Japan are still here in Hawaii trying to get home. KHON2.

On the Big Island residents are still picking up the pieces.KHON2.

Tsunami and aftermath videos. Big Island Video News.

The majority of damage caused by a series of tsunami waves that battered Hawaii Island's coasts Friday is primarily in West Hawaii, Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Quince Mento said Saturday. West Hawaii Today.

Although it destroyed homes, flooded businesses and damaged public infrastructure, Friday's costly tsunami could have been much worse. Tribune-Herald.

Volunteers, residents and visitors still in awe of the tsunami waves that battered the Kona Coast one day earlier spent Saturday enjoying ono grinds and ice cold brews at the Kona Brewers Festival. West Hawaii Today.

Maui County's harbors were back in business Saturday after a tsunami swept through them early Friday. Maui News.

Damage was reported on Molokai's east end, and county officials are still taking assessment reports of the area. Molokai Dispatch.

Late Thursday afternoon, Maui News Staff Writer Harry Eagar boarded the tugboat Hoku-Loa at Kahului. His aim was to write a feature story about the crew's overnight routine of hauling a Young Brothers barge from Kahului to Honolulu Harbor. Hours later, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan and generated a massive tsunami that would swamp the Pacific. Maui News.

Photographs of how the recent tsunami affected Kauai. Garden Island.

Officials are unsure how the tsunami affected the discovery of hundreds of dead fish found floating in the Ala Wai Canal Saturday morning. KITV4.

As people grasped for helpful information, the websites didn't step up. Civil Beat.

Hawaii County "absolutely" needs more tsunami sirens to warn coastal residents left vulnerable during Friday's disaster, says Kohala Councilman Pete Hoffmann. Tribune-Herald.

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln was due to leave Pearl Harbor this morning with its 5,000-member crew and air wing. Star-Advertiser.

Dozens of people acquitted of minor criminal offenses because of mental illness have remained under the state's supervision for years, resulting in what experts say is wasteful spending of potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars annually at a time of severe budget cuts. Star-Advertiser.

Lawmakers, for the second year in a row, have come up short in their effort to tackle the problem of upfront costs that are keeping many Hawaii residents from buying solar water heaters and other energy-efficient appliances. Star-Advertiser.

Two long-time Kaua‘i lawmakers will make a marked transition today in their careers as public servants if the state Senate confirms their gubernatorial appointments as expected. Garden Island.

The National Park Service has identified two sites in Maui as former Japanese internment camps. Associated Press.

Water Officials Prepared for APEC? Hawaii Public Radio.

Striking Hawaiian Electric Co. workers will be going back to work soon after voting in favor of a new labor deal with the company. Associated Press.