Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hawaii averages $4/gallon gas, residents fear radiation fallout, tsunami assessment continues, tourism hit expected, surf's coming up, more news from the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii gas prices (c) 2011 All Hawaii News
The state reached the dubious milestone yesterday of being the first in recent years where the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline has reached $4, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Report. Associated Press.

Hawaii Residents Fear Radiation Fallout. KITV4.

Japanese and American authorities are being reassuring about the risk of radiation from the two or three or four reactors facing multiple meltdowns following the Sendai earthquake and tsunami. Civil Beat.

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has not detected any elevated radiation readings, and air samples remain at ambient or normal background levels following a small release of radiation Saturday at a nuclear reactor facility in Japan. Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaii's economy will likely take a major hit since many visitors from Japan are canceling their trips to the islands.Hawaii News Now.

The tsunami that struck Hawaii early Friday morning caused tens of millions of dollars in damage — an estimate that's expected to climb as Gov. Neil Abercrombie warned of a drop in Japanese tourists to the islands. Star-Advertiser.

The tally of Hawaii's damage from last week's tsunami has reached tens of millions of dollars and it's still climbing. KHON2.

A top official of the Federal Emergency Management Administration paid a courtesy call to Gov. Neil Abercrombie yesterday en route to American Samoa to be briefed on the progress of recovery efforts since the September 2009 earthquake and tsunami there. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie marks his 100th day in office Tuesday by assessing damages across the state from last week's tsunami. Associated Press.

State and County Civil Defense teams are assessing property damage in the aftermath of Friday’s Tsunami that originated in Japan.Hawaii Public Radio.

William Aila Jr., chairman of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, listed his top three priorities for West Hawaii Sunday, foremost of which was repairing damages at state parks, harbors and facilities caused by powerful tsunami surges that have pounded the Kona and South Kohala coastlines. West Hawaii Today.

The Big Island got the brunt of the tsunami that rolled through Hawaii early Friday.Civil Beat.

The head of the Big Island Visitors Bureau said there's no reason for prospective visitors to change their travel plans in the aftermath of Friday's tsunami. Tribune-Herald.

Two Big Island hotels remained closed Monday, awaiting assessments of damage from last week’s tsunami. Pacific Business News

Japanese ex-pats here in Hawaii can't help but be worried about what's happening back home. Hawaii News Now.

Three months into the tenure of a new governor and just past the midpoint of the legislative session, are we indeed paddling the canoe Gov. Neil Abercrombie spoke of in his State of the State Address in January? Hawaii Independent.

The state Attorney General's office is warning residents to be wary of scams that prey on people wanting to donate to relief efforts for Japan. Star-Advertiser.

Dead fish wash ashore after tsunami. KHON2.

Surf along northern and western shores is expected to climb as high as 35 feet today, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a high surf warning. Star-Advertiser.

Two longtime Kaua‘i politicians are now officially heading important environmental decisions statewide. Garden Island.

State Rep. Hermina Morita bade a tearful goodbye to her House colleagues yesterday as she took on her new role as chairwoman of the Public Utilities Commission. Star-Advertiser.

More than 100 people have applied to serve on the appointed Board of Education, whose nine members the governor will select over the next three weeks. Star-Advertiser.

The Molokai Community Plan, last updated in 2001, is on the move after holding community engagement workshops last October. Molokai Dispatch.

Although retired Maui County police officers aren't happy about it, Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta said it was decided several years ago - before he was appointed chief - that the state Department of the Attorney General would administer a program to qualify retired police officers to carry concealed firearms. Maui News.

A slow-moving wildfire is burning in Volcanoes National Park. Associated Press.