Thursday, May 10, 2018

Explosions expected at summit of Kilauea volcano, national park closing Friday, governor asks Trump for more help as geothermal plant at risk, Supreme Court sets Thirty Meter Telescope arguments, Kealoha trial scheduled, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Visitors at Kilauea volcano PC: J. Wei
The USGS issued an ominous warning Wednesday about Kilauea: Eruptions at the summit crater could trigger explosions so violent they fling 10-ton boulders as far as a half mile away and send ash columns miles into the sky. Hawaii News Now.

Geologists say the Big Island’s Kilauea volcano could erupt explosively and send boulders, rocks and ash into the air around its summit caldera in coming weeks. Associated Press.

Scientists with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory told a packed Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that explosions are likely to occur at the summit in the near future. Big Island Video News.

Scientists update residents near Volcano on lurking dangers at Kilauea. KITV.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will close Friday and until further notice because of the possibility of an explosive eruption that could blast steam, rock and ash from the Halemaumau lava lake crater at the summit of Kilauea Volcano. Star-Advertiser.

Scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are warning that the steady lowering of the Halemaumau lava lake at Kilauea volcano’s summit overlook crater indicates that explosive eruptions are possible in the coming weeks. Star-Advertiser.

Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will close Friday. Officials say it's possible for a steam-induced explosion to occur at the summit of Kilauea Volcano due to the receding lava lake. KHON2.

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said Wednesday that a steady lowering of the lava lake at Kilauea volcano’s Overlook crater within Halemaumau “has raised the potential for explosive eruptions” that could happen as soon as next week, while officials from the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park said they would close the majority of the park on Friday in anticipation of such an event. Pacific Business News.

Gov. David Ige has asked President Donald Trump to declare a disaster declaration on the Big Island, which continues to grapple with ongoing quakes and lava flow from the Kilauea volcano. Civil Beat.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Wednesday signed a presidential disaster declaration request, in which he asked U.S. President Donald Trump to declare the state of Hawaii a major disaster as a result of the ongoing eruptions of Kilauea volcano. Pacific Business News.

Gov. David Ige has issued a supplemental emergency proclamation for the 2018 Kilauea eruption that, among other emergency management functions, establishes lines of authority that will enable a more comprehensive response to changing and unpredictable risks posed by the current eruption. Big Island Now.

With some 50,000 gallons of potentially explosive solvent still sitting at the Puna Geothermal Venture power plant, Gov. David Ige on Wednesday signed an emergency proclamation giving him the authority to do what’s necessary at the plant to protect the community. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Wednesday signed a supplemental emergency proclamation due to the ongoing eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island that will, among other things, include the removal of hazardous material for Puna Geothermal Ventures. Pacific Business News.

Gov. David Ige issued a new emergency declaration Wednesday to move 60,000 gallons of high flammable chemicals from Puna Geothermal Venture by the end of tomorrow. Tribune-Herald.

Gov. David Ige took action Wednesday to mitigate risks to Puna Geothermal Venture in light of Kilauea Volcano's latest eruption. KHON2.

After helping with relief efforts following two major disasters in the past month, the Red Cross of Hawaii is dealing with complaints about the way it manages donations. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu

Former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his deputy prosecutor wife Katherine Kealoha will stand trial on bank fraud charges in November, then stand trial again in March with four former members of the Honolulu Police Department’s elite Criminal Intelligence Unit on charges accusing them of staging the theft of their mailbox and lying about it. Star-Advertiser.

Taxi Companies vs Uber and Lyft Showdown at Honolulu City Council. The Honolulu City Council is considering a measure to regulate ridesharing companies. Hawaii Public Radio.

New law enacts tougher penalties for drift racing. Star-Advertiser.

A bill stopping the city from installing bulb-outs at two key Chinatown intersections won a narrow 5-4 approval from the Honolulu City Council Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii’s largest shopping center had been warned about unsafe conditions on its property 11 years before one young man was killed and another severely injured there in 2016, but it chose to do nothing about it, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

The families of two men who fell through a railing at Ala Moana Center in 2016 are now suing the property owner for ignoring concerns they say could have prevented the incident. Hawaii News Now.

Lawsuit filed against Ala Moana in deadly railing accident. KHON2.

Honolulu police are on the verge of launching an urgent care clinic in Chinatown, where homeless people can see a doctor for free. Hawaii News Now.

Why This Church Breaks The Law Every Sunday. South Shore Christian Fellowship is racking up daily fines for operating in an agricultural area. Civil Beat.

Hawaii Island

There will be no county surcharge on the state general excise tax this year, following action Wednesday by the County Council. West Hawaii Today.

The Hawaii Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on June 21 regarding the appeal of the conservation district use permit for the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the summit of the Big Island’s Mauna Kea. Pacific Business News.

Water system again down four wells, no restriction yet in effect for North Kona. West Hawaii Today.

State Representatives and Senators to visit Puna lava flow areas. KHON2.

Volcanic activity subsided in Puna on Wednesday evening, but there was little hope for a length reprieve amid new warnings about the potential of explosive eruptions at Kilauea's summit crater the likes of which Hawaii hasn't seen in nearly a century. Hawaii News Now.

A 15th fissure brought lava to the doorstep of Lanipuna Gardens on Wednesday while an ash cloud at Kilauea’s summit warned of more dangers to come. Tribune-Herald.

In addition to the threat of explosive eruptions at Kilauea’s summit, new vents and the wrath of lava, Hawaii island residents also have acid rain to worry about. Star-Advertiser.

Homeowners Face Insurance Dilemma in Lava Prone Areas. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaii Island police arrested a Pahoa man in connection with the burglary of a home in the Leilani Estates Subdivision, which is an area covered by an Emergency Proclamation declared by the Mayor's Office as of May 3. KHON2.

5 Tips to Protect Your Lungs From Volcanic Ash. Maui Now.

A number of relief efforts are ongoing to support residents affected by the Kilauea volcano eruption in Leilani Estates. Tribune-Herald.

The Hawaii Community Foundation, together with Anderson-Beck Fund, Jack’s Fund and the Darrin & Darien Gee Family Fund, established the Hawaii Island Volcano Recovery Fund to aid Big Island residents impacted by the recent Kilauea volcano eruption. Pacific Business News.

A charter school near Leilani Estates is relocating to escape lava and fumes like the rest of its neighbors, and another charter more than 25 miles away in Hilo also decided to pick up and move because of the threat of tsunami. Star-Advertiser.

Maui

Haleakala Visitors Generated $69.8 Million for Maui Economy in 2017. Maui Now.

Too much of a good thing becomes invasive. Related to the common soybean, glycine was introduced to Hawaii after a massive kikuyu grass dieback in the 1970s, according to the Maui Invasive Species Committee. Maui News.

Kauai

The public had a lot to say Wednesday evening during a public meeting regarding improved bus service and the installation of new charging stations for electric cars across the island. Garden Island.

Renters and home and business owners with National Flood Insurance Program insurance have four chances to get questions answered about policies and claims starting Monday during meetings scheduled throughout Kauai. Garden Island.

The mid-April deluge that damaged hundreds of homes and halted tourism on the farthest reaches of Kauai’s North Shore has revived a red-hot debate over whether vacation rentals should be allowed to operate in hazardous zones. Civil Beat.

A man has been arrested for allegedly killing a green sea turtle on Kauai.  Hawaii News Now.