Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Kilauea activity resumes, sulfur dioxide levels a concern, Ige meets with FEMA, Trump signs emergency flood declaration for Oahu and Kauai, government among the least transparent, homeless get Waikiki apartments, state Supreme Court overturns county defamation lawsuit, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

News photographers emerge from steaming Kilauea volcanic gas. PC: Tom Callis
Ige meets with FEMA, expects eruption will qualify as major federal disaster. Star-Advertiser.

Price tag for back-to-back natural disasters unlikely to hurt state's economy. Hawaii News Now.

A possible new fissure opened in Leilani Estates, potentially bringing the number of fissures in the subdivision up to 15. Tribune-Herald.

The Kilauea eruption burst open two more vents at the northeastern edge of the Leilani Estates subdivision and consumed another home Tuesday afternoon, prompting an urgent evacuation order for residents in the adjoining Lanipuna Gardens subdivision. Star-Advertiser.

Two More Fissures Appear; Remaining Lanipuna Gardens Residents Being Told To "Evacuate Now". Hawaii Public Radio.

Lava from Kilauea Volcano covers 104 acres, destroys 36 structures in Leilani Estates. KHON2.

Police went door-to-door in Hawaii to roust residents near two new vents emitting dangerous gases in areas where lava has been pouring into streets and backyards for the past week. Associated Press.

Residents of a second subdivision on Hawaii’s Big Island were ordered to evacuate immediately Tuesday afternoon after county civil defense officials said two new fissures with lava from Kilauea volcano had opened. Pacific Business News.

VIDEO: 9 pm Eruption Update – Flyover New Lava Fissures. Big Island Video News.

Nearly a week since Kilauea volcano began releasing torrents of lava onto the roads and homes of Leilani Estates, large areas of the Puna neighborhood have started to resemble another world. Tribune-Herald.

Insurance companies have stopped issuing any new polices for those residents until the lava threat is over. KHON2.

Some Hawaii island residents were showing early signs of respiratory illness over the weekend as the lava from Kilauea Volcano expanded its footprint in the Leilani Estates subdivision. Star-Advertiser.

Alvin C. Bronstein, M.D., the Hawaii Health Department's Emergency Medical Services and Injury Prevention Systems Branch Chief, talks about the effects of sulfur dioxide. Big Island Video News.

Sulfur dioxide from eruption creating vog, possible acid rain. KHON2.

Rescue operations are underway to retrieve what could be hundreds of animals left in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens after their owners were forced to evacuate. Tribune-Herald.

Efforts to retrieve or rescue animals in Leilani Estates have become chaotic as residents and the Hawaii Island Humane Society work under evacuation orders and lava inundates the rural subdivision. Star-Advertiser.

Residents in evacuation shelters struggle with uncertainty as lava claims more homes. KHON2.

He lost his home and livelihood to lava, but his focus now is on helping others. Hawaii News Now.

Here's how to help those affected by the Big Island eruptions. Hawaii News Now.

PHOTOS: More homes destroyed in ongoing Kilauea eruption. Hawaii News Now.

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President Donald Trump has approved a Hawaii’s request for a major disaster declaration for the April floods, landslides and mudslides on Kauai and Oahu. Star-Advertiser.

U.S. President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration that will provide public assistance for damages caused by severe flooding and landslides on Kauai and Oahu last month. Pacific Business News.

Federal relief is on the way for Kauai and Oahu after President Donald Trump declared recent flooding and landslides on Hawaii as a national disaster on Tuesday. Garden Island.

The recent flood on Kauai and lava eruption on Hawaii island have exposed a weakness in Hawaii’s disaster preparations: who will assist visitors staying in the growing number of vacation rentals. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Just Found A New Way To Fight Climate Change. Offsetting carbon emissions by doing things like planting trees is the vision, but it’s far from ready to be implemented. Civil Beat.

Business and environmental leaders joined state lawmakers at a Magic Island news conference Tuesday to urge Gov. David Ige to sign two bills aimed at committing Hawaii to achieve “carbon neutrality” by 2045. Star-Advertiser.

Lawmakers, business innovators, and community advocates celebrated the passage of H.B. 2182 Tuesday, which sets the goal of “sequestering more atmospheric carbon and greenhouse gases than the State produces as quickly as practicable, but no later than 2045.” KITV.

Hawaii is among the worst in the nation when it comes to being transparent about the way state government spends its money, according to a new study of state transparency sites. Civil Beat.

Full report: Following the Money 2018. How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data found here.

How Hawaii Schools Are Building Bridges To Micronesian Students. As enrollment expands, schools and community groups are trying new ways to close cultural and academic gaps. Civil Beat.

Oahu

Should The Mayor Choose Honolulu’s Police Chief? One Honolulu council member is pushing to amend the city charter to revamp how the chief and police commissioners are chosen. Civil Beat.

The city has acquired its first building in Waikiki with affordable units designated for Housing First tenants — a move greeted by many who have long complained about growing homelessness in their neighborhood. Star-Advertiser.

City & County of Honolulu Buys $7.5M Building in Waikiki. Hawaii Public Radio.

A thirty-three unit Waikiki building will soon represent a new start for some of Hawaii's homeless. KITV.

Hawaii Island

Being a good neighbor is one of the new requirements for vacation rentals in a rewrite of Bill 108 discussed Tuesday by the County Council Planning Committee. West Hawaii Today.

The Hawaii Supreme Court has overturned the dismissal of a defamation lawsuit filed by county Elections Administrator Pat Nakamoto and a former elections clerk against Hawaii County, former Councilman Dominic Yagong and a private investigator. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii Island lands $256M in projects after lawmaking session. West Hawaii Today.

The Hawaii Police Department is awaiting delivery of 10 new marked police SUVs, the first addition to the department’s fleet in nearly a decade. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Maui County’s top civil attorney, Patrick Wong, got lucky again in Vegas last year, winning at least $26,000, although that’s not his highest winnings to date. Maui News.

The volunteer-based Hui O Ka Wai Ola ocean water quality testing program has expanded again, with the addition of 12 more testing sites in South Maui. Maui Now.

Haleakala National Park reported a 12 percent decline in visitors in 2017 compared to 2016, though park officials note that the numbers tend to fluctuate. Maui News.

Maui’s homeless population has decreased 2.6% since last year with a total of 873 homeless individuals tallied on Maui. Maui Now.

Overall, Maui is seeing a slight decline in homeless individuals, down 2.6 percent to 873 people this year compared with 896 last year. Maui News.

Kauai

Kauai received more than $85.3 million Capital Improvement Project funding for fiscal year 2019 from bills in the 2018 legislative session. Garden Island.

Koloa Big Save Supermarket is sitting on a large-capacity cesspool that has drawn a civil penalty of $110,000 for violating the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Garden Island.

Farmers that have been impacted by the recent record-breaking rains are invited to attend the Kauai Farmer Disaster One Stop Shop, May 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Kauai Community College Office of Continuing Education and Training Room 106. Garden Island.