Friday, May 4, 2018

National Guard activated as lava fountains continue on Big Island, sine die for state Legislature, Caldwell signs fire sprinkler bill, judge dismissed Coco Palms title lawsuit, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands


 

Ige activates National Guard, Red Cross opens 2 shelters as lava flows in lower Puna. Star-Advertiser.

Gov. David Ige has signed an emergency proclamation after an eruption of lava forced the evacuation of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens. Tribune-Herald.

The mayor of Hawaii County, as well as the governor of the State of Hawaii, have signed emergency proclamations due to the new volcanic eruption that began in Leilani Estates subdivision. Big Island Video News.
New eruptions in Kilauea's east rift zone early Friday sent lava soaring more than 100 feet into the air, and Big Island fire officials say two structures have already been damaged from lava creeping through the Puna's Leilani Estates subdivision. Hawaii News Now.

Nearly 1,500 residents were ordered to evacuate from their volcano-side homes after the Big Island’s Kilauea volcano erupted, sending molten lava to chew its way through forest land and bubble up on paved streets. Associated Press.

Just hours after residents in Puna's Leilani Estates subdivision fled with little more than the clothes on their backs Thursday night after an eruption in Kilauea's east rift zone, yet another eruption sent lava soaring into the air early Friday morning. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms the volcanic eruption continues in Leilani Subdivision in the Puna District. KITV.

Active fountaining of the eruption in Leilani Estates has been confirmed, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense. Star-Advertiser.

If they got any sleep at all, the people chased from their homes Thursday by a surprise burst of Kilauea lava expected to wake this morning to a future they could not control. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii residents began evacuating from subdivisions in the east rift zone of Kilauea volcano Thursday afternoon as an eruption began spewing lava along a break in a residential area, hours after an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 south of the Puu Oo crater caused a possible additional collapse into the crater, sending a red plume of ash into the air. Pacific Business News.

An emergency proclamation is now in effect at both the county and state levels as Hawaii County Civil Defense responds to a volcanic eruption in the lower Puna area. KHON2.

A volcanic eruption forced the evacuation of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens in Puna on Thursday after fountains of lava burst through cracks in the middle of a residential street. Tribune-Herald.

Thursday's sudden volcanic eruption in Leilani Estates led to an emergency shutdown of independent power producer Puna Geothermal Venture. Big Island Video News.

LIST: Lava threat forces evacuations, school closures. Hawaii News Now.

After eruption, residents fled with little — and didn't know what they'd return home to. Hawaii News Now.

When You Live In A Volcano’s Shadow, You Go With The Flow. Just hours before a new eruption threatened a subdivision, residents and visitors were buzzing with excitement. Civil Beat.

PHOTOS: Lava spews to the surface on Hawaii Island. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii County Civil Defense updates on the lava emergency can be found here.

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The state Legislature wrapped up for the year Thursday as lawmakers called the 60-day session one of the most collaborative and productive in recent memory. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii lawmakers proud of their work, chilly toward Ige. With Hawaii’s top legislative leaders lined up against him in this year’s Democratic primary, Gov. David Ige must have figured he would be the target of a few snarky comments this week. Star-Advertiser.

Gov. David Ige today withdrew his nomination to reappoint prominent Honolulu attorney Rick Fried as Hawaii Tourism Authority board chairman. Star-Advertiser.

The chairman of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, prominent personal injury attorney Rick Fried, suddenly withdrew his bid for a second term on the board Thursday ahead of a potentially contentious debate over his confirmation in the state Senate. Hawaii News Now.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is set to release a report tomorrow on the health of Native Hawaiian women. Hawaii Public Radio.

The University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization forecasts in a report being released today that real personal income will grow by 2 percent in the state this year. Star-Advertiser.

Shares for Hawaiian Airlines were down 6.5 percent at close on Thursday following Southwest Airlines’ announcement that it would offer interisland service. Pacific Business News.

Oahu
 
At the site of a July 14 condo tower blaze that killed four, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed Bill 69 into law Thursday, giving incentives to condo associations if they install fire sprinklers. Star-Advertiser.

It's been almost a year since the Marco Polo fire killed four people and caused more than 100 million dollars in damage. On Thursday, the city took a big step forward in preventing another tragedy. KHON2.

Mayor Caldwell signs bill to encourage fire sprinklers in high rise buildings. KITV.

A federal judge ruled this afternoon that former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his deputy prosecutor wife Katherine Kealoha will have one trial by themselves and a second one with four former members of the Honolulu Police Department’s elite Criminal Intelligence Unit. Star-Advertiser.

Are Waikiki’s Public Pavilions Hopelessly Crime-Ridden? “Demolish them,” says Councilman Trevor Ozawa, but the Kalakaua Avenue shelters also offer tourists a respite from the sun or the rain. Civil Beat.

Hawaiian Electric Company will invest close to $150 million in two new energy storage projects on Oahu. Pacific Business News.

According to real estate firm Locations, Oahu single-family median home prices reached a new high at $795,000 up 10 percent. KHON2.

The median price of a single-family home on Oahu jumped 10 percent in April to $795,000, the largest percentage increase for any month in four years, according to a new report by Honolulu real estate firm Locations. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii Island

Cash handling at the county Mass Transit Agency was so lax, the legislative auditor can’t tell if any money is missing, much less how much. West Hawaii Today.

Despite objections from a handful of testifiers, the Windward Planning Commission went forward on Thursday with the adoption of a proposed “Second Supplemental Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Decision and Order of the Commission” in the matter of Hu Honua. Big Island Video News.

Maui

Maui researchers share pollution solutions at international marine debris gathering. Maui News.

It’s hard to miss the vibrant sunflower fields that have been growing in Waikapu since last year. So where do all the flowers go, after their time in the sun? Maui Now. 

Kauai

A motion to dismiss a quiet title case filed against Coco Palms Hui LLC, was granted during civil proceedings Thursday in Fifth Circuit Court, but that’s not the end of the Coco Palms legal battle according to those involved. Garden Island.

A single lane route on Kuhio Highway from Waikoko to Wainiha, is opening to local traffic only, beginning today. Garden Island.

A single-lane route on a two-mile stretch of Kuhio Highway, from Waikoko to Wainiha, will open to local traffic starting Friday, state and Kauai county officials said today. Star-Advertiser.

Public Utility Gets Creative With Plan To Recirculate Reservoir Water. The Garden Island already uses renewable energy sources for 43 percent of its electricity, with more solar and hydropower on the way. Civil Beat.

County dedicates 11th lifeguard tower. A small crowd of dignitaries, including Kauai Ocean Safety Bureau chief Kalani Vierra, Kauai Fire Chief Robert Westerman, former mayor Maryanne Kusaka, several Kauai County Council members, and curious beach goers watched the county blessed and dedicated the newest lifeguard tower at Nukumoi Point at the Poipu Beach Park. Garden Island.