Monday, May 7, 2018

Volcano update: more homes destroyed, lava outbreaks, sulfur dioxide threat continue as anxious residents flee; Hawaii Republicans plan election strategy; Schatz announces $2.6B military money; vacation rental regulations falters, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Lava flow aerial PC: Mick Kalber/Tropical Visions Video
Growing eruptions in the Big Island's Leilani Estates on Sunday night prompted officials to issue an emergency alert urging any residents remaining in the lava-ravaged subdivision to "go now" and stoking fears that the toll of homes claimed by lava — at 26 so far — would undoubtedly grow. Hawaii News Now.

More fissures open, 31 structures destroyed from lava in Leilani Estates. KHON2.

A total of 26 homes have been destroyed by lava from Kilauea volcano in Leilani Estates subdivision, Hawaii County Civil Defense said at a 3 p.m. Sunday briefing. Tribune-Herald.

The number of destroyed homes mounts as molten lava continues to inundate Leilani Estates from a Kilauea Volcano vent that opened up in the Puna subdivision Thursday. Star-Advertiser.

The number of homes destroyed by Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano jumped to 26 Sunday night as scientists reported lava spewing more than 200 feet into the air. Associated Press.

Civil Defense: 26 Homes Destroyed, 10 Confirmed Active Fissures. Hawaii Public Radio.

After what appeared like a brief reprieve from a volcanic eruption on Saturday, Kilauea volcano came roaring back with a vengeance overnight Saturday and through Sunday, spewing lava from multiple fissures in Leilani Estates. Tribune-Herald.

VIDEO: 10 pm Eruption Update – Big Fissure Produces Half Mile Lava Flow. Big Island Video News.

Residents brave toxic fumes and thundering eruption in brief dash to their homes. Star-Advertiser.

Conditions permitting, Leilani Estates residents will be allowed to continue evacuation to check on their property from 7 AM to 6 PM each day until further notice, civil defense says. Big Island Video News.

As lava moves through the Leilani Estates Subdivision, concerned residents are growing anxious over the status of the Puna Geothermal Venture. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder said Sunday that officials are not sure exactly how many of the estimated 1,800 residents in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions have actually evacuated. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reopened Sunday at 3 p.m. officials say. The park was closed for two days following the sequence of large, violent earthquakes that shook the Big Island on Friday. Big Island Video News.

All public schools on the Big Island will be open for classes on Monday, according to the Hawaii Department of Education. Hawaii News Now.

The lava flow from Kilauea that has destroyed at least nine homes at the Leilani Estates subdivision is exposing a major gap in the homeowners' insurance system. Few Big Island property owners are insured for seismic or volcanic activity. Hawaii News Now.

Hourly updates on the Big Island lava threat. KITV.

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

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U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the Army’s Hawaii Infrastructure Readiness Initiative, a $2.6 billion, 32-year plan to build and upgrade facilities across the state. Maui Now.

How Tulsi Gabbard Is Turning Her National Profile Into Campaign Cash. The Hawaii congresswoman raises a vastly larger portion of her donations from outside the state than her delegation colleagues. Civil Beat.

Banking On Trump, Hawaii GOP Says Its Future Looks Bright. At their state convention Saturday, the islands’ Republicans hear optimistic predictions about the midterm elections. Civil Beat.

Commentary: Do We Really Want To Let The Tax Genie Out Of The Bottle? The teachers union got smart this year and pushed for an education tax measure that didn’t include specific numbers. Civil Beat.

Oahu

Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s vacation rental proposal to allow for more legal bed-and- breakfast establishments and transient vacation units across Oahu — under stricter guidelines — got a warmer reception from Honolulu City Council members last week than when it was announced last month. Star-Advertiser.

The average price of a single-­family home resold on Oahu last month dipped below March’s record $1 million as the number of new listings increased from a year earlier, according to a report released Sunday by the Honolulu Board of Realtors. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

Full video of the 2018 Hawaii County Democratic Party Convention, Saturday, April 28, 2018. Occupy Hawaii.

The state plans to take over maintenance of the statue of King Kamehameha the Great, which has been cared for by a North Kohala community group since 1883. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

The state Department of Health’s Environmental Council will hold nine public hearings statewide — four in Maui County — next month on proposed changes to environmental impact statement rules. Maui News.

Former Gov. John Waihee came to Maui recently to speak of leadership and to honor the legacy of nisei veterans of World War II, but he also brought a call for unity in a time of increasing divisiveness. Maui News.

Kauai

Experts: Think Twice Before Rebuilding In Kauai’s Flood Zone. Kauai has historically allowed development along rivers and in coastal areas vulnerable to flooding. Civil Beat.

Snorkel mask safety gets a closer look. A single full face snorkel mask sat in the half-off bin at Kauai Beach Shop on Friday because the dive shop owners just wanted to get rid of it. Garden Island.

The three vehicles that were buried in sand following the mid-April flood have been removed from the Black Pot Beach Park area. Garden Island.

Less than two weeks after it was established, the Kauai Relief and Recovery Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation has received over $1 million in donations from more than 300 generous donors in Hawaii and abroad. Garden Island.