Friday, June 8, 2018

Ige pledges $12M in volcano relief, lava tally reaches 600 homes and 2,000 acres as earthquakes, ash plumes, rattle Big Island, unions endorse Ige, Tokuda, Honolulu council squabbles over rail, Kauai seeks temporary housing for flood victims, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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600 homes confirmed destroyed on Big Island as state pledges new aid. Hawaii News Now.

The state today released $12 million to Hawaii County to support its response to the volcanic eruption in Lower Puna. Star-Advertiser.

Gov. David Ige and Mayor Harry Kim have signed a letter of agreement releasing $12 million in state funds to support the county’s response to the active volcanic eruption occurring on Hawaii Island. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige and Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim signed a Letter of Agreement releasing $12 million to support the county’s response to the active volcanic eruption occurring on Hawaii Island, along the East Rift Zone in Lower Puna. Big Island Now.

Prospects for Hawaii island to rebound from the loss of what is now about 600 homes destroyed by lava rose significantly Thursday with a group hug and a $12 million down payment. Star-Advertiser.

The State has pledged to give Hawaii County $12 million to help respond to the lava disaster that's claimed hundreds of homes. KHON2.

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Hirono gets free ride as Dems dominate Hawaii Congress races. U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono appears guaranteed of reelection as not a single opponent capable of mounting a statewide campaign is running against her. Hawaii News Now.

One of Hawaii’s largest labor unions representing blue-collar workers endorsed Gov. David Ige today in this year’s gubernatorial race. The United Public Workers union represents about 14,000 members employed at facilities such as schools, hospitals and correctional facilities throughout the state. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii's largest union, the Hawaii Government Employees Association announced its endorsement in the Lt. Governor's race. The HGEA is supporting Senator Jill Tokuda. KITV.

Trump Plan Would Cost Planned Parenthood In Hawaii $830,000. A rule change proposes to halt all federal funding to health care organizations that provide abortions. Civil Beat.

After Sen. Will Espero’s retirement from the Senate effective June 1, 2018, Sen. Kaialii Kahele who previously served as the Senate Majority Whip, will now serve as the new Senate Majority Floor Leader. Big Island Now.

Suicide rates in Hawaii on the rise. In Hawaii, rates went up about 18-percent from 1999 to 2016. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu

Honolulu City Council Squabbles Over HART Budget, Again. The 2019 construction budget for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project almost got derailed today at the Honolulu City Council. Hawaii Public Radio.

Will Uber threaten to cease operations in Hawaii? The question being discussed by ride share drivers. KHON2.

USS Arizona repairs are complicated, but harbor tours remain. Since May 10 none of the thousands of people who show up daily to see one of the most revered spots in American battle history have been able to disembark on the walkway memorial that straddles the grave for over 900 men who gave their lives on Dec. 7, 1941. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck near the summit of Kilauea on Friday morning, but there was no tsunami threat, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Hawaii News Now.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning System reports a 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook at the summit of Kilauea Friday morning, there is no tsunami threat for Hawaii. KHON2.

Another small explosion occurred early this morning at Kilauea’s summit and generated a moderate ash plume. Star-Advertiser.

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Norwegian Cruise Line announced Thursday that it will resume port calls to Hawaii island — a move state officials said will be a major linchpin in shoring up tourism losses for the hard-hit island. Star-Advertiser.

The Pride of America cruise ship will make her return to Hawaii Island next week, days after it was announced that the island had been removed from the ship’s itinerary. Tribune-Herald.

State elections officials hope to avoid a repeat of 2014, when a natural disaster wreaked havoc on Puna elections and sent a candidate in a tight election to court. West Hawaii Today.

Temporary housing for those displaced by Kilauea volcano will be built later this week, with eligible evacuees to move in soon. Tribune-Herald.

Preliminary ground preparation is underway in Pahoa for a project that will hopefully provide emergency transitional sheltering for some residents impacted by the volcanic eruption. Big Island Video News.

Fissure 8 Continues to be "Very Active". Hawaii Public Radio.

Lava from the Kilauea volcano that flowed into Kapoho Bay has created nearly a mile of new land and officials with the U.S. Geological Survey said today the flow is still very active and there’s no way to know when the eruption will end or if more lava-spewing vents will open. Associated Press.

Lava claims nearly 600 homes in Lower Puna; select curfews lifted for residents. Star-Advertiser.

The Latest: Kilauea Eruption Update. KITV.

Additional loitering citations issued in active eruption zone. Seven more people were cited Wednesday night by officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement for loitering in a closed area. KHON2.

Volcanic activity burns biggest economic driver for Big Island. Star-Advertiser.

The traumatic events associated with the new events on Kilauea Volcano have taken an emotional toll, not only on the community directly impacted by the eruption, but on the scientists charged with monitoring the fissures and lava flows, as well. Big Island Video News.

Eruption Threatens Future Of Some Big Island Charter Schools. The ongoing volcanic lava flow is raising many issues for students and their families. Civil Beat.

Color 'em confused: A guide to accessing and understanding air quality reports online. West Hawaii Today.

'Pele's Path: The People of Puna,' an HNN digital documentary. Hawaii News Now.

Amid ongoing explosive eruptions at Kilauea's summit, new images show the incredible extent of damage at the former Halemaumau Crater overlook. Hawaii News Now.

Kim’s budget it is: Council fails to approve amended version. West Hawaii Today.

Monty Richards, a fifth-generation kamaaina and guiding force of Kahua Ranch who was known for his leadership in the community, died Monday in San Francisco. He was 88. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Debate gets heated over managing director amendment. Maui County Council Member Elle Cochran pressed for answers Wednesday about the extent to which county directors, including Managing Director Keith Regan, contributed money to Mayor Alan Arakawa’s campaign. Maui News.

An informational meeting Wednesday night helped quell some fears from West Maui residents and farmers worried about losing water to new in-stream flow standards set earlier this year for four West Maui streams. Maui News.

Maui Aquatics Facilities Master Plan Recommendations to be Unveiled. Maui Now.

Fair officials seek relief from high shipping costs. Event scheduled for Oct. 4 to 7; entertainment contract still not inked. Maui News.

Kauai

Kauai County officials looking for temporary housing for flood victims. Almost two months after the historic flooding disaster, Kauai County officials estimate as many as 50 residents are still displaced from their homes. Hawaii News Now.

The Hanalei Dolphin is expected to reopen on July 16 following a three-month closure. Pacific Business News.

Eighty bicycles were given away in celebration of Wilcox Health Center’s 80th anniversary during the annual Kids Summer Fest at the Kauai Marriott Resort &Beach Club. Garden Island.