Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Kilauea marks 3-month inactivity milestone, Green adds campaign supporters to staff, UH develops Zika vaccine, 25 years for Schofield Barracks soldier who tried to abet IS, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Fissure 22 lava cone Nov. 6 PC:USGS
As Of Today, Kilauea Eruption Could Be Considered Over. Kilauea Volcano is still not erupting. Wednesday, December 5, marks three months with no eruptive activity at the surface; September 4 was the last time active lava was observed along the lower East Rift Zone. Big Island Video News.

Three months have passed since lava was seen inside fissure 8 in Leilani Estates. By one standard, that could mean the eruption on Kilauea’s lower East Rift Zone is pau. Tribune-Herald.

George H.W. Bush National Day of Mourning: What's open and closed. KHON2.

No USS Arizona survivors to attend this year's Pearl Harbor commemoration. For the first time this Friday, Hawaii marks the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor without any survivors from the USS Arizona. KITV.

A federal judge sentenced Schofield Barracks soldier Ikaika Erik Kang to 25 years in prison Tuesday for trying to help the Islamic State group, or IS. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Soldier Who Tried To Help Terrorists Gets 25-Year Sentence. Ikaika Kang provided classified military documents and a drone to undercover agents posing as members of Islamic State. Associated Press.

Lt. Gov. Josh Green has hired Brooke Wilson, who served as political and education director for the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters, as his chief of staff, as well as experts from the health care industry to staff his office on the fifth floor of the state Capitol. Star-Advertiser.

Tulsi Gabbard’s Race To The Top. The congresswoman got a taste of what life might be like on the campaign trail in 2020 with visits to New Hampshire and Vermont. But can she win? Civil Beat.

University of Hawaii medical school researchers have developed a potential vaccine for the Zika virus two years after the infection linked to birth defects caused a global public health emergency. Star-Advertiser.

Researchers at the University of Hawaii medical school have successfully developed a vaccine candidate for the Zika virus, showing that it is effective in protecting both mice and monkeys from the infection. Maui Now.

Researchers at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine said they successfully developed a vaccine candidate for the Zika virus. Pacific Business News.

Scientists Seek Public Assistance To Track Invasive Mudweed. Turns out this new invasive species may be difficult to remove from our reefs. Hawaii Public Radio.

Oahu

A key Honolulu City Council committee Tuesday gave Mayor Kirk Caldwell a preliminary green light to enforce the Sidewalk Obstruction and No Lodging ordinances that were signed into law nearly two months ago. Star-Advertiser.

Enforcing sidewalk bans could happen soon, but worry over lack of community services still exist. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell sees potential problems with a measure that would move the homeless. KITV.

Six-Figure Deal To Cover UH Rail Costs ‘Slipped Through The Cracks’. HART says it fixed its process so the glitch won’t reoccur, but it’s unclear if the agency missed other contracts. Civil Beat.

HPD overstating success in rape cases, report claims. An investigation by national news outlets has raised concerns about whether the Honolulu Police Department is massaging its rape statistics to make it look like it’s solving more crimes than it actually is. Star-Advertiser.

As part of widening corruption probe, DOJ sends subject letter to second-in-command at prosecutor’s office. The city prosecutor’s first deputy has received a subject letter from the U.S. Department of Justice, in a sign that a federal investigation into Honolulu’s ex-police chief is now zeroing in on players at the city Prosecutor’s Office. Hawaii News Now.

Military training will lead to an uptick in noisy skies. Starting Wednesday, the Hawaii Air National Guard will be hosting another Sentry Aloha Exercise. It will involve more than 800 military personnel and 30 aircraft from nine states. Hawaii News Now.

Lawmakers weigh in on Oahu's fireworks ban. We talked to two city council members about revisiting Oahu's fireworks ban. KHON2.

Hale Kipa Breaks Ground for $11M Ewa Headquarters and Campus. Hale Kipa, a state-wide nonprofit youth services organization, achieved a decade-long goal today. Hawaii Public Radio.

Goodwill to expand size and services in Makiki. For 18 years Goodwill Hawaii has made makeshift use of a former automobile sales and service center in Makiki. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

Process underway to find a new moniker for fissure 8. The ongoing question of what to call fissure 8 could be resolved next year as the Hawaii Board of Geographic Names determines its naming process. Tribune-Herald.

This Showcase Rec Center Was Another Victim Of Eruptions. Park facilities require longterm repairs after they housed Kilauea lava evacuees for more than four months. Civil Beat.

UH researchers confirm beetle’s role in spread of rapid ohia death. Scientists suspected that its spread has been aided by beetles burrowing into infected trees, and a new paper from the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources confirms that to be the case. Tribune-Herald.

The search is on for a new executive director for the Hawaii Island Humane Society following Donna Whitaker’s departure from the position last month. West Hawaii Today.

Big Isle solar permits issued fell 45% in November. The number of photovoltaic permits issued in Hawaii County plunged 45 percent in November but is still up for the year. Star-Advertiser.

Solar PV permits down 45% on Hawaii's Big Island in November. Hawaii's Big Island has suffered its third consecutive month with a year-over-year decline in the number of solar photovoltaic permits. Pacific Business News.

Maui

No more Styrofoam: Maui County’s ban leaves restaurants searching for alternatives. Restaurants are gearing up for Maui County’s ban on polystyrene food and beverage containers that starts on December 31. Hawaii News Now.

Meetings to discuss noncommercial marine fishing registry, permit or licensing systems for Hawaii will be held in the county beginning today on Maui. The Non-Commercial Marine Fishing Registry, Permit, and License Study Group has been meeting for the last two years to look into the feasibility of creating a registry, permit or license system for noncommercial marine fishing in Hawaii. Maui News.

The Pools of Oheo in the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park will reopen on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 following a nearly two year closure. Maui Now.

Kauai

Kuhio Highway to close at bridge. The Hawaii Department of Transportation plans to close Kuhio Highway at the Waioli Stream Bridge between Anae Road and Kumu Road in Hanalei from 11 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, to 5:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12. Garden Island.

Sunday marked the first night of Hanukkah, and Kauai’s Jewish community celebrated by lighting a tiki torch menorah on the lawn of the Historic County Building. Garden Island.