Monday, May 14, 2018

Kilauea lava evacuations continue, military seeks Hawaii site for new missile defense, state lawmakers raise campaign cash, teachers union endorses Ige, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Awe and fear: Lava in Hawaii sloshes, oozes, crackles, roars. The lava hisses, crackles and sizzles. It roars like an engine, the sheer force causing an audible whoosh as it sloshes and bubbles. Associated Press.

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The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has examined 46 sites in Hawaii for a sophisticated missile discrimination radar that would better defend the state against North Korea as well as future hypersonic weapon threats from China and Russia, officials said. Star-Advertiser.

Lawmakers Outdid Themselves Raising Campaign Cash This Session. Fundraisers during the Hawaii legislative session have increased by 88 percent over the past six years. Civil Beat.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association, which represents 13,700 public school employees statewide, has endorsed Gov. David Ige in the Democratic primary for the hotly contested governor’s race. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii officials are warning people to know the origin of the prawns they eat because waters could have been poisoned. Associated Press.

Big Island, Kauai Medical Pot Shops Still Waiting. A Kauai dispensary plans to open soon, but Big Island dispensaries have yet to start growing their first crop. Civil Beat.

Will There Be Enough Workers For Hawaii’s Hot Economy? Low unemployment, a stagnant population and out-of-sight living costs create major recruiting challenges. Civil Beat.


Man sentenced to 10 years in prison for vandalizing Iolani Palace. KHON2.

The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is prepared to seek proposals for redeveloping a former bowling alley in Moiliili that could provide homes for beneficiaries. Star-Advertiser.

UH Team Discovers New Virus in Waters Off Oahu. A new, unusually large virus that infects common marine algae has been characterized by researchers at the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology. Maui Now.

Haleiwa family caught between 2 shopping centers. Wilma Ward is gearing up for a legal battle that includes conflict-of-interest allegations against a city official who rejected her complaint about Haleiwa Store Lots and was previously a principal of a company that did work on the project for Kamehameha Schools. Star-Advertiser.

More homes, people, restaurants and retail shops have all been products of the latest real estate development boom in Kakaako. There’s also been a boom in something else: illegal use of public streets for emptying dumpsters. Star-Advertiser.

What is old is new again at Queen Kapiolani Hotel, which unveiled a $35 million renovation Friday that highlights the property’s midcentury modern roots. Star-Advertiser.

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Kiluaea lava outbreak PC: Andrew Richard Hara

How Land Schemes Turned Lava Fields Into Subdivisions. Affordable housing in the fast-growing Puna area comes with a big risk — several communities have been wiped out by earlier lava flows. Civil Beat.

The Volcano and the Business Community. As developments continue in the Kilauea eruptions, many businesses are contributing to recovery efforts. And for some businesses, there is opportunity—but the situation is delicate. Hawaii Public Radio.

A man who lives near the large volcanic fissure that opened up Sunday and spewed lava near Halekamahina Loop Road in lower Puna called the event “absolutely deafening.” Tribune-Herald.

Number of residents at Red Cross shelters grows overnight. Star-Advertiser.

More eruptions in lower Puna have residents, authorities on edge. Hawaii News Now.

The Kilauea eruption continued its journey across Lower Puna on Sunday as two new fissures opened, destroying one structure and shooting molten rock hundreds of feet into the air. Star-Advertiser.

The Latest: Updates from the Kilauea Volcano eruption. KITV.

18th fissure opens west of Highway 132, Hale Kamahina Loop Road ordered to evacuate. KHON2.

County works to fund ag theft initiative following failed legislation. West Hawaii Today.

4 receive cease and desist orders for removing rock. Associated Press.

The solar energy industry on Hawaii's Big Island has continued its upward trajectory last month with yet another double-digit year-over-year increase in the number of issued solar photovoltaic permits. Pacific Business News.

Kmart closing in August. A liquidation sale at the Kailua-Kona Kmart will begin Thursday in advance of its closure planned for early August, the store’s parent company announced Friday. West Hawaii Today.


Testing has been completed on more than 100 rape kits dating to 1999 in Maui County, which is the first in the state to meet requirements as part of the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. Maui News.

State Legislature Funds $368 Million for Maui Capital Improvement Projects. Maui Now.


The Kapaia Swinging Bridge is about to be traversed for the first time since it closed down nearly a dozen years ago. Garden Island.

Young student farming goes west. Waimea Canyon Middle School students are really growing. Garden Island.


Big ideas for Molokai Ranch buy, then quiet. Lamplighter Energy discussed growing hibiscus as biofuel, but no follow-up. Maui News.

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