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Friday, October 28, 2022

Hawaii Island residents advised to pack 'go bag' as volcano rumbles, red light cameras catch drivers, Maui deputy police chief quits, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands


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Big Island residents advised to pack ‘go’ bag as Mauna Loa rumbles. Hawaii officials are warning residents of the Big Island that the world’s largest active volcano, Mauna Loa, is sending signals that it might erupt. Experts say it would take just a few hours for lava to reach homes closest to vents on the volcano, which last erupted in 1984. Associated Press. Hawaii News Now. KITV4. Big Island Video News.

Mail-in voting still presents obstacles for people with disabilities. The Statewide Voters with Special Needs Advisory Committee began meeting earlier this year to make sure everybody in this group has the opportunity to vote. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaiʻi IT Scores A- In 2022 Digital States Survey. Hawaiʻi ranks among the top performing states with an overall grade of A- in the Center for Digital Government’s 2022 Digital States Survey. Big Island Video News.

Hawaii students outpace most of U.S. in pandemic test scores, study finds. While the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt public-school reading test scores in almost all other states, Hawaii was one of only two states where the reading scores for grades 3 through 8 have stayed relatively stable, according to a new independent analysis called the Education Recovery Scorecard. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Schools Are Struggling To Help English Learners Recover From Pandemic Setbacks. Distance learning had an outsized effect on students learning English. The DOE hopes more qualified teachers will turn things around. Civil Beat.

Fishing For Likes: Has Social Media Affected Ulua Fish Stock In Hawaii? Some experts say giant trevally, a culturally and ecologically important fish, has declined as its popularity has soared online, but better data is needed. Civil Beat.


Rail utility work along Dillingham Boulevard to last over 3 years. A three-year slog up and down Dillingham Boulevard with round-the-clock construction taking up one side of the major thoroughfare between Kalihi and Iwilei is set to begin in November. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Red light cameras catch 126 drivers, warnings issued. The state says 126 drivers have been caught on camera going through a red light. For now, those drivers are only getting a warning. Fines will be handed out next month, and a second camera will be installed by then also. KHON2.

Board of Land and Natural Resources repeals permit rules for Waikiki surf instructors, others. The state Board of Land and Natural Resources voted Thursday to repeal administrative rules requiring surf instructors, outrigger canoe captains and other people who operate commercially in Waikiki waters to obtain a state permit certifying their qualifications, despite objections from some longtime operators who said it would threaten the traditions and legacy of the Waikiki beachboys. Star-Advertiser.

Attorney for alleged Russian spy in Hawaii withdraws following ‘breakdown’ in relationship. Walter Primrose and his wife Gwynn Morrison are accused of stealing the identities of dead babies from Texas in the 1980s. They also were found keeping military maps, coded messages, and kits for invisible ink in their home. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu’s only public shooting range closed indefinitely as probe into possible lead contamination begins. The city has no timeline for when Oahu’s only public shooting range will reopen as an investigation into elevated lead levels in the majority of workers at the facility begins. Hawaii News Now.

HNL airport: Mauka concourse restaurant plans rejected. The mauka concourse at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport opened to travelers more than a year ago, but the new facility is noticeably missing places to eat as the building permit application for a restaurant was recently rejected. KHON2.

KCC receives $1.29M grant for community health worker training. The grant is part of an $11.3 million award to the UH system from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaii Island

Proposed rules would curtail manta viewing. The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation has developed a proposed series of rules that would limit the number and activities of permitted commercial manta ray viewing operators in order to mitigate overcrowding, environmental impacts and safety concerns. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News. Maui Now.

Fixes unveiled for Waipio road: Three-year effort would be done in phases. A three-year Hawaii County plan to fully reopen Waipio Valley Road by mitigating its safety hazards was met with little opposition Wednesday. Tribune-Herald.

Aging, overcrowded Hilo correctional center getting some help, but more is needed. Cramped, cluttered and under construction. That’s the current situation at Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center in Hilo. Big Island Now.

Hawaii Island residents who lost their homes to Kilauea eruption receive buyout checks
. Hawaii Island property owners who lost their homes in the 2018 Kilauea eruption are finally receiving their buyout checks from the county. Hawaii News Now.


After just 10 months on the job, Deputy Police Chief Hank retires; Maui’s Wade Maeda promoted. Maui Police Chief John Pelletier selected Hank as his second in command prior to being sworn in last December. Maui Now.

3 years after riot, an inside look into what’s changed at Maui Correctional Center. More than three years after a jailhouse riot caused more than $5 million at Maui Community Correctional Center, the media got an inside look at all the changes. Hawaii News Now.

$8.29 M awarded to Pacific islands region projects
. Five funded projects to benefit Maui, Molokai conservation. Maui News.


Former JROTC instructor sentenced behind bars for child porn. A former JROTC instructor has been sentenced 14 years in prison for sexually exploiting a student, said the U.S. District Court on Friday. Victor Aguilar, 66, of Kauai pleaded guilty to child pornography offenses in May. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

Kaua‘i tourism numbers surge in September. A post-pandemic bounceback appears to be in full swing on the island of Kaua‘i, as evidenced by strong gains in visitor numbers and tourism spending last month. Garden Island.

Inaugural Operation Rising Star golf tournament on Dec. 18 at Hōkūala on Kauaʻi. Hōkūala will host the inaugural Operation Rising Star golf tournament at its award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Ocean Course on Dec. 18 with the proceeds going to Folds of Honor scholarship recipients in Hawaiʻi. Kauai Now.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Vice President Harris to visit Honolulu, Maui mayor calls for voluntary pause in non-essential activity, Kilauea volcano threat level raised, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Vice President Kamala Harris to join husband in Honolulu after official trips in Asia. Vice President Kamala Harris will reunite in Hawaii with second gentleman Doug Emhoff on Thursday following separate trips overseas for official White House functions. The couple will stop in Honolulu en route to Washington, D.C. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Guard troops to stay on state COVID-19 duty through December. A federal extension has been granted through December for Hawaii National Guard COVID-19 assistance around the state with the explosion of delta variant cases. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Has A Shortage Of School Bus Drivers, Leaving Some Students Stranded. The shortage follows a warning by a DOE official shortly before the school year began that there was an “alarming influx in driver resignations.” Civil Beat.

Medical experts say COVID’s spread among Hawaii’s kids likely ‘understated’. As of last week, the state Department of Education reported 430 cases over two weeks in schools across the state but said there was no spread within the schools. Dr. Scott Miscovich, who has helped lead Hawaii’s testing effort, doubts that. Hawaii News Now.

State broadband program can accept more households. The Hawai‘i Broadband & Digital Equity Office is encouraging all qualified families and individuals to apply for the program, which provides monthly discounts of up to $50 towards broadband service, or up to $75 for households on state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands parcels. Garden Island.

UH pandemic modelers: Oahu, Big Island in ‘eye’ of COVID hurricane and Maui isn’t far behind. The Hawaii Pandemic Applied Modeling Work Group says there are no signs that the alarming increases in COVID cases and hospitalizations on Oahu and Hawaii County are slowing down. Hawaii News Now.

Physician recommends flu shot as COVID-19 stresses hospitals.
Flu season starts on Oct. 9 this year, but doctors say you should get your flu shot as early as possible. That’s around the time many may be getting COVID-19 booster shots. KHON2.

Aug. 24, 2021 COVID-19 Update: 565 New Cases in Hawai‘i. The confirmed cases included: 308 on O‘ahu (+62 probable); 97 on Hawai‘i Island (+3 probable); 65 on Maui (+5 probable); 17 on Kaua‘i; and eight in Hawai‘i residents diagnosed while out of state. Maui Now.


City considering a plan to better manage short-term vacation rentals. The Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting is proposing a measure to cut down the number of short-term vacation rentals on Oahu and boost the number of housing units available to residents. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu pilot program to cite red light runners set to start
. By the end of the year, 10 Honolulu Intersections could have a camera installed to track and ticket drivers for running red lights. KITV4.

Officials: Plans in place to deploy COVID field hospitals on Oahu if they’re needed. As Hawaii’s COVID crisis worsens, emergency rooms are crowded with a mix of coronavirus patients alongside people with other ailments and injuries. Hawaii News Now.

Cockfights And Corruption: How Police Arbitration Kept This Cop On The Job. In Hawaii, arbitrators look to previous decisions in order to be fair, no matter how serious the misconduct or whether it’s even similar. Civil Beat.

KCC Farmers’ Market closes temporarily. The Kapiolani Community College has temporarily closed its popular farmers market out of an abundance of caution. KHON2.

Hawaii Island

Investigation Uncovers Numerous ADA Violations In Hawaii Island’s Transit Service. The county agrees to fix “chronically inoperable” wheelchair lifts and make other changes to avoid getting sued. Civil Beat. West Hawaii Today.

Police survey: High marks, but room for improvement. The results of a Hawaii Police Department community survey conducted in April were released to the public Tuesday, with the majority of respondents finding Hawaii Island is a safe place to live and work. Tribune-Herald.

Kilauea volcano alert raised following earthquake swarms.
Scientists are on alert for a possible eruption of Kilauea within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park following a flurry of earthquakes around the volcano’s summit. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now. Big Island Video News. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.


Maui Mayor Asks for Voluntary 21 Day Rest from Non-Essential Activity. It’s part of a list of recommendations and requests made by the mayor as he seeks approval of amendments to the County’s Health Emergency Rules. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

A top state health official and a doctor on Maui are promoting controversial COVID-19 treatments. Dr. Lorrin Pang, who has served for more than two decades as the Maui district health officer for the state Department of Health, is co-founder of the Pono Coalition for Informed Consent. Star-Advertiser.

Georgia man cited for holding sea turtle by shell at Maui beach. A 60-year-old Georgia man visiting Maui may be facing federal charges for picking up a sea turtle by its shell and lifting it out of the water at a beach in Kaanapali. Star-Advertiser. Big Island Now. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now.


WKEP finds no long-term damage in draft environmental assessment. A draft environmental assessment for the West Kaua‘i Energy Project expects no long-term adverse impacts would result from the proposed construction. Garden Island.

Kaua‘i fastest-growing county in state.
In a download of U.S. Census Bureau new data released earlier this month, it was revealed Kaua‘i is the fastest-growing county in Hawai‘i at about 9.2%, which is slightly below what county planners had predicted. Garden Island.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Hurricane Hector weakens but remains a threat, congressional candidates promise to oppose single-payer health care despite public positions, Aloha trademark dispute readies for court, lots of candidate info, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hurricane Hector Friday morning, NOAA graphic
Although Hurricane Hector weakened slightly overnight, weather officials still expect the storm to strengthen into a major hurricane this weekend. Star-Advertiser.

Hurricane Hector is weakening as it churns in the Eastern Pacific but it could still become a major storm over the weekend, forecasters say. Hawaii News Now.

Hurricane Hector weakened overnight, but is still forecast to become a major hurricane. Maui Now.


3 candidates dispute site’s take on their health care opinions. Three Democratic candidates running for the congressional seat being vacated by Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa indicated to a national health care lobbyist in private meetings and other surveys that they oppose a single-payer health care system, despite campaigning in favor of it. Star-Advertiser.

Health Care Lobbyists Secretly Secure Democrats’ Opposition To ‘Medicare For All’. A lobbyist group approached a raft of candidates for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District seat — then prepared internal dossiers on their positions. Civil Beat.

Super PAC Spending Revealed. More than 8.5 million dollars has been spent so far in primary election races for the top two state executive offices. Hawaii Public Radio.

Carpenters Union Makes Josh Green A Million-Dollar Candidate For LG. A legislative leader says the union is retaliating against Green’s closest rival, state Sen. Jill Tokuda, for her criticism of the rail project. Civil Beat.

The remains handed over by North Korea last week in 55 boxes are “consistent with being Americans,” based on an initial examination, although none has been positively identified, a U.S. scientist who has seen the remains said Thursday. Associated Press.

The lone Republican candidate who campaigned for the state House seat being vacated by Rep. Andria Tupola is ineligible to run, which could torpedo the party’s effort to retain one of the last five seats it holds in the state Legislature. Star-Advertiser.

U.S. judge dismisses lawsuits against former Hawaii journalist. Malia Zimmerman was accused of making up quotes in a story that ran on Fox News suggesting that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich murdered for leaking political emails. Hawaii News Now.

Several Native Hawaiian advocacy groups announced on Thursday that they are building a legal case against a Chicago eatery that trademarked the words "Aloha Poke." Hawaii News Now.

Aloha Poke Case Raises Issue for All Hawaii Businesses: Protecting Your Brand Name. Hawaii Business magazine.

The world’s largest international maritime exercise concluded Thursday following more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Garden Island.

Federal funding to fight infectious diseases in Hawaii. The U.S. Department of Health awarded nearly $2.5 million to Hawaii's infectious disease control program. KHON2.

Hawaii pays the most for electricity by far, according to a report revealing Hawaii's prices are more than twice the national average. But those high prices seem to be pushing residents toward a sustainable future with rooftop solar, or photovoltaic, systems. Hawaii News Now.


A developer and a road’s owner feud over access to new student housing. A new apartment tower in Moiliili for university students is slated to open Aug. 16 with chic furnishings, a fitness center and a rooftop terrace lounge. Star-Advertiser.

A Tough First Year Comes To An End For This Innovative Oahu Charter School Despite efforts to build a culture of collaboration, Kamalani Academy faced a multitude of challenges with staff turnover and figuring out exactly how the school should be run. Civil Beat.

Brookfield buying developer of Hawaii military housing for $11B. Brookfield Asset Management, which won shareholder approval this week to buy GGP, the owner Hawaii’s Ala Moana Center, for $15 billion, is adding another company with Hawaii ties to its portfolio with an $11 billion deal to acquire Forest City Realty Trust. Pacific Business News.

Honolulu's rail authority received the third train for its 20-mile elevated rail project on Wednesday. Pacific Business News.

Alexander & Baldwin posts lower profit. The owner of Aikahi Park Shopping Center disclosed Thursday that it is preparing plans to renovate and reposition the Kailua retail complex. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

Hawaii County officials have begun drafting a resolution that would create a redevelopment agency to oversee Puna’s recovery. Tribune-Herald.

Volcano Alternate Routes Planned In Case Highway 11 Fails. The Volcano Village community got a glimpse of their possible future ingress and egress to their Kilauea summit town, during a public meeting Thursday night at the Cooper Center. Big Island Video News.

Road Damage From Earthquakes Is Latest Volcano Peril. Officials worry that future quakes could shut down Highway 11, a vital link between Hilo and a rural district. Associated Press.

Lava a hot topic for Puna council candidates. With two candidates running for each seat, both races will be decided in the Aug. 11 primary. Tribune-Herald.

The University of Hawaii at Hilo was awarded nearly $200,000 by the National Science Foundation to study the wider effects of rapid ohia death on animal communities. Tribune-Herald.


Democratic incumbent Kyle Yamashita and challenger Tiare Lawrence are gearing up for round two of their winner-take-all primary election contest for the Upcountry 12th House seat that was decided by just a few hundred votes two years ago. Maui News.

When South Maui voters head to the primary polls to cast their ballots for the 11th District state House of Representatives, they’ll have three Democratic candidates to choose from. Maui News.

Charges have been dismissed without prejudice against a Haleakala telescope protester, who could be charged again in the case. Maui News.


Despite major flooding damage to the North Shore following mid-April’s epic rainfall, visitors continue flocking to Kauai. Garden Island.

Na Pali Coast stamp to be dedicated at Hanalei Post Office.  The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the issuance of a Forever stamp depicting Kauai's iconic Na Pali coast at a special event at 10:45 a.m. on August 16 at the Hanalei Post Office, located at 5-5226 Kuhio Highway. KHON2.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Hawaii's sunscreen ban first in nation, 450 rescued from Honolulu 'floatilla,' former ILWU union boss indicted, volcano, earthquakes continue to rattle Big Island, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaii became the first state in the nation to ban sales of sunscreens containing chemicals deemed harmful to coral reefs after Gov. David Ige signed a bill into law Tuesday afternoon at the Capitol Rotunda in Honolulu. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Governor Starts The Clock On Sunscreen Ban. Gov. David Ige signs a bill that prohibits the sale of sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate in the islands, beginning in 2021. Civil Beat.

Gov. David Ige on Tuesday signed legislation that will ban the sale of sunscreens containing two chemicals thought to harm coral reefs. Associated Press.

34% of Hawaii’s coast at risk as climate change accelerates. A study by University of Hawaii researchers has found a third of the state’s shorelines are vulnerable to coastal hazards as the waves and storms that hit the islands become intensified by the growing impacts of sea level rise. Star-Advertiser.

Conditions of Hawaii's Beaches this Summer. The Conversation's Catherine Cruz spoke with Dolan Eversole, a coastal geologist with the University of Hawaii’s Sea Grant College, about managing our coastal resources as we face rising warming waters. Hawaii Public Radio.


Congressional candidate Sherry Alu Campagna is upset Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has not agreed to debate her. Garden Island.

More women in Hawaii are running for office in 2018 than in the last election cycle two years ago, following a nationwide trend. Statewide, females make up 38 percent of candidates this year, compared to 32 percent in the prior election cycle. Civil Beat.

Former high-ranking union leader slapped with theft charges in new indictment. A federal grand jury has indicted Nate Lum, the former division director for the ILWU on theft charges. Hawaii News Now.

How Hawaii Is Trying To ‘Grow Our Own’ Pipeline of New Teachers. In an effort to address the state’s chronic teacher shortage, a new initiative offers scholarships and support to help long-term subs become licensed teachers. Civil Beat.

Governor to sign 'bill of rights' for Hawaii's foster youth. Current and former foster youth helped shape legislation that Gov. David Ige will sign into law on Thursday. Hawaii News Now.

Federal Disaster Survivor Assistance teams on Tuesday began going door-to-door on Oahu and Kauai trying to register uninsured or underinsured renters and homeowners who may qualify for federal assistance after suffering damage during April’s rains and flooding that triggered landslides and mudslides. Star-Advertiser.

Representatives from FEMA's Disaster Survivor Assistance teams will be going door-to-door to register homeowners and renters of the City and County of Honolulu and Kauai County who were uninsured or underinsured and suffered damage from the April severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides. KHON2.

Report: Hawaii still a long way off from 100 percent renewable energy. Hawaii law mandates that by 2045, 100 percent of energy in the state's electricity sector must be renewable. Hawaii News Now.


Lifeguards have rescued about 450 July Fourth "floatilla" revelers in waters off Waikiki, a Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokeswoman said. Hawaii News Now.

Fourth of July floatilla considered calm, controlled despite more than 450 rescues. KHON2.

Hundreds of people rescued during the annual 4th of July flotilla in Waikiki, but compared to last year's event some say this one was tamer. KITV.


More than 1,000 people use special Saturday DMV hours after computer outage. KHON2.

Hawaiian Electric prepares to launch first phase of community solar program. Customers participating in the program will receive a credit on their electric bill. Pacific Business News.

Honolulu’s controversial bike share program is expanding. BikeShare Hawaii plans to add about 40 new Biki docking stations to its existing 100 this year, displacing one to two parking stalls per station in some cases. Star-Advertiser.

$1.7 Million for Hawaii Ocean Research, Estuary Management. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will award a total of $1,748,582 to the University of Hawai‘i to fund its Sea Grant College Program and its management of the Heeia National Estuarine Research Reserve. Maui Now.

Hawaii Island

State Senate District 3 candidates share views during forum. For the first time in a decade, the state Senate seat for Hawaii Island’s 3rd District will be filled by a new face. West Hawaii Today.

Waimea Community Association is again collaborating with several community groups to co-host a candidate forum from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, in Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Taylor Commons, the upper campus cafeteria. Big Island Now.

Tourism bureau: It’s the best time to visit the Big Island. Tribune-Herald.

The Hawaii National Guard deactivated the Joint Task Force 50 partnership with the Guard and regular military forces that was formed to help with the lava emergency response in Hawaii County, said Guard spokesman Maj. Jeff Hickman on Tuesday in a statement. Tribune-Herald.

Air quality monitoring, condemnation, and access to isolated homes were some of the concerns on the minds of the residents of Puna, who were given a chance to directly question county officials for the second time at Tuesday’s eruption meeting in Pahoa. Big Island Video News.

The Village That Can’t Stop Shaking. Volcano Village’s residents and businesses are coping with frequent earthquakes and the closure of the nearby national park. Civil Beat.

People returned to subdivision buried by lava in 1990 — could it happen again? Star-Advertiser.

Kalapana vacation rental businesses may resume operations after volcano eruption. KHON2.

County still seeking site for Naalehu sewer plant. Maybe the 31st time will be the charm. West Hawaii Today.

During a special session held Friday in Hilo, the Hawaii County Council met with and approved the 11 nominees to serve on the Charter Commission. Big Island Video News.


A proposed charter amendment to reorganize the county’s executive branch by incorporating a professional managing director to run the county’s daily operations was deferred by a County Council committee Tuesday, which likely means it will not be on Nov. 6 general election ballot. Maui News.

Fireworks Likely Cause of Kihei Fire: Two Homes Destroyed, Four Others Damaged. Maui Now.

Fireworks possible cause of fire that destroyed two Maui homes. KHON2.

Old cane field fire burns at least 2,500 acres. Traffic slowed, precautionary evacuations called. Maui News.

Sales of lots in Maui heavy industrial park set to close. Subdivision improvements at the 86-acre Pulehunui Industrial Park on Maui, the island’s first and only subdivision with M3 heavy industrial zoning, have been completed, clearing the way for lots to be delivered to buyers, including Goodfellow Bros. Inc., Aloha Waste Systems and Truss Systems Hawaii. Pacific Business News.


North Shore learning lessons. Following the massive rainfall and flooding on Kauai in April, many residents experienced a high degree of uncertainty as schools, businesses, and roads were closed, leaving many stranded or displaced. Garden Island.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Lava continues toward Big Island neighborhood, volcano spawns earthquakes, ethics complaint filed in Honolulu City Council race, 2014 GMO controversy ignites Maui political races, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

PC: Kai Kahele
Lava fountain Sunday night PC: Kai Kahele
VIDEO: Lava flow from helicopter Sunday night. By Sen. Kai Kahele.

Growth in tourism is affecting Hawaii residents’ quality of life. The unprecedented arrivals growth means that about 1 in every 8 people statewide are now visitors. On Oahu more than 1 in 10 people are tourists and on Hawaii island it’s about 1 in 7. On Kauai and Maui, more than 1 in four people are visitors. Star-Advertiser.

Isle bankruptcies keep rising despite economic growth. Statewide filings in May soared 10.5 percent to mark the fourth time in five months they have exceeded the previous year’s total, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.

Here’s How Much Hawaii CEOs Make Compared To Their Employees. The gap between CEO pay and the median salaries of their employees for Hawaii’s publicly-traded companies is narrower than nationwide. Civil Beat.

Lobbying On Both Sides Of Medical Aid In Dying Bill Cost More Than $34K. Opponents spent nearly twice on lobbying and public relations as much as supporters in a failed attempt to derail the measure, according to state reports. Civil Beat.


Honolulu City Councilman Trevor Ozawa has filed an ethics complaint alleging that one of Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s appointees used city resources to give Ozawa’s political rival a boost in the upcoming election. Star-Advertiser.

Proposed revisions to rules governing nearshore water events off city parks — anxiously awaited and debated in recent months by the North Shore community, surf meet organizers and the surfing public — were released Saturday by the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation. Star-Advertiser.

The city will be hosting a meeting in early July to discuss changes to permitting rules for surf and shore water events on Oahu. Hawaii News Now.

Some grave-site space opens at Punchbowl. Star-Advertiser.

Rents for two-bedroom apartments in Honolulu have significantly declined over the past year, but still rank among the highest in the nation, according to two new reports from Apartment List and Zumper. Pacific Business News.

Accidentally removed crosswalk in Hawaii Kai raises safety concerns. KHON2.

HPD: Suspect lunged at police with a large knife moments before deadly shooting. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Island

The leading edge of flow front is nearing the ocean as it moves through Kapoho on Sunday evening. Big Island Video News.

Lava is advancing along a half-mile-wide front toward the ocean at Kapoho Bay between Kapoho Beach Road and Kapoho Kai Drive, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Star-Advertiser.

Hundreds of homes in peril as Kilauea lava flow nears Kapoho Beach Lots, Vacationland. A wide lava flow fanned out Sunday over farm lots as it edged closer to Kapoho Bay and threatened to bury hundreds of homes in Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots. Tribune-Herald.

Lava Traveling Through Kapoho Beach Lots, Moving Towards Ocean. Hawaii Public Radio.

A helicopter crew saved three Puna residents from the ravages of Kilauea on Sunday, hours before a magnitude-5.5 earthquake below the volcano’s summit sent an ash plume 8,000 feet skyward. Star-Advertiser.

Evacuation order came suddenly for Kapoho residents. Star-Advertiser.

Mandatory Evacuations Strain Residents and Responders. Hawaii Public Radio.

Three people trapped by lava from the isolated areas of Kapoho and Vacationland in lower Puna were airlifted out by county rescuers. Hawaii News Now.

The vent inside Halemaumau Crater is blocked with debris, preventing more large ash plumes for the time being. Kyle Anderson, a geophysicist with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said it’s not known if this spells the end for the summit eruption or could lead to another explosion. Tribune-Herald.

Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers cited an additional eight people Saturday for loitering in a disaster area. Tribune-Herald.

Department of Land and Natural Resources enforcement officers cited seven people Friday for violating area restrictions in order to get close-up views of lava flows in Lower Puna. Star-Advertiser.

Big Island man arrested after going around a road block, crashing truck in cooled lava. Hawaii News Now.

Residents affected by lava flow grateful for Hawaii National Guard. KHON2.

Record number of earthquakes recorded at Kilauea summit. More than 500 earthquakes were reported at the summit of Kilauea volcano in a 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. today, according to a Hawaiian Volcano Observatory seismologist. Tribune-Herald.

There is NO tsunami threat to Hawaii after a 5.5 (preliminary magnitude 5.8) earthquake reported at 3:51 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2018, in the summit region of the Kilauea volcano, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Maui Now.

Lava flows reignite debate over safety and future of Puna Geothermal Venture facility. Star-Advertiser.

Forestry managers on Hawaii island report one-third to one-half of the total acreage of the Malama Ki Forest Reserve has been impacted by the month-long East Rift Zone volcanic eruption. KITV.

Norwegian Cruise Lines suspends Hawaii Island ports indefinitely. West Hawaii Today.


A political movement born in the 2014 genetically modified organism moratorium vote has been gathering strength of late, inspiring a new group of candidates to run for elected office and perhaps upset the status quo in Maui County politics. Maui News.

Candidates file nomination papers. Maui News.

For the first time since deploying NARCAN kits to their front-line officers, the Maui Police Department recorded its first documented use of the kit in the field by one of its officers. Maui Now.

Fish stocks could increase by 250 percent on Maui and 350 percent on Molokai if fishing were not allowed in certain areas of the islands, according to a recently released study. Maui News.


Kauai Fire Department Chief Robert Westerman, 62, will hang up his hat and hose at the end of the year. Garden Island.

Kilauea resident Adam Roversi, 49, a deputy county attorney for the County of Kauai in the office’s litigation division, has filed to run for the County Council. Garden Island.

Learn about the impact cesspools are having on drinking water and sensitive surface waters at a Hawaii State Department of Health meeting scheduled for Aug. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kapaa Neighborhood Center. Garden Island.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hawaii tourism takes a hit, cruise ships cancel Big Island ports, officials seek to plug geothermal well, air condition red in Puna; Honolulu rail seeks partners, Waikiki beach boys fight for survival, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that it won’t make calls in Big Isle ports this week, widening tourism losses for the hard-hit island. Star-Advertiser.

Cruise ship Pride of America cancels Big Island visits. Tribune-Herald.

Tourism losses mount across the Big Island. Star-Advertiser.

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Beth Fukumoto Takes Her Hunt For Campaign Cash To DC. The Republican-turned-Democrat is banking on outside help from disgruntled Never Trumpers and progressives. Civil Beat.

Hawaii faces additional challenges to its standing as one of only two states to reject all forms of gambling after Monday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court opened wide the door to sports gambling. Star-Advertiser.

New EIS, EA procedures: Public hearings for rule changes set this month. A complete rewrite of the procedures that agencies and developers use for environmental assessments and environmental impact statements is the subject of statewide public hearings later this month. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii state pension fund commits to impact investing. Pacific Business News.

The Japanese government has announced Prince Fumihito and Princess Kiko will visit Hawaii for the first time next month. Associated Press.

The widow of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye attended the keel-laying ceremony Monday for the future USS Daniel Inouye in Bath, Maine. Star-Advertiser.


HART Looking For Private Partners to Complete Last $1.6B City Center Rail Segment. The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation – HART – wants to partner with private businesses to complete and sustain the city’s rail system. Hawaii Public Radio.

An $11.4 million settlement with an injured pedestrian indicates the city’s crosswalk policies are breaking the law, and endangering pedestrians. Hawaii News Now.

The two longtime operators of separate Waikiki beachboys stands say they intend to continue offering surf lessons, canoe rides, beach umbrellas and other services despite orders from the city to vacate their concessions today. Star-Advertiser.

A new scooter sharing program called Lime-S launched in Honolulu over the weekend. Pacific Business News.

Electric rental scooters hit sidewalks despite city prohibition. California-based Lime dropped about 200 electric scooters onto sidewalks in the Ala Moana, Waikiki and Kakaako areas Saturday and said about 1,500 riders took a spin over the weekend by paying $1 plus 15 cents a minute. Star-Advertiser.

City of Honolulu says new scooter pilot program operating illegally. KHON2.

Beretania Street was closed in the westbound direction from Ward Avenue for about an hour today after a member of the public dropped off possible military ordnance at the Honolulu Police Department headquarters. Star-Advertiser.

The Fight To Save A Sacred Owl In West Oahu. A nonprofit group based in Ewa Beach is concerned future development will destroy the habitat of the Hawaiian short-eared owl. Civil Beat.

Hawaii Island

Effort Underway To Kill Puna Geothermal Wells. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Tom Travis talks about the effort to secure PGV as lava erupts nearby. Big Island Video News.

Officials to kill active wells at Puna geothermal plant as lava creeps closer. Hawaii News Now.

Sulfur dioxide levels at ‘condition red’ in Lanipuna Gardens, county officials warn. Star-Advertiser.

Residents warned of dangerously high sulfur dioxide levels in lower Puna. Tribune-Herald.

'Red' air quality alert issued for areas near several active fissures. Hawaii News Now.

Condition RED Air Quality Danger Due To Eruption. Big Island Video News.

High sulfur dioxide levels from fissures prompt condition-red warning for residents. KHON2.

Fissures Near Lanipuna Gardens Releasing Dangerous Levels of Sulfur Dioxide. Hawaii Public Radio.

Escape road threatened, geothermal wells to be killed as lava approaches. Star-Advertiser.

Officials seek to shore up Pahoa lifelines, Mayor Kim says. Star-Advertiser.

The Time They Bombed Mauna Loa And Other Lava-Stopping Schemes. Diverting a lava flow is not as easy as some people — including then-Lt. Col. George Patton — once thought. Civil Beat.

Highway 130 opens Tuesday for local traffic only. KITV.

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.

State eyes 'lava bridge,' other fixes to keep key roadways open. Hawaii News Now.

Schools react, respond to lava emergency. KHON2.

With smiles from ear to ear and exclamations of glee and awe, the 18 preschoolers from Kua O Ka La Public Charter School in Puna got up close and personal with the coastal bottlenose dolphins at Dolphin Quest at Hilton Waikoloa Village. West Hawaii Today.

The Hawaii Department of Health reminds the public that its Crisis Line of Hawaii is available for residents, visitors and anyone affected by the Kilauea eruptions seeking help in coping with mental or emotional effects. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii County Prosecutor’s Office will remain on the case involving an ex-police officer accused of fatally striking a bicyclist in 2015. West Hawaii Today.

A crime of laziness: Public warned about poisoned prawns. West Hawaii Today.

The state has issued cease and desist orders to four Hawaii County men for the unlawful removal of tons of lava rock from the Mauna Loa Forest Reserve. Star-Advertiser.


Hana’s only gas station has shut down for 10 days, though a Maui Oil truck will provide gas at the site for a limited time each day, general manager Marni Aina said Monday, the first day of the closure. Maui News.


Peace, Quiet And A Revived Sense of Community. For those living beyond Hanalei, it’s tough to get to jobs or shop, but many feel liberated with the tourist mobs gone. Civil Beat.

The Kauai Emergency Management Agency is urging Kauai residents affected by the April 14-15 flooding to submit any unreported damages of homes and businesses. Garden Island.

Polihale State Park opened today, after nearly a month of work to restore the entry road damaged in the April flooding on Kauai. Garden Island.


With parts of the Molokai landfill expected to reach full capacity in coming years, Maui County is proposing expansions on the property to allow for the island’s future disposal needs. Maui News.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Federal aid iffy in Kilauea volcano response, alternate road planned as cracks emerge in main thoroughfare, cancellations concern tourism officials -- lots more volcano news. Plus, homelessness drops, rail costs rise, more top news from all the Hawaiian Islands

A local pokes fun at federal volcano responders in this Facebook photo illustration PC: Gayln Williams
Federal disaster declaration iffy, governor says. The ongoing volcanic eruption does not yet appear to reach the financial threshold for a federal disaster declaration, but Gov. David Ige is exploring whether a disaster can be declared for presenting “an imminent danger to the community.” Star-Advertiser.

'Open for business': Tourism leaders say misinformation is driving spike in cancellations. Hawaii News Now.

Volcanic activity has paused at all 12 fissures although they continue to emit hazardous fumes, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Star-Advertiser.

As eruptions subside on Big Island, residents warned: 'This is not over'. Hawaii News Now.

Volcanic activity calms for now, but officials 'don't believe this is the end of it'. KHON2.

Hawaii County Civil Defense officials said Monday that a total of 35 structures, most of those homes, have been destroyed by lava flowing from the eruptions from 10 fissures on Kilauea’s east rift zone, while officials with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the dropoff in activity from the eruption is “likely only a pause in activity.” Pacific Business News.

Hawaii County's Department of Public Works reports steam and lava emissions from a crack in Leilani Subdivision in the area of Mohala Street late Thursday afternoon. Since then, earthquakes have shook the island, and more fissures have appeared. Hawaii Public Radio.

Governor David Ige visited community members and volunteers in Pahoa Monday at Puuhonua O Puna, an information center established by Big Island Civil Defense at Sacred Hearts Church. KITV.

Hawaii Island leaders addressed the crowd Monday night at the public meeting on the ongoing Puna eruption, held at the Pahoa cafeteria. Big Island Video News.

The state and Hawaii County are preparing an alternate route to Puna in case Kilauea eruptions cut off Highway 130. Hawaii News Now.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation is working with the County of Hawaii to prepare an alternative route in Puna should Highway 130 be cut off by the Kilauea Volcano East Rift Zone Eruption. Big Island Now.

Officials work on contingency plan should current eruption cut off highway. KHON2.

Science explains Kilauea, a volcano oozing hot lava for decades. Kilauea is not your typical blow-the-top-off kind of volcano. Associated Press.

Despite Risks, Volcano Offers Affordable Piece Of Paradise. The people here are largely self-sufficient and understand the hazards of their location. Associated Press.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports volcanic activity has subsided at all 12 fissures, but hazardous fumes remain. Star-Advertiser.

Some Leilani Estates residents stay put despite evacuation order. Star-Advertiser.

Volcanic activity in Leilani impacts water supply of surrounding neighborhoods. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii island residents whose homes were destroyed by lava should be able to recover money for fire damage from their homeowners insurance policies. Star-Advertiser.

‘Business as usual’ in Lanipuna. With daily updates of more volcanic fissures opening and lava destroying homes in Leilani Estates, it’s easy to forget that Lanipuna Gardens, a smaller neighboring subdivision, also remains under evacuation order by Hawaii County Civil Defense. Tribune-Herald.

Two lava-related arrests made in Leilani Estates. Tribune-Herald.

In just the past week, people on the Big Island have felt over 1,200 earthquakes. Hawaii News Now.

The Latest: Lava update from Hawaii Island. KITV.


Count shows big decline in homelessness, but some doubt its accuracy. Hawaii News Now.

The statewide Point-in-Time Count, a census of Hawaii’s homeless population, decreased across all islands, indicating that the state is making progress in reducing the country’s highest per capita rate of homelessness. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii saw a 9.6 percent decrease in its homeless population as compared to a year ago, according to a survey released Monday. Civil Beat.

Homelessness in Hawaii has taken a nosedive for the second consecutive year, according to the 2018 statewide Point In Time Count Report conducted in January and released Monday morning. West Hawaii Today.

Homeless Point-In-Time Count Down For 2nd Consecutive Year. Hawaii Public Radio.


Neighbor island housing markets were mainly positive last month with mostly higher sale volume and prices on Hawaii island, Maui County and Kauai, according to data from local real estate agent trade associations. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Airlines tops $100M in baggage, change fees. Hawaiian Airlines has given no indication of changing its baggage and change-fee policies even with Southwest Airlines lurking in the distance. Star-Advertiser.


A one-day census of Oahu’s homeless population decreased for the first time in nine years and resulted in the statewide Point in Time Count decreasing for the second year in a row. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu’s rail agency has awarded the project’s next major contract: a work package valued at as much as $400 million to relocate utilities along the route’s last four miles into town. Civil Beat.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has awarded Nan Inc. a contract worth a maximum $400 million to relocate utilities along the proposed rail transit route through Honolulu’s city center. Pacific Business News.

Councilmember Kobayashi plans to prevent another Manoa stream flood. KITV.

Trump signs bill to add Pacific War memorial to Honolulu WWII sites. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

The county Board of Ethics made quick work Monday agreeing that Kohala Councilman Tim Richards doesn’t have a conflict of interest voting on a vacation rental bill, even though he and his wife operate a vacation rental themselves. West Hawaii Today.

Mayor Harry Kim inched his annual spending plan up another $2.3 million in his proposed budget delivered Monday to the County Council. West Hawaii Today.

Naalehu residents raise concern after wastewater treatment facility preliminary design puts it next to school. West Hawaii Today.

Heavy vog expected in West Hawaii through this week. West Hawaii Today.


Statewide survey finds a slight decrease in Maui homeless people. Valley Isle’s decline lowest in state, which had overall 9.6% drop in homeless population. Maui News.

With the median sales price hitting $725,000 for a single-family home and $508,513 for a condominium, the Realtors Association of Maui statistics for April provide the latest evidence of how tough it is for working-class residents to buy homes here. Maui News.

Maui Community Correctional Center Gets 3 New Adult Correctional Officers. Maui Now.

An 11.3-acre photovoltaic solar project located in Haleakala Ranch pastures came online over the weekend. Maui Now.

Maui's first large-scale solar project goes online. On Saturday, Kenyon Energy, in partnership with Maui Electric Co., flipped the switch on its new 2.87-megawatt solar farm on the Valley Isle south side. Pacific Business News.

With help from the Small Business Development Center, Maui resident Jenna Davis created Raw Love Sunscreen, an FDA approved, water proof and coral-safe sunscreen with no harmful chemicals, preservatives or fillers. Maui Now.


Flood relief efforts ongoing. It’s been nearly a month since historic rainfall caused catastrophic flooding on Kauai, destroying homes and cars, killing livestock and initially leaving three North Shore communities isolated. Garden Island.

Felicia Cowden has filed to run for the Kauai County Council. Garden Island.

The Department of Public Works is announcing that one lane of alternating traffic will be open for portions of Koloa Road to allow for the performance of pavement survey work today. Garden Island.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Breaking -- Lava leaps 230 feet, houses burn, earthquakes continue -- video, photos, stories on Hawaii volcano update, a special report

After a short period of quiet in Leilani Estates, a new, vigorous fissure began erupting from Luana Street on Saturday evening. Big Island Video News.

The lava outbreaks in Leilani Estates remained active overnight with a new fissure emerging and lava fountains as high as 230 feet, according to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Star-Advertiser.

1 am Eruption Update – New Ground Cracks On Highway 130. Big Island Video News.

Fissures 9 and 10 open in Leilani Estates; eruptions reported. Hawaii News Now.

Hourly updates
on the Big Island lava threat. KITV.

Sputtering lava, strong earthquakes and toxic gas jolted the southern part of the Big Island of Hawaii as magma shifted underneath a restless Kilauea volcano. Associated Press.

Volcanic gas a ‘risk for everyone’ in the area near lava outbreak. Star-Advertiser.

Talmadge Magno, the Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator, says that the first responders are feeling the effects of sulphur dioxide working in Leilani Estates. KHON2.

Watch and wait: Some may be allowed to return to homes briefly. Tribune-Herald.

Temporary flight restrictions have been issued for the area above lower Puna and is in effect from today until 11:59 p.m. Monday. Star-Advertiser.

Residents of neighboring Hawaii island communities fear they will be next to feel Pele’s wrath. Star-Advertiser.

Homes consumed by lava in Leilani Estates eruption, but most residents remain optimistic. KHON2.

Most of the Big Island is open for business, officials say. Star-Advertiser.

Here's how you can donate to those impacted by the Kilauea eruption. Hawaii News Now.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Gov. Ige seeks federal disaster declaration for flooding on Kauai and Oahu as Big Island put on volcano watch, sexual harassment in the Legislature, Roddenberry son building Maui home, new standards for Kakaako roads, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Courtesy governor's office
Ige signs disaster declaration request, Governor's Office photo
Gov. David Ige on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster for Hawaii following last month’s flooding and landslides that destroyed — or caused major damage — to more than 115 homes on Kauai and Oahu. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Seeks Federal Disaster Assistance For Flood-Ravaged Kauai. The state’s detailed assessment of damage includes destroyed homes and roads, lost tourism dollars and PTSD among residents. Civil Beat.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige has asked President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster for the state of Hawaii following severe flooding and landslides on Kauai and Oahu last month. Pacific Business News.

Gov. David Ige has asked President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster for the State of Hawaii as a result of severe flooding and landslides on Kauai and Oahu between April 13 and April 16, 2018. Big Island Now.

Gov. David Ige is asking President Trump to declare a major disaster for Hawaii following last month’s destructive flooding Kauai and Oahu. KHON2.

Some 532 homes were damaged or destroyed in the historic rains that swamped Oahu and Kauai last month, state officials said Wednesday. Hawaii News Now.

Damage to public property alone from last month’s flooding and landslides adds up to more than $19.7 million, and 532 homes on Oahu and Kauai were affected — 115 of them left with major damage or destroyed. Star-Advertiser.

Ige's full 25-page disaster declaration request can be found here.


Why No One Wants To Blow The Whistle On Sexual Misconduct. People who experience sexual harassment at the Hawaii State Capitol fear the consequences if they complain. Civil Beat.

Roll Call: Here’s The Best And Worst Attendance Of Legislators This Session. A handful of lawmakers missed at least 10 days, but many had perfect attendance. Civil Beat.

Oxybenzone may soon become a thing of the past. Yesterday, Hawaii lawmakers approved a state-wide ban on the sale of sunscreen containing the chemical. Hawaii Public Radio.

Army installations across Hawaii will receive $2.6 billion in funding over a 32-year period to build and upgrade facilities, as part of he Army’s Hawaii Infrastructure Readiness Initiative. Pacific Business News.

Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee Rowena Akana said she plans to fight an ethics charge alleging violations linked to cash she accepted to help pay for legal fees and for using her trustee allowance to buy things such as home cable television services and a home security system. Star-Advertiser.

OHA trustee says she'll fight ethics charges 'to the death'. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Public Schools to launch new online lunch payment system on May 7. KHON2.

Hokulea is back on dry land after getting damaged. The voyaging canoe ran aground as it made its way towards Kawaihae Harbor on the Big Island. The canoe's hull was damaged. KHON2.


Eight private Kakaako roads subject to new standards law. A bill signed into law by Gov. David Ige on Tuesday aims to make the owners of the roads responsible for upgrading the thoroughfares to meet city standards — something that could prove to be very costly — or quit charging for parking. Star-Advertiser.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will be looking for its third director of planning, permitting and right of way since November 2016 following the resignation of Abbey Mayer. Star-Advertiser.

While dozens of homeless people swept out of Kakaako parks set up new campsites in mauka parts of Kakaako, social service outreach workers also moved two homeless Kakaako families into public housing. Star-Advertiser.

The state’s largest utility is proposing to plug two batteries — really big batteries — into Oahu’s electricity grid to increase development, efficiency and cost savings of renewable energy production plants. Star-Advertiser.

Efforts to improve the beach parks mean lifeguards are spending precious time — moving their gear. At some Oahu beaches, lifesaving beach equipment is being transported to and from lifeguard towers every day. Hawaii News Now.

Coral out-plantings thriving at Sand Island. In the filtered light streaming through the ocean at Sand Island, Hawaii’s newest garden is thriving on five pyramids attached to the substrate. Garden Island.

Hawaii Island

Hawaii County officials are advising lower Puna residents to be prepared to evacuate should a new eruption occur on Kilauea’s East Rift Zone. Tribune-Herald.

Underground Magma On The Move As Quakes Rattle Volcano. It may have already gone under the highway to the viewing area, and Hawaii County is making preparations for a possible eruption. Associated Press.

At least a couple of cracks formed in the roadways near Leilani Estates in Puna Wednesday, offering up the latest sign that Kilauea Volcano may be drawing closer to a new eruption. Star-Advertiser.

The Puna district on Hawaii's Big Island was placed under a volcano watch after a crater floor collapsed at Kilauea Volcano causing dozens of small earthquakes in the volcano’s east rift zone over the past several days, prompting federal, state and local authorities to prepare for a possible eruption. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park closed nearly 16,000 acres on Kilauea Volcano today as the possibility for a new eruption looms over the area and surrounding communities. Star-Advertiser.

VIDEO: New Flyover Reveals Deep Hole At Puu Oo As Lava Moves Downrift. Big Island Video News.

Swarms of earthquakes — as many as eight to 10 temblors per hour — continue to rattle Puna, and residents along Kilauea's east rift zone are being told to prepare for a possible eruption that could come with "very little warning" to evacuate. Hawaii News Now.

Residents in Lower Puna are being advised to stay informed with County and U.S. Geological Survey updates because of recent volcanic activity in the area. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hundreds of small earthquakes continue to rattle the Big Island, raising concerns of a possible eruption from Kilauea Volcano. Emergency officials are already preparing for possible evacuations. KHON2.

Hawaii Island hit with earthquakes again Wednesday.  Some residents are on alert after increased activity at Kilauea Volcano. KITV.


Kohala Councilman Tim Richards said he will recuse himself from voting on a bill regulating vacation rentals until the Board of Ethics clears him of a potential conflict of interest. West Hawaii Today.

Another $6.8 million has been added to the tab for phase 2 of the Queen Kaahumanu Highway widening project. West Hawaii Today.

Friends of Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden is one step closer to securing the landmark garden and re-opening it to the public. West Hawaii Today.


The son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry plans to build a nearly 8,000-square-foot home with an infinity swimming pool and spa over the next couple years in Kaanapali. Maui News.


A joint preliminary damage assessment released Wednesday found the April flooding caused nearly $11 million in damages on Kauai. Garden Island.

Disaster recovery on Kauai is making progress with the help of good Samaritans. Samaritan’s Purse, a North Carolina-based Christian relief organization, on Wednesday landed at Lihue Airport with supplies and disaster specialists on the organization’s DC-8 cargo plane that departed from Greensboro. Garden Island.