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Hawaii: Star of Honolulu to take a dry-dock hiatus before Christmas - Los Angeles Times

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Hawaii: Star of Honolulu to take a dry-dock hiatus before Christmas
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At 232 feet long, the Star of Honolulu is the largest vessel of its kind in Hawaii. It includes a 60-foot observation deck and can accommodate 1,500 passengers.
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The popular ship used for sunset dinner cruises will enter dry dock on 13 December 2013.  The "Star of Honolulu" is the largest ship of its kind in Hawaii.  At 232 feet long, it boasts a 60 foot observation deck and can accommodate 1,500 passengers.  While the "Star" is undergoing repairs in dry dock, its sister ship, the "Dolphin Star", will continue to welcome guests for sunset cruises.  Aloha, Russ.

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County of Hawaii - Civil Defense Alerts and Information

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Eruption Information Update For Thursday October 30th At 2:45PM

This is an eruption and lava flow Information update for Thursday, October 30 at 2:45PM.

The flow continues to remain active  however has not advanced since 6:30 this morning, the front area has shown signs of widening with breakouts along the flanks or margins. Currently the flow front is approximately 60 yards wide. The flow front is currently 480 feet from Pāhoa Village Road. A new breakout located upslope from the flow front on the north side is active and advancing in a northeast direction and will be monitored closely.

Smoke conditions continue to be moderate with moderate trade winds from the northeast pushing the smoke in a south southwest direction. Presently burning activity is involving a variety of materials and smoke conditions may increase in some areas. Residents down wind that may be sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take necessary precautions and to remain indoors. Additional health advisories may be issued depending upon materials involved with any fires associated with the lava flow.

Based on the current flow location, direction and advancement, residents in the flow path were placed on an evacuation advisory and notified of possible need for evacuation.  The evacuation advisory for those residents down slope of the flow will continue and residents will be kept informed of the flow status and advancement. 

The Pahoa Village Road between Apa’a Street and the Post Office Road will remain closed and limited to area residents only. Motorist should use caution and slow down on Highway 130 near the Post Office Road intersection. Residents of the restricted area should not bring unauthorized persons into the restricted area. In addition, Civil Defense and public safety personnel will be operating in the area round the clock to maintain close observations of flow activity. Additional updates will be broadcasted as conditions change.


Civil Defense Lava Flow Map - Updated Thursday, 10/30/14 at 6:30 am


Civil Defense Lava Flow Map - Updated Thursday, 10/30/14 at 6:30 am

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Mayor's Proclamation From October 16, 2014

Supplementary Proclamation effective October 16, 2014 prohibiting access to the Railroad Alternative Emergency Route and the Chain of Craters Alternative Emergency Route.

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Mayor's Proclamation From October 15, 2014

State of Emergency exists on the Hawaii Island, Effective Wednesday, 10/15/2014  and continuing thereon for 60 days or until further act.

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Mayor's Proclamation From September 4, 2014

June 27th Lava Flow Proclamation for Hawaii Island, Effective Thursday, 09/04/2014 and continuing thereon for 60 days or until further act.

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Mayor's Proclamation From August 7, 2014

State of Emergency exists on the Hawaii Island, Effective 6:00 AM   Thursday, 08/07/2014  and continuing thereon for 60 days or until further act.

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Here's the latest lava flow and road closure update from Hawaii County Civil Defense.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Lava Flow Is Slow, Yet Unrelenting - U.S. News & World Report

Hawaii Lava Flow Is Slow, Yet Unrelenting - U.S. News & World Report | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess, moves gradually and persistently as she deposits lava across the Big Island of Hawaii.
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It's just a matter of time before the June 27 lava flow cuts Pahoa Town in half.  Once the slow-moving lava flow crosses Pahoa Village Road and part of Highway 130, most of lower Puna will be cut off from Hilo.  Two emergency roads have been repaired, allowing some traffic in and out of Pahoa via Railroad Avenue and the Old Government Beach Road.  A portion of The Chain of Craters Road will be completed shortly, giving Puna residents another route to Hilo and Kailua-Kona.  If the lava flow enters the ocean some six miles away, most of lower Puna will be isolated from direct traffic.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Fires Basketball Coach - New York Times

Hawaii Fires Basketball Coach - New York Times | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it

AHawaii fired its basketball coach, Gib Arnold, a little more than two weeks before its first regular-season game.

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According to the Associated Press, UH-Manoa has fired its head basketball coach a little more than two weeks before its first regular-season game.  On Tuesday, the university announced that it had fired head coach Gib Arnold, who had been with the program for fours years in his first Division I head coaching job, and assistant Brandyn Akana. UH-Manoa has been under investigation since March by the NCAA.  The university earlier this year self-repoted a 09 January incident in which "a men's basketball coach submitted an altered document that was essential for admissions purposes." The university didn't list reasons for the dismissals of Arnold and Akana. Aloha, Russ.

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Kona college campus may be done by next May.

Construction is nearly done.

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Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter:  Bret Yager.

 

The new Hawaii Community College campus at Palamanui should be completed by May.  According to  F & H Construction superintendent Rick Case, crews have been putting the finishing touches on roofs, insulation, and painting for the 24,000-square-foot, $25 million educational center. Next on the list will be completion of interior walls and the installation of doors and frames.  Once the center is ready for occupation, faculty, staff, and programs from the temporary Kealakekua facility will move in "a single push, leaving the current leased facilities behind entirely."  The goal is to be operational in time for fall classes in 2015.  Aloha, Russ.

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Pahoa Police Station Remains Open – Secondary Location Being Finalized

Pahoa Police Station Remains Open – Secondary Location Being Finalized | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The Puna police station in Pāhoa remains open and police have no plans to close it. A misleading news report wrongly implied that the Pāhoa station was no longer occupied.
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Thanks to news blogger Damon Tucker for this story.  Hawaii County will keep basic safety and security operations in Pahoa despite the advance of the June 27 lava flow.  The Pahoa Police Station will remain open and basic fire fighting equipment and crews will stay in the area.  Hawaii Army and Air Force National Guard personnel may be brought in to guard abandoned homes and businesses.  Aloha, Russ.

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Raw: Hawaii Lava Approaching Village Road

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The lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii was 225 yards from Pahoa Village Road on Wednesday night. The lava is slowing down but still approaching the village. (Oct. 30)
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Here's some more video of the June 27 lava flow as it approaches homes and businesses in Pahoa.  The flow front could reach Pahoa Village Road by Friday.  Aloha, Russ.

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Yet Another Reason to Avoid GMOs | Natural Grocers

Yet Another Reason to Avoid GMOs | Natural Grocers | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it

dThe industry assures us it’s safe, but new research has found that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s popular herbicide Roundup®, is more insidious to human health than previously thought.
 
Research published in the journal Entropy found that glyphosate interferes with several biochemical pathways in the human body, disrupting the healthy balance of gut bact


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Yet another reason to avoid the use of certain pesticides, such as Roundup.  Research shows that glyphosate-based pesticides can disrupt the balance of bacteria in our digestive system, often leading to health problems.  Aloha, Russ.

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Aerial footage: Kilauea volcano lava swallows residential areas of Hawaii

Hawaii County Civil Defense and Department of Education closed schools and issued a warning message in Pahoa Monday as 2000-degree lava from Kilauea Volcano made its way towards a ...
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Stunning aerial video of advancing lava flow as it enters parts of Pahoa Town on Hawaii Island.  Aloha, Russ.

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Q&A: Kilauea lava flow

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Lava that has entered a rural Hawaii town has been described as a disaster in slow motion.
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Here's some basic information about the lava flow entering Pahoa Town.  Aloha, Russ.

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Rainy weather expected Thursday and on Halloween

Rainy weather expected Thursday and on Halloween | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
National Weather Service forecasters expect winds and rains to pick up Thursday with possible heavy showers on Kauai and Oahu.
The rainy weather will likely linger into Halloween and could dampen trick-or-treating.
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Hawaii's Trick or Treaters can expect some cloudy, wet weather on Halloween (Friday).  The National Weather Service says Kauai and Oahu could get some heavy showers Thursday and Friday.  Hawaii Island could get some rain as well.  Please equip your little ghosties and goblins with flashlights and umbrellas.  Aloha, Russ.

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Construction seen leading Hawaii's economic growth in 2015

Construction seen leading Hawaii's economic growth in 2015 | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The rebound in Hawaii's construction sector, which only partially materialized this year, is expected to accelerate in 2015 and make up for some of the slack in the state's sluggish tourism industry, economist Jack Suyderhoud told business leaders...
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On Wednesday, Hawaii economist Jack Suyderhoud told local business leaders that the rapidly expanding construction sector should "make up for the slack in the state's sluggish tourist industry." Although there will be some growth in the visitor industry Suyderhoud contends that "construction will finally fulfill its anticipated role as the leading growth engine in 2015."  Aloha, Russ.

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Kauai to study food waste for renewable gas

Kauai to study food waste for renewable gas | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Kauai County is studying whether food waste can be used to generate renewable natural gas to power buses and other county vehicles.
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This is the kind of "out of the box" thinking we need to address the fuel issues facing the state.  I applaud Kauai officials for using locally available resources for energy production.  Aloha, Russ.

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A Hawaii Town Is About to Be Engulfed by Molten Lava

A Hawaii Town Is About to Be Engulfed by Molten Lava | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
What do you do when an unstoppable, 2,000-degree plume of lava is inching toward your town? Walk for your life—quickly.
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Fairly decent article from reporter Eric Holmes on the problem faced by Pahoa residents as a lava flow threatens the small town southeast of Hilo.  If the June 27 lava flow continues on its current path, molten rock could cross Pahoa Village Road and a portion of Highway 130 as early as today (Wednesday, 29 October 2014). That would cut off Pahoa from Hilo.  Already several homes are in immediate danger of being destroyed and the Keonepoko Elementary School has been abandoned.  The approximately 620 students will be split up between the Pahoa and Keaau High School campuses.  The state is also asking Pahoa voters who could be impacted by the lava flow to plan on casting their votes at an alternative site.  Voters assigned to the Pahoa Community Center, who live north of where the flow is expected to cross Highway 130, may vote at Hawaiian Paradise Park Community Center in the 04 November general election.  Aloha, Russ.

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Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 10/28/14 — NGC 1097 - From Quarks to Quasars

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 10/28/14 — NGC 1097 - From Quarks to Quasars | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Meet NGC 1097, a bizarre galaxy that can be found about 50 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Fornax.
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A stunningly beautiful, somewhat bizarre shot of Galaxy NGC 1097, a spiral galaxy some 50 million light years from Earth in the constellation Fornax.  NASA calls this formation a "wild creature of the dark, a coiled galaxy with an eye-like object at its center."  The center of this strange galaxy is a huge black hole which devours anything that comes close to its strong gravity  field.  Aloha, Russ.

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National Guard Arrives in Hawaii Town Threatened by Lava - NBC News

National Guard Arrives in Hawaii Town Threatened by Lava - NBC News | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
PAHOA, Hawaii — National Guard troops arrived in a Hawaii town threatened by a slow-moving river of molten lava on Thursday, and were greeted with cheers by ...
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According to the Associated Press, The Hawaii National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber and sugar-plantation heyday. Hawaii County Civil Defense said the National Guard deployed 83 troops to Pahoa on Thursday to help provide security.  The troops will help with a roadblock and with other safety issues. Pahoa residents say the lava will reshape the community yard by yard as it creeps toward the ocean. So far, the lava has burned a shed and a lot of vegetation.  A finger of lava that branched off the main flow remained 100 feet from a home on Thursday.  Once the lava crosses Pahoa Village Road and Highway 130, Pahoa will be effectively cut in half--few residents will be able to get the area's only supermarket, though it's just a mile from the town center.  Puna will be cut off even more if the lava travels all the way to the ocean, some 6 miles away. Some businesses are closing or moving, while others are vowing to hold on.

Contributing author:  Associated Press writer Alina Hartounian.  Aloha, Russ.

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National Parks want fee increase.

Fees could quadruple next year.

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Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter: Bret Yager.

 

According to reporter Bret Yager, National Park officials are asking for public comment on a plan to quadruple the entry fee to the popular Puuhonua o Honaunau site in South Kona.  Gaining entry into the place known as the "City of Refuge" would increase from $5 per vehicle to $20, under a plan set to take effect in June 2015.  The increase would pt the park "in line with similar facilities around the country and is part of a larger initiative in standardized fees. Your can send your comments to: nps.gov/puho/index.htm.  Aloha, Russ.

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Lava Is About To Engulf A Town In Hawaii, Why Can't It Be Stopped?

Lava Is About To Engulf A Town In Hawaii, Why Can't It Be Stopped? | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
A volcano eruption on Hawaii is slowly oozing 2,100-degree lava toward dozens homes and it cannot be stopped. Here's a look at all the times people have tried.
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People have tried a variety of approaches to stop lava flows, including bombing of lava tubes, the building of diversion berms, and the spraying of water on hot molten rock.  None of these methods has been totally successful in stopping lava flows.  Volcanologist believe the only way lava stops moving is when the source stops pumping out lava.  Some experts feel the best approach is to put more effort into predicting eruptions and issuing earlier warnings to affected communities.  Aloha, Russ.

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HELCO Response to Utility Pole on Fire in Lava Flow Path

HELCO Response to Utility Pole on Fire in Lava Flow Path | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
No power interruptions due to the lava flow have been reported and utility poles along Apa’a Street currently remain in place, Hawaii Electric Light Company reports.
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Experimental thermal protection for utility poles in the path of the June 27 lava flow has been moderately successful.  So far, only one power poll has been adversely affected by the 2,000-degree molten rock. No power interruptions due to the lava flow have been reported along Apa'a Street.  Backup utility poles are being erected in other areas near Pahoa in case poles are consumed by lava.  Aloha, Russ.

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Molten lava flows toward small Hawaii town

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A lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii is expected cut off the town of Pahoa as soon as Friday. Residents of close to 50 homes will soon be displaced when the molten rock descends on their houses. Carter Evans reports from Hawaii.
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Hawaii County Civil Defense says the June 27 lava flow could reach Pahoa Village Road and parts of Highway 130 as soon as Friday.  Approximately 50 homes are endangered by the lava flow.  When lava reaches Highway 130, Pahoa would be cut off from Hilo and would have to rely on emergency roads completed earlier to enter and leave the Puna District.  In a related development, Hawaii County has put a moratorium on new leases in lower Puna for  536 federal Housing and Urban Development Section 8 homes in Pahoa, Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaiian Shores, Leilani Estates, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Orchidland, and Aina Lani.  Aloha, Russ.

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County of Hawaii - Civil Defense Alerts and Information

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Eruption Information Update For Wednesday October 29th At 5:30PM

This is an eruption and lava flow Information update for Wednesday, October 29 at 5:30PM.

The flow continues to remain active and has advanced approximately 55 yards since this 6:30 this morning and is currently approximately 225 yards from Pāhoa Village Road.  The flow front is currently moving in a northeast direction and remains on a private residential property. The flow advancement has been averaging approximately 5-10 yards per hour.

Smoke conditions continue to be light to moderate with moderate trade winds from the northeast pushing the smoke in a south southwest direction. Presently burning activity is involving a variety of materials to include tires and smoke conditions may increase in some areas. Residents down wind that may be sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take necessary precautions and to remain indoors. Additional health advisories may be issued depending upon materials involved with any fires associated with the lava flow.

Based on the current flow location, direction and advancement, residents in the flow path were placed on an evacuation advisory and notified of possible need for evacuation.  The evacuation advisory for those residents down slope of the flow will continue and residents will be kept informed of the flow status and advancement. 

The Pahoa Village Road between Apa’a Street and the Post Office Road will remain closed and limited to area residents only. Motorist should use caution and slow down on Highway 130 near the Post Office Road intersection. Residents of the restricted area should not bring unauthorized persons into the restricted area. In addition, Civil Defense and public safety personnel will be operating in the area round the clock to maintain close observations of flow activity. Additional updates will be broadcasted as conditions change.


Civil Defense Lava Flow Map - Updated Wednesday, 10/29/14 at 6:30 am


Civil Defense Lava Flow Map - Updated Wednesday, 10/29/14 at 6:30 am

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Mayor's Proclamation From October 16, 2014

Supplementary Proclamation effective October 16, 2014 prohibiting access to the Railroad Alternative Emergency Route and the Chain of Craters Alternative Emergency Route.

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Mayor's Proclamation From October 15, 2014

State of Emergency exists on the Hawaii Island, Effective Wednesday, 10/15/2014  and continuing thereon for 60 days or until further act.

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Mayor's Proclamation From September 4, 2014

June 27th Lava Flow Proclamation for Hawaii Island, Effective Thursday, 09/04/2014 and continuing thereon for 60 days or until further act.

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Mayor's Proclamation From August 7, 2014

State of Emergency exists on the Hawaii Island, Effective 6:00 AM   Thursday, 08/07/2014  and continuing thereon for 60 days or until further act.

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Here's the latest lava flow update from Hawaii County Civil Defense. Currently, there are 60 homes and businesses threatened by the flow. Aloha, Russ.

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Raw: Molten Hot Lava Surges in Hawaii

Lava surged through the village of Pahoa on Hawaii's Big Island, as residents were forced to evacuate their homes. The molten stream picked up speed last week after weeks of slow, stop-and-go...
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Here's some more video of the June 27 lava flow as it entered the outskirts of Pahoa Town.  Up to 60 homes and buildings are threatened by the flow.  Evacuation notices have been issued for homes near the lava flow.  Aloha, Russ.

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Lava flow eats structure, sets tires alight, stalks houses

Lava flow eats structure, sets tires alight, stalks houses | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
After traveling a circuitous 13.5-mile route over four months from Kilauea Volcano, the threat from a river of lava suddenly became real Tuesday when it destroyed its first structure on Hawaii island, took on a utility pole wrapped in untested,...
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Lava from the Pu'u O'o vent has reached the outskirts of Pahoa Town, burning a storage shed, setting some old tires on fire, and rolling over vacant pasture land.  The June 27 flow could reach Pahoa Village Road at any time.  Evacuation notices are in effect for several homes near the flow front.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii scrapes barrel bottom in state ranking

Hawaii scrapes barrel bottom in state ranking | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Hawaii's quality of life is No. 1 in the nation, "but residents and businesses pay dearly for it," according to a new CNBC study.
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A new CNBC study indicates that Hawaii ranks number 1 when it comes to quality of life.  But that ranking comes at a cost to local businesses and residents.  The study ranked Hawaii 49th in overall competitiveness, based on 56 economic indicators cited by CNBC.  Those of us who call Hawaii home also pay some of the highest costs for food, fuel, vehicles, and housing in the nation.  The results of the survey probably come as no surprise to most of us.  "The price of Paradise" is high, but many are willing to pay for it.  For what it's worth, I really don't care for snow or miserable, wet winters found in some mainland states. I had enough of that living while I served in the Air Force.  Hawaii offers all I want in a place called home.  I suppose that can be said of any place we choose to finish out our lives. As the old adage goes, "Your mileage may vary."  Aloha, Russ.

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Doomed school's last day has kids coming to grips

Doomed school's last day has kids coming to grips | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Teachers and students' laughter, tears and aloha marked the last day before the approaching lava flow breaks up Keone­poko Elementary School.
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According to "Hawaii Tribune-Herald" reporter Tom Callis, Keonepoko Elementary School has become the first public school to close as a result of the June 27 lava flow.  On Tuesday, students, staff, and teachers gathered for one final meeting to say farewell to the 23-year-old school and to help children with the transition to other schools.  Principal Brandon Gallagher said students "left on a high note."  Approximately 620 students will be divided up between the Pahoa and Keaau High School campuses.  Gallagher added that school will resume at those locations on 10 November 2014.  Also, The Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences, located off Highway 130 near the flow's path, is also preparing to leave its site.  Students at this charter school will be split on north and south sides of the flow.  Aloha, Russ.

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Pahoa Post Office Still Open – Hilo Post Office to Serve as Stopgap

Pahoa Post Office Still Open – Hilo Post Office to Serve as Stopgap | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The U.S. Postal Service Honolulu District Emergency Management Team (EMT) has been meeting regularly to monitor the progress of the Puna lava flow and is reviewing contingency plans that will enable the Postal Service to continue to serve affected...
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Thanks to news blogger Damon Tucker for this story.  The U.S. Postal Service Honolulu District Management Team says the Pahoa Post Office will continue operations as long as the air in Pahoa is safe to breathe.  There are plans to lease a nearby facility to serve postal operations should the Pahoa Post Office be forced to close by an approaching lava flow.  According to the EMT, the mail must be delivered.  If that plan proves unworkable, the Hilo Post Office could serve as a temporary "stopgap" until a safer location is found.  Aloha, Russ.

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