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Photographers capture rare footage of killer whales in Hawaiian waters

Photographers capture rare footage of killer whales in Hawaiian waters | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
History has been made in waters off Kona. For the first time ever, killer whales were photographed and videotaped under water in Hawaiian waters.
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Thanks to KHON-TV 2 for this story.  For the first time in Hawaii history, killer whales were photographed and videotaped underwater in Hawaiian waters...quite a sight.  Aloha, Russ.

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5 Reasons Astronomy Still Matters | David Reneke | Space and ...

5 Reasons Astronomy Still Matters | David Reneke | Space and ... | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
“Nearly everyone is interested in astronomy at some level, whether it's just for the “pretty pictures” or because astronomy addresses “big questions,” such as where did we come from and where are we going,” said Rick ...
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Excellent mini essay on the importance of astronomy in our lives. This article should be read by those who, through ignorance and superstition, oppose any further astronomical work on the summits of Mauna Kea and Haleakala.  Briefly stated, Dave Reneke says astronomy is important because it seeks answers to where we came from and where we are going in the universe.  In detail, Reneke adds that:

 

1. You are "star stuff" (ala Carl Sagan in the series "Cosmos").  Without stars, you wouldn't be here.

2.  Your life may depend on astronomers' timely warnings about NEOs (near earth objects), space stuff that might impact Earth.

3.  Astronomy is the key to understanding who we are and "how we stack up" in the universe.

4.  Astronomy is the "alpha and the omega of all science."  Everything "stems from cosmology to astrophysics."  Legendary creation stories from India to Hawaii recount the battles fought to establish human life on this planet.  In fact, ancient Hawaiian navigators were some of the most sophisticated astronomers in the world.

5. Astronomy is the ultimate means of communicating with Nature.  Astronomy "is a logical outgrowth of our species inherent curiosity and cursing need to know."

 

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Hawaii Fish Collector Charged in Scuba Incident - ABC News

Hawaii Fish Collector Charged in Scuba Incident - ABC News | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Hawaii Fish Collector Charged in Scuba Incident ABC News A Hawaii fish collector has been charged with terroristic threatening for pulling the air-supply regulator out of the mouth of an anti-aquarium-industry activist while they were both...
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According to "West Hawaii Today", prosecutors have filed a misdemeanor charge against Jay Lovell.  The incident occurred off West Hawaii when activist Renee Umberger and another diver approached Lovell while he was collecting aquarium fish to sell.  Umberger and anothe diver filmed the incident.  Lovell's brother, Jim Lovell, said the divers "were disrupting the fish collector's work."  Lovell has filed a complaint against Umberger.  The incident occurred in Keawaiki Bay, where fish collecting is allowed.  Aloha, Russ.

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Man dies after falling from trail.

Man falls 700 feet to his death.

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Source:  Associated Press (Honolulu).

 

A 25-year-old Maui man died after falling from a trail on the island of Kauai.  Police say the man was hiking on the Waimea Canyon Trail with two friends Tuesday afternoon when he fell about 700 feet.  Kauai responders in a helicopter went to the scene and found the man's body.  The body was recovered.  The man's name was not immediately released.  Aloha, Russ.

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Man finds calico lobster, gives it to aquarium - Hawaii News Now

Man finds calico lobster, gives it to aquarium - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Man finds calico lobster, gives it to aquarium Hawaii News Now (AP Photo/Portsmouth Herald, Deb Cram). This July 29, 2014 photo shows a calico lobster at the Explore the Ocean World Oceanarium in Hampton, N.H..
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It's not everyday you see a lobster such as this. Fortunately for the lobster, he/she won't be eaten and will spend its days as a marine exhibit. Aloha, Russ .
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Hawaii students to see longer school days - West Hawaii Today

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Hawaii students to see longer school days West Hawaii Today Neil Abercrombie in 2011 following a series of furloughs that resulted in Hawaii students having the fewest number of instructional days in the country.
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Longer school days are ahead for Hawaii public school students. The extended schedule tacks on a few more days in August and a few more days in June to accommodate new state and federal curriculum standards. Aloha, Russ .
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Press Release: Ige Unveils Action Plan for Hawaii | David Ige for ...

Press Release: Ige Unveils Action Plan for Hawaii | David Ige for ... | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
'Engineering Hawaii's Future' Ige Unveils Action Plan for Hawaii. Honolulu, HI (July 30, 2014) —Leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate State Senator David Ige has released his action plan “Engineering Hawaii's ...
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Ige has some good ideas, especially when it comes to making Hawaii self-sustaining in food and fuel. He's a bit short in the funding department. Not even his gubernatorial opponent, Neil Abercrombie, can figure this out. As with any political contest, there's a huge gulf between fantasy and reality. Face the obvious--all of these good things promised this year will cost us plenty in the form of increased taxes. Another case of tax and spend. Be sure to vote on 09 August. Aloha, Russ.
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Feds fly unaccompanied immigrant minors to Hawaii on taxpayer ...

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BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Although 2,500 miles from the continental United States, Hawaii has joined the list of states temporarily housing unaccompanied minors from Central America who have illegally ...
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Hawaii is doing its part to care for Central American youth displaced by gang warfare, drug cartels, and violence in their home countries.  According to the federal government, the number of children and teens fleeing violence at home will reach 90,000 this year.  Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, told the "Hawaii Reporter" that "between January 1 and July  7, a total of eight minors were discharged from the unaccompanied alien children program to sponsors in Hawaii."  The federal government covers the cost of housing, feeding, and transporting these displaced children.  The final destination of these children will be determined by the calendar of the Immigration Court--a program that could take weeks or months.  Aloha, Russ.

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Energy 101: Geothermal Energy

See how we can generate clean, renewable energy from hot water sources deep beneath the Earth's surface. The video highlights the basic principles at work in geothermal energy production, and...
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A video that highlights the basic process of geothermal energy. Aloha, Russ.

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Japanese tourist faces 3-month jail sentence.

Man receives penalty for a drunken altercation during a trip to Hawaii.

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Source:  Associated Press (Honolulu).

 

A Japanese man who engaged in a drunken fight with flight attendants during a trip to Hawaii for his honeymoon in May will be released in a few weeks and will return to Japan.  According to Public Defender Salina Althof, Kenji Okamoto pleaded guilty last month to interfering with a flight attendant's duties by assaulting and intimidating him.  Okamoto was flying from Osaka when he got upset because a flight attendant wouldn't take his tray away.  The attendant told Okamoto he would return because his hands were full.  Okamoto became outraged, left his seat, and approached the flight attendant, who retreated to safety.  So much for spending a honeymoon in a luxury resort.  Aloha, Russ.

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Kalihi pedestrian accident closes Kamehameha Hwy. - Hawaii News Now

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Kalihi pedestrian accident closes Kamehameha Hwy.
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Another tragic case of not paying attention.  Honolulu police said the man was crossing the street against the red light when a 67-year-old woman driver of a Toyota Echo struck him.  The car had the green light.  The victim suffered head and body injuries and was taken to the Queen's Medical Center for treatment.  It is unknown if speed was a factor in the accident.  Aloha, Russ.

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Two asteroids named after Hilo and Kona.

Astronomers succeed in named two new asteroids after Hawaii towns.

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Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer.

 

Hilo and Kona have reached the heavens in a figurative sense.  Astronomers in Germany and the Canary Islands have succeeded in naming two asteroids after Hilo and Kona in the Hawaiian Islands.  Tobias Hausler, an undergraduate astronomer at Starkenburg Observatory in Heppenheim, Germany discovered asteroid 342431, lated called "Hilo" on 25 October 2008, along with Matthias Busch, originator of the volunteer Teide Observatory Tenerife Asteroid Survey.  Busch, with Rainer Kresken at Teide Observatory in Teneife, Canary Islands, discovered asteroid 284891, named "Kona" on 13 September 2009 while he was searching for NEOs (near earth objects) that could pose a threat to the planet.   Hausler notified Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi about the discovery and  enclosed certificates as "a symbolic handover" of the two minor planets.  Astronomers who discover asteroids are able to name them after a lengthy process that includes multiple observations to establish and predict their orbits.  Discoverers apply to the International Astronomical Union to assign names to their numbered asteroids. There are rules, such as the asteroid can't be for the discoverer.  Aloha, Russ.

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UH President David Lassner responds to reports on Chancellor's ouster - Hawaii News Now

UH President David Lassner responds to reports on Chancellor's ouster
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The President of the University of Hawaii has released a statement about recent reports that Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple will be removed from his position.
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UH-Manoa President David Lassner says the removal of UH Chancellor Tom Apple was done in accordance with Hawaii's public records law.  That law requires personnel matters to remain confidential.  Lassner added that "Experience teaches that personnel issues are best addressed in private, and when a change in leadership is necessary, it is best accomplished with as much dignity as the circumstance permit."  Aloha, Russ.

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Surveillance video shows theft at Waipahu Middle School - Hawaii News Now

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Surveillance video shows theft at Waipahu Middle School
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The University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine tracked the effectiveness of lifestyle changes over medication for diabetes prevention.More >>.
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Honolulu police are looking for a male suspect who took more than $10,000 worth of items from Waipahu Intermediate School on 11 July 2014.  Those with information on this case should call Crimestoppers, which will pay up to $1,000 to anyone providing a clue leading to an arrest in this case.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii launches 5th annual statewide Pedestrian Safety Month - KHON2

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Hawaii launches 5th annual statewide Pedestrian Safety Month KHON2 This year, DOT's Walk Wise Hawaii program is bringing together public partners such as the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Transportation Services and all four county...
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Hawaii is the only state in the nation with a pedestrian safety month.  In Hawaii, that month is already underway, as state transportation officials partner with other counties in August to raise awareness of pedestrian safety through educational campaigns and events, and ultimately save lives.  Honolulu Police Captain Darren Izumo said drivers must pay attention when they drive and pedestrians should be responsible for insuring their own safety.  Pedestrians should use crosswalks, follow traffic signals, make yourself visible, and pay attention to traffic flow.  Aloha, Russ.

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Monk seal killed by dogs.

Seals were attacked by dogs inside a fenced protection zone.

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Source:  Associated Press (Lihue, Kauai).

 

A dog attack killed a two-week old Hawaiian monk seal pup and injured four other seals on Kauai this past Wednesday.  According to federal authorities, the seals were inside a fenced protection zone at a remote beach on Kauai's north shore.  One or more dogs got around the fence to attack the marine mammals.  A necropsy determined a dog bite most likely killed the 50-pound pup.  Aloha, Russ.

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How to Choose a Dehydrator — Nourished Kitchen

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Wondering how to choose a dehydrator? Jenny from Nourished Kitchen gives you some simple, clear steps to help you determine the best one for you.

Via Wes Thomas
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Thanks to environmental reporter Wes Thomas for leading me to this interesting article by Jenny from "Nourished Kitchen."  Hawaii, with its abundance of fruits and vegetables, is a "natural" for food dehydration.  This article gives you some helpful tips on how to select a food dehydrator to fit your needs.  Don't waste valuable food--preserve it.  Aloha, Russ.

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Tweet from @EarthPix

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Na Pali Coast Waterfall, Hawaii http://t.co/RZ2sZautHP
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One of the many hidden waterfalls along the Na Pali coastline of Kauai. This area of the Garden Island is quite stunning. Aloha, Russ.
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Mauna Loa Access Road Receives Funding for Reconstruction ...

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Thanks to news blogger Damon Tucker for this item. In light of the recent approval of fund for the Thirty Meter Telescope, the money to repair this vital connecting road to the summit of Mauna Kea is needed to insure construction of the TMT is done in a timely manner. Aloha , Russ .
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Hawaii's Haiku Stairs Illegal Hike - Business Insider

Hawaii's Haiku Stairs Illegal Hike - Business Insider | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The stepladder was built in 1943 during World War II to "provide access to buildings at the top of the ridge, used as transmission stations," according to a tourism site called Best Places Hawaii. Haiku Stairs/Vimeo.
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Stunning views from one of Oahu's most "extreme and beautiful hikes".  The 4,000 step trail has been illegal since 1987, but that hasn't stopped dozens of hikers from making the strenuous trek up the mountain to an old radio transmission building that was used to contact naval forces in World War II.  This hike isn't for those scared of heights. Some hikers feel the risk is worht the view.  Just check out the spectacular shots of Windward Oahu!  Quite a sight!  Aloha, Russ.

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Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii

Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPress Japan has been practicing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries as part of the Rim of the Pacific exercises...
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According to the Associated Press, Japanese forces participating in the current RIMPAC military exercise have been praciticing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries.  The amphibious landing exercises come as Tokyo tries to boost its ability to defend small islands it controls but China claims as its own.  Tokyo fears China will try to land forces on the islands and Japan will need to fight them off.  Brad Glosserman, the executive director of the  Honolulu think tank Pacific Forum CSIS, says defense of these islands "is the flashpoint in their relationship and therefore they need to be ready to repel Chinese or any other country that manages to try to challenge the Japanese claim."  Japanese ground forces for decades were focused on the Cold War threat posed by the Soviet Union to northern islands such as Hokaido.  But China's military growth is bringing its attention to the south.  Aloha, Russ.

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Man drowns at Maui beach.

Drowning occurred at Kamaole Beach Park on Maui.

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Source:  Associated Press (Honolulu).

 

Maui County police say a 59-year-old Kahului man died in an apparent drowning in Kihei.  Stephen King was found floating face down Sunday afternoon about 5 yards offshore at Kamaole Beach Park.  Maui police said responders performed CPR after pulling King from the water.  But they were unable to revive him, and King was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police said an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

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Hawaii foster parents: Pay raise not enough - Hawaii News Now

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Hawaii foster parents: Pay raise not enough
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HONOLULU (AP) - A lawsuit claiming Hawaii foster parents are underpaid is moving ahead despite a recent increase in state payments.
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More than 1,000 Foster Parents in Hawaii are suing the state, despite a recent increase in state payments.  Those supporting the lawsuit claim the new payment schedule is inadequate and fails to consider Hawaii's high cost of living.  Aloha, Russ.

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Under pressure to reverse Apple's firing, UH president speaks - Hawaii News Now

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Under pressure to reverse Apple's firing, UH president speaks Hawaii News Now MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Under growing pressure from on- and off-campus to reverse his decision to remove University of Hawaii at Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple, UH...
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UH-Manoa President David Lassner said he is sorry the impending removal of Tom Apple as UH-Manoa Chancellor has become "a public spectacle."  Lassner's veiled apology came as student government groups announced they would hold a sit-in on Tuesday protesting Apple's removal, while faculty and Native Hawaiian groups released statements support Apple and calling on Lassner to reverse his decision.  Some UH observers believe Apple's unsuccessful effort to oust Dr. Michele Carbonne, the controversial head of UH's Cancer Center, was the primary impetus for Apple's firing.  Apple was upset that Carbonne, the subject of 25 grievances and personnel complaints, was not fired.    Aloha, Russ.

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Major improvements coming to Hawaii Island Girl Scout camp.

Camp Kilohana to get portion of state grant.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

According to reporter John Burnett, Hawaii Island's Camp Kilohana will get a share of a $1.25 million state capital improvement grant to the Girl Scouts of Hawaii for wastewater systems improvement.  The funds will also support wastewater upgrades at Camp Paumalu on Oahu and Camp Piiholo on Maui.  Although it's not known what the Hawaii Island share will be, Marci Manker, the Girl Scout Hawaii membership and program services coordinator for Hawaii Island, said she is grateful for the funding.  Manker added that the improvements are needed at the Hawaii Island camp, which is adjacent to the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on the Saddle Road.  Manker said the girl scout camp has "only a limited number of actual bathrooms, and they're tiked to a catchment system...and then there are some outhouses...we've actually had to rent porta-potties for people to use because  there weren't sufficient sanitary facilities."  Aloha, Russ.

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Maui man dies after found unconscious under large tree - Hawaii News Now

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Maui man dies after found unconscious under large tree
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A Napili man died Monday from his injuries after he was found unconscious under a large tree, Maui police said.
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Maui police identified the victim as 57-year-old Joseph Bento, who had been cleaning his property in the Honokahau Valley and was later found unconscious by a friend. Attempts to revive Bento failed.  An autopsy will be done to determine the exact cause of death.  Aloha, Russ.

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