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All-clear given by police after reports of possibly dangerous man near HCC ... - Hawaii News Now

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A report of a suspicious man with a rifle near Honolulu Community College turned out to be a false alarm.  The bogus report turned into a valuable training exercise for students and faculty throughout the University of Hawaii system.  Aloha, Russ.

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Honokaa High School reopens.

Insecticide spraying responsible for temporary closure of school.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

According to reporter John Burnett, a neighbor spraying an insecticide improperly was the cause of a chemical odor that led to the closure Thursday morning of Honokaa High and Intermediate and Honokaa Elementary schools.  Captain Christian Wong of the Honokaa Fire Station said the department's HAZMAT crew determined the neighbor was spraying hedges bordering the high school's wood shop with a mixture of diazinon, which was banned for residential use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2004 and Volck oil.  Wong said, "The person who sprayed it near the school was unaware" he was doing anything improperly.  Several people were taken to area hospitals, complaining of nausea and breathing difficulties.  Aloha, Russ.

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Winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest announced - ITV News

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Winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest announced
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The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winning images of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014.
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Some of these photos are absolutely stunning!  Enjoy....Aloha, Russ.

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Farmers split on Hawaii coffee labeling proposal - KITV Honolulu

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Farmers split on Hawaii coffee labeling proposal
KITV Honolulu
Hawaii County Councilwoman Brenda Ford wants to labels to provide the amount of coffee that's contained in a blend.
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According to Stephens Media Hawaii reporter Erin Miller, Hawaii Island coffee farmers were divided in their support of two resolutions that call on the state Legislature to enact "truth in labeling" laws concerning the labeling of coffee blends.  Clare Wilson told members of the County Council's Agriculture, Water, and Energy Sustainability Committee that "It's consumer fraud to continue this 10 percent packaging."  Farmer Cecilia  Smith agreed, saying "Kona blend is a simple rip off of the word Kona ... it only has to say the 10 percent word...how come we can't be for the truth?  Kona blend is not truthful."  Coffee farmer Gary Strawn said that while he sells only 100 percent Kona coffee, he didn't support the resolutions, adding that I do not believe it's the government's place to say what I can or cannot sell, what I can or cannot buy or what I can or cannot drink."  Council member Brenda Ford said she would bring an amendment to make her intentions more clear.  Ford stressed that she wanted the label 'to say 90 percent Columbia coffee and 10 percent Kona...I want it on the front label...I want the consumer to see it."  Aloha, Russ.

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Mountain View man indicted for alleged rape.

Alleged incident occurred in Hilo in late July.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

A Hilo grand jury has indicted 24-year-old Thomas A. Marsello with three counts of first-degree sex assault, plus kidnapping, third-degree sex assault, and fourth-degree sex assault.  A bench warrant was issued for Marsello's arrest and bail was set at $150,000.  Marcello was awaiting a preliminary hearing on other charges when the indictment was handed down.  Marsello signed a waiver of extradition and surrendered his passport to Hilo District County.  According to the indictment, Marsello "intentionally or knowingly restrained" the alleged victim, an adult woman, "with intent to inflict bodily injury upon" her "or subject (her) to a sexual offense, thereby committing the act of kidnapping."  The document states "an extended term of imprisonment is necessary for the protection of the public."  Aloha, Russ.

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Police are looking for a man considered armed and dangerous.

Man is wanted on several domestic abuse, firearms, and terroristic threatening charges.

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Source:  Hawaii Police Department/Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

Hawaii Police are asking for your help in locating 34-year-old Abraham Verece, a Keaau man considered armed and dangerous.  Verece is a suspect in several domestic abuse, terroristic threatening, and firearms cases.  He's described as 5-foot-8, 175 pounds with black hairs and brown eyes.  He has a medium build and has at times his hair cut very short.  He is known to frequent the Puna District.  Members of the public are cautioned not to approach Verece.  Those with leads in this case can call Sgt. William Derr at 965-2716.  Aloha, Russ.

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Road clearing bulldozers vandalized

Fuel taken from bulldozers clearing possible evacuation routes.

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Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer.

 

Hawaii County officials have confirmed the theft of fuel and vandalism of bulldozers involved in efforts to clear alternative routes to Highway 130.  According to Department of Public Works spokeswoman, Noelani Whittington, the original timetable for clearing the escape routes has been changed because "it was reported to us that approximately 100 gallons of diesel fuel was siphoned from a dozer."

 

This unwelcome news comes as the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a pickup in speed of the lava flow advancing toward Pahoa Town.  The flow front on Wednesday was 1.7 miles upslope from Apa'a Road.  The lava flow is still moving through a thickly-forested area, creating smoke plumes as it engulfs trees and other vegetation, but fires are not spreading away from the flow.

 

Despite the vandalism of the bulldozers, work on alternative routes for Puna residents continues.  Aloha, Russ.

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Water Falling Estate on Hawaii's Big Island back on the market for $10M - Pacific Business News (Honolulu)

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"Water Falling Estate on Hawaii's Big Island back on the market for $10M
Pacific Business News (Honolulu)
It has a total assessed value of $5.88 million, according to Hawaii County tax records.

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The estate, once valued at more than $26 million but sold at auction six months ago for less than a quarter of that amount, is now back on the market for about $10 million. According to Hawaii County tax records, the complex near Ninoole along the Hamakua Coast has a total assessed value of $5.88 million. The home, which has a natural "triple decker" waterfall and sits on a 250-foot-high cliff, has 10,000 square feet of living space, five bedrooms, and five bathrooms, plus a helicopter pad.  The estate was built by Scott Watson Development and is on what used to be a macadamia nut plantation. Any takers? Aloha, Russ.

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Elections officials prepare for lava.

Three Puna District Precincts could be affected by advancing lava flow.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

 

According to reporter Tom Callis, Hawaii County and state elections workers are preparing for the possibility that voting in the general election could be disrupted again in lower Puna as a slow moving lava flow advances toward Pahoa Town.  Elections officials have identified 7,542 voters in three precincts from Ainaloa to Kalapana, who could have a difficult time voting on 04 November 2014. These are the same voters that were prevented from voting in the 09 August primary election because of  damage from Tropical Storm Iselle.  Although the situation is similar, election officials say some alternate solutions to the voting problem can be developed because there is "more lead time."  State Elections Chief Scott Nago believes polling places could be consolidated if one or more become unavailable.  Hawaii County Clerk Stewart Maeda said the county is looking at setting up an early walk-in voting site for the precincts outside of "harm's way," possibly in Nanawale Estates.  The state and county are asking voters to vote absentee, especially if they have to relocate. Walk-in voting begins 21 October 2014.  One fact is clear:  If the lava flow continues on its present course and speed, Pahoa Town will be cut off from Hilo and getting supplies and commuting to work will be more difficult.  Prepare now--it's not a matter of if, but when the lava will isolate Lower Puna.  Aloha, Russ.

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DOE prepares for potential lava threat to Pahoa schools - Hawaii News Now

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DOE prepares for potential lava threat to Pahoa schools
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Hawaii's Department of Education is in charge of three schools in the Pahoa Complex.
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The state Department of Education is considering several plans for its Puna District schools if lava flows cut off  Pahoa Town.  Approximately 1,800 public and charter school students in the Puna District would be affected if lava severs Highway 130--the main highway connecting the district to Hilo.  Mary Correa, the DOE superintendent for the Kau-Keeau-Pahoa Complex,  said officials are considering using the Keaau Complex for those students who can't get to schools in the Pahoa area.  There will be another lava update meeting Thursday, 6:30 p.m., at the Pahoa High School cafeteria.  Aloha, Russ.

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Mayor Caldwell to sign homeless bills into law - Hawaii News Now

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Mayor Caldwell to sign homeless bills into law
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Despite heat and humidity, thousands turned out for the fifth season of a show that has as much staying power as they do -- "Hawaii Five-O."More >>.
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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has signed 3 bills into law which make it illegal for residents to urinate/defecate on public property and which make it illegal to sit or line on Waikiki sidewalks. Caldwell says the new laws are part of a"compassionate disruption" policy that will help put the homeless into shelters where they can get basic health and personal care.  The homeless would then be eligible for various housing programs run by the city. The ACLU opposes the new laws because it believes the measures violate the 8th amendment, guaranteeing freedom from cruel and unusual punishment.  Aloha, Russ.

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Lava Flow 2.7 Miles From Pahoa Village Road… UPSLOPE!

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This map shows the June 27th flow in Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone in relation to lower Puna.
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Here's the latest lava flow position as plotted by the USGS.  The flow is approximately 2.7 miles from Pahoa Village Road.  The next community meeting regarding the flow is set for Thursday, 18 September 2014, 6:30 p.m., at the Pahoa High School cafeteria. Thanks to news blogger Damon Tucker for the update.  Aloha, Russ.

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Waimea Middle School wants buses.

Bus purchase would equal additional money for classrooms.

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Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter: Erin Miller.

 

Waimea Middle School officials tell reporter Erin Miller that the school could save around $60,000 a year if it bought two school buses, rather than contract out for transportation services through the state Department of Education.  Following a Friday night fundraiser, Principal Matt Horne said contributions have been coming in towards the school's $120,000 goal, "because every penny the school saves on transportation means more money for the conversion charter school's classrooms." Horne is siding with an independent evaluation team's report that says "it's in the classrooms...where "the most changes can be made to improve student achievement."  Aloha, Russ.

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Navy, University of Hawaii partner on $2.5M power grid study - Pacific Business News (Honolulu)

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Navy, University of Hawaii partner on $2.5M power grid study Pacific Business News (Honolulu) The Office of Naval Research has contracted with the Applied Research Laboratory at UH on the project, which will be done by the Hawaii Natural Energy...
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Interesting energy report from "Pacific Business News" reporter Duane Shimogawa.  According to Shimogawa, the main focus "will be on the reliability and power quality demands of electrical service to the ship yard."  The U.S. Navy is the largest consumer of electrical power on Oahu.  The Office of Naval Research has contracted with the Applied Research Laboratory at UH-Manoa on the projects, which will be done by the Hawaii Natural energy Institute's Grid System Technologies Research Team (GRIDSTART).  Aloha, Russ.

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Scientists monitoring Hawaii lava undertake risks - Fox News

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Scientists monitoring Hawaii lava undertake risks
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This Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, photo provided by the U.S.
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Associated Press reporter Jennifer Sinco Kelleher says scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring "every twist and turn" of lava creeping toward communities in the Lower Puna District.  Kelleher says the work can be dangerous and includes frequent flyovers in a helicopter, navigating "precarious terrain" and taking  careful data measurements to give the public an accurate picture of the lava's progress. Thanks to taking those risks, scientists now have a clearer picture of where the lava is heading.  The slow-moving lava flow has picked up a bit in speed and is heading toward Pahoa Village Road--a spot reachable in less than two weeks.  Based on topography, the flow appears all but certain to reach Pahoa Town if it doesn't stop. Hawaii County spokesman Kevin Dayton said the flow was 2.4 miles from the road and 2.5 miles from Highway 130 Thursday morning. The county is constructing two alternate routes in case the flow reaches the highway.  Railroad Avenue will run from Nanawale Estates to Hawaiian Paradise Park.  It should be ready by Wednesday. Government Beach Road is expected to be ready for traffic a week later.  Aloha, Russ.

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OHA trustees hear from Big Island residents - West Hawaii Today

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OHA trustees hear from Big Island residents
West Hawaii Today
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees heard project updates, along with grievances, Wednesday evening at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel.
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According to Stephens Media Hawaii reporter Bret Yager, The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees came to King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel Wednesday night to listen and to consider concerns of Native Hawaiians living on Hawaii Island. LeAnne Crabbe, the vice-president of the Queen Liliuokalani Trust laid out the vision for the 3,500-acre Keahuolu ahupuaa at the north end of Kailua-Kona. The trust is working with Hawaii County to reclaim a portion of Kuakini Highway and converting it into a park-like setting suitable for walkers and bicyclists.   Concepts also include pathways for children to walk to school without crossing roads, and education stations positioned throughout the zones of the ahupuaa , which roughly follows the north side of Palani Road, up more than 3,000 feet in elevation.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Island police looking for Puna robbers - KHON2

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Hawaii Island police looking for Puna robbers
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At about 8 p.m. Sept. 17, police received a call of a robbery at a home in the Fern Forest subdivision in Mountain View.
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Hawaii police are investigating a reported home invasion Wednesday night at a home the Fern Forest subdivision in Mountain View.  Two women residents, ages 64 and 50, reported hearing loud noises and the sound of a man yelling "police" outside their home.  The younger woman said two men forced their way into the house, one brandishing a bat-like object, and demanded money.  He took an undisclosed amount of cash and the victim's cell phone as he left the house.  Both victims reported hearing gunshots coming from the direction of the house.  The suspects are believed to have fled in separate vehicles, described as a light colored sedan and a dark colored sedan.  While waiting for the police, the older woman reported that her handbag and its contents were taken during the robbery.  The suspect is described as 5-foot-9 and wearing jeans, a dark blue baseball cap, a bloack "hoodie", and a blue and white bandana over his face.  Neither victim was hurt during the incident.  Those with leads should call police at 935-3311.  Aloha, Russ.

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Family violence summit set for 29 September 2014.

Community meeting will be held at Aunty Sally's Luau Hale in Hilo.

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Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer.

 

The Hawaii County Family Violence Interagency Committee has scheduled a Family Violence Summit on Monday, 29 September 2014 at Aunty Sally's Luau Hale in Hilo.  The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The purpose of the summit is to increase "community involvement in the prevention of, and intervention with, incidents of family violence, child abuse, and neglect and elder abuse."  Roxanne L. Aburamen, the community violence coordinator for the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, said, "We know that no single agency or group can effectively deal with the complexity of family violence...we hope to build a foundation to work together to decrease family violence."  State and county lawmakers, agency leaders, and representatives from the Judiciary are expected to attend.  For details call Aburamen at 934-3345.  Aloha, Russ.

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More trouble for convicted killer.

Man also faces numerous theft and identity theft charges.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

A Honomu man on 10 years probation for killing his housemate two years ago is now facing numerous theft and identity theft charges on Oahu, as well as probation violation proceedings in Hilo.  According to court documents, Daniel Claude Schuster pleaded not guilty on 28 August 2014 in Honolulu Circuit Court to charges of second-degree identity theft, unauthorized possession of confidential personal information, attempted  second-degree theft, two counts of second-degree theft, and three counts of second-degree robbery.  He will stand trial on 27 October 2014 before Honolulu Circuit Judge Rom Trader.  Schuster also appeared in Hilo Circuit Court on Tuesday on an arrest warrant for an alleged probation violation. Hilo Circuit Court Judge Glenn Hara will hold a revocation hearing on 13 November 2014.  Schuster remains in custody at the Oahu Community Correctional Center in lieu of $400,000 bail related to the various charges against him. Aloha, Russ.

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Puna lava flow poses major concern for region, Big Island - SFGate (blog)

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SFGate (blog) Puna lava flow poses major concern for region, Big Island SFGate (blog) According to today's report from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the flow continues to advance northeast through thick forest, moving at an average of 890...
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According to the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the flow continues to advance northeast through thick forest, moving at an average of 890 feet a day in the last three days, traveling 11.3 miles from the Pu'u O'o vent.  Smoke billows from where the lava "engulfs trees and other vegetation." At the present rate of speed, HVO scientists predict the lava could cross Pahoa Village Road as early as 24 September and move quickly to block Highway 130.  If the flow crosses Pahoa Village Road and Highway 130, the approximately 10,000 cars traveling through Pahoa daily on the way to school or work will have only makeshift, one-lane gravel and dirt roads to use instead, one of which--an old railroad right-of-way--also lies in the lava flow's probable path.  Hawaii County officials are hastily  working to widen the railroad road, which at least provide several months' additional access, and an even more rough-hewn, circuitous coastal route known as Government Beach Road which leads to some of the endangered Puna subdivisions.  Aloha, Russ.

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Opening of Hilo High School Gym delayed.

Malfunctioning equipment causes delayed opening.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter: Colin M. Stewart.

 

The opening of the new Hilo High School Gym has been delayed.  In an email sent to the "Hawaii Tribune-Herald," on Monday, Principal Robert Dircks said the opening of the new gym was delayed because of "a scheduling conflict between contractors" regarding the paving of the gym's driveway fronting Waianuenue Avenue.  F & H Construction and Yamada and Sons, Inc. were delayed in finishing the driveway because of malfunctioning equipment.  That work was completed last Friday. Dircks says the dedication of the gym will "be no later than Nov. 26."  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaiian Volcano Sends Lava Oozing Toward Town, With No Telling When It Will End

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Residents await a slow-moving threat from the Kilauea volcano.
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A sobering report from the "National Geographic Magazine" about the lava flow threatening Pahoa Town.  In short, it's coming and there's not much you can do to stop it.  Kevin Dayton, the executive assistant to Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi, told reporters that diversion isn't an option because "it creates at least as many problems as it solves...there haven't been any examples of successful diversions, and there are cultural concerns as well." No evacuations have been ordered for the Kaohe Homestead subdivision, which was "grazed" by lava on Monday.  The unused lots in that subdivision will serve as a temporary buffer zone as the lava spreads out toward the northeast. The next target is Pahoa Town, lying some 3 miles (4.8 km) from the leading edge of the lava flow.  Bulldozers working on a Pahoa park project have been diverted to clear two smaller roads that could be used to evacuate residents from the slowly moving lava.  These roads would have to be supplemented by the reopening of the now-closed Chain of Craters Road.  Portions of that road were closed by the 1990 lava flow which covered portions of Kalapana.  Aloha, Russ.

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Researcher creates Facebook page detailing effects of Puna lava flow - Hawaii News Now

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Researcher creates Facebook page detailing effects of Puna lava flow Hawaii News Now HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - "I do have lots of friends there," says Mark Kimura, a postdoctoral researcher in Geology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, "I'm...
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UH-Hilo affiliate faculty member Mark Kimura has created a Facebook page showing the effects of the Puna lava flow and the expected damage the flow could cause in Lower Puna.  One graphic shows the volume of the flow, while another outlines the expected time to reach Hilo by alternative routes, such as the Chain of Craters Road.  Kimura says once Highway 130 is breached by lava, getting supplies into the Puna District and commuting to work from unaffected areas will become more difficult.  Aloha, Russ.

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Big Island police warn residents of phone scam - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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Breaking - Hawaii's news leader for Hawaii news. Honolulu Star-Advertiser provides up to the minute breaking news in Honolulu, Hawaii. With expanded photo coverage of Hawaii sports, entertainment, nightlife and insightful business news coverage.
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Hawaii County police are warning local residents to be aware of a telephone scam from a person claiming to represent Publishers' Clearing House.  The scam involves buying CVS gift cards and telling the caller the number on the cards.  The recipient of the bogus call refused to cooperate and instead notified police.  This is a scam.  Aloha, Russ.

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Lava Flow Enters Kaohe Homesteads

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June 27th flow enters northwest portion of Kaohe Homesteads The June 27th lava flow remains active and continues advancing towards the northeast.
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Madame Pele is on the march again.  This time, a slow moving lava flow from the Pu'u O'o vent in the East Rift Zone has penetrated into a northwest section of the Kaohe Homestead subdivision.  The affected land is unoccupied and is owned by the state.  Hawaii County Spokesman Kevin Dayton said the flow entered a vacant lot and was advancing parallel to roads in the subdivision.  An evacuation order has not been given for the 30 to 40 homes and farms located in the area.  The next community meeting regarding the lava flow is set for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, 18 September 2014, at the Pahoa High School cafeteria.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii by Starlight: Visiting the observatories on Mauna Kea - Los Angeles Register

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Hawaii by Starlight: Visiting the observatories on Mauna Kea
Los Angeles Register
Info: 808-961-2180 or ifa.hawaii.edu/info/vis. Mauna Kea Weather Center: For road conditions near the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Center, call 808-935-6268.
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I usually cringe when mainland U.S. newspapers recommend scenic spots to visit in Hawaii.  The reports tend to overstate what is basically a simple, enjoyable natural setting.  But, this time, I'll have to back off a bit.  "The Los Angeles Register" has done an excellent job of portraying the wonders and beauty to be found at the mid-level  facility of Mauna Kea.  A trip to the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Center is well worth the effort.  The rangers and staff at the facility are available daily, 9 a.m. to  10 p.m., for tours and observations with telescopes set up on the Center's lanai (patio).  On a clear night, the view is literally "out of this world."  Be sure to bring a jacket or sweater with you, as it tends to be cool at the 9,200-foot elevation. For details, call 808-935-6268. Aloha, Russ.

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