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Football player knocked out during game returns to school - Hawaii News Now

Football player knocked out during game returns to school - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Football player knocked out during game returns to school
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Liko Carvalho described his first day back at Kahuku High School as 'okay'.
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This young player is lucky to be alive and in good health. Concussion injuries aren't something to ignore.  The long-lasting effects of this injury could affect him for years.  I hope his doctors will let him rest and recover from this injury.  For what it's worth, I suggest this player sit out the football season until he his recovered fully from the concussion.  Aloha, Russ.

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HAWAII POLL: Ige takes lead in gubernatorial race - Hawaii News Now

HAWAII POLL: Ige takes lead in gubernatorial race Hawaii News Now In the newest Hawaii News Now - Honolulu Star-Advertiser general election poll, Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Ige held the lead over his opponents Duke Aiona, Mufi...
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According to a recent poll conducted by the "Honolulu Star-Advertiser", Democrat David Ige has a lock on the 04 November general election.  The newspaper believes Ige will win over challengers Duke Aiona, Mufi Hannemann, and Jeff Davis.  Aloha, Russ.

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Tweet from @JenaC2

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Kilauea volcano, Hawaii pic.twitter.com/CixId3ouYq
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The Kilauea Volcano has been active for 31 years.  Here's some of the lava flow headed for lower Puna.  Beautiful shot.  Aloha, Russ.

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6 Things I Learned in My First Year of Living in Hawaii - Huffington Post

6 Things I Learned in My First Year of Living in Hawaii - Huffington Post | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The change hasn't been as easy as I thought it would be. After all, I was moving to paradise and I told my friends, "Who's going to regret living in Hawaii for at least a couple of years of their life?
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A nicely written, mildly humorous cautionary tale for anyone thinking of relocating to Hawaii.  Reporter Mike Webb says his new life in Hawaii has required him to learn six pleasant tasks:

Patience, the spirit of Aloha, the joys of outdoor living, reordering your priorities, learning local attire, and enjoying the beauty of Hawaiian sunsets.  Pretty good advice, whether you're from the U.S. mainland or from around here.  Aloha, Russ.

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Big Island room rates soar 24%, Hawaii hotel occupancy rate reaches 79% - Pacific Business News (Honolulu) (blog)

Big Island room rates soar 24%, Hawaii hotel occupancy rate reaches 79% - Pacific Business News (Honolulu) (blog) | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The statewide average hotel occupancy rate was 79.1 percent and average room rate was $232.58 for the week of Oct. 12-18.
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According to recent data released by "Pacific Business News,"  hotel occupancy rates have increased by 24% on Hawaii Island, while state hotel occupancy rates have reached 79%.  So far, so good.  Note that the average room rate was $232.58 per night.  Added to the cost of airfare, that makes a Hawaii vacation on the expensive side, especially when similar tropical locales can be found closer to mainland markets (Bahamas, Bermuda, Mexico, Caribbean Islands, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico).  We must be careful not "to kill the goose that lays the golden egg."  Aloha, Russ.

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Gov requests federal assistance in face of advancing lava

Gov requests federal assistance in face of advancing lava | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed a request for a presidential disaster declaration for assistance to supplement local emergency protective measures in response to the ongoing Kilauea lava flow.
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The governor's request for assistance would supplement measures already taken by Hawaii County to mitigate some of the worst effects of the June 27 lava flow.  Hawaii County has undertaken the restoration of abandoned roads to the affected communities, while the state Department of Education has deployed portable classrooms at Keaau High School to accommodated up to 900 school children who may be displaced by the lava flow.  Hawaii County Civil Defense says lava could reach Cemetery Road by this Saturday.  Civil Defense personnel will go house-to-house warning residents when evacuation orders are given.  Aloha, Russ.

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Matson pleads guilty to molasses spill charges

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A federal magistrate judge is accepting a shipping company's guilty plea to criminal charges from a molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor but isn't approving $600,000 in community service payments.
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Perhaps something good can come from this "mess."  Matson officials said earlier this week as part of a plea agreement the company would pay $300,000 to the Waikiki Aquarium to support coral programs and invasive algae clean-ups, and another $300,000 to Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii.  Aloha, Russ.

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USGS: If Puna lava flow moves at current rate, it will reach Apa - Hawaii News ... - Hawaii News Now

USGS: If Puna lava flow moves at current rate, it will reach Apa - Hawaii News ... - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Hawai‘i County Civil defense officials estimate the Puna lava flow is advancing about 10-15 yd/hour and, if it continues at its current pace, could reach Apa'a Street in Pahoa by early Saturday morning.
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According to Hawaii County Civil Defense, the slow-moving lava flow was between 0.2 and 0.3 miles from Cemetery Road, 0.98 miles from Pahoa Village Road, and 1.3 miles from Highway 130.  Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira said the county "would notify residents between three and five days before an evacuation is issued."  Residents in the flow's path have been preparing to evacuate for weeks or even months. Work continues on three emergency roads in and out of lower Puna:  The old Chain of Craters Road, Railroad Avenue, and the old Government Beach Road.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Island Sears and Kmart stores won't close.

Restructuring won't have much impact on Hawaii Island.

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Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter:  Bret Yager.

 

A report from from Seeking Alpha says Hawaii Island locations of Sears and Kmart stores won't be on the "chopping block" for the current restructuring of the store chain.  The report adds that the struggling retailer will close "more than 100 stores during the next few months, including 30 department stores, 31 Sears Auto Centers and 55 Kmart stores."  The parent company of Sears and Kmart has "sought to cut costs to counter falling sales."  Daniel Jacobs, the owner of Sears HOmetown & Outlet in Kailua-Kona, said he would be concerned by an Sears closure that would leave service contracts "up in the air and island residents with few options."  Jacobs added that his store is not owned by Sears Holdings, but "has a sister company arrangement."   

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Lava flow increases speed.

Hawaii County will close road near Pahoa Transfer Station.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

 

The June 27 lava flow has picked up speed, prompting Hawaii Island police to stop vehicles just beyond the Pahoa Transfer Station where Apa'a Street becomes Cemetery Road.  According to reporter Tom Callis, the county also plans to relocate the waste facility to Kauhale Street in Pahoa on Saturday.  Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira said a mobile command center was being placed on Cemetery Road, and "staff will keep a 24-hour watch on the flow's progress.  Oliveira said no evacuation has been ordered, but "the public should remain vigilant."

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Early voting begins across Hawaiian islands - Hawaii News Now

Early voting begins across Hawaiian islands - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Early voting has started across the Hawaiian islands for state's general election.
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I trust voters in Lower Puna, affected by Tropical Storm Iselle, Hurricane Ana, and the June 27 lava flow will take heed and vote early.  Vote now and avoid a possible mess when the lava flow finally reaches Pahoa.  A cautionary tale for all of us. Aloha, Russ.

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Weight loss claim for green coffee beans doesn't hold water

Weight loss claim for green coffee beans doesn't hold water | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Remember when green coffee bean extract was the next big thing in weight loss, a remedy with positive clinical findings touted as a breakthrough by Dr. Mehmet Oz and aggressively hawked online?
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Weight loss claims for a green coffee extract have proven to be bogus.  The original 2012 study was retracted by Joe Vinson and co-author Bryan Burnham of the University of Scranton because "The sponsors of the study cannot assure the validity of the data."  The retraction follows a $3.5 million settlement between Applied Food Sciences, Inc. and the Federal Trade Commission.  The FTA added that the study "was so hopelessly flawed that no reliable conclusion could be drawn out."  There are no miracle cures for weight loss.  Losing weight is hard work and should be supervised by trained medical personnel.  Aloha, Russ.

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SBA Iselle loans available to Puna businesses

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The U.S. Small Business Administration has declared Hawaii County a disaster following Tropical Storm Iselle, which makes low-interest loans available for renters, homeowners, small businesses and non-profit organizations that suffered damage in...
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According to reporter Tom Callis, The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest loans to victims of Tropical Storm Iselle.  Loans are available to homeowners, renters, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in Hawaii County "that received damage related to the storm from Aug. 7-9."  SBA officials are available at the Pahoa Community Center to process applications and to answer questions. SBA personnel will be available through 06 November 2014.  Aloha, Russ.

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Airline complains fliers can't find airport in Hawaii - USA TODAY

Airline complains fliers can't find airport in Hawaii - USA TODAY | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Hawaiian carrier Mokulele Airlines says its new service to an Oahu airport is suffering because customers can't find the airport.
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I can feel Mokulele Airlines' pain on this one.  How can you find an airport without proper signage?  At first glance, the former naval air station at Barbers Point would seem an ideal place to locate a local air carrier. It's removed from the congestion of the Honolulu International Airport and is close to a major highway (H-1). "The Honolulu Star-Advertiser" has confirmed that directions to the new airport are sketchy and that there is no signage along the H-1 directing passengers to the Mokulele Terminal. Given this situation, it's no wonder there are many "no shows" at the Mokulele desk.  How can you run an airline if there are no passengers? Somebody "dropped the ball" on this one.  Aloha, Russ.

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Tweet from @EARTHPlCS

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Napali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii pic.twitter.com/eVLLPrH7ce
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A beautiful shot of Kauai's rugged Napali Coast.  Aloha, Russ.

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Dancing priests become Internet sensation - Hawaii News Now

Dancing priests become Internet sensation - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.
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Thanks to the wonder of the internet and youtube, almost anyone can become a star. Check out this pair of dancing American priests studying in Rome.  These guys are pretty good.  Is Rock and Roll Heaven so far away?  Aloha, Russ.

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Kona Motorsport Park project picking up speed again - West Hawaii Today

Kona Motorsport Park project picking up speed again - West Hawaii Today | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Mauka from the Kekaha Kai State Park entrance on Queen Kaahumanu Highway is land the Hawaii Racing Association believes is best suited for a motorsport park.
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Here's an update of a story I posted earlier.  Even if all the environmental sound checks and environmental studies support the proposed motorsports park, a lot of private money will be needed to make the park a reality.  A new road will have to be built to access the proposed park area--a task that will cost millions.  The only sanctioned race track on Hawaii Island is the Hilo Drag Strip located past the Hilo Transfer Station.  The construction of the proposed motorsports park in North Kona would giver racers another venue when poor weather closes the Hilo track.  HRA president Paul Maddox envisions the new motorsports park as a multi-use facility which could stage concerts, exhibitions, farmers markets, and business expos.  Aloha, Russ.

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OHA candidates prepare for debate that will be streamed live

OHA candidates prepare for debate that will be streamed live | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The candidates who are vying for four seats on the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees in the Nov.
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The debate will be streamed live from the annual convention of Hawaiian Civic Clubs on Friday, 31 October 2014, at 6 p.m. from Waikoloa.  To follow the debate, visit http://www.oha.org.  Aloha, Russ.

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New crop-eating pest found on Maui

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An insect that's harmful to vegetable crops has been found on Maui.
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State agriculture officials say the bagrada bug or pink stink bug was found last week in a student garden at Maui College.  Agriculture personnel recovered 19 adult bugs and 2 nymphs.  The state Department of Agriculture is beginning a state wide survey "because the bug feeds of a wide range of vegetables."  The bug is particularly dangerous for organic farms.  Aloha, Russ.

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Takai, Djou tied in dead heat in latest poll - Hawaii News Now

Takai, Djou tied in dead heat in latest poll - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Our latest Hawaii News Now/Star Advertiser poll in the campaign to represent urban Oahu in Congress suggests the vote could go either way. ...
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The First Congressional District race on Oahu is being called a "dead heat" by the "Honolulu Star-Advertiser."  Both Djou and Takai received 47% of the votes in a recent political poll.  Like many races, a few votes could determine the outcome of a closely contested race. Aloha, Russ.

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GMO case goes before the court.

Plaintiffs urge judge to invalidate Hawaii County GMO ordinance.

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Source:  Associated Press.

Reporter:  Jennifer Sinco Kelleher.

 

Attorney Margery Bronster, who represents a variety of floriculture, farmer, and cattle raising groups on Hawaii Island, wants U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren to make the same decision he made invalidating Kauai's anti-GMO law.  In August, Kurren ruled that a Kauai County law requiring companies to disclose their use of pesticides and genetically modified crops is invalid because it's pre-empted by state law.  Bronster feels "that same ruling should follow here."  Plaintiffs argue that Hawaii County's restrictive GMO ordinance affects their livelihoods , including flower growers seeking genetically engineered varieties of anthuriums that would withstand plant pests and cattlemen who want to grow GMO feed to avoid having to send cattle to the mainland for fattening up before slaughter.  Hawaii County Councilwoman Margaret Wille, who introduced the anti-GMO measure, said she's hopeful Judge Kurren will see Hawaii County's law differently than the Kauai one, noting, "Hopefully, this magistrate has had an epiphany and is a little more foresighted."  Aloha, Russ.

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Motorsport project moves forward.

New location found for proposed multi use facility.

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Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter:  Carolyn Lucas-Zenk.

 

The Hawaii Racing Association says it has found a new location for a motorsport park north of Kona.  The proposed location is "mauka from the Kekaha Kai State Park entrance on Queen Kaahumanu Highway.  Plans for a Kona motorsports park have been churning since 1994 from the nonprofit HRA, which claims 3,400 members.  Original plans for a 600 acre facility have been scaled down to 250 acres.  Backers of the project say the motorsports park "will be a safe, legal and family-friendly place to participate in motorsport activities and driver training, and the grounds also could be used for concerts, carnivals, fairs and swap meets." HRA president Paul Maddox believes the Kona Motorsports Park could "help boost the island's economy."  Aloha, Russ.

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Puna lava flow activity picks up after stalling several days - Hawaii News Now

Puna lava flow activity picks up after stalling several days - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Hawaii County Civil Defense officials say the Puna lava flow has advanced approximately 30 yards since Monday -- the first measurable forward progress since October 17, though there have been several active breakouts.
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After a few days of stagnation, the June 27 lava flow has picked up some speed as it heads for Apa'a Street in Pahoa Town.  No evacuation order has been given.  Hawaii County Civil Defense provides daily lava flow updates over Hilo and Kailua-Kona radio stations.  Aloha, Russ.

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UH considers self-imposed penalties on men's hoops

UH considers self-imposed penalties on men's hoops | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The University of Hawaii is discussing self imposing penalties on its men's basketball program in the wake of the apparent conclusion of an NCAA investigation, officials confirmed Wednesday.
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It's time to "nip this problem in the bud" before the entire UH-Manoa Athletics program is discredited.  It seems as if the athletic department has lost its focus and reason for existence.  Those who violate the rules should pay the penalty.  If such behavior and policy are to be tolerated, why not admit publicly that our athletic programs are just part of the "farm system" for professional sports?  Then organize the program as a for-profit business and do away with the fantasy that the program exists to promote the value and tradition of sport.  It's about money anyway, so why hide the obvious?  Aloha, Russ.

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Shark encounter closes Maui south shore beaches

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State and county officials have closed down beaches between the Old Suda Store to Kalama Park in South Maui after a shark encounter -- the third since Saturday in waters edging the Valley Isle.
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Maui County and state officials have shut down beaches between the Old Suda Store to Kalama Park in South Maui after the third shark encounter since Saturday.  A woman bodyboarder was the latest person to meet a shark during a swim off the Maui coastline.  Water safety officials are asking people to stay out of muddy or cloudy water until affects of Hurricane Ana have worn off.  Aloha, Russ.

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In a Dome in Hawaii, a Mission to Mars - New York Times

In a Dome in Hawaii, a Mission to Mars - New York Times | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
In a dome on a Hawaiian volcano, NASA is financing a study to see how astronauts might deal with the stress and isolation of an interplanetary trip.
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NASA's HI-SEAS Mars simulation exercise is underway at a dome on the slopes of Mauna Loa.  The purpose of the eight-month study is to examine how well a small group of people, isolated from civilization, can get along and work together.  Lead investigator Kimberly Binsted, a professor of information and computer sciences at UH-Manoa, says no trip to Mars will be done until the psychological risks are evaluated and solved.  Aloha, Russ.

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