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EPA to American People: 'Let Them Eat Monsanto's Roundup Ready Cake'

EPA to American People: 'Let Them Eat Monsanto's Roundup Ready Cake' | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The EPA, whose mission is to "to protect human health and the environment," has approved Monsanto's request to allow levels of glyphosate (Roundup) contamination in your food up to a million times higher than have been found carcinogenic.

Via Wes Thomas
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According to Sayer Ji, the founder of greenmediainfo.com, the EPA is ignoring the cancer risk posed by  higher applications of glyphosate (Roundup) herbicide.  Monsanto has applied for a permit to increase the amount of this herbicide on certain crops and plants.  Ji says "unless they (consumers) retake control over their food, they will be coerced into a form of biological slavery the likes of which this world has never seen before, and, if it manifests fully, will likely never recover from."  A very sobering article.  Aloha, Russ.

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Campaign seeks public’s help to protect Kauai forest birds through rat control

Campaign seeks public’s help to protect Kauai forest birds through rat control | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
A new crowdfunding and outreach campaign has been launched to generate support for protecting the native birds of Kauai by controlling rats with humane, self-resetting traps, the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project announced recently.
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This seems to be a worthwhile project, considering the amount of damage to both animal and human habitats done by rats.  Hawaii's native birds are also endangered by mongoose which attack birds and steal their eggs.  Aloha, Russ.

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SUV sales surge as gas prices fall in Hawaii - Hawaii News Now

SUV sales surge as gas prices fall in Hawaii - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
As gas prices plunge, sales of trucks and SUVs are surging in Hawaii. New car sales have increased by 4.9% while sales of larger vehicles ...
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This trend will hold until the next oil crisis.  Just wait until fuel prices increase after the surplus of oil is used up.  All it takes is for Saudi Arabia to restrict production.  The oil market is quite volatile.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Public Radio will build transmitter tower at Kulani Cone.

HPR to bring second programming stream to Hawaii Island.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald/Hawaii Public Radio.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

Hawaii Public Radio is just about ready to erect a tower and transmitter at Kulani Cone on the slopes of Mauna Loa.  The new facility will broadcast its second programming stream, KAHU-FM or HPR-2, to East Hawaii.  On Wednesday, HPR announced the receipt of a major gift of $40,000 from the McInerny Foundation, which will supplement grassroots fundraising.  HPR needs a little over $15,000 to reach its construction goal of $150,000.  That sum will cover the projected costs of state-of-the-art equipment, engineering and legal services, and the first year of operation.  Once the new transmitter signs on early next year, East Hawaii residents will be able to receive news, locally produced talk shows, and "an eclectic variety of music from contemporary Hawaiian to Latin Jazz."  Aloha, Russ.

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Lava flow could impact the Pahoa Marketplace by Christmas.

Lava flow  about 5 or 6 days from the Pahoa Marketplace.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald/Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Reporter: Tom Callis.

 

According to Hawaii County Civil Defense, the June 27 lava flow could impact the Pahoa Marketplace by Christmas.  Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira told reporter Tom Callis that the flow was "about five to six days from reaching the shopping center based on its current rate."  The flow advanced 220 yards within 24 hours on Wednesday morning, putting the molten rock about 0.9 miles from Highway 130 and 1,200 to 1,300 yards from the marketplace.  Oliveira adds that "Without a significant change in the flow rate, lave could reach businesses by Monday, three days before the holiday."  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii County Council approves GMO appeal.

Council hears six hours of testimony before taking vote.

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Source:  West Hawaii Today.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer.

 

On Wednesday, the Hawaii Count Council voted 5-4 to appeal a federal judge's ruling rejecting a local ordinance that restricts GMO crops on Hawaii Island.  Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille, the author of the original anti-GMO bill, told reporter Nancy Cook Lauer that "This is an important decision with far-reaching impact on home rule...it's not just about GMO."  The county ordinance bans the growing of GMO crops in open air conditions.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren invalidated the council law in a 27 November ruling, saying "state law preempts county law on the issue." Judge Kurren said the state legislature intended the state to have broad oversight of agricultural issues in Hawaii.  Aloha, Russ.

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All Pesticides Aren’t Created Equal | Only Organic

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There are lots of reasons for choosing to eat organic, but one of the most compelling is that organic farmers don’t use toxic persistent pesticides and that’s better for all of us.

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Another good reason to eat organic foods. The main point seems to be this: pesticides stay in our air, water, and soil for a long time and can damage our nervous system, our reproductive functions, our endocrine system, and perhaps cause cancer. Organic produce can help reverse the damage done to our bodies by pesticides in our environment. Aloha, Russ.
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County of Hawaii - Civil Defense Alerts and Information

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Eruption Information Update For Wednesday December 17th At 8:00 AM

This is an eruption and lava flow information update for Wednesday December 17th at 8:00  AM.

This morning’s assessment shows that the flow front remains active and continues to advance in an east-northeast direction. The active flow had advanced approximately 220 yards since yesterday and the front remains approximately 0.9 mile upslope of the Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road intersection. Current activity does not pose an immediate threat to area communities and Civil Defense and Hawaiian Volcano  Observatory personnel are maintaining close observations of flow activity. Residents and businesses down slope will be kept informed of any changes in flow activity, advancement, and status. As the flow activity continues to show signs of advancement, businesses in the Pahoa Market Place are taking necessary steps to prepare for a possible evacuation. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and to be prepared for increased traffic and large vehicles in the area.

Smoke conditions were moderate to heavy this morning in the immediate area with a light north wind blowing the smoke in a south southeast direction. Smoke conditions may increase in some areas and residents that may be sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take precautions and to remain indoors. 

Additional updates will be broadcast as conditions change.

On behalf of the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency and our partners we would like to thank everyone for your assistance and cooperation.


Civil Defense Lava Flow Map - Updated Wednesday, 12/17/14 at 7:00 am


Civil Defense Lava Flow Map - Updated Wednesday, 12/17/14 at 7:00 am


Civil Defense Lava Flow Map - Updated Wednesday, 12/17/14 at 7:00 am


 

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Air Quality Monitoring System Information Update For Friday December 5th At 8:00AM.

The State of Hawaii Department of Health is currently operating three (3) air monitoring stations in the Pahoa and Leilani estates area in response to the current and ongoing eruption and lava flow activities.  These monitiors detect the presence of air borne particles that may result from the burning materials (vegetation , grass, brush, and other materials).  The data and information being collected by these monitors can be viewed at the following web site:  http://emdweb.doh.hawaii.gov/air-quality/ , click on “Quick Look” then go to “Puna Special Sites”.  Also see table below for air quality guidelines.




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Mayor's Proclamation From December 3, 2014

Second Supplementary Proclamation, Effective Wednesday, 12/03/2014 and continuing theron for 60 days or until further act.

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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 condition report from Hawaii County Civil Defense.  A complete set of maps can be found by visiting http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts/. ; Aloha, Russ.

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Last lei stand in Waikiki struggling to stay in business - Hawaii News Now

Last lei stand in Waikiki struggling to stay in business - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
A small lei stand surrounded by luxury stores in Waikiki is struggling to survive. The owner is trying to carry on her family's legacy of sharing the Hawaiian culture ...
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A measure of what we lose when "progress" becomes the most important thing in our lives.  A noble, but ultimately doomed enterprise.  Such cultural practices must be allowed to survive, if only to remind us from whence we came.  Aloha, Russ.

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Judge tosses Big Island GMO law

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LIHUE — A federal judge — the same one who threw out a County of Kauai law related to pesticides and genetically modified crops in August — ruled Wednesday that a Hawaii County law banning new genetically engineered crops on the Big Island is invalid. ...
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The GMO debate rages on.  In November 2014, U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled that Hawaii County's anti-GMO bill was invalid because it is preempted by both federal and state law.  In August, Judge Kurren ruled a similar measure on Kauai was invalid for the same reason.  While Hawaii County officials decide if an appeal should be made, Kauai County has asked the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to review the case.  Aloha, Russ.

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Revisiting Kalapana amidst current flow activity

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As lava once again wends its way downslope toward populated areas of lower Puna, we are reminded of the stop-and-start advancement of flows into the Kalapana community in 1990, when it took 10 months of often agonizingly slow activity to cover the...
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A retrospective look at the Hawaii Island community of Kalapana, which was changed forever by a slow moving lava flow.  The gradual absorption of Kalapana by molten rock took 10 months.  A similar scenario is taking place near Pahoa, where two outbreaks from the June 27 lava flow threaten to cut off the town from Hilo.  Aloha, Russ.

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College of Pharmacy breaks ground on new home : University of Hawaiʻi System News

College of Pharmacy breaks ground on new home : University of Hawaiʻi System News | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
UH Hilo's Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy breaks ground on a permanent facility.
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According to UH-Hilo College of Pharmacy dean John Pezzuto, the 12 December 2014 groundbreaking ceremony for a new permanent facility represents "a major milestone" for the pharmacy program at UH-Hilo.  The college, named after the late Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye, had to survive several years of budget limitations and rigorous academic approvals before it could be established as an accredited program.  With the new classroom and lab facility, the College of Pharmacy can continue its role as a community service, research facility, and training center for future pharmacists.  Aloha, Russ.

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News - An award-winning photo of seven vortices in Hawaii is re-making the rounds on social media - The Weather Network

News - An award-winning photo of seven vortices in Hawaii is re-making the rounds on social media - The Weather Network | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
An award-winning photograph from 2013 is making the rounds on social media this week. Click here to see the amazing image.
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Bruce Omori took this stunning shot at the Waikupanaha Ocean Entry point on Hawaii Island.  The picture won the 2013 Windland Smith Rice International Award.  Omori said the vertices formed "as lava from the Kilauea Volcano entered the ocean, creating large amounts of steam that started spinning as it rose..."  Aloha, Russ.

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Malama Market Pahoa to close, evacuate as lava advances

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A Big Island store is packing up and moving out as lava continues to advance in an east-northeast direction toward Pahoa Marketplace.
Malama Market Pahoa said it will close on Thursday, Dec. 18.
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According to "Hawaii Tribune-Herald" reporter Tom Callis, the Malama Market, the "anchor tenant" at the Pahoa Marketplace will shut down Thursday because of the slowly approaching June 27 lava flow. As of Monday, the lava flow was about 1 mile from the shopping center and could arrive there in seven to ten days.  Malama Market representative Sheryl Toda said the store will close at 6 p.m. Thursday.  Equipment will be removed, starting today (Tuesday).  The market's gas station will lock up Friday afternoon. The Malama Market is one of two grocery stores in Pahoa. Toda says Malama Market is considering opening a satellite location in Lower PUna, but no plans have been announced.  On Monday, Hawaii County Civil Defense reported that lava was headed toward the market, averaging 300 yards per day.  Aloha, Russ.

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Stabbing suspect has history of violence, mental illness - Hawaii News Now

Stabbing suspect has history of violence, mental illness - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The homeless man accused of violently stabbing a 23-year-old Kailua woman has a history of mental illness and violence. Chauncey Ingraham, 30, was charged Tuesday with attempted murder, kidnapping...
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Why was this person ever allowed back on the street, considering his past tendency to violence?  This just doesn't make sense.  He'll probably be ruled incapable of defending himself and be left in the state Hospital for an extended stay.  Not much consolation to the victim.  Aloha, Russ.

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New calls for regulation as vacation rental popularity grows

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For years people all over the state have been renting units to visitors under the table. The state is losing tens of millions of dollars every year prompting a new push for more regulations.
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The state is eyeing more ways to generate tax revenue.  The latest effort focuses on the unregulated renting of vacation units to tourists. The state feels it "is losing tens of millions of dollars every year, prompting a new push for more regulations."  It's always about the money. Aloha, Russ.

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Body found at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

Body may be that of a missing 13-year-old boy.

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Source:  West Hawaii Today.

Reporter:  Bret Yager.

 

Rescue personnel have recovered what they believe is the body of a missing 13-year-old boy who went cliff diving on Sunday near Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.  Searchers found the body "deep within a cavern system just yards from where he jumped into the water.  According to rescue personnel, the boy was reportedly from Waikoloa and didn't know how to swim. The Hawaii Police Department hasn't released the name of the dead boy. Acting fire battalion chief Patrick Parish said the boy was probably forced into the cavern by 3-foot waves faces on Sunday.  Aloha, Russ.

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Aerial hunting lawsuit dismissed.

Judge says law doesn't provide state an exemption from the hunting ban.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

On Thursday, Hilo Circuit Judge Glenn Hara dismissed a lawsuit that sought to exempt state employees and contractors from county and state laws banning aerial hunting.  The ruling stops state plans to conduct aerial hunting of feral ungulates such as sheep, goats, swine, cattle, and axis deer beyond the critical habitat of the native palila bird on the slopes of Mauna Kea.  A ruling in 2013 by a federal judge required aerial eradication of the mammals in the palila habitat.  In October of this year, Hawaii County and the State of Hawaii sought an injunction barring the county from prosecuting DLNR employees and contractors to perform aerial eradication outside the palila habitat under county or state control.  Aloha, Russ.

 

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How an EDF scientist explains climate change in 30 seconds

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How an awkward moment in the dentist’s chair convinced a climate scientist to have a coherent response always at the ready.

Via Wes Thomas
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A clever "tongue in cheek" (pun intended) answer from a climate scientist pressed for an answer while she was in a dentist's chair. Her approach to explaining climate change can be used in any situation that requires a quick, accurate answer--the so-called "elevator speech". Basically, your brief, accurate reply to such impromptu situations is this: Don't get defensive; keep the answer simple; and frame your answer around a list. The scientist's answer was accurate, concise, and full of easily verifiable facts. Aloha, Russ.
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HVO Kilauea Status

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Recent Kilauea Status Reports, Updates, and Information Releases
HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
U.S. Geological Survey
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 9:02 AM HST (Wednesday, December 17, 2014 19:02 UTC)


This report on the status of Kilauea volcanic activity, in addition to maps, photos, and Webcam images (available at http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/kilaueastatus.php), was prepared by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO). All times are Hawai`i Standard Time.

KILAUEA VOLCANO (VNUM #332010)
19°25'16" N 155°17'13" W, Summit Elevation 4091 ft (1247 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Activity Summary: Kīlauea Volcano continues to erupt at its summit and within its East Rift Zone. A lobe of lava remains active and advanced ~200 m (~220 yds) since yesterday according to Civil Defense. The leading edge of this lobe is approximately 1.4 km (0.9 miles) above the intersection of Pāhoa Village Road and Highway 130, near the Pāhoa Marketplace. No significant tilt has been observed at Kīlauea's summit or at Puʻu ʻŌʻō since yesterday's report.

June 27th Lava Flow Observations: HVO, along with Civil Defense, is monitoring a flow lobe that branches off the west edge of the flow field below the crack system. Civil Defense reported, this morning, that the leading edge of the flow was about 1.4 km (0.9 miles) upslope from the intersection of Pāhoa Village Road and Highway 130, near the Pāhoa Marketplace. Yesterday, HVO scientists on-site observed that the active lobe had widened somewhat, and had turned slightly to the north at a point where the steepest-descent path turns sharply east. This path, however, would rejoin a steepest descent tributary that would still direct the flow towards the intersection of Pāhoa Village Road and Highway 130, in the vicinity of the Pāhoa Marketplace. In addition to this active lobe, a breakout from the lava tube on December 5, about 2.6 km (1.6 mi) from Puʻu ʻŌʻō remains weakly active.

Puʻu ʻŌʻō Observations: Tilt trend at Puʻu ʻŌʻō shows no significant change during the last day. All other monitoring data indicate no significant changes at Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Seismic tremor is low and steady, and webcams revealed no strong variations in the pattern of glow from degassing vents or the configuration of the crater floor. GPS-measured deformation across the cone has shown no net extension nor contraction since July. The most recent measurement of sulfur dioxide emissions from the East Rift Zone was about 310 tonnes per day on December 11, 2014.
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Here's the current lava flow information from The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO).

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City looking for solution to bus stop hazard - Hawaii News Now

City looking for solution to bus stop hazard - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
A bus stop on the mauka side of Farrington Highway sits a quarter mile from the entrance to Ko Olina. Four lanes of busy traffic separate it from the other side of the highway.
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This is an accident waiting for a place to happen. Perhaps a small overpass could be built to help pedestrians cross the highway in safety.  Aloha, Russ.

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This Is What Happens When You Step On Lava

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As lava on Hawaii's Big Island nears a shopping center and gas station (it is expected to make contact around Christmas), we're taking this video as a reminder of what not to do.
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Just a reminder that lava is nothing to play with.  Good article from the Huffington Post.  Despite the warning, there will always be people willing to push the limits of common sense.  Aloha, Russ.

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Pahoa's Malama Market closing as lava nears

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HThe store will begin removing equipment and initiate various shutdown procedures on Tuesday. It will be shuttered after it closes Thursday evening, its parent company announced.

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According to "Hawaii Tribune-Herald" reporter, The Pahoa Marketplace is shutting down before the June 27 lava flow enters the shopping complex over the next 10 days.  Located at the intersection of Pahoa Village Road and Highway 130, the marketplace hosts about 20 businesses and is a major center of commerce in lower Puna.  Merchants may have as little as 7 to 10 days to relocate.  Aloha, Russ.

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Inn owners bowing out: Kilauea Lodge for sale

Inn owners bowing out: Kilauea Lodge for sale | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
VOLCANO – A historic piece of Volcano Village is for sale.
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Kilauea Lodge in Volcano Village is on the market for a reported price of $5.9 million.  Owners Lorna and Albert Jeyte, say the business has been their life for more than a quarter century and they are hoping to retire and spend more time with their family.  Albert Jeyte told reporter Tom Callis that "It's time for us to go on and let someone else bring some new innovations into it."  Aloha, Russ.

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Coast Guard Searching for Boy, 13, Missing Off of Hawaii - ABC News

Coast Guard Searching for Boy, 13, Missing Off of Hawaii - ABC News | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Rescue crews are searching for a 13-year-old boy off of Hawaii who went missing after cliff jumping with friends.
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Coast Guard crews are still searching for a missing 13-year-old boy who was last seen jumping off a cliff Sunday at Hapuna Beach State Recreational Area.  According to "West Hawaii Today" reporter Carolyn Lucas-Zink, authorities have not released the boy's name, but say "he was last seen wearing a black shirt an black shorts."  Coast Guard officials now say the search is "a recovery" operation.  Rough seas, high winds, and bad currents are complicating the search for the missing teen.  Aloha, Russ.

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Must See Sites on the Big Island of Hawaii

Must See Sites on the Big Island of Hawaii | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Don't miss these important stops on your next visit to the Big Island.
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The places recommended by this article are worth revisiting, even if you've lived on Hawaii Island for many years.  Each site has a beauty and history worth remembering.  The recommended places include:

 

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park.

The Hawaiian volcanoes National Park.

A coffee plantation.

Akaka Falls State Park.

 

I would add a few more places, including Hapuna Beach State Park, the view of the Kohala Coast from the scenic turn off on Highway 190 (the upper road), and a visit to the observatories atop Mauna Kea.

 

Aloha, Russ.

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