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Surfing Hawaii - The Big Island - Liquid Lava Part 1

Surfing Hawaii - The Big Island - Liquid Lava Part 1 Click here to watch Part 2: http://youtu.be/hc7amRKYkhk Epic surf from the Big Island of Hawaii. Check o...
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Excellent, short video showing some truly outstanding surfers riding Hawaii waves.  There was a time many years ago that I could do the same thing.  Nowadays, the ole body doesn't recover as fast as it once did many moons ago.  I still ride a few waves, but they are considerably smaller.  Aloha, Russ.

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Earthquakes signal Mauna Loa may be waking up - Hawaii News Now

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Earthquakes signal Mauna Loa may be waking up
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University of Hawaii volcanologist Michael Garcia says the earthquakes suggest that Mauna Loa is waking up but that it could be months before it does anything.
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According to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano on the planet, is rumbling a bit more these days and showing signs of "awakening" for over a year.  HVO seismologist Wes Thelen tells "Hawaii Tribune-Herald" reporter that an eruption isn't imminent, and no warnings have been issued, but  the "mountain is going through the same motions that it did before its 1984 and 1975 eruptions." Thelen adds that "All the signs are there that tell us that magma is moving into the shallow system."  The volcano could be more destructive than Kilauea, and could "threaten a much larger area."  In the past 3,000 years, Mauna Loa has erupted on average every five to six years.  Thelen believes "that may just mean we are due."  Aloha, Russ.

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Promoter Tom Moffatt says Arashi Blast in Hawaii will be one of his biggest concerts - Pacific Business News

Promoter Tom Moffatt says Arashi Blast in Hawaii will be one of his biggest concerts - Pacific Business News | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Promoter Tom Moffatt said Arashi Blast in Hawaii is the biggest concert that's been produced in the open in Hawaii. He has done concerts at Aloha Stadium, but he said this weekend's show is going to be big.
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Promoter Tom Moffat is no stranger to concerts in Hawaii.  Moffat has brought the islands Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, and Michael Jackson.  Now, Moffat is bringing the top boy-band from Japan, Arashi Blast, to the Ko Olina Resort this weekend.  The cost of the concert will be around $8 million and use a stage measuring 63 feet tall, 280 feet wide, and 64 feet deep.  Aloha, Russ.

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Big Island man dies after skateboarding accident - Hawaii News Now

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Big Island man dies after skateboarding accident
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A 21-year-old man died Friday evening after sustaining an injury from a skateboarding accident on the Big Island.
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A 21-year-old man who sustained an injury from a skateboard accident on Hawaii Island on 01 September 2014 died Friday at a Honolulu hospital.  The case has been turned over to homicide detectives for investigation.  Police have not released the name of the victim.  Aloha, Russ.

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Volunteers plant trees at POW/MIA memorial - West Hawaii Today

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Volunteers plant trees at POW/MIA memorial
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The cemetery was hot, dry, almost devoid of trees and in disrepair when established in 1994.
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The "diverse" collection of native plants is part of a continuing dryland reforestation project managed by UH-Hawaii Center at West Hawaii professor Richard Stevens.  Stevens is asking volunteers to plant their favorite native trees, shrubs, and ground-cover plants to honor friends and family whose final resting place is at  the cemetery's POW/MIA memorial.  Aloha, Russ.

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FEMA Statement on Federal Aid for State of Hawaii After Tropical Storm Iselle

FEMA Statement on Federal Aid for State of Hawaii After Tropical Storm Iselle | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Hawaii to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Tropical Storm...
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Here's the formal disaster aid package offered by FEMA.  Most of the money will be channeled through Hawaii County agencies and nonprofit groups to aid in recovery efforts following the passage of Tropical Storm Iselle on 07-08 August 2014.  Most of the funds will be used for infrastructure repairs.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii boy who received prosthetic hand calls himself Ironman

Hawaii boy who received prosthetic hand calls himself Ironman | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
A 3-year-old boy who was born with a rare condition that left him with partial fingers on his right hand now compares himself to Ironman. (A 3-year-old boy in Hawaii who received a prosthetic hand compares himself to Iron Man.
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Three-year-old Rayden Kahae of Maui has a new outlook on life, thanks to a 3-D printed prosthetic hand which replaced the damaged fingers he was born with.  Rayden was born with amniotic hand syndrome, which left him with partial fingers on his right hand.  His grandmother found the prosthetic part at a nonprofit 3D prining group called e-Nable.  Rayden's mother says her son "literally thinks he's Ironman."  Aloha, Russ.

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Wow... rise of the machines ... it's starting

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New USGS Maps Released - Where the Lava Flow is Now

New USGS Maps Released - Where the Lava Flow is Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
This small-scale map shows the June 27th flow in Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone on September 12, 2014. The area of the flow on September 10, 2014, at 2:45 PM is shown in pink, while widening and advancem...
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Thanks to news blogger Damon Tucker for these updated lava flow maps.  The information is current as of Friday, 12 September 2014.  Aloha, Russ.

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Woman turns herself into police after road rage incident goes viral - Hawaii News Now

Woman turns herself into police after road rage incident goes viral - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Big Island Video News Woman turns herself into police after road rage incident goes viral Hawaii News Now President Obama on Friday declared a major disaster exists in Hawaii and has ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery...
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Another case of road rage caused by inattention to driving and the use of a cell phone while the vehicle was in motion.  Kimberly Ong precipitated the road rage incident when she was allegedly cut off by Ryan Arakaki near the Moanalua Shopping Center on Oahu.  Arakaki recorded the incident and posted the video on Youtube.  So far, the video has received 463,000 hits...yep, it's gone viral.  I'm still amazed by the lack of common sense that many people display every day.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii OKs lease for Sand Island homeless camp - Hawaii News Now

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Hawaii OKs lease for Sand Island homeless camp
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HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii board has approved the lease for a temporary encampment for homeless people in Honolulu. The lease for the voluntary encampment on Sand Island was okayed Friday.
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It appears as if the city of Honolulu will build a "voluntary encampment" for the homeless on Oahu's Sand Island.  This area was once the site of a World War II internment camp.  Is this the wave of the future for the homeless?  Perhaps this is a cautionary tale for all of us.  Shades of 1984!  I understand that something has to be done about the homeless issue, but is this the way to do it?  If I had the answer, I would give it.  Any suggestions?  Aloha, Russ.

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Heat Mapping the World's Hottest Temperatures

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The Andrew Sykes Group, a large air conditioning firm based in the UK, has developed this interactive displaying record highs, and current temperatures from select cities across the globe. 

While Climate Central's interactive tool (displaying the average temperature cities across the U.S. are expected to reach by 2100) did little to make those of us suffering a sweltering summer feel optimistic about the future, the interactive graphic at the link provides some perspective that current temperatures could be worse.

The Andrew Sykes Group has developed this interactive displaying record highs, and current temperatures from select cities across the globe. Smaller nodes represent cities, while larger nodes stand for the hottest temperatures ever seen on each continent.


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Fascinating interactive tool that displays the rising temperature trends around the world.  Science fact or just natural cycles, the planet is getting warmer.  This graphic is a sobering reminder of how lucky were are right now.  The future is going to be hot, drier, and more uncomfortable than it is now.  Aloha, Russ.

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The Andrew Sykes Group has developed this interactive displaying record highs, and current temperatures from select cities across the globe. Smaller nodes represent cities, while larger nodes stand for the hottest temperatures ever seen on each continent.

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EXCLUSIVE: New video of fight between HPD Officer & girlfriend before violent ... - Hawaii News Now

EXCLUSIVE: New video of fight between HPD Officer & girlfriend before violent ... - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: New video of fight between HPD Officer & girlfriend before violent ...
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About thirty minutes later, Cachola allegedly attacks the woman inside Kuni's Restaurant, where she works.
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Ever since the video of a Baltimore Ravens football player attacking his fiancee  went viral, we seem to be getting similar videos on the internet.  The latest involves a Honolulu Police officer, who allegedly attacked his girlfriend inside Kuni's Restaurant, where she works.  There is no excuse for this kind of behavior.  I trust a full investigation will be made and the guilty party brought to justice.  Aloha, Russ.

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Solar, Wind, and Papaya: 3 Ways Hawaii Is Building Its Renewable Power Future - Motley Fool

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PV Solar Report Solar, Wind, and Papaya: 3 Ways Hawaii Is Building Its Renewable Power Future Motley Fool The renewable power wave that's sweeping the continental United States in the form of wind and solar is having a profound impact on the energy...
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An upbeat Hawaii energy story from reporter Reuben Brewer. According to Brewer, Hawaii is one state where changes in power generation "will be bigger than in any other."  Because of Hawaii's remote location, "the Aloha state is looking at some aggressive ways to break free from its energy history." Despite some lingering problems with wind, solar, and biodiesel fuels, the state is committed to reducing its dependence on imported oil.  Using renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and biodiesel from unmarketable fruit crops, Hawaii Electric Industries has reduced its need for imported fuel.  Cutting edge companies, such as Solar City, have begun operations in Kailua-Kona, following its demonstration solar power station at the Kona International Airport.  The transition from imported fuels to those generated at home will not be cheap.  But, lessening our dependence on fuels from unstable areas of the world will help Hawaii become energy self-sufficient--a worthy goal worth pursuing.  Aloha, Russ.

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Lava from Hawaii volcanoes closer to residential area

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The flow from Kilauea volcano was expected to reach the lots in Kaohe Homesteads in coming days (Lava from Hawaii volcano moving closer to homes http://t.co/QlP0vqyWLI)...
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A lava flow update from CBS news.  The lava flow is currently around 0.2 miles from the boundary of the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision. Lava also threatens Pahoa Town and the main highway that connects Lower Puna to Hilo.  Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi is asking people in the affected area to begin packing and moving their valuables to safer areas.  So far, no evacuation orders have been given.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii on short list of Obama presidential libraries

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Chicago, New York and Honolulu are on the short list to host President Barack Obama's future presidential library.
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The University of Hawaii at Manoa, New York City's Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago are on the "short list" to host President Obama's future Presidential Library.  The schools have until 11 December 2014 to submit a more formal application.  Michelle and Barack Obama will make the final decision.  Aloha, Russ.

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Sand Island named site for temporary homeless settlement.

Area was once used as an internment camp during World War II.

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Source:  Associated Press (Honolulu).

 

A Hawaii board has approved the lease for a temporary encampment for homeless people in Honolulu.  The lease for the voluntary encampment on Sand Island was approved Friday. Honolulu officials say the  camp should be operational in two to three months.  They envision a triage center where homeless families can access services.  Critics say homeless people are being shooed out of sight to go to a dry, isolated area away from their communities.  Parts of Sand Island have been used as a dump and as an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II.  The island is now mostly industrial and has a wastewater treatment plant and some parks. Some area residents and companies are concerned about security, but officials say the camp will have two guards onsite around the clock.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Island police searching for missing man - Hawaii News Now

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Hawaii Island police searching for missing man
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BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Island police are searching for a 19-year-old Kau man who was reported missing since Saturday morning.
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Alex Arden is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-10, 180 pounds with blond hair and glasses.  He was last seen at 8 a.m. Saturday on Cane Haul Road in upper Naalehu wearing Navy blue sweat pants and a Navy blue shirt.  He may have a condition that requires medication.  Those with leads in this case should call police at 935-3311.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii road crews preparing for approach of lava

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PUNA, Hawaii (AP) — Road crews on Hawaii's Big Island have begun clearing access roads in case a lava flow from a nearby volcano cuts a main highway.
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According to "Hawaii Tribune-Herald" reporter Colin M. Stewart, the lava flow threatening Pahoa Town and nearby subdivisions has shifted to a more northerly direction over the weekend and showed signs of slowing down between Friday and Sunday.  The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the flow had traveled about 270 meters/300 yards since Friday, suggesting that the flow advance rate may have slowed over the past several days.  As Lower Puna residents prepared for a possible lava incursion within the next two weeks, "a number of large bulldozers busily cleared Railroad Avenue between Hawaiian Paradise Park and Hawaiian Beaches.  County workers have been readying since Thursday the partially unpaved roadway as an alternative exit for residents should the lava encroach upon Highway 130."  Aloha, Russ.

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Lava Flow Estimated to Cross Highway 130 in Two Weeks

Lava Flow Estimated to Cross Highway 130 in Two Weeks | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Department of Land and Natural Resources announce the immediate closure of Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve, until further notice, due to the hazards associated with the June 27 lava flow.
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Thanks to news blogger Damon Tucker for this update.  Access to the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve has been suspended "because of hazards associated with the June 27 lava flow" from the Pu'u O'o vent.  If the lava flow continues on its current path, it could cross Highway 130 in about two weeks.  Highway 130 is the main road connecting Hilo to Lower Puna.  Hawaii County personnel are improving the seldom used Beach Road and Railroad Avenue as possible evacuation routes.  Hawaii County Civil Defense is providing daily updates on local radio stations and through the "Hawaii Tribune-Herald" newspaper.

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The road... the road... the road is on fire ...

 

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Utah man dies when car hits a tree on Big Island - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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Utah man dies when car hits a tree on Big Island
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
A 50-year-old Utah visitor died after his vehicle hit a tree near Kohala Ranch Wednesday. The victim was from Salt Lake City, Big Island police said.
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The 50-year-old victim was a resident of Salt Lake City, Utah.  Police said his vehicle crashed into a tree near Kohala Ranch.  He was pronounced dead at the North Hawaii Community Hospital at 4:55 p.m. Wednesday.  The man was not wearing a seatbelt.  Aloha, Russ.

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HVO Kilauea Status

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Here is the Saturday lava update from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.  The lava flow is moving slowly towards the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision.  Aloha, Russ.

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Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 9/12/2014 — NGC 5972: - From Quarks to Quasars

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 9/12/2014 — NGC 5972: - From Quarks to Quasars | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
From Quarks to Quasars Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 9/12/2014 — NGC 5972: From Quarks to Quasars Many of the most famous galaxies are praised for their complexity, like the sprawling halo of the Sombrero galaxy and the seemingly never-ending...
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How about something beautiful to brighten your day?  Nice shot of the Sombrero Galaxy.  Every now and then, I set up my small telescope and enjoy the wonderful expanse of the heavens.  The universe is truly amazing.  Aloha, Russ.

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50 Interesting Facts About Our Planet Earth -

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Interesting facts about our planet's environment and atmosphere that has played an integral part to our ability to sustain life.

Via Wes Thomas
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Interesting infographic that lays out the environmental and atmospheric drivers that sustain life.  Aloha, Russ.

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A curious, somewhat off-beat article and infographic by Brandon Gaille, the CEO of the internet marketing company ByReputation.com. Here are a few facts you can use to spice up your conversation with friends and associates at your workplace. Enjoy.  Aloha, Russ.

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Department of Public Safety hiring statewide - Hawaii News Now

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Department of Public Safety hiring statewide
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The Department of Public Safety is looking to fill Adult Correction Officer (ACO) vacancies on Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai and Maui.
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Adult Corrections officers are needed to fill vacancies on Kauai, Maui, Oahu, and Hawaii Island.  To qualify, applicants must meet all of the requirements listed in the Department of Public Safety's webpage. The deadline to apply is 10 October 2014 at midnight.  For details, visit http://dhrd.hawaii.gov/job-seekers/ ; Aloha, Russ.

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Stalking Wild Cattle In The Hawaiian Forest - Modern Farmer

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Stalking Wild Cattle In The Hawaiian Forest
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Hawaii has precious few endemic animal species; the only endemic mammals are one bat and one seal.
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Despite some inaccuracies in the article, the story is an excellent summary of how Hawaii's wild cattle population was established following their introduction in the late 18th century by British Navy Captain George Vancouver.  Many of these cattle escaped their enclosures and fled to the grasslands and jungles of Hawaii Island, where they are still hunted today because of the ecological damage they are causing to island farms, ranches, and fragile ecosystems. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has permitted some cattle hunts in an attempt to control the number of feral cattle roaming the slopes of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.  There have been calls to allow more hunters to enter state lands for the purpose of culling the growing numbers of these not-so-domesticated beasts, which can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and can kill a horse or damage a 4-wheel vehicle.  Aloha, Russ.

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President Obama Signs Hawaii Disaster Declaration - Whitehouse.gov (press release)

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KITV Honolulu President Obama Signs Hawaii Disaster Declaration Whitehouse.gov (press release) Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency...
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Federal funding is now available to the state and eligible local governments and certain nonprofit  organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Tropical Storm Iselle in the counties of Hawaii and Maui. The aid will not be provided to individual homes and property owners, though Hawaii County is still pursuing that assistance. State Civil Defense spokeswoman, Shelly Kunishige, told the "Hawaii Tribune-Herald" that briefings with government agencies will be held to determine how much money will be provided.    A county spokesman said funds could be used to replace a damaged culvert in Ka'u and similar infrastructure repairs.  Aloha, Russ.

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