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Police investigate suspicious fire Kapaa Supercuts - Hawaii News Now

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Police investigate suspicious fire Kapaa Supercuts
Hawaii News Now
Police are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out early Wednesday morning at Supercuts at the Kauai Shopping Village in Kapa'a.
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An early Wednesday morning fire at the Supercuts Salon at the Kauai Shopping Village in Kapa'a, Kauai caused an estimated $80,000 to the salon and its contents.  Several adjoining stores were damaged by the fire as well.  Kauai Police believe the fire was set intentionally. Those with leads in the case should call Crimestoppers at 808-241-1887.  Aloha, Russ.

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60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life

60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Sometimes it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. It’s important to take time out and remember all of the things to be thankful for that many of us take for granted.

1. Good Health
Even if you’re health isn’t great, it could be worse and you likely still have some working parts to be thankful for.

2. Money in the Bank
Having just a few coins makes you richer than most people on Earth.

3. Good Friends
Often, it’s the quality of friendships, not the quantity.

4. Freedom of Religion
Being able to worship whomever and however you want is something many people don’t ever experience.

5. Your Parents
Even if they’re dysfunctional, they gave you life.

6. Weekends
There’s something magical about weekends.

7.Having a Partner
Being in a romantic relationship can teach you so much about the world and yourself.

8. Pets
Pets offer one of the best examples of unconditional love.

9. Learning from Mistakes
If we never made mistakes, we wouldn’t learn much so it is one of those things we should be thankful for.

10. Opportunity to Get an Education
The opportunity to attend school is something many people don’t have.

11. Having a Home
Whether you live in an apartment, a mansion, or a tent, having a place to call home is something to be thankful for.

12. An Ability to Read
If you’re reading this right now, you have a lot to be thankful for.

13. Breathing Fresh Air
Being able to step outside to breathe in fresh air is a good reminder how many little things we should be thankful for.

14. A Bed to Sleep
A bed is one of those things that’s easy to take for granted, until you don’t have one.

15. Laughter
Without laughter, the world would be a sad place.

16. Safety and Security
Being able to wake up without immense fear frees us up to really live life.

17. Cars
Without cars, it would take a lot longer to get our activities done.

18. Sunshine
The sun’s warmth can brighten any day.

19. Time
Although we often don’t think there’s enough of it, time is something we shouldn’t take for granted.

20. Clean Water
Many people on earth lack access to clean water.

21. Cell Phones
Cell phones make talking to loved ones easy.

22. Love
The world sure would be a different place if we lacked the ability to love.

23. Books
Books provide an opportunity to enter another world all from the comfort of your own home.

24. Kindness of Strangers
Never take the kindness of a stranger for granted.

25. Campfires
The simplicity of a campfire creates lifelong memories.

26. Pain
Without pain, it would be difficulty to appreciate life’s joys.

27. Art
The world would be less beautiful if art didn’t exist.

28. Holidays
Any reason to celebrate is something we should be thankful for.

29. Freedom of Speech
Being able to express your thoughts and feelings freely should never be taken for granted.

30. Rainbows
The beauty of a rainbow is unmatched.

31. Tears
Sometimes when there are no words to say, tears express how we feel for us.

32. Waking up Today
Simply waking up today means you have things to be thankful for.

33. Indoor Plumbing
Indoor plumbing not only provides convenience, it spares us from disease.

34. Wisdom that Comes with Age
Thankfully, we grow smarter over time.

35. Mountains
Mountains provide us with beauty and recreation.

36. Eyesight
Being able to see allows us to view the world’s beauty.

37. Grocery Stores
Grocery stores mean we don’t have to spend all of our time getting our own food.

38. Sunsets
Sunsets are a reminder that we should enjoy the simple things in life.

39. Entertainment
Entertainment gives us a way to relax and enjoy life.

40. Your Mind
Being able to think, remember, and solve problems sure makes life easier.

41. Employment
Even if you don’t like your job, being employed means someone thought you were special enough to hire.

42. Diversity
The world would be a boring place without diversity.

43. Moon and Stars
The moon and stars encourage us to dream.

44. Electricity
Electricity makes most of our chores efficient.

45. Air Conditioning
Staying cool on a hot day is something people wouldn’t have dreamed about in past centuries.

46. Hearing
Being able to hear your loved one’s voice is something that not everyone gets to do.

47. Children
Watching children laugh, grow, and dream can keep things in perspective.

48. Ability to Learn
The ability to learn new things means we have endless potential.

49. People Willing to Teach
Whether it’s your grandmother teaching you to knit or your plumber showing you how to prevent future problems, be grateful that others are willing to use their time and talents to teach you something new.

50. Oceans
The sea creatures in the ocean almost seem too mystical to be real.

51. Modern Medicine
Without advances in modern medicine, many of us wouldn’t be alive.

52. Music
Music brings out new emotions.

53. Entrepreneurs
Some of life’s best inventions resulted from an entrepreneur who was willing to take a risk.

54. Warm Clothing
On a cold day, there’s nothing more important than warm clothing.

55. Freedom to Vote
Being able to have a say in the laws should never be taken for granted.

56. An Internet Connection
It’s hard to believe how easy it is to take the internet for granted, seeing how none of us had just a couple of decades ago.

57. Challenges
Without challenges in life, we wouldn’t be the people we are now.

58. Hiking Trails
Hiking trails give us the chance to enjoy mother’s nature beauty.

59. Vaccines
Many of us wouldn’t be alive without today’s vaccinations.

60. Armed Forces
Our lives would likely be very different if we didn’t have protection from the armed forces.
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On this Thanksgiving Day, it's important to reflect and get some perspective on just how lucky we are to be living in this country. I found this intriguing list from the "Lifehacker Newsletter."  Most of these things we tend to take for granted...we shouldn't.  Aloha, Russ.

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Nearly $1 million in DOE time clocks gather dust - KHON2

Nearly $1 million in DOE time clocks gather dust - KHON2 | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
In the break room of a DOE office in Kapolei, stacks and stacks of timeclocks –- nearly $1 million worth of them -- have sat unopened and un…
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Intriguing story from KHON 2 investigative reporter Gina Mangieri.  According to DOE spokeswoman Donalyln Dela Cruz, the clocks minus the necessary software and parts to run them were bought in 2010 "to better monitor and and have more accountability of our employees." However, by 2012 plans had changed and "The reason for that was there were other things that needed to be added to the timeclocks", such as operating software, labor costs to hang the clocks, and plugs.  With everything installed, the final cost of the time monitoring program would total  nearly $6 million.  The project was shelved again.  According to HSTA President Will Okabe, the teachers union was not told about the time clocks or the failed plan to use them in the classroom.  Dela Cruz says some of the clocks may be useable in other projects.  The state Department of Education is already in the test phase of a new automated time system that doesn't require the time clocks bought four years ago.  What a waste of taxpayer dollars!  Aloha, Russ.

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Pahoa Village Road reopened.

Barriers removed on Wednesday.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune Herald/Hawaii County Civil Defense.

 

Barricades blocking access to Pahoa Village Road were removed on Wednesday, allowing traffic to flow between Apa'a Street and Post Office Road in Pahoa.  The approximately 0.5 - mile section of the road was closed to nonresidents on 26 October as the June 27 lava flow entered Pahoa.  Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira is asking motorists not to stop and look for views of the stalled lava flow, which stopped 480 feet from the road on 30 October.  The hardening lava flow is on private property.  Police and a Hawaii National Guard unit will be present on the roadway to ensure trespassing doesn't occur. Meanwhile, lava outbreaks continue to advance northeast of Pahoa Village.  Aloha, Russ.

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​Thirty Meter Telescope launches annual $1 million fund for Hawaii STEM ... - Pacific Business News (Honolulu)

​Thirty Meter Telescope launches annual $1 million fund for Hawaii STEM ... - Pacific Business News (Honolulu) | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The Thirty Meter Telescope, (TMT), has launched THINK (The Hawaii Island New Knowledge) Fund to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education initiatives on the Big Island.
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This new program introduced by The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will go a long way in supporting technical and scientific education on Hawaii Island.  The THINK program is an investment in our youth and the in the  future of our state, which much join the 21st century if it hopes to become more self-sufficient.  The THINK project  will also help the University of Hawaii at Hilo recruit students for its astronomy and marine sciences programs.  Aloha, Russ.

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Giving Thank$: A Moving Money $tory

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Do you live in a bubble? Perhaps you live in a community where financial success is pretty much assumed. Where no one talks about money or hardship. Perhaps they even look at money as a symbol of their success. It's a bubble. Meet Sam, who lived in that bubble, but never let [...]

Via Karen Dietz
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Here's something nice for the holiday season, courtesy of business storyteller Karen Dietz.  Sometimes, we can rise above our circumstances, even when "we have it all."  A good read. Enjoy!  Aloha, Russ.

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I was shopping yesterday for a dining room table cover and an orange for the cranberry sauce that I forgot earlier in the week. All in preparation for our special Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow with family. 


But of course, every story was playing Christmas music, hawking Christmas decorations, and urging us to buy buy buy. We are swamped with holiday catalogs plus ads for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.


But the consumerism and materialism can be overwhelming and sometimes it's hard to focus on what's really important.


So instead of curating a piece about some new holiday ad that tells a story so we will buy that product, I've been searching for something different that connects us again to this season of gratitude.


And I found it! Enjoy the story in this post that helps us reframe money, materialism, and the experience of everyday grace.


I am so grateful for all of my wonderful, thoughtful, creative, curious, and fun-loving readers. Thank you for all of your input, comments, questions, ideas, stories, and sharing. You all rock.


I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving season and let's keep telling great stories :)

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Lava flow cools off near Pahoa.

Upslope breakouts remain active.
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Source: Hawaii Tribune-Herald. Reporter: Tom Callis. Hawaii County Civil Defense officials say lava that was endangering homes and a nearby waste transfer station in Pahoa is cooling off. Breakout flows northeast of Pahoa are still hot and slowly expanding. Hawaii County is ready to reopen a closed section of Pahoa Village Road in time for Thanksgiving. A half-mile section of the road between Apa'a Street and Post Office Road was closed to nonresidents on 26 October after lava reached the edge of town and abruptly stopped. Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira told reporters that the police roadblocks on both sides of the closed section are expected to be removed today (Wednesday), allowing through traffic to be re-established just in time for the holiday. According to reporter Tom Callis, reopening of the road "will help bring some sense of normalcy to a community taht has been dealing with the lava threat since August." Hawaii County officials have warned residents that the road could be closed again if surface flows return to Pahoa. Aloha, Russ.
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Big Island man dead after boat capsizes in Nevada - Hawaii News Now

Big Island man dead after boat capsizes in Nevada - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
A Big Island man, his father, and brother are dead after their fishing boat capsized in a Nevada lake on Monday.
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Three family members are dead following a boating accident at the north end of Pyramid Lake in Nevada. The dead have been identified as 78-year-old Fred Turner of California, 54-year-old Frank Turner of Sutcliffe, Nevada, and 62-year-old Bill Turner of Hawaii. Only Fred Turner's body has been recovered. Aloha, Russ.
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WATCH: Full length 'Jurassic World' trailer released - Hawaii News Now

WATCH: Full length 'Jurassic World' trailer released - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
'Jurrasic World' is a long awaited follow-up to the 1993 hit, 'Jurrasic Park', which was filmed mostly on Kauai and on Oahu. Like its predecessor, Jurrasic World' is also filmed in Hawaii.
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The long-awaited sequel to the 1993 hit "Jurrasic Park" will be release to theaters on 12 June 2015. Like its predecessor, "Jurrasic World" was filmed in Hawaii and cast 50 people as extras. Aloha, Russ
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Jennifer Huculak-Kimmel's $1M baby bill denied by Saskatchewan Blue Cross

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A Toronto-based lawyer is interested in helping a Saskatchewan family fight its $1-million baby bill after Blue Cross denied their claim made during vacation in Hawaii.
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This is a real mess. Thankfully, an attorney from Toronto is interested in helping the Saskatchewan family resolve the nearly one million medical bill after Blue Cross rejected their claim made during a vacation in Hawaii. The mother spent nearly nine weeks in the hospital after giving birth to her child in Hawaii. 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
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 9:16 AM HST (Tuesday, November 25, 2014 19:16 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. Breakouts remain active in the upper part of the June 27th flow field and around the crack system near the abandoned geothermal well site. As of yesterday afternoon, the leading edge of the lowermost breakout was on the north and west margins of the earlier flow (now inactive), located about 5.7 km (3.5 mi) southwest of the transfer station on Apa`a St. Kīlauea's summit tilt has shown an overall deflationary trend in the past day. The level of the summit lava lake at Halemaʻumaʻu Crater lowered slightly in the past 24 hours.

June 27th Lava Flow Observations: The lowermost breakouts from the crack system in and adjacent to the abandoned geothermal well site remain active. Since the breakouts from this part of the crack system started on November 19, the lava has moved 1.7 km (1 mi) downslope along the north and west margin of the original June 27th flow. As of yesterday afternoon, this new lobe was 5.7 km (3.5 mi) southwest of the transfer station on Apa`a St. Smaller breakouts were also active about 3.5 and 5.3 km (2.2 and 3.3 mi) downslope of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. The next HVO overflight is scheduled for Friday afternoon, weather permitting.

Puʻu ʻŌʻō Observations: No significant changes were noted near Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Seismic tremor continued with relatively steady amplitude, and webcams revealed no strong variations in the pattern of glow from degassing vents nor the configuration of the crater floor. The tiltmeter at Puʻu ʻŌʻō showed little change in past 24 hours with no clear trend. The GPS-measured length across the cone has not changed significantly since July. The most recent measurement of sulfur dioxide emissions from the East Rift Zone was about 250 tonnes per day on November 18, 2014.

Summit Observations: During the past 24 hours the summit tiltmeter showed an overall deflationary tilt, but with a small inflationary tilt for a 4-hour period early last night; the tiltmeter has shown little change since about 6 am. The surface height of the lava lake in the Overlook vent has lowered slightly since yesterday morning. Volcanic tremor persisted at fluctuating amplitudes based on spattering activity in the lake. Small amounts of particulate material were carried aloft by the plume. Summit emissions of sulfur dioxide were measured at 4,400 tonnes/day on November 18 (see caveat below).
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Here's the latest eruption and lava update from The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Aloha, Russ.

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Pahoa Village Road may reopen on Thursday.

Public lava viewing area may be built.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira tells reporter John Burnett that the Pahoa Village Road should be open by Thursday. While that road will be available to Pahoa residents, "Apa'a Street will remain closed (except for) local traffic only because we're not allowing traffic up to where the flow crossed Apa'a Street and the transfer station." Oliveira said Hawaii Electric Company personnel are removing the cinder-based insulation material from around the base of utility poles in the path of the lava flow.  Oliveira also noted that plans are being made to set up a lava viewing area at teh Pahoa Transfer Station.  Aloha, Russ.

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Indonesia Clears Path for Geothermal Energy as Power Needs Rise - The Jakarta Globe

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Indonesia has unveiled ambitious targets to triple geothermal power output this decade, introducing a series of land and regulatory reforms aimed at becoming the world's largest producer of the fossil fuel alternative.
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Like Hawaii Island, the Islands of Indonesia are dominated by volcanoes, many of which are capable of generating geothermal power.  Over the next decade, Indonesia plans to triple its geothermal energy output.  If the ambitious plan is successful, Indonesia could become "the world's largest producer of the fossil fuel alternative." Indonesia is also a major crude oil producer.  Aloha, Russ.

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Crumbling North Shore bridge weighs on the minds of drivers - Hawaii News Now

Crumbling North Shore bridge weighs on the minds of drivers - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The state is planning emergency construction work to fix a deteriorating bridge on Oahu's North Shore. In the meantime, new speed and weight limits are in place. But those who live in the area are still worried.
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Residents who live along Oahu's North Shore believe new speed and weight limits posted on the deteriorating Paumalu Bridge near Sunset Beach will have little effect.  The bridge is a key connector, linking Haleiwa to Kahuku and other points along the North Shore.  A report from TRIP, a national transportation group, states that 19 percent of Hawaii's bridges are structurally deficient, "ranking Hawaii sixth in the nation."  Paumalu Bridge is one of many Hawaii bridges requiring major repair.  Residents say vehicles continue to ignore speed and weight advisories posted on the bridge.  Aloha, Russ.

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Subaru Telescope detects sudden appearance of galaxies in the early universe - Astronomy Magazine

Subaru Telescope detects sudden appearance of galaxies in the early universe - Astronomy Magazine | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
A team of astronomers has looked back more than 13 billion years to find seven early galaxies that appeared quite suddenly within 700 million years of the Big Bang.
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Astronomers at the Subaru Telescope atop the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island have made some interesting discoveries concerning the early universe and the role "cosmic reionization" played in the formation of the earliest galaxies.  Using Subaru's advanced optics system, astronomers have probed back more than 13 billion light  years to find seven early galaxies that  "appeared quite suddenly within 700 million years after the Big Bang."  Masanori Iye, the Japanese representative for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project, said, "By these observations, we will clearly see how galaxies were born and cosmic reionization occurred."  The frontiers of astronomy are being explored today atop Mauna Kea--our eye into the universe.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Supreme Court rules against Land Use Commission.

Land Use Commission failed to follow state law.

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Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer.

 

On Tuesday, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that The Land Use Commission didn't follow state law when it reverted land under a South Kohala development from urban to agriculture.  According to reporter Nancy Cook Lauer, the court affirmed a 2011 3rd Circuit Court ruling that the state commission overstepped its bounds when it took action that stopped work on the Aina Lea development." However, the court disagreed that the action violated the developers' constitutional rights. The Hawaii Supreme Court opinion noted that, prior to the LUC reversion, developers built 16 townhouses on the property, began construction of numerous other townhouses, and graded the site for additional townhouses and roads.  At that point, more than $20 million had been spent on the project.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii GMO law ruled illegal.

GMO control rests with the state, not Hawaii County.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

 

This comes as no surprise.  Hawaii County Councilwoman Margaret Wille, who introduced the original anti-GMO measure on Hawaii Island, says "We were playing chess with the big boys.  There's a lot of power there and you can't expect that they (biotech companies) don't have a lot of influence."  For the record, U.S. Magistrate Judge Harry Kurren ruled that oversight of genetically  modified crops "remains the state's kuleana", invalidating Hawaii County's law restricting the use of transgenic plants.  In a similar ruling, Judge Kurren said lawmakers intended the state to have broad oversight of agricultural issues in Hawaii. Wille, an attorney, said she was hoping for an appeal. Aloha, Russ.

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Houses go cheap where lava is hot - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaii's news leader. News, business, lifestyle, weather, sports, video, employment, real estate, rentals, mobile, breaking news, breaking hawaii news.
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Nothing upsets a real estate market like uncertainty.  That's been the case in the Pahoa area of Hawaii Island, which is facing the slow-moving June 27 lava flow.  According to the "Hawaii Tribune-Hawaii", home sales have dropped 60% since last year, largely because of the lava flow.  Of course, not everyone is selling their home in lower Puna.  Nancy Cabral, the owner of Day-Lum Properties, says the real problem is the lack of rental housing in the Pahoa area, something that could worsen once people evacuate their homes ahead of the lava flow.  Cabral says one solution would be for the state to allow the use of modular homes, which could be erected quickly and allow people to find emergency housing when they need it.  Aloha, Russ.

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Play W/ This Infographic: How Every Kind Of TV Show Goes

Play W/ This Infographic: How Every Kind Of TV Show Goes | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
"Anatomy of Shows" is a fairly accurate representation of the formulas behind almost every kind of TV program. Maybe go write your own?

Via Karen Dietz
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Thanks to business storyteller Karen Dietz for this fascinating game. With this guide, you'll figure out the formulas supporting most television programs on the air this season.  Good fun.  Aloha, Russ.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 26, 4:34 PM

OK -- now for the fun stuff this holiday weekend!


If you are going to be gorging on TV this weekend, here's a fun game to play: use this infographic to see if the show follows the plot described. I bet it does :) Or maybe you'll discover a new variation to share with us.


I love a good TV show, although for most their predictability don't keep me interested. 


But for those days when I just need to veg and any old TV show will do, I keep can keep boredom at bay by comparing what I'm watching with this chart. You can too.


Have fun y'all!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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Police investigate possible arson case.

Fire damages Fern Acres home.
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Source: Hawaii County Fire Department/Hawaii Tribune-Herald. According to the Hawaii Police Department, a house fire Monday in Fern Acres is being investigated as possible arson. Seven fire units responded to the 12:08 p.m. alarm to find the garage at the house on Lehua Street "fully involved in flames." Although the fire did make it to the living quarters, fire crews kept that portion of the mome from being a total loss Damage was placed at $120,000. Aloha, Russ.
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Matson to increase shipping rates by 5.4% - Hawaii News Now

Matson to increase shipping rates by 5.4% - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Matson Navigation announced Tuesday that it will raise its rates for its Hawaii service by $225 per westbound container and $110 per eastbound container, effective January 4, 2015.
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The price of paradise will get more expensive. The Matson Navigation Company has filed for a 5.4% rate increase with the Surface Transportation Board. Dave Hoppes, the senior vice president of ocean services said the rate increase is needed to "offset rises in operating costs and support ongoing investments in our Hawaiian service." Aloha, Russ.
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Hawaii island man arrested for allegedly cutting 2 with knife - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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Hawaii island man arrested for allegedly cutting 2 with knife http://t.co/YOpiCd2i7F via StarAdvertiser #breaking #news #hawaii
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Hawaii Island police have arrested a 20-year-old Waikoloa man after they responded to a domestic disturbance on Monday. That incident resulted in two men receiving knife wounds. According to police, Gary Morrison of Waikoloa was detained after patrol officers responded to a report that a man was threatening a woman with a gun and had cut two men with a knife of Makuakane Street. A 21-year-old Hawi man had a laceration to his arm and a 22-year-old Waikoloa man had a laceration to his leg. Officers recovered a knife and arrested Morrison. Morrison was taken to the South Kohala police station for processing and then transported to the Kona police cellblock while detectives continue their investigation. Aloha, Russ.
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Study finds two-thirds of Hawaiian reefs are covered with algae

Study finds two-thirds of Hawaiian reefs are covered with algae | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
According to a study published today in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society – Biological Sciences, just one-third of the coral reefs ecosystems in Hawai'i are dominated by healthy corals and calcareous algae.
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According to a study from the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society-Biological Science, only 1/3 of Hawaii' coral reef ecosystems "are dominated by healthy corals and calcareous algae." Jean-Baptise Jouffray of the Stockholm Resilience Center at Stockhom University says the study "raises the question whether turf-dominated reefs are stable configurations or transitional states moving toward macroalgae or conversely towards coral recovery." Scientists believe the study tells us there are tipping points for coral reefs, where even small increase in human stresses can impact major changes in the status of reefs. In other words, Hawaii's reefs are headed for trouble, largely at the hands of humans. Aloha, Russ.
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Eruption Information Update For Tuesday November 25th At 3:45 PM

This is an eruption and lava flow information update for Tuesday November 25th at 3:45pm.

Due to bad weather a morning assessment was not possible. This afternoon’s assessment shows that the upslope breakouts remain active. The breakouts are located approximately 3.3miles upslope of the Apa’a Street area and consist of surface breakouts and breakouts along the edges or margins of the flow pad. The active and most downslope breakout is located approximately 3.3miles up slope of the Apa’a street area. Presently, all breakout activity does not pose an immediate threat to area communities and the flow activity will continue to be monitored.  

Residents in the down slope areas will be kept informed of any changes and the flow status and advancement.

The Pahoa Village Road between Apa’a Street and the Post Office Road will remain closed and limited to area residents only. Access to the businesses and commercial areas of the Pahoa town can be made through the Pahoa Village Road at the intersection of Highways 130 and 132 and the Post Office Road. We apologize for any inconvenience the road closure may be presenting with and remind everyone that the Pahoa town center and businesses are open and accessible. The work to reopen the Pahoa Village Road was initiated yesterday Monday November 24th and may take a few days to complete. Utility crews are working to remove the protection placed around the utility poles and this work will require the road to remain closed while equipment is operating in the area.   

Civil Defense and public safety personnel will continue to maintain close observations of flow activity.

Additional updates will be posted as conditions change.

We would like to thank everyone for your patience and understanding and your cooperation and assistance is greatly appreciated. 


Civil Defense Lava Flow Map - Updated Tuesday, 11/25/14 at 1:00 pm


Civil Defense Lava Flow Map - Updated Tuesday, 11/25/14 at 1:00 pm

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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 update from Hawaii County Civil Defense.  Aloha, Russ.

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East Hawaii hospitals face painful cuts in service.

Pay raises likely to lead to deep cuts by 2015.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Colin M. Stewart.

 

The interim CEO of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation's East Hawaii operations tells reporter Colin M. Stewart that "Catastrophic cuts to services" are "on the horizon if legislators don't provide more funding this year."  Dan Brinkman says East Hawaii operations are expected to see a revenue shortfall of $29 million in the coming year out of total budget of $160 million.  Brinkman said this past summer that facilities such as the Hilo Medical Center made cuts in various areas to help mitigate an estimated $9 million shortfall for the year. The health system continues to "wrestle" with declining revenues due to increasing costs and lower reimbursements.  Brinkman says the larger issue is the impact of the HHSC "instituting a series of pay raises negotiated through the collective bargaining process."  On Monday, Hawaii Island state senator Josh Green, who serves as chairman of the Senate Health Committee, said the state's public health system is at the top of his to-do list this Legislative Session.  Brinkman believes local public-private partnerships may help resolve the financial crisis looming for East Hawaii medical care.

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Punahou students represent Hawaii in national academic competition - Hawaii News Now

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After battling 284 other Hawaii students in a battle of brains, four Punahou students came out victorious and now head to D.C. to face the rest of the nation's brightest in an academic competition...
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Punahou students Michael Chen, Jed Johnson, Yun Chang, and Max Aalto will head to the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, D.C. in April 2015 to represent Hawaii in the Pacific & Asian Affairs Council's Academic WorldQuest Competition. To get to the national competition, the boys had to answer sixty tough questions covering Africa, current events, the global economy, human trafficing, Jobs, and Social Unrest. The Punahou team had to battle the wits of 284 other Hawaii students to get the opportunity to compete on the national stage.  Aloha, Russ.

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