• 12 Sep 2014 /  Uncategorized

    (Media release) Following is

    Mayor Billy Kenoi statement on President Obama’s Hawaii Disaster Declaration:

    “We want to thank President Obama, Governor Abercrombie, and all those who worked on this request for assistance to restore our public infrastructure following Tropical Storm Iselle,” said County of Hawai?i Mayor Billy Kenoi. “This federal assistance will help us to repair public facilities and mitigate future hazards. However, individual assistance for our residents and homeowners is also needed, and our team continues to work with the state on our appeal to convince FEMA to reconsider our request for individual assistance.”

  • 12 Sep 2014 /  BULLETINS, news

    The June 27th lava flow remains active. A Civil Defense overflight yesterday at 12:30 pm showed the flow front was still moving in a general northeast direction, bringing it closer to the western boundary of Kaohe Homesteads (which is the eastern boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna forest reserve). The flow front at that time was 14.8 km (9.2 miles) from the vent, measured in a straight line, and 0.3 km (0.2 miles) from the Forest Reserve/Kaohe Homesteads boundary. The actual length of the flow, measured along the lava tube axis (so that bends in the flow are considered) is 16.9 km (10.5 miles). Between September 6 and 10, the flow front advanced at approximately 400 meters (460 yards) per day. Between September 10 and 11 the advance rate dropped slightly to approximately 300 meters (330 yards) per day. The flow front is still in thick forest, creating smoke plumes as it engulfs trees and other vegetation, but fires are not spreading away from the flow.

    Small breakouts also remain active closer to Pu?u ????, roughly midway along the length of the June 27th flow. None of these breakouts have been very vigorous recently, but are also producing smoke plumes as they creep into the adjacent forest.

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  • 11 Sep 2014 /  Uncategorized

    (Media release) —
    A Lava Flow Informational Fair will be held on Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the P?hoa High School Cafeteria.

    Representatives from public agencies, private companies, and community groups will be on hand to answer questions about transportation, moving, storage, insurance, finances, legal matters, health care, and more.

    For more information on the Lava Flow Informational Fair, call Hawai‘i County Civil Defense at (808) 935-0031.

  • 11 Sep 2014 /  commentary, news

    by Alan McNarie

     

    Yesterday, before peddling down the hill to spend the day in Hilo dealing with the Social Security bureaucracy,   I dashed off a quick post on Facebook:

    “Here’s a little ‘outside the box’ idea: if the Pahoa Highway gets cut, what are the possibilities of establishing a ferry service or water taxi between, say, Pohoiki and Hilo? Has anyone considered this as at least a temporary alternative?”

    By the end of the day, the post had drawn 25 “likes” and well over 50 comments, including one that tagged Shane Turpin of Lava Ocean Adventures.  Turpin took the idea and ran with it, e-mailing the county a proposal to use his catamaran, which seats 49, to run a ferry service between Pohoiki and Hilo, taking  about an hour each way. By yesterday evening, Turpin had set up a new Facebook page,  Lavaocean Transport, to support the idea.  Within three hours of its introduction, it had 70 members.  Turpin said he hadn’t heard back from the County yet, but one resident reported  that last night, at a meeting with Pahoa merchants about the lava crisis, Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira mentioned that he was “in touch” with Turpin.

    The county and state have focused mostly on selecting and establishing an alternate land route–which they have been debating, without accomplishing, ever since I moved here  from Missouri, 26 years ago, and just finally began construction on today.  Meanwhile, the ferry service  isn’t the only outside-the-box idea that’s floating around out there.  Hawaii’s  citizens are proposing everything from zip lines to hovercraft to converting  the Pahoa bypass into an airstrip.  Some of those ideas aren’t practical of course. But some, like the boat service and the air strip, are probably doable much faster than the alternate land route.  Shortly after moving here, my then-wife and I drove our Ram-50 pickup from Kapoho to Hilo via Old Government Beach Road and Railroad Avenue, but we had to drive over 5-foot saplings to do it.  Those saplings have since had a quarter-century to turn into trees. It’s taken us over a month just to clear fallen albizia limbs off existing roads in the wake of Tropical Storm Iselle, and  the job’s still not completely done.  Forty-nine boat commuters aren’t going to compensate for a highway that carries 7,000 cars a day, but if we can get a few more boats on board and have hourly departures, and it could make a dent–especially when the replacement for that highway is dirt road.

    I’ve just finished a long article for our print edition, about near miraculous mobilization of government agencies, non-profits, businesses and community volunteers formed in  the wake  of Tropical Storm Iselle.  Almost overnight, hundreds of people, many of whom had never even met before, formed an ad-hoc network  that flooded tons of food, ice and volunteers into the stricken communities.  Big factors in that effort were the social media and Facebook pages such as  Iselle Recovery Assistance–Offers and Requests, which allowed ideas and information  to spread almost instantly, uniting those in need with those who could help.  Oft-fractious Puna proved, in a spectacular fashion, what it could do when it pulled together.

    We need to do that again.  Unfortunately, with the slow-motion emergency that is lava’s nature,  our natural fractiousness has had time to assert itself again in some of those numerous public meetings that the county has organized.  But one of the things I’ve always loved about this place is its huge reserve of  creativity; there’s more imagination abroad in little Pahoa than in the entirety of  Kansas City or St. Louis.  Out there in the community, ideas are moving at the speed of light.  Can our ponderous bureaucracy keep up?

    Unfortunately, what moves slower than lava?  Bureaucracy.

    (He says with a sigh, as he embarks on his third day of trying to get one Social Security form filed.)

  • 11 Sep 2014 /  BULLETINS, news

    From Hawaii County Civil Defense:

    This is an Eruption and Lava Flow Information Update for Thursday  September 11th at 10:00 AM.

    The current assessment shows the surface lava flow has shifted towards the east and is moving in an east/northeast direction.  The surface flow has advanced approximately 300 yards since yesterday.  Presently the leading edge of the surface flow is located approximately 0.3 miles from the northwest or upper corner of the Wao Kele Forest Reserve and Kaohe homesteads boundary.   Currently the flow does not pose and immediate threat to area communities however residents of the Kaohe Subdivision are advised to monitor the local radio broadcasts for further updates and for possible evacuation instructions if conditions change.  Residents will be given adequate notice to safely evacuate should that be necessary.  Personnel of the Civil Defense Office will be conducting door to door surveys and notification in the Kaohe Homesteads starting today.

    Residents in the subdivisions of Hawaiian Beaches and Hawaiian Paradise Park are advised that construction activities on the Railroad Avenue and Government Beach Road will be starting today and running continuously through the weekend and next week.  These activities are to establish alternate road access in the event Highway 130 is affected by the lava flow.

    The public is reminded that the flow cannot be accessed and is not visible from any public areas.  Access to the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision will be restricted and limited to subdivision residents only.

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  • 11 Sep 2014 /  BULLETINS, news

    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: K?lauea continued to erupt at its summit and within the East Rift Zone, and gas emissions remained elevated. Summit inflation continued, with a slight rise in lava level. At the middle East Rift Zone, the front of the June 27th flow continues to advance through forest near Kaohe Homesteads, and surface breakouts are also present closer to Pu?u ????.

    June 27th Lava Flow Observations: The June 27th lava flow remains active. An HVO overflight yesterday afternoon observed that the flow front had shifted towards a more northeast direction, bringing it closer to the western boundary of Kaohe Homesteads (which is the eastern boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna forest reserve). The flow front at 2:45 pm yesterday was 14.5 km (9.0 miles) from the vent, measured in a straight line, and 0.6 km (0.4 miles) from the Forest Reserve/Kaohe Homesteads boundary. The actual length of the flow, measured along the lava tube axis (so that bends in the flow are considered) is 16.6 km (10.3 miles). Between September 6 and 10, the flow front has advanced at approximately 400 meters (460 yards) per day. The flow front is still in thick forest, creating smoke plumes as it engulfs trees and other vegetation, but fires are not spreading away from the flow.

    Small breakouts also remain active closer to Pu?u ????, roughly midway along the length of the June 27th flow. None of these breakouts have been very vigorous recently, but are also producing smoke plumes as they creep into the adjacent forest.

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  • 10 Sep 2014 /  BULLETINS, news

    Issued: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:21 PM HST (20140911/0521Z)
    Source: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
    Notice Number: 2014/H3
    Location: N 19 deg 25 min W 155 deg 17 min
    Elevation: 4091 ft (1247 m)
    Area: HI Hawaii and Pacific Ocean

    Volcanic Activity Summary: Between September 6 and 10, the June 27th flow advanced north then northeastward at an average rate of 400 m/d (0.25 mi/d). In this way, the flow had advanced approximately 14.5 km (9.0 miles straight-line distance) from the vent, or to within 0.6 km (0.4 miles) of the eastern boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve, by the afternoon of September 10. At the average rate of advancement of 400 m/day (0.25 mi/day) since September 6, we project that lava could flow from its current location to the northwest edge of Kaohe Homesteads in 1.5 days and to the Pahoa Village road (government road) in Pahoa within 14-16 days if lava is not further confined within the cracks and down-dropped blocks within the East Rift Zone of Kilauea volcano. These estimates will be continually refined as we track this lava flow.

    Kaohe Homesteads is located between the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve and the town of Pahoa in the Puna District of the County of Hawai`i.

    Recent Observations:
    [Lava flow] Lava flow turned to the northeast and is advancing at a rate of 400 m/day (0.25 mi/day).

    Hazard Analysis:
    [Lava flow] Lava Flow from Pu‘u ‘O‘o vent could reach the northwest edge of Kaohe Homesteads in 1.5 days and the government road in P?hoa within 14-16 days.

    Remarks: The Pu‘u ‘O‘o vent in the East Rift Zone of K?lauea Volcano began erupting on January 3, 1983, and has continued erupting for more than 31 years, with the majority of lava flows advancing to the south. Over the past two years, lava flows have issued from the vent toward the northeast. The June 27th flow is the most recent of these flows and the first to threaten a residential area since 2010-2011. On June 27, 2014, new vents opened on the northeast flank of the Pu‘u ‘O‘o cone that fed a narrow lava flow to the east-northeast. On August 18, the flow entered a ground crack, traveled underground for several days, then resurfaced to form a small lava pad. The sequence was repeated three more times over the following days with lava entering and filling other cracks before reappearing at the surface, in two of the cases farther downslope. Lava emerged from the last crack on September 6 and moved as a surface flow to the northeast.

    Contacts: HVO media contact
    askHVO@usgs.gov

    Next Notice: A new VAN will be issued if conditions change significantly or alert levels are modified. While this VAN is in effect, regularly scheduled updates are posted at http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/kilaueastatus.php

    SEE MAP

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  • 09 Sep 2014 /  BULLETINS, news

    Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING

    Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

    Issued: Monday, September 8, 2014, 5:01 PM HST (20140909/0301Z)
    Source: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
    Notice Number: 2014/H2
    Location: N 19 deg 25 min W 155 deg 17 min
    Elevation: 4091 ft (1247 m)
    Area: HI Hawaii and Pacific Ocean

    Volcanic Activity Summary: On June 27, 2014, new vents opened on the northeast flank of the Pu‘u ‘O‘o cone that fed a narrow lava flow to the east-northeast. On August 18, the flow entered a ground crack, traveled underground for several days, then resurfaced to form a small lava pad. The sequence was repeated three more times over the following days with lava entering and filling other cracks before reappearing at the surface, in two of the cases farther downslope. Lava emerged from the last crack on September 6 and moved as a surface flow to the north. Between September 6 and 8, the flow advanced northward at a rate of 400 m/d (1,300 ft/d). In this way, the flow had advanced approximately 13.7 km (8.5 miles straight-line distance) from the vent, or to within 1.2 km (0.7 miles) of the eastern boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve, by the afternoon of September 8. At the average rate of advancement of 400 m/day (1,300 ft/day) since September 6, we project that lava could flow from its current location either through the north part of Kaohe Homesteads, or to the north of Kaohe Homesteads, and reach the government road in P?hoa within 16-18 days if lava is not further confined within the cracks and down-dropped blocks within the East Rift Zone of K?lauea volcano. These estimates will be continually refined as we track this lava flow.

    Kaohe Homesteads is located between the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve and the town of P?hoa in the Puna District of the County of Hawai`i.

    Recent Observations:
    [Lava flow/dome] Lava flow advancing to the north at a rate of 400 m/day (1,300 ft/day).
    [Volcanic cloud height] Unknown
    [Other volcanic cloud information] Unknown

    Hazard Analysis:
    [Lava flow/dome] Lava Flow from Pu‘u ‘?‘? vent could reach the government road in P?hoa within 16-18 days.

    Remarks: The Pu‘u ‘?‘? vent in the East Rift Zone of K?lauea Volcano began erupting on January 3, 1983, and has continued erupting for more than 31 years, with the majority of lava flows advancing to the south. Over the past two years, lava flows have issued from the vent toward the northeast. The June 27th flow is the most recent of these flows and the first to threaten a residential area since 2010-2011.

    See Latest Map

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  • 07 Sep 2014 /  BULLETINS, news

    June 27th Lava Flow Observations: The June 27th lava flow remains active. An HVO overflight yesterday morning observed renewed surface breakouts at the flow front, with advancement of the flow tip a short distance north of the ground crack from which it has issued (see “map” link above for updated map). The flow front continues to advance through thick forest, creating smoke plumes. Steaming also continued in cracks around the flow front, suggesting that lava continues to move beneath the surface. The front of the active flows yesterday morning was 13.2 km (8.2 miles) from the vent and 1.4 km (0.9 miles) from the eastern boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna forest reserve.

    Small breakouts also remain active closer to Pu?u ????, roughly midway along the length of the June 27th flow. None of these breakouts have been very vigorous recently, and there was no significant change overnight based on webcam views. Some of these breakouts are also creeping into the forest and producing smoke plumes.

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  • 06 Sep 2014 /  Uncategorized

    keiki triathlon picture(Media release) — Hawai‘i County’s Department of Parks and Recreation and the Hawai‘i Isle Police Activities League (HI-PAL) will hold the 3rd Annual Keiki Triathlon as part of the Mayor’s Health Fest 2014 on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Kailua Park in Kailua-Kona.

    Children ages 7 to 14 years old are invited to swim, bike and run in a miniature version of the IRONMAN World Championship that will be held one week earlier. A 100-yard swim, 3.2-mile bicycle race and a mile-long run will comprise the triathlon course. The 7- and 8-year-old children will race half those distances.

    The entrance fee is $5 per child. Registration will end on Friday, October 3. Registration forms are available at all County swimming pools, gymnasiums and other staffed recreational sites. Forms also may be downloaded from the Department’s website: www.hawaiicounty.gov/parks-and-recreation/.

    Completed forms should be sent to the Recreation Office located within Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s L?‘au Hale at 799 Piilani Street in Hilo, 96720. Read the rest of this entry »

  • 06 Sep 2014 /  BULLETINS, news

    The June 27th lava flow remains active. A Civil Defense overflight yesterday morning reported a reduction in surface activity at the flow front, with fewer active breakouts on the surface and less burning. However, steaming continued in cracks around the flow front, suggesting that lava continues to move beneath the surface. The flow front at that time did not appear to have advanced significantly from the previous day (Sept. 4), when the flow front was 13.3 km (8.3 miles) from the vent and 1.2 km (0.7 miles) from the eastern boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna forest reserve. The HVO overflight that was scheduled for yesterday was postponed until today due to mechanical issues. Another HVO flight is planned for Monday.

    Small breakouts also remain active closer to Pu?u ????, roughly midway along the length of the June 27th flow. None of these breakouts have been very vigorous recently, and there was no significant change overnight based on webcam views. Some of these breakouts are also creeping into the forest and producing smoke plumes.

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  • 05 Sep 2014 /  Uncategorized

    HCCHiloTALK STORY WITH LOCAL FOOD PRODUCERS AT AGRICULTURE EXTRAVAGANZA

    (Media release) — Fresh and nutritious Hawai’i Island food and the people who produce it are the stars of Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range Friday, Sept. 26 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

    This year’s annual event that promotes agricultural sustainability is 5-8 p.m. to offer an extra hour for grazing among tasty culinary stations, food producer booths and agricultural-themed displays. The fun sprawls both inside the Hilton’s recently renovated ballroom and outside on the scenic Lagoon Lanai.

    Pre-sale tickets are available at a dozen islandwide locations and online for $45 through September 25; they are $60 on event day. Details:  www.TasteoftheHawaiianRange.com.

    New this year, seven of the 30 culinary stations will showcase a chef using local products from a specific rancher and farmer out on the Lagoon Lanai. Read the rest of this entry »

  • 05 Sep 2014 /  Uncategorized

    puna culinary festivalFourth annual festival sharpens focus on education, advances in permaculture, 

    and beautiful, sustainably produced food

    (Media release) —  Kalani announces The Puna Culinary Festival, September 21-28, 2014, an invitation to experience the abundant harvest of Hawai‘i Island and interact directly with the region’s growers, farmer’s market purveyors, and food enthusiasts. Throughout the eight-day festival, attendees will enjoy meals prepared by top chefs, cooking classes, sustainable farm tours, market visits, thought-provoking workshops and other special events.

     

    This not-for-profit festival is helping to revitalize Puna by sharing sustainablility and permaculture practices championed by its innovative residents. Eric Ellenwood, steward of the modern ahupua‘a permaculture series in Puna says, “The Puna Culinary Festival shines a light on sustainability, farm-to-fork methods, and cutting-edge permaculture practices here. I am grateful for opportunity to witness the celebration and sharing of the abundant ‘?ina here.”  Read the rest of this entry »

  • 05 Sep 2014 /  BULLETINS, news

    The June 27th lava flow remains active. An HVO overflight yesterday afternoon observed lava continuing to issue onto the surface from a ground crack, and moving slowly through thick forest. The most distant active lava was approximately 13.3 km (8.3 miles) from the vent and 1.2 km (0.7 miles) from the eastern boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve. Another overflight is scheduled for this morning and an updated map will be posted later today.

    Small breakouts also remain active closer to Pu’u O`o, roughly midway along the length of the June 27th flow. None of these breakouts have been very vigorous recently, and there was no significant change overnight based on webcam views. Some of these breakouts are also creeping into the forest and producing smoke plumes.

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  • 04 Sep 2014 /  Uncategorized

    Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira will meet with Pahoa Village merchants regarding the current lava flow at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Akebono Theater.

  • 04 Sep 2014 /  BULLETINS, news

    Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
    Previous Volcano Alert Level: WATCH

    Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

    Issued: Thursday, September 4, 2014, 10:45 AM HST (20140904/2045Z)
    Source: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
    Notice Number: 2014/H1
    Location: N 19 deg 25 min W 155 deg 17 min
    Elevation: 4091 ft (1247 m)
    Area: HI Hawaii and Pacific Ocean

    Volcanic Activity Summary: On June 27, 2014, new vents opened on the northeast flank of the Pu‘u ‘O‘o cone that fed a narrow lava flow to the east-northeast. On August 18, the flow entered a ground crack, traveled underground for several days, then resurfaced to form a small lava pad. The sequence was repeated twice more over the following days with lava entering other cracks and reappearing farther downslope. In this way, the flow had advanced approximately 13.2 km (8.2 miles) from the vent, or to within 1.3 km (0.8 miles) of the eastern boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve, by the afternoon of September 3. Overnight, lava did not appear to advance farther east within the crack system, but surface flows advanced about 100 m to the northeast. At the average rate of advancement of 250 m/day (820 ft/day) since July 10, we project that lava could reach the Kaohe Homesteads boundary within 5-7 days should lava resume advancing within the crack system.

    Kaohe Homesteads is located between the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve and the town of P?hoa in the Puna District of the County of Hawai`i.

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