Jan 01 11:48

Mark Zuckerberg is suing Hawaiian land owners to secure his 700-acre island getaway

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is going to great lengths to protect his privacy on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where he purchased a 700-acre plot of land in 2014 for more than $100 million. Starting last month, Zuckerberg began filing lawsuits against Hawaiian land owners who own small slices of his estate that were passed down from generation to generation, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. As many as eight suits have been filed against hundreds of people, some of whom are dead. Notably, this isn’t the first of the social network exec’s attempts to buy his privacy; Zuckerberg’s plan to teardown and rebuild four of his Palo Alto, California homes surrounding his primary residence was denied last September.

Dec 29 09:55

Nancy Pelosi is spotted vacationing at $899-a-night Hawaii hotel that has a 'Spa Without Walls' as White House blasts her for refusing to enter talks to end week-long government shutdown

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was spotted at a luxury hotel in Hawaii just before the partial government shutdown entered its seventh day Friday, with little sign of progress to end it.

The likely speaker didn't appear to miss out on any negotiations, as talks between the White House and Democratic congressional leaders appear to have ceased, even as hundreds of thousands of federal employees remain on furlough.

Pelosi's office says the White House hasn't contacted them since December 11, when Trump said at a tense meeting he would claim the 'mantle' of a shutdown.

The White House came out with a double-barreled attack on Pelosi Friday – not for being out of town, but for being unwilling to compromise and even claiming she was more interested in her own fortunes than protecting 'American lives.'

Dec 27 09:49

Surfboards count as 'vessels' under the Jones Act, and it's creating big problems for workers' comp

It turns out the nearly 100-year-old federal law doesn’t just apply to shipping vessels, but other qualifying vessels such as surfboards and kayaks, which negatively affects workers' compensation insurance for small businesses in Hawaii.

The Jones Act or “Merchant Marine Act of 1920” is a federal protectionist law that governs maritime activities and provides seamen with a personal injury negligence remedy. The federal law increases costs to ship owners and consumers by requiring shipping vessels transporting goods between U.S. ports to be built in and flagged by the U.S. and also to be 75 percent owned and crewed by Americans. The federal law not only increases the cost of living for Hawaii residents, but now it also affects small recreational water-sport businesses.

A simple change in the federal law to exclude recreational water-sport vessels from the Jones Act would reduce premium costs for businesses, which would only have to purchase and comply with state coverage rules.

Dec 24 13:42

Hawaii Population—First 2yr Decline Since Statehood

For the first time since statehood in 1959, Hawaii’s population declined for two consecutive years with fewer births, more deaths and a greater number of residents moving to the mainland.

The trend is alarming because without enough people economic growth could be affected, said Eugene Tian, state economist with Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

“That is something significant because with fewer people it helps a little bit in the housing shortage, but there will definitely be less spending consumption and that will reduce economic growth,” said Tian, adding that 70 percent of gross domestic product is due to consumer spending. “Because the U.S. economy in the last two years has been growing faster than in Hawaii, people are looking for more opportunities and a lower cost of living.”

Dec 17 11:16

Tulsi Gabbard: "I'm Seriously Considering" Running For President | Hardball | MSNBC

Dec 16 08:58

The Bolomet Effect...

Routh Bolomet's fight to save her land has not only exposed rampant corruption in the "real estate" industry in collusion with the "State of Hawaii" courts, but it's raised issues of international law. The memorandum issued by UN Independent Expert, Dr. Alfred deZayas confirmed what we have been saying for years: that the United States' presumption of sovereignty over the Hawaiian Islands is unlawful, and that Hawaii is, as Dr. deZayas put it, under a "strange form of occupation."

Dec 12 11:50

Tulsi Gabbard Is Reaching Out to Staffers for Possible 2020 Run

The Hawaii Democrat, who has made visits to the first two voting states of the presidential primary, is looking to tap the same progressive firm that helped Bernie in 2016.

Dec 10 09:48

Planning for climate change to the sound of ‘ka-ching’

One constant in our city is that money always seems to excuse absurdity.

We saw it when Mayor Kirk Caldwell ripped the Trump administration for denying the dire warnings of its National Climate Assessment, only to practice his own climate denial when it came to Honolulu rail and the development around it.

It would be unthinkable, he said, to take advantage of new climate knowledge and stop rail at Middle Street or reroute it along Beretania Street to the University of Hawaii instead of continuing to aim it at a future swamp in Kakaako and Ala Moana.

“The investment, the infrastructure, the real property values are just too tremendous to do that,” he said. Even if all the money ends up underwater, apparently.

Dec 07 08:51

FDR provoked the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

Dec 03 10:37

Police Report ‘Threat’ Against State Women’s Commission Director was Fake—Timed to Coincide with Renewal of Employment Contract

On Friday, September 21, officers from the Honolulu Police Department and the state sheriff’s office responded to a call regarding a purported threat of physical violence against Khara Jabola-Carolus, executive director of Hawaii’s State Commission on the Status of Women.

After investigating the incident, police concluded that there had been no physical threat….

Dec 03 10:36

Feds Investigating Rail After ‘Breathtaking’ Cost Increases

Officials with the city, state and federal governments who spoke on condition that they not be identi­fied told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that they are aware of the federal inquiry, which involves the Honolulu branch of the U.S. Attorney’s office. An investigator with the state Attorney General’s office is also involved, according to multiple sources….

Sources who describe the interest from federal authorities as an investigation were unsure what aspect of the rail project is under scrutiny….

Some of the cost increases within the project budget have been breathtaking. HART documents show the budget for professional services such as engineering, project management and construction management for rail ballooned from $1.183 billion in 2012 to more than $2.08 billion today.

Another budget category called “sitework and special conditions,” which includes utility relocation work, increased from $1.1 billion in 2012 to more than $2.54 billion today….

Nov 16 02:51

Honest Government Advert | Visit Hawai'i

Nov 12 12:23

Bruno Mars to provide Thanksgiving meals for 24K in Hawaii

Bruno Mars will mark the end of his massive "24K Magic World Tour" by providing meals to 24,000 Hawaii residents in need for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Hawaiian-born singer announced Sunday he has donated money for the food to the Salvation Army's Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division, which hosts an annual Thanksgiving meal program to help those in need.

Mars is set to perform the final show of his 200-date tour at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Sunday. It is his third consecutive night at the 50,000-seat venue.

Oct 23 11:12

Hawaii Civics 101: What's A ConCon?

Oct 18 10:21

Hawaii public teachers’ salaries misrepresented

A widely cited study issued last month by WalletHub erroneously stated that Hawaii public school teachers make a starting salary of only $24,409 when adjusted for cost of living, supposedly lowest in the nation.

In reality, Hawaii teachers make starting salaries that are $35,140 when adjusted for the cost of living, which is above the national average.

In response to a request for information from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, WalletHub said it assumed a cost-of-living index for Hawaii of 188.3. It attributed that number to a report by the Council for Community and Economic Research,[1] which catalogues cost-of-living indices of urban areas nationally.

Oct 13 10:24

Audit the Hawaii Light Rail

Back then, in February 2015, the estimated cost for the Honolulu rail was $6 billion, and Atkinson said that was much too low. Atkinson also said she would be surprised if the rail were finished “in under 30 years for under $20 billion.”

Initially, I thought she was exaggerating. But now when I look at the largely ineffective battle by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) to control its costs, it occurs to me that she might have been right. A recent analysis by the Federal Transit Administration found that the project is costing more than HART anticipated. This, of course, is no surprise: In 2012 the city’s funding agreement with the FTA put the cost at $5.26 billion and completion by 2020, while the latest estimate is $9 billion and completion by 2025.

Oct 13 10:23

Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East

The only promise that is new about the promised peace plan is the way it will be forced on the Palestinians: no one has promised that the plan itself will be new. With Saudi Arabia and Egypt—the outside—brought onside with the promise of continued military aid despite their crimes against humanity and violations of international law and the Palestinians weakened by being silenced, economically crushed and stripped of any friends to help them, the United States and Israel are now free to attempt to impose a peace plan on the Palestinians.

Oct 12 09:30

Why we joined the ‘surcharge’ lawsuit

Shakespeare said that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet — proof that he wasn’t a lawyer … or a politician. Either of them would tell you that a “surcharge” smells a lot better to voters than a “tax.”

And that’s one of the problems with the ballot measure to raise taxes for public education.

The actual wording of the proposal that goes before Hawaii voters Nov. 6 is, “Shall the legislature be authorized to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on investment real property to be used to support public education?”

You’ll notice that not only does it not define the term “investment real property” or what precisely will be funded in public education, but it also doesn’t use the word “tax.”

That may seem like a little thing, but consider if the question was worded more accurately: “Shall the legislature be given a new constitutional power to raise taxes on real property for state use?”

Oct 08 08:33

Senator Hirono Doesn't Understand 'Corroboration,' Won't Condemn Attacks On Republicans

Hirono's assertion that there was corroborating evidence that supported Ford's story is false, as prosecutor Rachel Mitchell specifically noted in her 5-page memo on Ford's testimony. All the witnesses Ford claims exist have "either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them."

Hirono later suggested that the presumption of innocence should not apply to Kavanaugh because "this is not a court of law" and said that the FBI's investigation was a "sham."

"I want to ask you about the atmosphere. The president and Republicans, what they are saying is that Democratic protesters are -- quote -- 'an angry mob,'" Bash said as Hirono laughed. And what I want to ask you about is, you know, it is one thing to protest at the Supreme Court, to do it at the Capitol. That's been done for generations and, frankly, since the founding of this country."

Oct 05 10:22

Hawaii volcano eruption ALERT: Kilauea volcano wakes up - Fissure 8 sparks ORANGE ALERT

Kilauea has once again started to show activity, after a month of rapid calm and relative stillness.

The USGS has recently put out their daily report monitoring the volcano, and have noted smoke emerging from one of the previously active fissures.

Fissure 8, which was explosive during Kilauea’s last eruption, has been spotted fuming over the last few days.

The report has not mentioned the composition of the fumes, but lava activity from within the fissures is likely what caused it.

Sep 28 13:07

The Community in Hawaii Stepped In Beautifully When the Government Failed to Help People Displaced by a Volcano

The volcano didn’t start slowing down its eruptions until August. P?hoa in the Puna District was especially affected, leaving residents in a constant state of uncertainty.

And of course, the government failed to provide sufficient relief.

It’s no secret that the government – more specifically – FEMA, often fails to act adequately or quickly enough when disaster strikes. FEMA has been cited in on-the-ground reports to turn community help away when people bring food, citing ridiculous regulations. Yet some of the food they provided after Hurricane Matthew was allegedly mal-nourishing and didn’t meet basic calorie requirements. To make matters worse, a year after the hurricane, the crumbling infrastructure still needed repair and families still needed help – yet FEMA froze the Matthew fund, to send those monies to other, more pressing hurricane relief efforts.

Sep 28 08:46

The 60 Minutes Deception Vince Foster

I stopped watching 60 Minutes over 20 years ago, after watching a segment about something I was very informed about. After watching how 60 Minutes reported the segment, it was like a light bulb coming on in my head ! I knew instantly that 60 Minutes was NOT the "Crusader of Facts" that I thought they were. I began to wonder how many times 60 Minutes might have distorted the truth on untold numbers of segments I had watched over the years! I guess you can say I became a 'conspiracy theorist' from that day forward. I do my own research now, and I don't trust one source.?
Note: If you have watched this it would be rewarding to watch again. If it is the first time it is a must.

Sep 27 11:09

Censure and Remove Senator Mazie Hirono

On behalf of the people of the State of Hawaii , we decry, disown and condemn the public remarks of our elected U.S. Senator , Mazie Hirono , regarding Federal Judge Bret Kavanaugh and his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court . Her public remarks are a disgrace to the people of Hawaii and do not represent our sentiments towards Judge Kavanaugh or President Trump . We collectively call upon Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee leader Senator Chuck Grassley , to immediately remove Senator Hirono from her position on the Senate Judiciary Committee and further , to censure her for her intemperate remarks and clear disdain for United States Constitution and Congressional processes . We collectively declare that Senator Hirono's remarks and behaviors bring great shame to the State of Hawaii whom she was elected to represent

Sep 25 10:19

2 New Tours Offered As Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Reopens

Travelers anxious to visit the newly reopened Hawaii Volcanoes National Park can take advantage of two new tours being offered by KapohoKine Adventures, the company announced Sept. 24.

“Expect to see a dramatically different Kilauea Caldera that now showcases a new, massive 1,000-plus-foot-deep crater that just recently held a lava lake,” the company said in a news release. “The anticipation of what will be discovered will vary daily as the park continues to reopen in phases based on infrastructure conditions.”

Sep 25 08:28

The Community in Hawaii Stepped In When the Govt Failed to Help People Displaced by a Volcano

People living in Hawaii weren’t happy with the “solutions” provided by the government for people displaced by Kilauea’s lengthy eruption. So instead of complaining, they banded together as a community and solved the problem themselves.

Sep 24 10:27

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reopens after Kilauea eruption

A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano’s latest eruption, which caused widespread damage to park infrastructure and dramatically changed its landscape.

Sep 21 11:24

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Reopen This Weekend – Without Any Lava

Months after eruptions at the Big Island's Kilauea volcano forced the record-long closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the popular tourist destination will reopen Saturday without one key element — lava.

Back in April, a massive lava lake continued to boil and bubble at the park until eruptions beginning in May emptied the lake entirely of its molten rock. Now, all that remains is a large, gaping hole.

"Beginning in May, 2018, the lava lake that existed inside Halema‘uma‘u crater disappeared and lava flows from Pu?u ???? crater have ceased," the park warned on its website. "There is no molten lava or lava glow to see anywhere in or out of the park."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Claire and I were lucky to have visited the volcano while there were active lava flows!

Sep 20 10:51

Volcanic explosions shut down this national park. It’s about to reopen — without any lava.

For the last decade, a cauldron stewed inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

A giant lake of churning lava, over 500 feet across and hundreds of feet deep, drew visitors from around the planet to the lake's eerie red glow, visible at night as the sun set beyond Hawaii's Big Island. Just in April, the burgeoning lava lake overflowed its banks and spilled onto the floor of the volcano's summit.

But over four months later, the scorching lake is gone. Following an onslaught of volcanic quaking and explosions this summer, it drained, completely.

Sep 17 13:20

Welcome to the Fur Seasons! Hawaii cat sanctuary that's home to 600 feral felines becomes a top tourist attraction

A Hawaii cat sanctuary that's home to 600 feral felines has become a full-blown tourist attraction known as the 'Fur Seasons'.

Kathy 'Kat' Carroll had the idea to open the sanctuary after she moved to the small island of Lanai in 2001 and was shocked to find hundreds of homeless and starving cats roaming the island.

Nearly two decades later, those cats are living a much easier life enjoying regular meals, massages and more than enough attention thanks to Lanai Cat Sanctuary.

Sep 16 12:13

Hawaii volcano update: Evacuation notice LIFTED - What is Kilauea doing now?

HAWAII was once under the fiery influence of the Kilauea volcano, which spouted metric tonnes of lava across the Big Island. Recently, Kilauea has calmed down, allowing evacuation notices to be rescinded, but what is it doing now?

Sep 15 10:23

Portions of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to reopen next week

Portions of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will reopen next week.

On Friday, park officials said reopened portions including the Kilauea Visitor Center, the Kilauea Iki Overlook, and a stretch of the Crater Rim Trail between Volcano House and the Kilauea Military Camp.

The park closed in May amid explosive eruptions at Kilauea's summit.

But in recent weeks, those eruptions have quieted — though officials haven't said whether they believe they've stopped entirely.

Sep 13 12:08

Iran WARNING: US tells airlines not to fly through airspace as WW3 fears rise

The advisory also warns military activities linked to the bloody conflict in Syria have been ramped across Iran's airspace.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington are running high following Donald Trump’s controversial decision to pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal re-introduce economic sanctions last month.

Flight Service Bureau, which provides safety information on airspace to airlines, said "without seeming alarmist", the deteriorating relationship between the US and Iran must be taken into account when planning flights in Iran's airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is getting just about as serious as is a heart attack: I find myself very alarmed at these developments.

Sep 10 10:32

Hawaii Volcano Update – Collapses Observed At Pu’u O’o

A series of small collapses produced episodes of visible brown plume throughout the day on Saturday, as scientists continue to monitor Kilauea Volcano.

Sep 07 11:18

Heavily damaged Jaggar Museum will not reopen at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Jaggar Museum, one of the busiest locations at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, will not reopen after sustaining severe structural damage from tens of thousands of earthquakes that occurred May through August.

Sep 06 08:15

In 1999, Judge Kavanaugh wrote an op-ed and amicus brief that disparaged the Native Hawaiian community. He wrongly asserts that Native Hawaiians are not an indigenous community.

Sep 05 08:33

For nations with strict gun laws, this little shooting range in Hawaii is a haven for tourists

There’s the A Course, which is a basic package of three handguns and 36 shots for $79. The C Course is the most popular, Pang said. It’s like a combo meal for gun enthusiasts: three handguns, three rifles and 55 rounds for $149. The super-sized option features more exotic fare, including a 9-millimeter Uzi.

Sep 04 10:30

Hawaii Volcanoes Park Could Reopen Several Areas Soon

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is on track to reopen several areas later this month after closing in May because of the Kilauea volcano eruption, park officials said.

The National Park Service is planning to reopen several trails, roads and popular sites at the Big Island park on Sept. 22, including the Kilauea Visitor Center, the Kilauea Iki Overlook, and a stretch of the Crater Rim Trail between Volcano House and the Kilauea Military Camp, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Saturday.

"I think some of our most popular areas and most-driven roads will be open again," said Ben Hayes, the park's director of interpretation.

Sep 03 08:03

Hanalei: New Flooding Sets back Kuhio Hwy Repairs

Project timelines and estimated costs for emergency repairs to Kuhio Highway from the April 2018 flooding will be reassessed following the recent flooding due to remnants of Tropical Cyclone Lane. The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) estimated the repairs would be completed in October at a cost of $80 million.

Sep 03 07:14

The Beatification of John McCain

The eulogies for the recently deceased John McCain, a US Senator for Arizona, have been plentiful, and so far as the American mainstream media is concerned, they have verged on the hagiographic. He has been variously described as a “patriot”, a “war hero” and a “defender of freedom”. Most perplexingly, McCain was lauded as a “warrior for peace”.

Sep 02 10:07

Kilauea Volcano Summit Update – National Park Opening Details

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is still closed, but the superintendent has set a goal of reopening some closed areas by September 22.

A National Park Service geomorphology team began evaluating the stability of areas damaged or potentially weakened by earthquakes. Results will determine where it will be safe for visitors to go.

Aug 29 10:43

Kilauea volcano eruption: Hawaii volcano at LOWEST activity since 2007

HAWAII has recently drawn the short straw with natural disasters, as hurricane season enters off the back of a major volcanic eruption. As Kilauea hits its lowest activity in recent years, has it stopped erupting?

Aug 27 10:36

Lane brought record rain to Hawaii, but lost its wallop

Hurricane Lane secured its place in the history books before it quickly dissipated into a tropical storm and moved off from Hawaii. The storm caused damage, mostly on the Big Island, where rivers raged near Hilo and nearly 40 people had to be rescued from homes.

There were no deaths from the storm, which had the potential to cause much more destruction.

Aug 27 09:51

Massive sinkhole forms in Haiku, Maui after rain associate with Lane drenches the island

Aug 26 09:42

'I was so scared.' Some lose everything as Lane floods part of Hawaii island

Aug 25 09:35

Hawaii’s Hurricane Lane flooding laid bare in shocking drone VIDEO

Striking new drone footage captured from above the Hawaiian town of Hilo shows the scale of devastating flooding after Hurricane Lane tore through the Pacific Islands on Friday.

Thousands were left without power after torrential downpour dumped 35 inches of rain across Big Island in just 48 hours. Video filmed from the air above the coastal town of Hilo shows extensive flooding around built-up areas as a layer of grey cloud hangs ominously low over the land.

Aug 25 09:33

Wildfires and Catastrophic Flooding: Lane’s Wrath Continues in Hawaii

Even as its core was being pulled apart by strong wind shear on Friday, Hurricane Lane (demoted to a tropical storm on Friday evening) continued to trigger an array of havoc across the Hawaiian Islands. Torrential rains were spreading northward across Oahu to Maui after Lane’s outer rainbands dropped more than 30” on parts of the Big Island, where flooding was described by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center as “catastrophic”. Meanwhile, two fast-moving wildfires broke out on Friday in the drier downslope flow along Maui’s west coast, causing at least one injury.

Aug 24 10:29

Hurricane Lane scoots closer to Oahu, while ‘catastrophic flooding’ hits Hawaii’s Big Island

The Category 2 hurricane, packing winds of 110 mph, is positioned about 180 miles southwest of Honolulu and is crawling to the north around 5 mph. The peak winds are on a down trend which is expected to continue. Rain – more than wind – has proven to be the storm’s greatest menace.

Aug 24 09:39

Hawaiian Electric: Prepare for power outages

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Along with storm damage, here on Oahu all the electricity is from oil-fired generators. They don't stockpile a lot of oil but reply on a steady flow of ships bringing it in... which cannot get through the storm right now. We expect to be on candle power soon.

Aug 24 07:49

Five tourists are rescued from their flooded holiday home in Hawaii as Hurricane Lane dumps 31 INCHES of rain on the Big Island, while residents on the main islands brace for 120mph winds and more downpours

Five tourists have been rescued from a flooded holiday home in Hawaii as Hurricane Lane turns north after dumping 31 inches of rain on the Big Island in a matter of hours.

Emergency crews helped the California vacationers from a villa they were renting in the picturesque town of Hilo after a nearby gulch spilled over on Thursday.

Suzanne Demerais described the tiny waterfall and small stream that was flowing near the home when she and four friends from the Los Angeles first arrived - a stark contrast from the torrent it has become in just 24 hours.

Hawaii County firefighters, who were in touch with the home's owner, decided to evacuate the group before the water rose further, floating the visitors out on their backs.

Forecasters have warned the storm will dump rain at a rate of one to three inches per hour over portions of Hawaii's main islands late on Friday as it crawls northward.

Aug 23 18:48

Hurricane #Lane has been downgraded to a Category 3, but is still a major hurricane.

Impacts will not change: wind gusts, major life threatening flash flooding, and damaging surf.

Aug 23 11:18

Heavy rains pound Big Island as Cat 4 Lane barrels toward Hawaii

Much of the state remains under a hurricane warning as Lane continues its slow march toward the islands as a massive Category 4 storm.

Kauai County, meanwhile, is under a hurricane watch.

The hurricane warning, in effect for the Big Island, Maui County and Oahu, means hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours, while a hurricane watch is issued when hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours.

The heavy rain that started on Tuesday continued through Wednesday morning, triggering flooding and landslides in some spots and forcing the closure of Highway 19 — in Hilo and Honomu — as well as Bayfront Highway in Hilo and several other roadways.

The National Weather Service said several rain gauges showed over a foot of rain on the Big Island in the last 24 hours, with one rain gauge showing 17 inches.

Aug 23 09:35

Hawaii braces for impact of monster Hurricane Lane: US Navy ships and submarines leave port as 100mph Category Four storm begins to lash the outer islands and residents stockpile food

Hawaii residents emptied store shelves Wednesday, claimed the last sheets of plywood to board up windows and drained gas pumps as Hurricane Lane churned toward the state.

The category 4 storm could slam into the islands Thursday with winds exceeding 100 mph, making it the most powerful storm to hit Hawaii since Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

The National Weather Service said a hurricane warning was issued for Maui County, the Big Island and Oahu and hurricane watch was in effect for Kauai.

U.S. Navy ships and submarines based in Hawaii have been instructed to leave port to avoid damage

Aug 23 09:20

Waive Jones Act for Hawaii for Hurricane Lane

As Hawaii waits to see what devastation Hurricane Lane may bring to its shores, Keli‘i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, is calling on the federal government to issue the state a temporary waiver from the Jones Act before any damage is done.

“The hurricane has not made contact with all the islands as of yet,” Akina said on Wednesday, “but lawmakers should take the necessary steps to prepare for the worst. By waiving us from the Jones Act before Hurricane Lane hits, ships will be able to bring supplies and aid as they make their already-scheduled transits.”

Waiving the Jones Act for areas affected by hurricane disasters has had explicit positive results. Waivers contributed to reducing the number of gas stations experiencing fuel outages in Florida after Hurricane Irma by more than 60 percent, according to GasBuddy. They’ve also helped stabilize fuel prices across the nation, preventing bigger price spikes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act is known as the Jones Act and deals with cabotage (coastwise trade) and requires that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried on U.S.-flag ships, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.[2] The act was introduced by Senator Wesley Jones.

Aug 23 09:16

Heavy rain from Hurricane Lane triggers flash floods in East Hawaii

Aug 22 09:51

Hurricane Warning Issued For Hawaii Island (Aug. 21, 2018)

Aug 22 08:18

Hurricane Lane GROUNDS 'Hurricane Hunter' Aircraft! - Powerful CAT 4

Aug 21 10:44

Staying at the Volcano House, Hawaii

Helen van Berkel checks into the Volcano House, Hawaii.

Getting there: It's about an hour's flight from Honolulu, followed by a 45-minute drive.

The check-in experience: A mimosa served at check-in quickly wipes away the dust of the road.

Price: About $455 a night. And worth it when it reopens. Volcano House sits in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where Kilauea has been erupting since May, closing the park and the house. The website says bookings are being taken but it will not reopen until September 15 at the earliest.

The accommodation: It's an old-style lodge, complete with occasionally creaky floors and stairs, sash windows and an open fire in the cosy lobby. Its old-fashioned decor adds to the elegance The facilities: It's old-school the whole way here: tiled showers and a sliding door to the walk-in wardrobe area.

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Claire playing the koa wood piano at volcano house.

Aug 21 09:12

Hurricane Lane latest: Hawaii on ALERT - ‘Plan for the WORST and hope for the BEST'

HAWAII has been told to “prepare for the worst and hope for the best” as Hurricane Lane barrels across the Pacific Ocean with destructive winds of up to 150mph.

Aug 20 10:16

Hurricane Lane expected to take northwest turn; forecasters warn of heavy rain, flooding

The latest 5-day forecast map for Lane shows the storm weakening but moving northwest by midweek, placing Oahu and Kauai in the track’s so-called “cone of uncertainty.”

Aug 20 10:10

Volcanoes National Park officials say it'll be a while until the park reopens

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been closed for nearly 100 days due to unsafe conditions from seismic and explosive activity from the summit of Kilauea but there's no telling when the park will reopen.

It's going to be a long and most likely expensive one according to national park officials.

They took local media to look at park roads, buildings and Halemaumau crater to show us why.

"The last 100 days have been grueling," Jessica Ferracane, National Park Service said.

All 130 staff members at the park still have jobs, some are working on clean up and recovery at the Hawaii Island Park, others transferred to national parks on neighbor islands. But the closure of this park continues to take its toll on staff and the surrounding community.

Aug 20 10:04

Big Island residents hopeful pause in Kilauea Volcano flow will last

Scientists at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Friday downgraded the threat from Kilauea Volcano from the highest level of a “warning” to a “watch” following three weeks of decreasing activity.

After Kilauea created panic and destruction when it began erupting May 3, destroying more than 700 homes in its path, there’s barely been a burp or rumble this month.

With a couple of exceptions, lava has stopped pouring into the ocean since Aug. 6. Since Aug. 2 the summit of Kilauea Volcano has not seen what’s called a “collapse event” in which an exodus of lava caused the walls of the summit to collapse, triggering seismic activity equal to 5.8-magnitude earthquakes.

And Kilauea’s notorious fissure 8 in the heart of the Leilani Estates subdivision, which unleashed a river of 2,000-degree lava that ran to the sea, “continues to calm down, cool down and quiet down,” said Tina Neal, scientist-in-charge of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Aug 19 13:03

Hurricane Lane to Hit Hawaii | 1-Week Forecast

This video shows 7 days forecast from the GFS model, using Windy.com

Aug 18 10:27

Scientists downgrade alert level for Hawaii volcano

Slowing activity at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has prompted scientists on Friday to downgrade their alert level for the mountain.

The U.S. Geological Survey issued a "watch" for Kilauea's ground hazards, down from a "warning."

But scientists say this doesn't mean the eruption, which has destroyed more than 700 homes since May, is over. Kilauea has paused for days, weeks and even months during previous eruptions.

Lava mostly stopped flowing on Aug. 6. There's a crusted-over lava pond inside a fissure cone and just a few spots where lava is entering the ocean.

The volcano's summit hasn't collapsed since Aug. 2. Sulfur dioxide emissions are the lowest they've been since 2007.

Aug 17 10:14

Native Hawaiians see a silver lining to destruction caused by recent volcanic eruptions

By many metrics, what is happening on Hawaii island can be considered a natural disaster. But native Hawaiians I spoke to view this period not as one of pure destruction, but rather the logical continuation of their islands’ geological evolution — a time of deep cultural and personal reflection and realignment.

“The word we use is ‘inevitable,’” cultural ambassador, community organizer and former Miss Hawaii Desiree Moana Cruz said in reference to how best to describe Kilauea’s latest lava flow. “Not tragedy, not disaster. I certainly feel compassion for the people who have lost their homes — they’re my friends, family and also strangers. But again, we all know this is where we live. We — and I mean native Hawaiians — say, ‘Have you seen the pele?’ Pele is the Hawaiian word for lava in all its manifestations, passed down through ancient chants and dances.”

Aug 16 08:52

Kilauea Eruption Update 8-15-18… “USGS Gives Eruption Lull Analysis”

Some may have interest in this. The lava flow and river from fissure 8 essentially stopped a couple weeks ago. The vog over here (Kona side) has been much less, and the air is much more clear.

Aug 14 14:19

Hawaiian town rocked by up to 800 earthquakes daily as volcano erupts

It’s been a strange three months for the Hawaii island village of Volcano, where thousands of earthquakes have rattled the residents of this small mountainside town since Kilauea began erupting in May. Now, after a week of waning quakes, residents are holding their breath, waiting to see if this, finally, could signal the end of the eruption that has crippled the easternmost part of the island.

Volcano, a tiny tourist town nestled in a high elevation forest, is a scant five miles from the caldera of Kilauea volcano. Its location makes it especially vulnerable to earthquakes, which during July sometimes numbered as high as 800 a day, according to Kyle Anderson, a seismologist with US Geological Survey.

Aug 13 09:01

WATCH: Democrat Caught Stealing Opponent’s Campaign Handouts Off Doors

Democratic State Rep. Matt LoPresti of Hawaii was caught stealing his opponent’s campaign handout off a person’s door in a video that has recently surfaced which has led to the lawmaker admitting that he repeatedly has stolen his opponent’s campaign handouts.

The video comes as LoPresti “is running for the seat vacated by Will Espero, who’s running for lieutenant governor,” Hawaii News Now reported.

Aug 09 10:31

Hawaii volcano activity slows, may be entering a pause, USGS says

After months of spewing hot lava into residential neighborhoods and into the sea, it appears that Hawaii's Kilauea volcano may be taking a pause after a slowdown in activity since the weekend.

The U.S. Geological Survey said in a series of updates since Sunday that there was been a "significant reduction" in lava from fissure 8, which fed a channelized lava flow that reached the Pacific Ocean.

"It is common for eruptions to wax and wane or pause completely," the USGS said Tuesday. "A return to high levels of lava discharge or new outbreaks in the area of active fissures could occur at any time."

Aug 06 11:19

Kilauea Eruption: Lava output from Fissure 8 and Kilauea summit quakes lessen

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that earthquakes have reduced at Kilauea summit and the lava flow from Fissure 8 has no movement in the channel.

Motorists on Highway 11 between the 28 and 32 mile marker are advised to stay on the pavement, be alert for changing roadway conditions, and drive with caution. Motorcyclists and bicyclists should proceed with extreme caution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like this eruption may finally be coming to an end!

Aug 06 10:49

Category 4 Hector churning westward in Central Pacific

Hurricane Hector is still a powerful Category 4 storm as it continues moving westward across the Central Pacific.

The latest forecast at 5 a.m. Monday said the hurricane intensified slightly, packing maximum sustained winds of 145 mph with higher gusts. The storm was moving west at 15 mph.

According to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, the center of the storm was located about 930 miles east of Hilo or 1,135 miles east-southeast of Honolulu.

Forecasters said Hector will move in the west-northwest direction through Tuesday, followed by a westward motion Tuesday evening through Friday.

Forecasters also noted that hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 100 miles.

Aug 06 10:48

2 elementary schools in west Oahu closed due to raging brush fires

Monday marks day three of the ongoing battle to extinguish wildfires burning out of control on Oahu's Leeward Coast.

At least two fires have been burning since Saturday morning, charring a combined total of 5,000 acres.

On Monday, the Department of Education announced Leihoku Elementary in Waianae and Makaha Elementary would be closed closed for the day, on what was supposed to be the first day of the new school year.

As of late Sunday night, Honolulu fire officials said there was little containment for the two fires — one in Makaha Valley and another in Waianae Valley.

HFD provided an update just before midnight, saying the fire in Makaha, which has spread to 3,000 acres, was only 30 percent contained.

Aug 03 10:31

Hawaii's volcano village wants its visitors back

JESSE TUNISON: Well Volcano village is really, for the most part, about two miles line of sight from the summit of Kilauea volcano. So certainly it is quite the hotspot but fortunately for us we are not near any of the lava that is going into the ocean about 4000 feet down below us, at the ocean, 30 miles away.

DON WISEMAN: So the lava is going down the other side of the mountain?

JT: Yeah indeed.

DW: And the attraction for a village so high on the mountain is presumably for tourism reasons?

JT: Yeah everything from cafes to fine dining, we have art galleries - some of the best in the nation, doing everything from glasswork to fine painting, woodworks, ceramics, everything and anything that you can think of. In the first month our income went down by 90%.

Aug 03 10:30

Road damage from earthquakes is latest Hawaii volcano peril

Officials on Hawaii's Big Island, where the Kilauea volcano has been spewing huge amounts of lava for months, are bracing for the possibility that frequent earthquakes will cut off a major highway.

Emergency officials dealing with the eruption are turning their focus to the aptly named village of Volcano, where dozens of small earthquakes shake the ground every hour as Kilauea undergoes dramatic changes. The summit caldera is also collapsing, causing even larger temblors almost daily.

Officials are worried about cracks and holes in Highway 11, a 45-minute lifeline connecting a rural district with Hilo, the island's biggest city. The alternative, driving around the state's largest island, can take up to three hours.

"It's the only road going through that section of the island," said state Sen. Russell Ruderman. "We have to find a way to keep it open."

Aug 03 10:29

Hawaii volcano: Shock footage shows COW threatened by Kilauea lava HELICOPTERED to safety

DRAMATIC footage has shown the moment a cow rescued from the path of lava flowing from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is helicoptered to safety – while in another daring mission, a pilot managed to transport a cockpit full of cats out of the danger zone.

Aug 02 17:44

Tropical Storm Hector Expected To Become Hurricane By Weekend, Could Threaten Hawaii

Just as we enter peak hurricane season — considered globally as occurring in the month of September — a tropical storm currently far of the eastern coast of Mexico in the Pacific is headed toward Hawaii, and is expected to become a hurricane by the weekend.

The AP reports, citing new data from the US National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Hector is gaining strength as it moves deeper into the Pacific:

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Hector would gradually strengthen and reach hurricane strength by late Friday or early Saturday, but it also said the storm would continue to move deeper into the Pacific and would not pose any threat to land.

Hector had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph) Wednesday night. It was centered about 1,010 miles (1,630 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula and it was moving toward the west at 12 mph (19 kph).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hector has already reached hurricane strength.

Aug 02 10:09

Volcano Fire Station Relocating Due To Kilauea Summit Collapse

The Volcano Fire Station which was located within the National Park at the former Kilauea Military Camp (Station 19) has been temporarily relocated to a safer location, officials say.

Aug 01 12:31

Possible U.S. Remains Turned Over By North Korea Head To Hawaii For Analysis

A formal repatriation ceremony took place in South Korea before the boxes were put on a flight to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. Vice President Pence will take part in an Honorable Carry Ceremony for the remains when they arrive on Wednesday.

From there, the remains will be taken to a laboratory in Hawaii for possible identification, with the goal of matching them with any of the 7,697 U.S. personnel who remain are unaccounted for after the Korean War.

The work will be carried out by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which for years has been collecting DNA samples from families whose relatives never returned home from the Korean War.

Aug 01 10:29

Where to see dramatic lava flows from Hawaii Island's Kilauea volcano

The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii Island began erupting almost three months ago. To see the extraordinary lava flows firsthand, boat and helicopter tours are the way to go.

Aug 01 10:28

VIDEO: Experience Volcano Seeks To Lure Visitors To Village

The Volcano Village business community – comprised mostly of galleries, restaurants and accommodations – has banded together to create a focused campaign to keep visitors coming to town, despite the closure of the main attraction next door.

In light of the record 80-day closure of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and the resulting loss in tourism, village business leaders yesterday launched the Experience Volcano campaign with a press event at the Volcano Garden Arts gallery. They hope the effort will boost the economy of the earthquake-stricken community.

Jul 31 10:28

New digital approach aims at increasing tourism in Volcano

Business owners feeling the blow from the Kilauea Eruption are partnering with community leaders to launch a new tool for visitors to volcano.

It's a website showcasing activities that one may find just outside the national park, including air quality updates, hot spots and more.

"It's taken us the better part of three months to kind of get everything together, going ahead and put together a really kind of an entire website, soup to nuts, that is able to show off other things people can do in the Volcano area other than visiting Hawaii volcanoes national park," said Jesse Tunison of Experience Volcano Hawaii.

The group's outreach plan aims to benefit both residents and visitors going to the Volcano area, with hopes to reel in tourism.

Jul 30 10:26

Do Not Prod The Hawaiian Goddess Of Fire And Volcanoes

I’m somewhat fascinated by volcanic or otherwise pyrotechnical deities. You’d expect the stories to be particularly over-the-top, and they often deliver the goods: Kagutsuchi, for all intents and purposes the Japanese fire spirit, has a ludicrously violent and vengeance-infused story which ends in nothing less than a bloody mess and features a quick trip to hell.

The story of Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes, is particularly marvelous. It’s full of drama, fire, fury; rich with evocative turns of phrase and lyrical, poetic prose. It also has plenty of relevance today, long after the tales were first conceived, with many of the residents of the archipelago leaving offerings and dancing in tribute to the flaming femme as her lava fountains and flows across the land.

Jul 29 10:20

Hawaii volcano eruption: ’Biggest brushfires yet’ sparked by lava from Kilauea

BRUSHFIRES have broken out on Hawaii’s Big Island after lava ignited trees and grass near the flow from Kilauea volcano’s fissure 8 – with reports of several houses being engulfed by flames.

Jul 28 11:09

New Hybrid Whale-Dolphin Discovered Off Hawaii

Last year, a team of scientists spotted what they believed was a hybrid animal off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii. A new report from Cascadia Research Collective confirms they did — and the new sea creature is the result of a whale and a dolphin mating, the team’s head researcher told CBS News.

What the researchers discovered was a hybrid of a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin. In an interview with local newspaper The Garden Island, the head of the project said the discovery is their “most unusual finding.” “We had the photos and suspected it was a hybrid from morphological characteristics intermediate between species,” Robin Baird said.

During their two-week project, scientists were able to get a biopsy sample from the creature and study its genetics. They were able to confirm that the animal was a hybrid. “Based on the genetics, the father was a rough-toothed dolphin and the mother a melon-headed whale,” Baird told CBS News via email.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sea Life Park, here on Oahu, has been breeding wholphins (false-killer whales and bottle nose dolphins) since 1985. Two of them are part of the regular tour.

Jul 28 11:04

Update: Hawaii First to Ban Dangerous Pesticide

On June 13, 2018, Hawaiian governor, David Ige, signed new legislation that phases out the use of chlorpyrifos and increases regulation on other restricted use pesticides. Chlorpyrifos is known to cause brain damage in developing fetuses and children. There is no safe level of exposure for children.

Jul 28 10:41

Geologists eye Hawaii volcano for signs eruption may be easing

Right on cue, a collapse explosion came during the news briefing, kicking out the equivalent energy of a 5.4 magnitude earthquake.

It was the 58th such event in the current eruption cycle as magma steadily drains from the volcano's summit lava reservoir, causing its crater to collapse.

The USGS released a report last week saying the eruption could last months or years and the main hazard was a possible collapse of fissure 8, or a blockage or breach in its lava channel, that could send some or all lava in a new direction.

Jul 27 12:39


Webmaster's Commentary: 

Will be keeping an eye on this one!

It will be interesting to see what happens if this storm passes over the erupting volcano and how much the added heat will affect it.

Jul 26 12:17

What's causing the near-daily collapses and 'earthquakes' at Halemaumau?

For over three months, Hawaii Island residents near Kilauea's summit have dealt with ongoing ground shaking, civil defense alerts and light ashfall.

The rumbles often release energy equivalent to a 5.2- to 5.4-magnitude earthquake. Since May, scientists have recorded almost 60 of those magnitude-5 or higher tremblors.

By now, it's known these "earthquakes" don't generate a tsunami threat and the shaking is short-lived.

But according to U.S. Geological Survey scientists, they're not traditional earthquakes (in which plates underground move). And they're no longer caused by steam-driven ash explosions as they were in previous months.

USGS scientist Janet Babb says what triggers the temblors are "collapse events" at Halemaumau.

Jul 26 10:30

Hawaii volcano eruption: Residents warned to stay indoors as sulphur dioxide levels rise

RESIDENTS have been warned to stay indoors after a change in the wind direction resulted in high levels of toxic sulphur dioxide from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano – while earthquakes are continuing to damage a major road in the south east part of Big Island.

Jul 25 08:22

Eruption Shock-wave, Better Lightning | Video

Jul 24 10:31

Geologists say the Hawaii volcano eruption could last for months, or even years

Geologists monitoring the eruption of the Kilauea volcano say it could continue to spout lava for a long time.

The volcano has been erupting since early May in the Leilani Estates neighborhood on Hawaii’s big island, forcing evacuations and destroying more than 700 homes. The US Geological Survey’s Hawaii Volcano Observatory said the eruption has covered more than 12 square miles (23 square kilometers) with black lava and has added 700 acres of new land to the island.

A report from the Hawaii Volcano Observatory found that this eruption, in what geologists call Kilauea’s lower East Rift Zone, has produced a greater volume of lava than past eruptions in the area.

Jul 23 10:34

Amazing Kilauea volcano imagery you might have missed

For more than 2 months, lava has been pouring from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, destroying homes and remaking the land. A compilation of photos and videos, here.

Jul 21 10:17

Hawaii volcano update: Fissure 8 spews MORE LAVA - earthquakes hit Kilauea summit

LAVA from Kilauea volcano is continuing to ooze across Hawaii’s Big Island two months after first erupting. Here is the latest news as Fissure 8 spews more lava and earthquakes hit the Kilauea volcano summit.

Jul 20 10:25

AP Photos: Weeks later, Hawaii volcano gushes on

A tour boat accident has drawn renewed attention to Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, but for Big Island residents the erupting lava has been an ever-present force for more than two months.

Molten rock is blasting from one last eruption site, a large cinder cone in a hard-hit neighborhood where new volcanic cracks first opened on May 3. It’s sending huge volumes of lava snaking to the ocean miles away.