Archive | May, 2018

USDA reopens application period for producers recovering from disasters

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting disaster assistance program applications on June 4 from agricultural producers who suffered livestock, honeybees, farm-raised fish and other losses due to natural disasters. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reopening the application period for two disaster assistance programs in response to statutory changes made by Congress […]

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Pahoa Post Office

Pahoa Post Office temporarily adds Sunday hours for evacuees and residents from eruption areas

The U.S. Postal Service announced temporary Sunday hours for their customers affected by the Kilauea eruption. The Pahoa Post Office will open for will call between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays to distribute mail and packages to evacuees and residents that are experiencing interruptions in their mail delivery service due to the eruption.

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Mayor Kim suspends several county laws to allow for temporary emergency shelters

On May 30, 2018, Mayor Harry Kim issued his Second Supplementary Emergency Proclamation that suspended a number of county laws relating to building, land use and other related laws, in order to facilitate the establishment of temporary emergency shelters on specific sites approved by the County, and independently supported by private organizations.

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Fissure 8 fountaining continues. Color of incandescent rock gives a crude estimate of temperature. Yellow is ~1832–2192° F, Orange is ~1472–1832° F, Red is even cooler, ~1112–1472° F. Photo taken Thursday, May 31, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Kilauea Eruption: Fast-moving lava flows prompt evacuation orders by Mayor Kim Thursday (May 31)

Hawaii Fire Department has evacuated residents in homes along Papaya Farms Road and Noni Farms Road. Any residents remaining should evacuate now.

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Violators of eruption area closures are cited by DOCARE officers

Officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) and other law enforcement agencies have adopted a zero-tolerance policy toward anyone who violates closures in the disaster area associated with the current eruption of Kilauea and associated lava flows.

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Pahoa Community Aquatic Center closed after Pele’s Hair is found in the water

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation announces the Pahoa Community Aquatic Center will be closed until further notice due to a safety issued caused by the Puna lava event. While cleaning the pool in preparations for the reopening scheduled for June 1, 2018, aquatics staff discovered “Pele’s Hair” (fine threads of volcanic glass […]

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Hawaii Electric Light Company workers in Puna. HELCO Photo

HELCO works to maintain power for lower Puna customers

Hawai‘i Electric Light continues with its efforts to maintain electric service for communities being impacted by the eruption and lava flows that began in Leilani Estates four weeks ago. About 800 customers in Leilani Estates, Lanipuna Gardens, and Kapoho are experiencing extended power outages due to the destruction of poles, lines and equipment.

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Drone operator flying over lava flow cited by DLNR/DOCARE officer

A 38-year-old San Jose, CA man was cited by a DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officer two nights ago for loitering under Hawai‘i County code. The DOCARE officer was checking barricades in Nanawale Estates when he spotted a red light in the sky. A short time later he encountered Huawen Wu flying […]

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Mayor Kim imposes emergency rule to restrict access to Lower Puna

An emergency rule imposed Thursday (May 31) restricts access to the area containing Kapoho Vacationland, and Kapoho Farm Lots, which is Kaphoho-Kumukahi Lighthouse Road, Kapoho Kai Road, Kalapana Road (Highway 137), and the ocean, and which is also shown as the area the map.

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Hawaii County seeks applicants for the Charter Commission

The County of Hawai’i is seeking applicants to fill eleven (11) vacancies with the Charter Commission. Commissioners serve on a voluntary basis and are tasked with studying and reviewing the County Charter. The Charter acts as the county’s governing document, outlining the roles and responsibilities of the county government.

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Sunny Pauole's signature art for the 2018 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Sunny Pauole’s art selected for the 2018 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Kona-based artist Sunny Pauole’s signature art was recently selected as the winning image concept for the 2018 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Pauole was chosen after an open Call for Signature Art for Hawaii artists to submit their original works of art in a competition.

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John Hubbard

Police charge Pahoa man with multiple offenses in Leilani Estates shooting case

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a Pāhoa man in connection with Tuesday afternoon’s shooting incident, (May 29), in the lower Puna area. At 10:30 p.m, Wednesday evening, (May 30), police charged 61-year-old John Hubbard, of Puna, with 2 counts of first-degree reckless endangering, 5 counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, 1 count of first-degree robbery, ownership […]

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Heavy equipment being transported from Waikoloa to Kalapana Thursday (May 31)

The State Department of Transportation will be transporting over-sized heavy machinery through Waikoloa Rd. to Kalapana for use in preparation of lower Puna evacuation routes today, May 31, 2018. There will be intermittent road closures from approximately 12 noon to 1 p.m. along the Waikoloa roadway (Queen Ka‘ahumanu Hwy. to Māmalahoa Hwy. 190).

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Mandatory Evacuation Area in Leilani Estates

Mayor Kim signs mandatory evacuation order for part of Leilani Estates Thursday (May 31)

Mayor Harry Kim orders the evacuation of all civilians from all that area of Leilani Estates subdivision, East of Pomaikai Street, as specifically highlighted on the map effective Thursday, May 31, 2018.

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