Aug 22 09:18

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

Aug 21 11:44

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 10:12

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 11:16

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 11:10

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 11:04

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 14:03

Hurricane Lane to Hit Hawaii | 1-Week Forecast

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

Aug 18 11:27

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 11:14

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 09:52

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 15:19

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 10:01

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 11:31

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 12:19

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.

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

Aug 06 11:49

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 11:48

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 11:31

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 11:30

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 11:29

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 18:44

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).

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Hector has already reached hurricane strength.

Aug 02 11:09

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 13:31

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 11:29

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 11:28

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 11:28

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 11:26

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 11:20

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 12:09

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.

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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 12:04

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 11:41

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 13:39


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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 13:17

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 11:30

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 09:22

Eruption Shock-wave, Better Lightning | Video

Jul 24 11:31

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 11:34

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 11:17

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 11:25

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.

Jul 19 16:55

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It is an exciting time as we press forward asserting our laws, implementing strategies and gathering and empowering our people to stand our nation up for the world to see once again...
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We invite you to browse through this site to learn more about our re-emerging nation... E Komo Mai, Welcome Home...

Jul 18 12:40

Hawaii becoming a shit hole like CA?

Cop killed on Big Island

Jul 16 16:08

23 injured when lava bomb hits Hawaii tour boat

A lava bomb hit a tour boat on Monday morning in Hawaii, injuring 23 people, the Hawaii County Fire Department said.

The lava punctured the boat's roof and it returned to Wailoa Harbor, the fire department said.

Hilo Medical Center confirmed 13 passengers were treated at the hospital, and another 10 passengers with superficial injuries were treated on arrival at Wailoa Harbor.

Jul 16 14:22

Hawaii volcano: Lava bomb flies through roof of tour boat, injures at least 13

At least 13 people on a tour boat in Hawaii were injured after a volcanic explosion sent a lava bomb flying through the roof of the vessel.

According to the Hawaii County Fire Department, the incident occurred early Monday morning. A lava bomb punctured the roof of the boat, leaving a large gaping hole in the vessel and damaging one of the boat's railings.

Jul 15 11:30

Volcanic update: Small lava island forms off Kapoho, Hawaii

A tiny new island of lava has formed on the northernmost part of the ocean entry. During this morning’s overflight, HVO’s field crew noticed the island was oozing lava similar to the lava oozing from the broad flow front along the coastline.

Jul 15 11:22

Hawaii volcano eruption: Lava ISLAND emerges at SEA oozing lava as crater EXPLODES

THE Hawaii volcano eruption has caused a lava island to form in the sea just off the coast of the Big Island, as the Mount Kilauea crater exploded with the force of a 5.2 magnitude earthquake.

Jul 14 11:43

K?lauea Volcano: How Long Will Current Eruption Last?

A U.S. Geological Survey report to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on June 29, 2018, addressed time frames of activity for K?lauea Volcano’s summit and Lower East Rift Zone (LERZ).

The question of how long this current might this last is of concern to everyone—especially, of course, Big Island residents in the line of Pele’s fire, those affected by the regularly exploding summit and residents and visitors suffering from the effects of volcanic gases and ash.

The report explains that the continuing deflation of K?lauea’s summit storage system is occurring in response to the release of magma to the LERZ at a higher rate than the reservoir is being resupplied from its deep mantle source.

If summit magma is predominantly feeding eruptive activity in the LERZ rather than filling storage space in the crater, then summit activity could cease soon after the LERZ eruption ends.

Jul 11 10:55

Kilauea’s heat triggering mass amounts of acid rain

Intense, hot air from the ongoing Kilauea eruption — combined with a drop in trade-winds — triggered 9.22 inches of rain containing sulfur dioxide to drench an isolated portion of the Lower East Rift Zone in the 24 hours that ended this morning at 8 a.m.

“The heat coming out of the lava is making the air mass really unstable,” said National Weather Service meteorologist John Bravender. “We’re not seeing it all the time, but it’s cropping up part of the time.”

The forecast of a return to more conventional tradewind patterns mean heavy rains over the Lower East Rift Zone are likely to dissipate as early as tonight, Bravender said.

Jul 11 09:35

USGS Gives Hawaii Eruption Update (July 10, 2018)

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Check out 4:45 and again at around 5:35, where they show time-lapse views of the entire floor of Kilauea crater sinking.

Jul 10 12:35

Hawaii volcano update: Hawaii STILL growing EACH DAY as Kilauea lava flows into the sea

The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has now entered into its second month of eruption as it pushes a river of viscous red lava into the ocean.

Until recently the volcano has shown little sign of change, with an established channel flowing from the summit down to the ocean.

About a mile of new land has formed as a result, the latest addition to Hawaii’s volcanic islands.

So far, there have been no deaths and few injuries reported as a result of the eruption, but more than 600 homes are thought to have been destroyed.

Jul 07 11:31

Kilauea Volcano destroys another 46 homes; total now 671

Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano destroyed another 46 homes this week, bringing the total number of structures demolished by lava to 671, local authorities said Friday.

The Hawai'i County Civil Defense said the damage this week left four homes standing in Kapoho, a town on the state's Big Island. The lava flow, which began in May, also filled in the town's bay and spread to create new land into the ocean.

Fissure 8 supplied lava to an open channel with intermittent small, short-lived overflows, the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said Friday. The spatter cone was 180 feet tall at its highest point.

HVO said the lava channel no longer reaches the ocean, but oozing along the northern section of the flow is entering the water.

Jul 04 11:10

Hawaii volcano update: Kilauea fires up EXPLOSIVE thunderstorms and rain on Big Island

KILAUEA not only continues to spew lava across Hawaii’s volcanic Big Island but it is also creating its own weather over lower Puna as excessive heat enhances unstable weather, such as intense thunderstorms and torrential rain.

Jul 03 12:34

Hawaii volcano forms cone about same height as Aloha Tower

The Hawaii volcano that's been erupting in a residential neighborhood for the past two months has built a cone that's now about the height of Aloha Tower, an iconic 10-story building in Honolulu.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists said Monday the cone is 180 feet (55 meters) high at its tallest point. Honolulu Harbor's Aloha Tower reaches 184 feet.

The cone developed from the most active of the two dozen vents Kilauea volcano opened in and around the Leilani Estates neighborhood on the Big Island.

Scientists call it Fissure 8 because it was the eighth vent to open during the eruption. It's feeding a river of lava that's flowing downhill to the ocean.

Jul 02 12:13

Hawaii volcano eruption: SHOCK new video shows DEVASTATION as Kilauea continues to erupt

The Hawaii volcano, Mount Kilauea, continues to spew lava and molten rock across Big Island as it approaches its second month of continuous eruption.

Kilauea first started to erupt on May 3.

New video footage captured by Paradise Helicopters reveals the terrifying extent of the destruction the volcano has brought to the island, as streams of molten lava flow feet from homes.

More than 650 homes have been destroyed by lava, forcing the evacuation of more than 2,000 people - around 600 of whom are still living in temporary accommodation.

Jun 30 11:37

Hawaii volcano eruption update: Why is Kilauea PLAGUED with earthquakes?

KILAUEA has now reached the eighth week of its eruption, causing devastation to Big Island’s landscape. Why is Kilauea plagued with earthquakes?

Jun 30 11:24

Hawaii Volcano Eruption Update - Friday Morning (June 29, 2018)

Jun 28 16:23


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Jun 28 11:14

Watch the US Geological Survey's Drone Footage of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Crater

This aerial footage is not only visually stunning, it's providing the USGS with invaluable information about the volcano's ever-changing phases.

Jun 28 11:10


A billion dollar antiballistic radar system is being planned for development in Hawaii in order to counter nuclear ICBM threats from somewhere. Even though, at the present moment, there aren’t any threatening postures from nations with ICBM tech, the need to spend 1$ billion on detecting and combatting those ICBMs is apparently greater than ever before, at least according to some congressmen.

RT reports:

The flat-face surface radar would “counter evolving missile threats in the Pacific Region”, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) says. Although the timing of the radar’s construction seems curious given current efforts at rapprochement with North Korea, plans for the military installation actually predate the Trump administration. The radar system was mandated by the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which was signed into law by Barack Obama in December 2016.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Representative Schatz, a word, please: perhaps instead of shilling for interceptors and radar systems, you should be travelling on the decomposing roads of Oahu, and figure out just what is compelling Governor Ige to ignore the horrific conditions here, which are literally killing the cars which must drive over them?!?

And BTW, which of the major makers of interceptors and radar systems are supporting you, covertly, or overtly, to make this pitch?!?

I am really considering, just to make the point, of contacting Domino's Pizza for Potholes program, Paving for Pizza, and asking them to fill all the potholes on Oahu, which would be a formidable task, as a way of embarrassing the Governor for not taking care of this.

The Light Rail project on Oahu, which you supported, Appropriations Committed Passes Funding for Honolulu Rail, transportation, Housing, and Infrastructure Progams is hopelessly skewed in time and budget, and may never be finished; it is a flustercluck of bad engineering, bad choices, and money drained from the local economy which the people of Hawaii will never see again; why are you not supporting a forensic audit of where that money went?!?

Or are the people of this great state never supposed to know where it should have gone, but didn't?!?

Jun 28 10:02

Kilauea's continual eruption is creating a new fissure so big it could soon be classed as Hawaii's newest volcano

Kilauea, the most active volcano on Hawaii, has been in continual eruption since 1983.

It entered a new phase in early May when fractures along a rift on the eastern side of the volcano opened during a series of earthquakes – some of which became volcanic fissures from which lava was erupted.

These fissures allowed magma that had been ponded in a lava summit lake to drain onto the ground surface as lava flows lower down the mountain.

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Volcanologists define a volcano as having its own distinct connection to the magma chamber. This new cone appears to be an offshoot of Kilauea's "drainage" system, and as such technically is not a new distinct volcano.

Jun 28 09:08

Hawaii’s quest for a new type of independence

AT A COOL new bookstore in Honolulu called Da Shop, I met the foreign minister of the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands, Leon Kaulahao Siu. He spends much of his time lobbying at the United Nations and at international missions in Europe. His biggest challenge is persuading diplomats that the Kingdom of Hawaii exists. When they ask if Hawaii is not part of the United States, Mr. Siu hands them a pamphlet called, “The Basis for the Restoration of the Hawaiian Kingdom.”

“The Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands is actually an existing, sovereign, independent country,” the pamphlet asserts. “The United States never lawfully acquired the Hawaiian Islands. The so-called ‘State of Hawaii’ is a fictional entity fabricated by the United States in order to make its presence in the Hawaiian Islands appear to be legitimate.”

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Jun 27 08:56

US seeks to install $1bn radar in Hawaii to detect ballistic missiles

The Pentagon wants to spend $1 billion to install missile defense radar in Hawaii to track ballistic threats coming from North Korea or elsewhere, according to officials.

Jun 26 11:37

Hawaii volcano eruption UPDATE: USGS loses GPS station in massive Kilauea summit collapse

The Hawaii volcano GPS station dropped into the crumbling Kilauea crater after a month of gradual decline.

The USGS instrument began drifting downwards after the ongoing eruption began on May 3 but later picked up speed on June 8.

After recording more than 310 feet (95metres) of crater slumping, the USGS revealed today it has lost all radio contact with the outpost on June 18.

The US agency said: “The GPS instrument, called NPIT, first started moving downward in early May at the onset of subsidence at Kilauea’s summit.

Jun 26 11:04

Kilauea volcano now spewing Lava Balls latest USGS warning

AS HAWAII’S Kilauea volcano continues its unstoppable path of molten destruction, scientists have identified a new phenomenon

Jun 25 12:27

Hawaii volcano eruption: Time-lapse aerial video shows devastation caused by lava

THE Hawaii volcano eruption can be seen in aerial time-lapse footage showing the shocking scale of destruction caused by lava flows from Hawaii volcano Mount Kilauea since it began in May, as the whole of Kapoho Bay is covered in lava.

Jun 25 12:26

Hawaii volcano eruption update: ‘NO SIGNS of slowing’ USGS warns in dire Kilauea news

HAWAII’S erupting Kilauea volcano shows no signs of stopping, United States Geological Survey (USGS) scientists warned after the volcano’s crater collapsed.

Jun 25 12:26

Hawaii volcano eruption UPDATE: Kilauea crater sees collapse EXPLOSION spew steam 4,500ft

HAWAII volcano Kilauea spewed a plume of steam 4,500ft high after a period of high seismicity triggered a “collapse explosion” at the Halemaumau crater.

Jun 25 10:23

Flashback 2016: Caldwell, Hanabusa Agree to Stop Rail at Middle Street

"In 2012 HART estimated it would cost about $528 million to build rail’s final four miles. In March it estimated it would cost $866 million. Now [June 2016] it estimates it could cost as much as $1.5 billion to complete that same stretch."

But in May 2018 the utility relocation contract alone is $400M. Can they build a 4 mile bridge with 8 stations, etc. for $1.1B? I say $3B at least!

Jun 25 10:21

Honolulu Rail -- Most Expensive Per Capita in World History

Honolulu's rail project has more than quadrupled from the original $3B price tag initially misrepresented, and is now projected to cost $13B for full completion--the most expensive transit project per capita in the world to date!

That is over 6 times the annual budget of the Honolulu C & C costing taxpayers $500M per mile of rail, benefiting only Oahu residents, but paid by all Hawaii taxpayers.

- A series of missteps including gross spending increases, damning audits, rusted support columns, and faulty track pads that needed replacing years before the rail is ready for service.

- The HART board continues to obstruct a full audit of the project.

Jun 24 10:50

Hawaii volcano eruption: Stunning video gets viewers extremely CLOSE with lava flow

HAWAII volcano Kilauea created nearly 20 cracks in the earth's surface, with several violently spewing rivers of scalding lava into the Pacific Ocean. Stunning footage shows the lava sputtering out of Fissure 16 in the affected area of Puna.

Jun 24 10:49

Hawaii volcano eruption: Lava blasts from MORE fissures as bush fires sparked

Kilauea volcano's wrath continues to threaten locals on the Big Island as a number of fissures burst into life over the last 24 hours.

Plumes of toxic smoke are expected to spread to the west of the island over the weekend.

The Hawaii Fire Department were also called at 12.15pm local time, after high levels of heat in the region sparked a raging bush fire near Puuanahulu, causing Highway 190 to remain closed.

Highway 190 was closed for a few hours although the road is now open for vehicles, but officials warned locals to take caution.

Jun 24 10:48

Lava 'rapids' from Kilauea are flowing through Hawaii at 15 mph

Lava flowing out a part of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii is creating rapids as it joins a larger river of lava.

A video published by the United States Geological Survey shows lava leaving a vent, traveling at about 15 miles per hour and traveling over "cascades" or "rapids."

The video was taken on Sunday at the 8th of 24 fissures, which is located in the lower east rift zone near Leilani Estates.

Rapids aren't the only jarring result of the eruption, which has lasted longer than a month.

Lava "bergs" as big as vehicles have been reported, according to Hawaii News Now.

Jun 24 10:48

Jaggar Museum’s fate uncertain as quakes take toll on facility overlooking growing Halema‘uma‘u

The ever-growing Halema‘uma‘u crater already swallowed the Overlook parking lot and might make the Jaggar Museum unusable.

Jessica Ferracane, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park spokeswoman, said the facility on the edge of Kilauea caldera hasn’t been structurally assessed, but staff have witnessed cracks across the viewing deck as well as inside the museum. Artifacts were being removed earlier this week.

“Every single day, we are sustaining damage from these ongoing earthquakes,” she said. “The cracks and the fractures along the overlook of Jaggar go through rock walls down through the ground.”

Ferracane said there is concern the building, which also houses the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, could slide into the caldera if this activity continues. But even if it doesn’t, it might not be safe to reuse once the park can reopen.

“It’s very doubtful we would ever return to Jaggar Museum and the USGS HVO building,” she said.

Jun 22 11:23

See the Eerie Lava Glow of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Eruption from Space

Astronauts in space have been tracking Hawaii's Kilauea volcano eruption since May, but they've never revealed a view quite like this.

This new photo from NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold shows the eerie, orange glow of Kilauea's lava flows from several fissures. Arnold snapped the photo early Wednesday (June 20), before the sun rose over Hawaii. A blue glow hinting at the upcoming sunrise is visible in the distance.

Jun 21 20:33

Hawaii volcano eruption: 'There is no DOOMSDAY' businesses insist amid PLUMMETING tourism

Despite the localised impacts of the eruption and lava flows, which have covered an area of only 9.5 square miles, business owners have reported that some prospective tourists have cancelled their trips based on misconceptions.

Greg VanderLann, owner of UFO Parasail in Kailua-Kona, said: “It’s just the illusion that we are in a doomsday scenario out here and we’re not.

“You know if I watched the news and didn’t know anything about geography I would probably cancel my trip to Hawaii too.”

Commenting on the economic impacts of the drop in tourism, he added: “Jobs are lost and we rely on tourism.

“That’s the biggest chunk of our industry out here — local families are struggling right now.”

Jun 21 11:35

Kilauea's eruption is reshaping Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Say goodbye to the popular lava lake

“You could drive up to the [Jaggar Museum], get out of your car, walk to the overlook, and view a beautiful lava lake overflowing,” park superintendent Cindy Orlando said. “That was an incredible visitor experience, and you really didn’t have to work real hard to get it.”

With the recent volcanic activity, that lava lake has receded underground. It is now sealed off by countless tons of rock that have fallen into the caldera as portions of the surrounding Halemaumau Crater continue to collapse.

“Will it [the lava lake] ever happen again? Probably, but not in my lifetime,” Orlando said.

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Claire playing the Koa wood piano at Volcano House, 1999.

Jun 20 11:33

Hawaii volcano eruption: Lava INCREASE from Kilauea causing FASTER flows on Big Island

Hawaii volcano Kilauea has been feeding a large torrent of molten hot lava leading to the ocean at Kapoho Bay since May 3.

Revealing aerial footage from the US Geological Survey (USGS) shows the river of magma streaming down Kilauea's vent at a speed of 17 mph – an increase of 2 mph from previous recordings.

The video also shows standing waves of lava forming in the channel near the vent giving way to slow-moving pahoehoe – a form of basaltic lava capable of maintaining high temperatures for tens of kilometres from the vent.

USGS said the vigour of the eruption had increased as the temperature of lava had risen causing a smoother magmatic flow.

Jun 20 11:32

Hawaii farmers risk lava and toxic air to save their produce after Kilauea volcano

Rusty and Jenny Perry fled their home in Hawaii's Big island last month to escape bubbling lava following the Kilauea volcano eruption.

The couple grows lychee, bananas and papaya on their farm in Kapoho. When they evacuated, they missed shipments of produce to other parts of the state. And with that came lost income.

"It's just waiting there, waiting to be picked," Jenny Perry told CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now.

But even as their produce awaits, they've been sneaking onto the farm to salvage what they can. To avoid the dangers associated with lava, they've been using an entrance through their neighbor's land and back roads.

Jun 20 11:30

Moderate quake, small explosion shake Kilauea summit

Another moderate earthquake this morning in the Kilauea summit area was followed by a minor ash explosion and emission from the volcano.

The magnitude-5.3 quake struck at 4:22 a.m. 3.9 miles west-southwest of Volcano at a depth of 0.2 kilometers, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

No tsunami was expected, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The small ash plume produced by the explosion rose to less than 2,000 feet as it was blown downwind.

Jun 19 11:20

Hawaii volcano eruption: 453 earthquakes strike Kilauea summit in 24 hours

KILAUEA volcano in Hawaii is continuing to erupt, with the volcano and surrounding areas experiencing 453 earthquakes alone within the last 24 hours, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Jun 18 10:42

Hawaii volcano: Aerial video sparks FEARS with huge 5.3-mag EXPLOSION as crater COLLAPSES

Fears surrounding the future of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has escalated this morning following a shock "explosive event" at the Halemaumau Crater.

The crater has been gradually collapsing in the last week before the sudden explosion this morning, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Scientists confirmed the "large explosion" had the energy of a 5.3 magnitude earthquake, adding that volcanic emissions remain "very high".

The explosion marks the sixth day in a row where an event - explosion or earthquake - registered above magnitude-5.0 at the summit.

Jun 18 10:18

Hawaii volcano eruption UPDATE: USGS fears YEARS will pass before Kilauea lava empties

HAWAII’S erupting Kilauea volcano could take many more years before it fully empties its underground reservoirs of molten lava, United States Geological Survey (USGS) scientists gravely warned.

Jun 18 10:03

Mesmerizing river of lava gushes rapidly from Kilauea toward the ocean as volcano leaves more than 467 homes destroyed

Incredible footage has emerged showing the river of lava that continues to gush from K?lauea on Hawaii's Big Island.

The fast moving lava was spotted pouring out of Fissure 8 at around 5pm on Friday, as the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency warned that the fissure remains highly active.

'Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption activity continues at Fissure 8 in the lower East Rift Zone,' the agency said in a flash bulletin on Sunday morning.

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Jun 18 09:58

As eruptions continue, land swap eyed for hundreds of evacuees

State Sen. Russell Ruderman, of Puna, says with 500 to 1,000 people suddenly homeless on the Big Island, out-of-the-box solutions are needed.

Here's how he says the land swap would work: "If you had an acre in Leilani that was overrun by lava, state takes possession of that," he said. "You, in exchange, get access to another lot in a safer place, ideally pre-lava value of that lot is what the state credits you and it could go toward purchasing this new lot in part or in total."

He says a state law enacted after the 1960 tsunami devastated Hilo enabled the state to relocate people from oceanfront to higher ground.

"It was used again in the late 80s in Kalapana and a couple times on Oahu so it's not unique and it has happened before," said Ruderman….

Jun 18 09:57

Never too late to ‘Audit the rail’

The state of Honolulu’s rail project has become so problematic that even a board member for Honolulu Area Rapid Transportation (HART) is asking to press the pause button.

But that’s not all.

The Grassroot Institute recently obtained a letter (see full letter here) written by HART board member John Henry Felix to HART Chairman Damien Kim in which he also urged the board to call for a forensic audit.

This is something we have been saying for more than a year.

It’s an open secret that HART is plagued by cost overruns, that there are major questions about where the money has gone, and that there’s reason to question whether the rail will ever be self-sufficient.

The public has long since lost faith in the rail. Greater transparency could help restore confidence in the project, but we have yet to see an audit that has not compromised in some way.

Jun 15 19:10

The 'killer hair' sprouting around Hawaii's volcano: Health warning over strange strands appearing near lava flows

Potentially deadly glass fibers caused by Hawaii's erupting volcano are taking over the Big Island.

Kilauea has been erupting now for more than 40 days and has already destroyed 600 homes on Big Island, but now the state is facing an additional crisis with the arrival of dangerous threads called 'Pele's hair'.


'Imagine inhaling tiny slivers of glass. That's what the Pele's hair is,' he continued.

'It can inflame and irritate anything that comes in contact with it.'

Previously the strands also invaded drinking water at cattle farms, injuring bovines' stomachs and esophagi.

Jun 15 11:39

Trump approves disaster aid for Hawaii's volcano-stricken Big Island

U.S. President Donald Trump approved federal emergency housing aid and other relief for victims of the six-week-old Kilauea Volcano eruption on Hawaii's Big Island

Hundreds of homes have been destroyed, state officials said.

Governor David Ige formally requested assistance for an estimated 2,800 residents who have lost their homes to lava flows or were forced from their dwellings under evacuation orders.

Jun 15 11:38

500 Earthquakes Hit Hawaii Volcano in 24-hour Period

In a 24-hour span this week, nearly 500 earthquakes hit the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, and one of the quakes registered 5.3 on the Richter scale.

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake shook the Big Island on Wednesday, KHON2 reported. No tsunami was reported.

Jun 15 10:26

Hawaii volcano update: INCREDIBLE aerial pictures show magnitude of Kilauea lava flows

These dramatic pictures show the extent of the incredible lava flows which continue to ooze out of fissures on Hawaii’s Big Island.

The United States Geological Survey has said lava continues to flow out of fissure 8 into a channel which is “nearly full to brim” in Leilani Estates.

“Fissure 8 continues to fountain to heights of about 100 to 130 feet. Lava flows out of fissure 8 into a channel that is nearly full to the brim in the vicinity of the Leilani Estates subdivision,” the USGS said.

“The lava travels about 8 miles to the ocean entry at Kapoho Bay and Vacationland.

Jun 15 08:29

Hawaii Island Humane Society Animal Rescue Mission (Jun. 14, 2018)

Jun 14 11:10

Hawaii's Volcano Is Literally Erupting Gems

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been fiercely erupting for well over a month. Now, residents are finding little green gems that have fallen out of the sky during Kilauea's eruption.

The green gems are olivine crystals, a common mineral found in Hawaii's lava. At jewelry quality, the mineral is called peridot. As the volcano erupts, it blasts apart molten lava, allowing for green olivine minerals to be separated from the rest of the melt and fall as tiny gemstones.