National Parks want fee increase.


Fees could quadruple next year.

Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter: Bret Yager.

 

According to reporter Bret Yager, National Park officials are asking for public comment on a plan to quadruple the entry fee to the popular Puuhonua o Honaunau site in South Kona.  Gaining entry into the place known as the "City of Refuge" would increase from $5 per vehicle to $20, under a plan set to take effect in June 2015.  The increase would pt the park "in line with similar facilities around the country and is part of a larger initiative in standardized fees. Your can send your comments to: nps.gov/puho/index.htm.  Aloha, Russ.

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Kona college campus may be done by next May.


Construction is nearly done.

Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter:  Bret Yager.

 

The new Hawaii Community College campus at Palamanui should be completed by May.  According to  F & H Construction superintendent Rick Case, crews have been putting the finishing touches on roofs, insulation, and painting for the 24,000-square-foot, $25 million educational center. Next on the list will be completion of interior walls and the installation of doors and frames.  Once the center is ready for occupation, faculty, staff, and programs from the temporary Kealakekua facility will move in "a single push, leaving the current leased facilities behind entirely."  The goal is to be operational in time for fall classes in 2015.  Aloha, Russ.

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Lava Is About To Engulf A Town In Hawaii, Why Can’t It Be Stopped?


A volcano eruption on Hawaii is slowly oozing 2,100-degree lava toward dozens homes and it cannot be stopped. Here’s a look at all the times people have tried.

Source: www.buzzfeed.com

People have tried a variety of approaches to stop lava flows, including bombing of lava tubes, the building of diversion berms, and the spraying of water on hot molten rock.  None of these methods has been totally successful in stopping lava flows.  Volcanologist believe the only way lava stops moving is when the source stops pumping out lava.  Some experts feel the best approach is to put more effort into predicting eruptions and issuing earlier warnings to affected communities.  Aloha, Russ.

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Pahoa Police Station Remains Open – Secondary Location Being Finalized


The Puna police station in Pāhoa remains open and police have no plans to close it. A misleading news report wrongly implied that the Pāhoa station was no longer occupied.

Source: damontucker.com

Thanks to news blogger Damon Tucker for this story.  Hawaii County will keep basic safety and security operations in Pahoa despite the advance of the June 27 lava flow.  The Pahoa Police Station will remain open and basic fire fighting equipment and crews will stay in the area.  Hawaii Army and Air Force National Guard personnel may be brought in to guard abandoned homes and businesses.  Aloha, Russ.

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HELCO Response to Utility Pole on Fire in Lava Flow Path


No power interruptions due to the lava flow have been reported and utility poles along Apa’a Street currently remain in place, Hawaii Electric Light Company reports.

Source: damontucker.com

Experimental thermal protection for utility poles in the path of the June 27 lava flow has been moderately successful.  So far, only one power poll has been adversely affected by the 2,000-degree molten rock. No power interruptions due to the lava flow have been reported along Apa’a Street.  Backup utility poles are being erected in other areas near Pahoa in case poles are consumed by lava.  Aloha, Russ.

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Raw: Hawaii Lava Approaching Village Road


The lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii was 225 yards from Pahoa Village Road on Wednesday night. The lava is slowing down but still approaching the village. (Oct. 30)

Source: www.usatoday.com

Here’s some more video of the June 27 lava flow as it approaches homes and businesses in Pahoa.  The flow front could reach Pahoa Village Road by Friday.  Aloha, Russ.

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Molten lava flows toward small Hawaii town


A lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii is expected cut off the town of Pahoa as soon as Friday. Residents of close to 50 homes will soon be displaced when the molten rock descends on their houses. Carter Evans reports from Hawaii.

Source: www.cbsnews.com

Hawaii County Civil Defense says the June 27 lava flow could reach Pahoa Village Road and parts of Highway 130 as soon as Friday.  Approximately 50 homes are endangered by the lava flow.  When lava reaches Highway 130, Pahoa would be cut off from Hilo and would have to rely on emergency roads completed earlier to enter and leave the Puna District.  In a related development, Hawaii County has put a moratorium on new leases in lower Puna for  536 federal Housing and Urban Development Section 8 homes in Pahoa, Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaiian Shores, Leilani Estates, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Orchidland, and Aina Lani.  Aloha, Russ.

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