Honokaa High School reopens.


Insecticide spraying responsible for temporary closure of school.

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

According to reporter John Burnett, a neighbor spraying an insecticide improperly was the cause of a chemical odor that led to the closure Thursday morning of Honokaa High and Intermediate and Honokaa Elementary schools.  Captain Christian Wong of the Honokaa Fire Station said the department’s HAZMAT crew determined the neighbor was spraying hedges bordering the high school’s wood shop with a mixture of diazinon, which was banned for residential use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2004 and Volck oil.  Wong said, "The person who sprayed it near the school was unaware" he was doing anything improperly.  Several people were taken to area hospitals, complaining of nausea and breathing difficulties.  Aloha, Russ.

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Scientists monitoring Hawaii lava undertake risks – Fox News


Fox News
Scientists monitoring Hawaii lava undertake risks
Fox News
This Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, photo provided by the U.S.

Source: www.foxnews.com

Associated Press reporter Jennifer Sinco Kelleher says scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring "every twist and turn" of lava creeping toward communities in the Lower Puna District.  Kelleher says the work can be dangerous and includes frequent flyovers in a helicopter, navigating "precarious terrain" and taking  careful data measurements to give the public an accurate picture of the lava’s progress. Thanks to taking those risks, scientists now have a clearer picture of where the lava is heading.  The slow-moving lava flow has picked up a bit in speed and is heading toward Pahoa Village Road–a spot reachable in less than two weeks.  Based on topography, the flow appears all but certain to reach Pahoa Town if it doesn’t stop. Hawaii County spokesman Kevin Dayton said the flow was 2.4 miles from the road and 2.5 miles from Highway 130 Thursday morning. The county is constructing two alternate routes in case the flow reaches the highway.  Railroad Avenue will run from Nanawale Estates to Hawaiian Paradise Park.  It should be ready by Wednesday. Government Beach Road is expected to be ready for traffic a week later.  Aloha, Russ.

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Winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest announced – ITV News


Winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest announced
ITV News
The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winning images of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014.

Source: www.itv.com

Some of these photos are absolutely stunning!  Enjoy….Aloha, Russ.

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OHA trustees hear from Big Island residents – West Hawaii Today


OHA trustees hear from Big Island residents
West Hawaii Today
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees heard project updates, along with grievances, Wednesday evening at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

Source: westhawaiitoday.com

According to Stephens Media Hawaii reporter Bret Yager, The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees came to King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel Wednesday night to listen and to consider concerns of Native Hawaiians living on Hawaii Island. LeAnne Crabbe, the vice-president of the Queen Liliuokalani Trust laid out the vision for the 3,500-acre Keahuolu ahupuaa at the north end of Kailua-Kona. The trust is working with Hawaii County to reclaim a portion of Kuakini Highway and converting it into a park-like setting suitable for walkers and bicyclists.   Concepts also include pathways for children to walk to school without crossing roads, and education stations positioned throughout the zones of the ahupuaa , which roughly follows the north side of Palani Road, up more than 3,000 feet in elevation.  Aloha, Russ.

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Farmers split on Hawaii coffee labeling proposal – KITV Honolulu


Farmers split on Hawaii coffee labeling proposal
KITV Honolulu
Hawaii County Councilwoman Brenda Ford wants to labels to provide the amount of coffee that’s contained in a blend.

Source: www.kitv.com

According to Stephens Media Hawaii reporter Erin Miller, Hawaii Island coffee farmers were divided in their support of two resolutions that call on the state Legislature to enact "truth in labeling" laws concerning the labeling of coffee blends.  Clare Wilson told members of the County Council’s Agriculture, Water, and Energy Sustainability Committee that "It’s consumer fraud to continue this 10 percent packaging."  Farmer Cecilia  Smith agreed, saying "Kona blend is a simple rip off of the word Kona … it only has to say the 10 percent word…how come we can’t be for the truth?  Kona blend is not truthful."  Coffee farmer Gary Strawn said that while he sells only 100 percent Kona coffee, he didn’t support the resolutions, adding that I do not believe it’s the government’s place to say what I can or cannot sell, what I can or cannot buy or what I can or cannot drink."  Council member Brenda Ford said she would bring an amendment to make her intentions more clear.  Ford stressed that she wanted the label ‘to say 90 percent Columbia coffee and 10 percent Kona…I want it on the front label…I want the consumer to see it."  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Island police looking for Puna robbers – KHON2


Hawaii Island police looking for Puna robbers
KHON2
At about 8 p.m. Sept. 17, police received a call of a robbery at a home in the Fern Forest subdivision in Mountain View.

Source: khon2.com

Hawaii police are investigating a reported home invasion Wednesday night at a home the Fern Forest subdivision in Mountain View.  Two women residents, ages 64 and 50, reported hearing loud noises and the sound of a man yelling "police" outside their home.  The younger woman said two men forced their way into the house, one brandishing a bat-like object, and demanded money.  He took an undisclosed amount of cash and the victim’s cell phone as he left the house.  Both victims reported hearing gunshots coming from the direction of the house.  The suspects are believed to have fled in separate vehicles, described as a light colored sedan and a dark colored sedan.  While waiting for the police, the older woman reported that her handbag and its contents were taken during the robbery.  The suspect is described as 5-foot-9 and wearing jeans, a dark blue baseball cap, a bloack "hoodie", and a blue and white bandana over his face.  Neither victim was hurt during the incident.  Those with leads should call police at 935-3311.  Aloha, Russ.

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Mountain View man indicted for alleged rape.


Alleged incident occurred in Hilo in late July.

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

A Hilo grand jury has indicted 24-year-old Thomas A. Marsello with three counts of first-degree sex assault, plus kidnapping, third-degree sex assault, and fourth-degree sex assault.  A bench warrant was issued for Marsello’s arrest and bail was set at $150,000.  Marcello was awaiting a preliminary hearing on other charges when the indictment was handed down.  Marsello signed a waiver of extradition and surrendered his passport to Hilo District County.  According to the indictment, Marsello "intentionally or knowingly restrained" the alleged victim, an adult woman, "with intent to inflict bodily injury upon" her "or subject (her) to a sexual offense, thereby committing the act of kidnapping."  The document states "an extended term of imprisonment is necessary for the protection of the public."  Aloha, Russ.

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