Lava flow front remains stalled.


Only slight movement noted since Sunday.

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald/Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Reporter:  Colin M. Stewart.

 

According to Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira, the leading edge of the June 27 lava flow "has remained at a standstill."  Oliveira added that "(Monday) morning’s overflight of the flow showed that it hadn’t moved…the activity on that flow front has also been pretty minimal."  The front of the slowly moving flow is about 0.8 miles from Apa’a Road on the edge of Pahoa Town.  Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists say a finger of the lava flow had "advanced about 30 yards since Sunday."  Aloha, Russ.

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Disney sails for the South Seas


Maui the demigod, a young navigator named Moana and the world of ancient Oceania will be the focus of a new animated feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios, according to a release from the studio Monday.

Source: www.staradvertiser.com

Disney Animation Studios says it’s working on a new Hawaii-themed comedy adventure called "Moana"– a story involving the demigod Maui and a young teenage navigator seeking to "fulfill her ancestors’ quest."  The animated film incorporates Polynesian legends and folklore as it sends the unlikely duo across Oceania to find Hawaii.  The film should be in theaters by the end of 2016.  Aloha, Russ.

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Survey: More than 1K cats near Maui bird sanctuary


Researchers are concerned about the number of cats near a Maui wildlife sanctuary that’s home to endangered birds.

Source: www.staradvertiser.com

A survey conducted on behalf of the Maui Chapter of the Humane Society of the United States found more than 1,000 "free roaming and feral cats" in Iao Valley and near the Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary.  The survey concluded that feral cat populations should be controlled to ensure the survival of native species in the sanctuary area.  Although Maui has a cat sterilization program, there are several pockets of feral cats which have not been reached.  This untouched reservoir of feral cats will continue to endanger native birds unless a more aggressive sterilization effort is carried out.  Aloha, Russ.

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Honolulu International the third-worst airport


Hawaii’s main airport is the third-worst in North America in a recent survey of travelers.

Source: www.staradvertiser.com

According to the online travel site www.sleepinginairports.com, the Honolulu International Airport came in third behind La Guardia International Airport in New York and the Los Angeles International Airport.  The travel site said Honolulu International Airport lacked Wi-Fi, had only a limited offering of shops and restaurants, played the same music over the intercom, and only opened boarding gates just before departure.  Aloha, Russ.

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Surfer fends off shark attack with fist, board


A man surfing with his three young sons used his fist and surfboard to fend off a shark attack in waters off Maui that were rough and murky from a hurricane that churned passed Hawaii over the weekend.

Source: www.staradvertiser.com

According to the Associated Press, the encounter and another one on Monday prompted state officials to again warn people to stay our of murky water after a hurricane  that churned past the state.  Kaleo Roberston was among a group of about 20 people surfing Saturday at a site known as Freight Trains, off Maalaea, in 3 to 4-foot waves.  He was holding one of his 8-year-old twins when a 12 to 14 foot tiger shark appeared.  Roberston said he saw a massive open mouth and teeth a few feet from him.  Roberston slid off his board to put it between him and the shark.  He then punched and kicked predator..A friend, John Patao was nearby and helped get his sons to safety, and then he and Roberston made it to shore together.  Aloha, Russ.

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Marine accused in Philippine killing tests U.S. ties


Inside a funeral parlor, a Filipino mother sits and weeps next to a coffin containing the body of her daughter and demands answers. On a hulking American assault ship moored at a nearby port sits a man who might have them — a U.S.

Source: www.staradvertiser.com

U.S. authorities are cooperating in the investigation and have ordered the accused killer’s ship to stay at Subic Bay Freeport, about 50 miles northwest of Manila until the invesigation is finished.  The killing of Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender whose former name was Jeffrey, has sparked public outrage in the Philippines and revived a debate over the U.S. military presence in a country seen by Washington as a major ally in Southeast Asia.  Philippine police have identified the suspect as U.S. Marine Pfc Joseph Scott Pemberton.  American investigators have worked with local police, but have not made public any details surrounding the case.  Aloha, Russ.

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Aerosmith star encourages Maui drug court graduates


Although he performed before a crowd of 20,000 a few nights ago, rock ‘n’ roll superstar Steven Tyler admitted to a touch of nerves as he addressed 11 Maui Drug Court graduates and their families Thursday afternoon in 2nd Circuit Court.

Source: www.staradvertiser.com

On Thursday, Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler gave the performance of his life as he addressed graduates of the Maui Drug Court.  Tyler told graduates and family members that "I am also a drug addict and alcoholic and fighting it every day." Tyler told the 11 graduates of the Drug Court program that they should continue in their recovery by attending AA and support group meetings as he does.  Family members embraced Tyler as he talked personally with those finishing the program.  Tyler said it was important not to give up and to value the support shown by family and friends. A great message from one of rock’s iconic performers.  Aloha, Russ.

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