Teen smoking declines.


Fewer teens in Hawaii are smoking these days.

Sources:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald and The Associated Press (Honolulu).

 

A new federal health report finds that fewer Hawaii teens are smoking cigarettes.  According to the study, only 5.4 percent of tennagers said they smoked a cigarette in 2012 and 2013.  Ten years ago more teens were smoking, with 8.7 percent of the 12 to 17 year-olds reporting that they smoked a cigarette.  State health officials are hoping a bill to make Hawaii the first state in the nation to raise the legal smoking age to 21 "would further cut cigarette use."  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaiian Airlines to drop flights to Sendai, Japan.


A weak yen and lack of passengers close the Sendai flight plan.

Sources:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald and The Associated Press (Honolulu).

 

Hawaiian Airlines will drop its service to Sendai, Japan in September.  Sendai, Japan’s fifth-largest city, is the fourth international destination cut by Hawaiian Airlines in the last two years after an aggressive expansion effort abroad.  The route started as nonstop service to Sapporo in 2012, but he airline added the Sendai stop in 2013. In October, Hawaiian Airlines will resume the two-way, nonstop route to Sapporo.  Terry Shisido, Hawaiian Airline’s country director for Japan, told the Associated Press that  "Despite two years of solid efforts, we have not seen sufficient passenger growth to justify continuing this three-way route."  Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman Ann Botticelli added that "The weak yen has put downward pressure on dollar-based revenues."  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaiian Monk Seal sent to Oahu after swallowing hook.


Coast Guard aircraft involved in rescue.

Sources:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald and The Associated Press (Honolulu).

 

An endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal was flown from Kauai to Oahu on board a Coast Guard C-130 aircraft after the seal swallowed a fishhook.  The Coast Guard said on Wednesday that a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft moved the injured marine mammal to Oahu for medical treatment.  The Coast Guard notes that the Hawaiian Monk Seal is one of the rarest marine mammals in world with an estimated population of less than 1,100.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park fees will increase on 01 June 2015.


Fees will upgrade basic park services.

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

Beginning on 01 June 2015, it will cost you more to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  While entrance fees will increase annually in $5 increments from the current price of $10 per vehicle to $25 in 2017, the annual Tri-Park Pass will remain at $25 each until 2017, when it will increase to $30.  The vehicle pass is valid for seven days. According to Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando, "The increases over the next few years will enable us to continue to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all visitors, while upgrading some basic services like our campgrounds."  The National Park Service adds that fee increases over the next three years "will fund deferred maintenance and improvement projects within the park…."  Entrance fees for recreational use at Volcanoes National Park have not gone up since 1997.  Aloha, Russ.

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Task force to examine bike lanes in West Hawaii.


Groups meet to discuss road safety concerns.

Source:  West Hawaii Today.

Reporter:  Bret Yager.

 

A task force will meet today to discuss "a troublesome bike lane design on Queen Kaahumanu Highway where it passes through Kailua-Kona."  According to reporter Bret Yager, a group of bicyclists, Department of Transportation officials, police, and county personnel will meet today to work out possible solutions to make the highway safer between Makala Boulevard and Henry Street.   A cycling and pedestrian advocacy group and the Hawaii Cycling Club are expected to submit a design "that places bike lanes on the far right side of the highway."  Because of  recent fatal auto-bike accidents, transportation officials did away with auto acceleration lanes that caused bike lanes to be "sandwiched between lines of traffic."  Aloha, Russ.

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Weather forecasters track developing storm in the Central North Pacific Basin.


Weather system has the potential of becoming a tropical storm.

Source:  West Hawaii Today.

Reporter:  Chelsea Jensen.

 

Forecasters from the National Hurricane Center are keeping close tabs on a low pressure systems just east of the Central North Pacific Basin.  According to reporter Chelsea Jensen, forecasters are monitoring a developing weather system about 2,000 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.  The low pressure system has a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone within five day. The system has a ten percent chance of storm formation within the next 48 hours. Should the system turn into a storm, it will be called "Andres."  If the system crosses into the Central NOrth Pacific before forming into a tropical cyclone, it will called "Ela."  Aloha, Russ.

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Memorial Day Drag Races on tap for this weekend.


Races will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Hilo Drag Strip.

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

The Big Island Auto Club will hold its 37th Annual Memorial Day Drag Races at the Hilo Drag Strip this weekend.  Racers will qualify both days for ET bracket racing, junior dragsters, motorcycles, imports/sports compact racing, and Augie’s Door Slammer Shootout for cars 9.50 seconds and faster. Gates open at  8 a.m. both days, and admission is $7 for adults, children 6-12 only a dollar, and children under five will be admitted free.  Also included in the program will be a special appearance by "Pyro" Pete Comandini in his jet-powered Mercedes stretch limo.  Aloha, Russ.

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