Promised Land: Will Kahoolawe Ever Be Saved? – Honolulu Civil Beat


Hardpan stretches across Kaneloa in central Kahoolawe, which loses 1.9 million tons of soil due to erosion each year.
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HONOKANAIA, KAHOOLAWE — The aging military truck shudders as it lurches over the rocky trail.

Source: www.civilbeat.com

The Kahoolawe Island Restoration Commission has a tough job ahead:  how to clean up the former naval bombing range with a steadily decreasing budget.  A volunteer staff of 18 manages to continue the arduous task of making the island safe for Native Hawaiian cultural uses after years of abuse from the weather and mankind.  The Restoration Commission will ask  the state Legislature next year to appropriate more funds to continue the clean up of unexploded ordnance on the island and in its surrounding waters. The U.S. Navy has discontinued its bomb removal efforts, so that daunting task will fall to volunteers willing to risk their lives to restore the island.  Why not recruit prisoners for the task?  Perhaps a stint on Kahoolawe could be exchanged for a reduction in prison time.  Aloha, Russ.

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Debris Mass in Huge Sinkhole Shows Hawaii’s Tsunami Risk: Study – NBC News


A massive earthquake strikes Alaska’s Aleutian Chain, spawning a 30-foot-high tsunami that blasts onto Hawaii’s shore and fills a huge sinkhole with debris. …

Source: www.nbcnews.com

A portent of things to come.  Recent evidence suggests that Hawaii has experienced several devastating tsunamis in its past.  The catastrophic scenario could happen again if a severe earthquake rolls out of the Aleutian Islands.  Aloha, Russ.

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Last at-bat for Batter’s Box Hawaii – Hawaii News Now


It’s the only mechanized indoor batting cage facility on Oahu, and now it’s closed.

Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com

Jim Koishigawa’s labor of love has come to an end with the closing of Oahu’s only enclosed batting cage facility at Kalaeloa. Koishigawa ran the facility with his son as an effort to bond family members to their community and teach basic batting skills to area children.  With Jim’s son mainland-bound for another job, Koishigawa said running the batting cage proved to be a difficult task.  Two potential buyers have expressed interest in buying the facility. If the sale falls through, Koishigawa will close the facility for good.  Aloha, Russ.

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10/21/2014 — Large blast of Lava , and Lavic lake drain @ Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii


It appears my previous post from yesterday regarding Pu’u O’o / Kilauea might not have been too far off from point. Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii had a fairly large explosion, and lava draining event o…

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While most attention focuses on the slowly advancing June 27 lava flow, there has been a round of lava fireworks at the upper level Kilauea Volcano.  Check out this USGS photo.  Kilauea has been erupting since 1983.  Aloha, Russ.

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Police identify 16-year-old suspect in Big Island machete attack – Hawaii News Now


It turns out a Big Island man isn’t the prime suspect in a machete attack.

Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com

Hawaii Island police say the man originally charged with a machete attack isn’t the prime suspect in the attempted murder case.  The charge has been transferred from Atkinson Nakashima to his younger brother, who severely injured the victim.  Investigators say the 16-year-old suspect "came up from behind when he saw his brother was starting to lose a fight with the victim."  The older Nakashima now only faces a charge of assault.  Aloha, Russ.

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Ana downgraded to tropical storm #Hawaii | Hawaii Newz


Ana downgraded to tropical storm #Hawaii http://t.co/wbos4CAYe4

Source: hawaii.dotnewz.com

Hurricane Ana has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it tracks northwest of Hawaii.  Only the northwestern  Hawaiian Islands, a Nature Sanctuary, remain in danger. Aloha, Russ.

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Volcanoes National Park re-opening #Hawaii | Hawaii Newz


Volcanoes National Park re-opening #Hawaii http://t.co/qws2k1TswZ

Source: hawaii.dotnewz.com

Almost all of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been reopended following the passage of Hurricane Ana.  Some portions of the Kahuku remain closed because of fallen trees across trails.  Aloha, Russ.

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