Protect yourself during Hawaii’s next earthquake | West Hawaii Today

Hawaii has a long history of destructive earthquakes. More than 30 magnitude-6.0 or greater earthquakes have impacted the islands since 1868 (or about once every five years), and the chance of a damaging earthquake striking Hawaii in the next 10 years is 50 percent.

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It’s not a matter of if, but when a large earthquake strikes Hawaii Island and causes major damage and loss of life.  With this in mind, scientists at the Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory are asking residents to practice the basic Drop!, Cover!, and Hold On! philosophy of geologists.  A state-wide earthquake exercise will be held at 10:15 a.m., on 25 October 2015 to practice this survival technique and other measures to lessen the loss of life and property.  Call HVO for details. Aloha, Russ.


Tropical Storm Oho could become a hurricane Monday (Oct 5) | Hawaii 24/7

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As of 11 p.m. Saturday (03 October 2015), Tropical Storm Oho was about 405 miles south-southeast of South Point with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.  The storm is moving toward the northeast at 5 mph.  Forecasters expect the storm to intensify into hurricane strength by Monday. No advisories or warnings have been issued for Oho.  Aloha, Russ.


Sedated monk seal dies during health assessment on Laysan Island | KHON2

This is the fifth research-related death in about 8,200 seal handlings since 1981.

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The death of the 13-year-old male Hawaiian Monk Seal occurred after valium was administered to the mammal during the capture process.  The seal’s heart rate decreased and it stopped breathing.  Revival attempts failed.  A necropsy showed "no underlying health problems." A temporary safety stand-down for research activities has been imposed in order to review protocols.  Aloha, Russ.


#10 Rainbow Wahine win 9th straight | KHON2

RIVERSIDE, Calif.—The 10th-ranked University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team won its ninth-straight match with a three-set sweep at UC Riverside, 25-17, 25-15, 25-5. The Rainbow Wahine improved to 14-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big West, while the Highlanders fell to 6-10 overall and 1-2  in conference. UH’s Nikki Taylor led the way for the

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Behind the outstanding work of Nikki Taylor and Emily Maglio, the UH-Manoa women’s volleyball team won its ninth straight match by sweeping past UC-Riverside, 25-17, 25-15, and 25-5. The Rainbow Wahine are now 14-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big West Conference.  The team faces CSUN on Friday and plays defending champion Long Beach State on Saturday.  Aloha, Russ.


Rainbow Warriors shut out at Boise State | KHON2

BOISE — The University of Hawai’i football team dropped its second consecutive road contest and fell to 0-1 in Mountain West play on Saturday, as Boise State cut loose offensively to a 55-0 final score in the conference opener for both teams. Although the Rainbow Warriors stopped the Bronco offense on the opening drive, Boise

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This was one of the worst drubbings even experienced by the UH-Manoa Football Team.  UH-Manoa managed only 82 yards rushing on the ground.  The Rainbow Warriors will face San Diego State in a homecoming game this coming Saturday at Aloha Stadium on the Hawaiian Airlines Field.


Questions surface in IRONMAN rent reduction | West Hawaii Today

It is not at all clear why IRONMAN got a rent reduction it says it never asked for.

Source: Questions surface in IRONMAN rent reduction | West Hawaii Today (

Accessed on 04 October 2015, 02:26 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Bret Yager.

Please click link to read the full story.


This case of misunderstanding or confusion reminds me of a statement made by a prison guard in the film “Cool Hand Luke,” where the severely wounded Paul Newman hears the guard say “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”

IRONMAN Race Director Diana Bertsch tells reporter Bret Yager that “IRONMAN never requested (the reduction).”  All that IRONMAN wanted was “clarity on what it was being charged, and that it be consistent and fair.”  Despite this statement, the state DLNR signed off on the rent reduction at its 25 September 2015 meeting.  Are we missing something here?  A $30,000 rent reduction is a tidy sum.  That could fill a lot of pot holes in our roads or buy a lot of food for the Hawaii Island Food Basket.

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Big Island-based Pacific Biodiesel to supply biodiesel for Oahu power generators

Big Island-based Pacific Biodiesel to supply biodiesel for Oahu power generators
Published October 3, 2015 – 1:30am

October 3, 2015 – 1:30am
The high vacuum distillation tower is one of many features of the Big Island Biodiesel refinery, engineered and built by Pacific Biodiesel Technologies. Courtesy photo


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A contract between Hawaiian Electric Co. and Pacific Biodiesel Technologies to supply biodiesel for Oahu power generators has been approved by Hawaii Regulators.

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has approved a contract between Hawaiian Electric Co. and Pacific Biodiesel Technologies to supply biodiesel for Oahu power generators.

The two-year contract, which goes into effect in November, is for a minimum of two million and up to three million gallons per year. The renewable fuel is slated for use primarily at the 110-megawatt Campbell Industrial Park generation facility and the Honolulu International Airport Emergency Power Facility. However, it could also be used at other Oahu power plants as needed.

The biofuel will be produced at Pacific Biodiesel’s newest facility, Big Island Biodiesel, which began operations in 2012.

“The new technology installed at Big Island Biodiesel enables us to process the most degraded feedstock into the highest quality biodiesel available in the United States,” said Robert King, president of Pacific Biodiesel.

HECO previously contracted with Iowa’s Renewable Energy Group Inc., which supplied biodiesel from the mainland.

In its ruling, the commission noted that, along with a savings in cost, the locally produced biodiesel should positively contribute to the local economy. Pacific Biodiesel said in a press release Friday that it employs more than 70 people statewide.

Pacific Biodiesel processes used cooking oil from Hawaii’s restaurants into biodiesel and looks to supplement this with locally grown oil crops in the future.

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A small, but significant step in lessening Hawaii’s dependence on imported fossil fuels.  It’s a shame that this fuel has to go to Oahu.  Why not use it on the island of origin (Hawaii)?  All that aside for the moment, this is a great way to "jump start" our "in-house" fuel industry. According to "West Hawaii Today", Pacific Biodiesel uses old cooking oil from area restaurants to produce biodiesel.  The company wants to supplement this recurring supply with locally grown oil crops.  Aloha, Russ.



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