Help save Hawaii football from going under – Mountain West Connection


Help save Hawaii football from going under Mountain West Connection Since most people like to get something in return for spending money for a cause — well, unless you are good-doer and all — we will provide our backers with one-of-a-kind Hawaii…

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On Monday afternoon, Hawaii Athletic Director Ben Jay "dropped the bombshell: "there’s a very real possibility of football going away." Facing the possibility of losing the football program at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, a group of local boosters says "Hawaii football must not be dropped, so we the fans are taking it into our hands to make sure the Warriors football program lives on." The group wants to offer "one-of-a-kind" Hawaii football-themed items for donating money to save the Warriors football program. Items will run the gamut from lessons on how to do the "Haka" chant and greeting to an authentic UH-Manoa football jersey. On the top end of the scale, a donation of $100,000 "can earn you a shot at the starting quarterback job." According to this booster group, "it’s up to you to try to save Hawaii football." I don’t know if this somewhat sarcastic proposal from Jeremy Mauss, Chris L. Turner, and Chris Hondros is for real, but the sentiment expressed is genuine. The UH-Manoa football program is in real danger of being cut because of mounting debt and travel expenses. Similar choices are being faced by BYU-Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University, which have reduced the amount of sports being offered on campus. A new era may be starting at UH-Manoa–a school without a football team. Aloha, Russ.

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Celebrate Hawaii’s 55th anniversary with 55 photos


A view of palm trees in Wailua, Kauai.(#USA #News: Celebrate Hawaii’s 55th anniversary with 55 photos:
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Here is a beautiful collection of photographs celebrating the 55th anniversary of Hawaii statehood. Enjoy! Aloha, Russ.

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Schatz pushes for plan for damaging albizia trees


U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz is working with state and local officials on Hawaii’s Big Island to form a hazard mitigation plan for albizia trees on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Source: www.kitv.com

According to the Associated Press, Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz is working with state and local officials on Hawaii Island to form a hzard mitigation plan for albizia trees. Schatz met with State Senator Russell Ruderman, Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira, and other island officials on Tuesday. They agree that all levels of government share responsibility for dealing with the hazard posed by the trees. Hundreds of albizia trees fell during Tropical Storm Iselle, damaging homes and power lines and blocking roads. The group says the next step is to create a budget and figure out how to split the cost. Aloha, Russ.

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Stolen Cross returned.


Cross was reportedly taken by a jogger.Source: Hawaii Tribune-Herald. Reporter: John Burnett. According to reporter John Burnett, a cross taken from the front lawn of Hilo’s United Community Church was returned Wednesday. The 7-foot tall white wooden cross was stolen on 12 August 2014 from the church lawn at the corner of Kinoole and Mohouil streets. The cross was found in a yard near the Bay Clinic’s Hilo Family Health Center on Kinoole Street, less than a block from the church. The cross was recovered by police and returned to the church Wednesday morning. The Reverend Merle Lai said the congregation is relieved and was grateful for the newspaper, police department, and the community for pursuing the case. The incident is being investigated as fourth-degree theft. Aloha, Russ.

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Residents tell of storm impact.


More than 250 homes damaged by Tropical Storm Iselle.Source: Hawaii Tribune-Herald. Reporter: Colin M. Stewart. According to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, a total of 260 Hawaii Island residents reported sustaining damage to their homes as the result of Tropical Storm Iselle. Over a four day period last week, Puna residents were asked to visit Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers in Pahoa and Mountain View to report their experiences, as well as to aks for help from various government agencies offering assistance in rebuilding damaged homes. Data sheets from the meetings showed that 1,419 people attended those centers, and 1,059 filled out intake forms. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Shelly Kunishige said, "This information was all self-reported…and the validated damage assessments will be part of the governor’s request to the President for declaration…the request should be coming out fairly shortly,and it should include that information." Aloha, Russ.

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VIDEO: Geothermal Venting Causes Illness, Puna Residents Say – Big Island Video News


VIDEO: Geothermal Venting Causes Illness, Puna Residents Say
Big Island Video News
This time, Mike Kaleikini, PGV’s director of Hawaiian Affairs, spoke with the crowd.

Source: www.bigislandvideonews.com

Thanks to "Big Island Video News" for this video. Puna residents say a steam release from Puna Geothermal Venture when it lost its transmission lines to Tropical Storm Iselle contained toxic hydrogen sulfide gas. PGV said the release was necessary to relieve pressure in the system, but, according to reporter Tom Callis, the release of the gas occurred while "nearby residents were effectively trapped in their homes as fallen trees blocked roadways in and out of their neighborhoods. The clogged roads prevented Hazmat teams from reaching the site in a timely manner to take hydrogen sulfide readings and "stationary monitors were offline because of the power outage." PGV senior director of Hawaiian Affairs, Mike Kaleikini, said the seven staff members at the plant didn’t report experiencing health impacts as a result of the steam release. But, several residents attending the public meeting on the incident reported various health problems from the gas release. Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira said he has asked PGV speak with Hawaii Electric Light Company officials about coodinating a plant shutdown before the arrival of another strong storm. Civil Defense provided PGV with generators to keep monitors running during power outages. Civil Defense is also adding more monitors to the area and providing hand-held devices for a couple of neighborhoods. Hawaii County is also planning to conduct a geothermal health study to assess impacts from the plant. Aloha, Russ.

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Puna Geothermal Venture plant coming back online – West Hawaii Today


Puna Geothermal Venture plant coming back online
West Hawaii Today
The plant was shutdown after transmission lines were disrupted by fallen trees, Mike Kaleikini, PGV senior director of Hawaiian affairs, told Stephens Media Hawaii on Aug.

Source: westhawaiitoday.com

According to "West Hawaii Today", The Puna Geothermal Venture plant near Pohoiki will resume normal operations by the end of the week.  Mike Kaleikini, the PGV senior director of Hawaiian Affairs, said the plant was shutdown on 08 August 2014 because transmission lines were "disrupted" by fallen trees.  Kaleikini said steam was released as a safety measure during the shutdown.  Some of the steam contained hydrogen sulfide, a potentially toxic gas, which was contained shortly after venting of the steam.  For details, call PGV at 934-9072.  Aloha, Russ.

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