Hepatitis A confirmed in Hawaiian Air flight attendant | Honolulu Star-Advertiser


A Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant, who served inflight food and beverages to passengers, was confirmed to have hepatitis A, the state Health Department said in a news release this afternoon.

Source: Hepatitis A confirmed in Hawaiian Air flight attendant | Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://www.staradvertiser.com/breaking-news/hepatitis-a-virus-confirmed-in-hawaiian-airlines-flight-attendant).

Accessed on 24 August 2016, 06:40 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

This is the second case of a Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant sickened in the hepatitis outbreak on Oahu. To date, there have been 206 confirmed cases of the highly infectious disease.  Health Department officials say the risk of transmission in this case is “extremely rare.”  A hepatitis vaccine is available.  For more details on the latest case and the number of flights affected, please visit http://www.hawaiianairlines.com/hepatitisA.


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Some parents say ‘unacceptable’ breakfast served at public schools | KHON2


At Waipahu High School Tuesday, it was rice, a ham link, a whole orange, a juice box, and milk.

Source: Some parents say ‘unacceptable’ breakfast served at public schools | KHON2 (http://www.khon2.com/2016/08/23/some-parents-say-unacceptable-breakfast-served-at-public-schools/).

Accessed on 24 August 2016, 04:25 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Manolo Morales.

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Comment:

Is something amiss with Hawaii’s school breakfast program?  Some parents at Waipahu High School and Kohala Middle School think their children are being underfed. This photo shows what one Waipahu High School student had for breakfast.

The DOE says students are fed according to federal guidelines, which specify the serving of fruit, milk, and fruit juice in addition to a main entree.

The DOE says it’s following current federal standards by offering at least 4 items for breakfast.

When KHON 2 reporter Manolo Morales visited Waipahu High School’s cafeteria on Tuesday, 23 August 2016, he found rice, a ham link, a whole orange, a juice, and milk for breakfast.  Students could also opt for cereal, an orange, and milk.

Perhaps the student who started the controversy just didn’t like what was offered and chose only the two items shown in the photo.  You can offer a selection, but if the student chooses not to take all the items, what can you do?

The schools in question may want to send parents a letter outlining what the current DOE and federal breakfast guidelines are.  As the old saying goes, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him/her drink.”


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Autistic man accepts plea deal in death of his father | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


A 19-year-old Puna man who shot his father to death with a pellet rifle last year pleaded no contest Monday to manslaughter.

Source: Autistic man accepts plea deal in death of his father | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/autistic-man-accepts-plea-deal-death-his-father).

Accessed on 23 August 2016, 17:10 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

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Comment:

On Monday, 22 August 2016, 19-year-old Forrest Keesler pleaded no contest to killing his father, Jeffrey Kelly, with a pellet rifle on 23 May 2015 in the family home in Fern Acres.

Hilo Circuit Court Judge Greg Nakamura ordered Keesler to appear in court for sentencing at 8 a.m., 21 November 2016. He will face a charge of manslaughter, a crime that carries a possible 20-year prison term.

A family member said Keesler was “severely autistic”, but two psychiatrists and a psychologist “found him fit for trial.”

Court documents state that Keesler’s father, Jeffrey Kelly was arrested on 23 September 2014 and charged with  domestic abuse for allegedly striking his son.  Documents further state that Kelly was “highly intoxicated” and “uncooperative”.

Keesler’s defense attorney, Stanton Oshiro, said that his client “has maintained the shooting was accidental and ‘he never varied from that'”.  Oshiro said he advised Keesler to take the plea agreement because Keesler “was facing a life sentence with ‘no certainty’ of acquittal.”


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Kamokuna ocean entry flow now spans a kilometer | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The Kamokuna ocean entry has grown to a kilometer in length as lava from Kilauea’s Pu‘u ‘O‘o vent continues to pour over the coastline.

Source: Kamokuna ocean entry flow now spans a kilometer | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/kamokun-ocean-entry-flow-spans-kilometer).

Accessed on 23 August 2016, 16:55 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

The ocean entry point of lava flow 61G (Kamokuna) near Kalapana has grown to a kilometer in length as lava from the upslope Pu’u ‘O’o vent continues to pour into the sea.

According to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials, lava has “almost completely filled in the gap between the original ocean entries, helping to merge what was two separate lava deltas along the coast inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.”

Lava flow 61G began on 24 May 2016 and entered the ocean on 26 July 2016 after traveling 6.7 miles.


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Big decline in PV permits; Lower oil prices, end of net metering program likely to blame | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The number of applications for photovoltaic systems in Hawaii County has dropped considerably from last year’s numbers, according to permit data from the county Department of Public Works.

Source: Big decline in PV permits; Lower oil prices, end of net metering program likely to blame | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/big-decline-pv-permits-lower-oil-prices-end-net-metering-program-likely-to-blame).

Accessed on 23 August 2016, 15:50 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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Comment:

According to permit data from the Hawaii Department of Public Works, the number of applications for roof top solar systems has declined rapidly over the past few months.  Compared to 331 permits issued in July 2015, July 2016 had only 88 applications in the system.

Marco Mangelsdorf, president of  Hilo-based ProVision Solar, Inc. and member of the Hawaii Island Cooperative, the rapid drop off of PV applications is “not a trivial thing.”  Mangelsdorf and other solar panel installers believe the PUC’s decision to end Net Energy Metering programs and lower crude oil prices may be to blame.

Under the new Consumer Grid Supply system, PV owners get back only $.15 for the energy they supply to the grid.  And with adoption of Consumer Self-Supply methods, homes are pulled off the grid completely using battery storage to store surplus solar power.

HELCO president Jay Ignacio added that solar investment also decreased “because fuel oil prices dropped during the past year, leading to lower electricity bills.”  Ignacio said, “lower electric bills provide less of a financial incentive to invest in rooftop solar because the return on their investment is longer.”

Mangelsdorf says high battery prices are limiting the number of homes opting for the Consumer Self-Supply method. He hopes “that the commission will increase the cap to provide homeowners with more choices.”  Mangelsdorf adds that Hawaii’s solar industry is “on the new frontier…in that we are seeing limitations and challenges to rooftop solar…that is not being seen yet on the mainland…there are limitations as to what today’s grid can handle.”


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Average gas prices in Hawaii fall 2.3 cents per gallon the past week | Hawaii 24/7


Average retail gasoline prices in Hawaii have fallen 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.67/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 gas outlets in Hawaii. Thi…

Source: Average gas prices in Hawaii fall 2.3 cents per gallon the past week | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/08/average-gas-prices-in-hawaii-fall-2-3-cents-per-gallon-the-past-week).

Accessed on 23 August 2016, 15:30 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

According to the latest GasBuddy Daily Survey of gasoline prices in Hawaii, the average retail price for a gallon of regular self-serve gasoline was $2.67.  That price is 50 cents per gallon cheaper than on the same day a year go.  On the U.S. mainland, gasoline prices have climbed 3.7 cents per gallon.

GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst Gregg Laskowski says  the benchmark price for crude oil has increased by $8 per barrel, resulting in a temporary price increase for gasoline. Prices are expected to level off after Labor Day.


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Flood Advisory issued for Hawaii Island due to heavy rains on East side | Hawaii 24/7


The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flood Advisory for Hawaii Island until 6:30 p.m. tonight (Aug 22). At 3:24 p.m. weather radar showed heavy rain South of Hilo near Hawaiian …

Source: Flood Advisory issued for Hawaii Island due to heavy rains on East side | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/08/22/flood-advisory-issued-for-hawaii-island-due-to-heavy-rains-on-east-side).

Accessed on 23 August 2016, 15:00 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

The rain has lessened considerably since the flood advisory was cancelled at 6:30 p.m., Monday, 22 August 2016.  The Hamakua Coast lost power around 4 p.m. Monday because of the storm.  Power was restored shortly after 5 p.m. at my Laupahoehoe location.

The National Weather Service said rain was falling at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour in Hawaiian Paradise Park.  Campers and hikers were advised to avoid low-lying areas prone to flooding.  Motorists were warned about ponding and flooding on east Hawaii roads.


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