Hawaii Island

Reports from Sherry Bracken

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All this week we’re taking a closer look at ‘ōpala across the islands, in a series we call “Trashing Paradise.” Today we shift our focus to the Big Island of Hawai‘i—where earlier this year, Mayor Billy Kenoi announced a change in plans for the island’s future. HPR’s Bill Dorman reports.

You can find our entire "Trashing Paradise" series here.

Malama Market Returns to Pahoa

Mar 19, 2015
Malama Market
Malama Market

It’s been three months since Pāhoa’s Mālama Market closed its doors. Back in December, lava crept within a couple hundred yards of the store. But now, with the lava stalled, the supermarket has reopened. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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Flickr / jonnwilliams

Hawai‘i County residents who smoke e-cigarettes will soon find fewer places where vaping is allowed. Hawai‘i Island Mayor Billy Kenoi signed the bill Tuesday, making it the only county in the state to ban electronic cigarettes from public places where smoking is already prohibited. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  

  The lava front closest to Pahoa Village has now stalled and cooled, with breakouts around 3 1/2 miles upslope.  With no immediate threat to homes or businesses, Hawaii County officials have reopened Pahoa Village Road.  But starting last August, local residents had to prepare for lava inundation.  Many moved.  Every family has their story, and HPR's Sherry Bracken has one.

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hvo.wr.usgs.gov

Hawaii County Civil Defense personnel flew over the active lava flow Tuesday afternoon and reported that active lava breakouts are around 3.3 miles above Apa'a Street.  The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has done a thermal assessment of the lower part of the lava flow sitting outside Pahoa and say the flow closest to Pahoa Village is no longer active and has cooled.  But they warn that the lava flow could resume its activity. 

National Park Service
National Park Service

  Crews on the Big Island of Hawaii are on track to complete work on the Chain of Craters Road through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park later this year.  Last week, officials at the National Park said "significant progress" has been made on the project.  But plans to control access are stirring some controversy.  HPR's Sherry Bracken reports.

Big Island Video News
Big Island Video News

  As the lava flow has been creeping through Puna, some have expressed concern about the potential for rising crime rates in the areas affected by lava.  Police do have concerns, but not in Puna.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with police to find out more.

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hvo.wr.usgs.gov

  As lava continues its relentless advance through the Puna District of the Big Island, there has been a lot of emphasis on physical preparation.  But for everybody whose lives are going to be touched one way or the other by the advancing lava flow, dealing with the emotional fallout is also important.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with a psychologist about some of the issues.

UHH Performing Arts Center
UHH Performing Arts Center

  There's a very cool car traveling around the state right now, and it has a very special purpose.  HPR's Sherry Bracken Reports.

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shakeout.org

  Although Hawai'i County Civil Defense and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists are dealing daily with the issues surrounding the lava advancing on Pāhoa Village.  But  they haven't lost sight of other hazards that can impact Hawai'i Island and the state.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with scientists from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory about earthquakes here in the state.

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hvo.wr.usgs.gov

  With the lava from Kilauea Volcano steadily advancing towards Pahoa, less than a mile from Apa’a Street and the Pāhoa Transfer Station, the need to provide emergency access has become even more urgent.  And now it looks like a solution has been reached.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken has the story.

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underpantsrun.org

  An annual migration is underway as thousands of athletes and volunteers are heading to the west side of Hawaii Island. It's time for the annual Ironman Triathlon. And as HPR's Sherry Bracken reports, this year there's something different in one of the preliminary events. 

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

One of the concerns of Hawaii County officials and residents is how the recent and current disasters —Tropical Storm Iselle and the lava flow —will affect Hawaii Island's economy.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update.

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

The latest report from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and Hawai'i County Civil Defense says after a week of little to no movement of the front of the lava flow near Pahoa Village, it advanced yesterday about 25 yards.  There are also some lava fingers breaking out higher up the volcano.  HPR's Sherry Bracken talked to Mayor Billy Kenoi to get an update on how Hawaii County is preparing.

Hawaii House of Representatives
Hawaii House of Representatives

Longtime Hawai‘i Island resident Bob Herkes will be remembered at memorial services this Saturday in Hilo. He died in August at 83. Herkes served many years as an outspoken legislator, and also had experience in the hospitality industry. HPR’s Sherry Bracken has a look back at one of the island’s colorful personalities.

Tiffany Edwards Hunt
Tiffany Edwards Hunt

The progress of the lava flow on the Big Island of Hawai‘i has slowed.  It’s moved more than ten miles since it began its current flow on June 27th. And as it lingers outside Pāhoa town, local residents are sharing memories about the island’s last lava flow that wiped out a town.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports.

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Baron Sekiya / Hawaii247.com

On yesterday's flight over the active lava flow from Kilauea Volcano's Pu'u 'O'o Vent, Civil Defense saw no new advance in the flow.  The brushfire is now contained.  The flow front is around 100 yards wide and still around one and a half miles away from Apa'a Road.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has been checking in with merchants in Pahoa Village.

Earlier this week, Dave Corrigan from Big Island Video News shot video of the lava during a flyover:

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

The lava flow from Kilauea Volcano's Pu'u 'O'o Vent is continuing its slow movement towards Pahoa and beyond.  HPR's Sherry Bracken talked with the Mayor yesterday to get the latest update.

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  As the lava advances towards Pahoa, there is still uncertainty.  But one certainty is that there will likely be disruption to the schools near or even in the path of the lava flow.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Trash is a fact of life for everybody. In Pāhoa, the County opened a new $3.9 million dollar transfer station just three years ago to serve the fastest growing area of the island. But now, its existence is threatened by the lava flow coming from the Pu'u 'O'o vent. HPR's Sherry Bracken looked into what the county is planning.

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Hawai'i County has now opened an Incident Command Center in Pāhoa  Village, close to where the lava  from Kīlauea’s Pu’u ‘O’o Vent may enter town.  Key county personnel are on hand to provide the latest information for concerned residents.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with Mayor Billy Kenoi about how the County is addressing this latest crisis.

Baron Sekiya
Baron Sekiya

  Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and Hawai'i County Civil Defense are continuing to monitor the lava making its way towards homes and businesses in Pāhoa.  There are daily helicopter overflights, and both private and government agencies are busily preparing.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken has a report from Hawai'i Island.

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hvo.wr.usgs.gov

  As the lava flow from Kīlauea Volcano’s Pu’u ‘O’o Vent continues to advance towards Ka’ohe Homestead and Pāhoa Village, Hawai'i County Civil Defense is addressing some basic infrastructure needs.  From Hawai'i Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update.

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hvo.wr.usgs.gov

  The lava flow from Kīlauea Volcano’s Pu’u ‘O’o Vent continues to slowly advance this today.  But officials with Hawaii County Civil Defense say it is not an immediate threat to property. They are keeping a close watch on the lava along with local geologists. HPR's Sherry Bracken has the latest from Hawaii Island.

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Wikipedia Commons

  A year ago, the first Puna Emergency Preparedness Fair attracted more than fifteen hundred people.  This year’s takes place on Saturday. And between some residents still recovering from Tropical Storm Iselle and others staring down an active lava flow, organizers are expecting an even bigger turnout. HPR’s Sherry Bracken has more from the Big Island.

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www.bigislandvideonews.com

  One lingering concern following Tropical Storm Iselle centers on Puna Geothermal Ventures. The plant made a series of gas releases during the storm, and many Puna residents are complaining the company has not shared enough information about exactly what happened. HPR’s Sherry Bracken concludes her two part look at the issue.

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bigislandnow.com

  Polls will be open this Friday in two precincts on Hawaii Island. The State Office of Elections has scheduled the voting for all day, but many local residents are not happy with that decision.  From Hawaii Island, HPR"s Sherry Bracken has more.  

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bigislandnow.com

  Two Hawai'i Island precincts in the storm damaged Puna district could not open Saturday.  Those voters will still be able to vote via absentee ballot.  But in the rest of the County, the polls were open as usual.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports from Kona. 

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  Hawai'i Island residents continue to deal with wind and rain from the downgraded but still significant Tropical Storm Iselle.   HPR’s Sherry Bracken has a report.

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