Hawaii Island

Reports from Sherry Bracken

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  As we've been reporting today, forecasters expect Hurricane Iselle to make landfall on Hawaii Island later today.  HPR's Sherry Bracken updates us on preparations on Hawaii Island.

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www.palamanui.com

  Hawaii Island is home to several institutions that are part of the University of Hawaii system.  Hilo has both UH Hilo and Hawaii Community College, while there are UH education centers in Honoka'a and Kealakekua.  A new facility is under construction on the west side, and that was the topic of a discussion Sherry Bracken had recently with UH President David Lassner.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

 

   The oldest resort hotel on Hawaii Island will mark its 50th birthday next year. The hotel plans to celebrate, and is asking the public to help.  HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

John Wicart
John Wicart

  Absentee ballots for the August 9th Primary have been mailed.  Walk in voting is available at 9 locations around the state.  The Primary is only 10 days away.  And political candidates are still campaigning around the state, including on Hawaii Island.  HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  One of Hawaii Island's first charter schools has been on a lava lot in a tsunami zone for the last 20 years--but has still managed to educate its students.  Next week, they will welcome students to a brand new, higher and drier campus.  HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Eric Moller, Pohakuloa Training Area
Eric Moller, Pohakuloa Training Area

  According to the US Drought Monitor, more than a quarter of the state of Hawai‘i remains “abnormally dry.” That’s a big improvement from the start of the year, when nearly 3 quarters of the state came under that category. But the National Weather Service says drier weather will be returning, and with it, the danger of wildfires. HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with representatives of a Big Island group that helps safeguard resources, property, and people when wildfires come.    

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hawaiicountymayor.com

  There's an interesting shift of property ownership that's taking place on Hawaii Island this summer.  It's a 20 acre state park that's shifting to a facility under control of Hawaii County.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.

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www.eew.caltech.edu

  The work of scientists at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory goes beyond volcanoes.  With Hawaii experiencing hundreds of earthquakes every year, most being small, they're also looking at what might be done to prepare for another big one.  From the Big Island, Sherry Bracken has more.

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  Although Kilauea is the most active volcano on Hawai'i Island right now, Mauna Loa is also still an active volcano. In  the last year, it has begun showing some changes that could indicate future activity.  Hawaii Island HPR's Sherry Bracken has more.

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Wikipedia Commons

  

  Activity at Kīlauea Volcano on the Island of Hawai'i is shifting this year, as it does each year. It's been erupting continuously since 1983, but there are always changes, sometimes dramatic, and sometimes more subtle.  On Hawaii Island,  HPR's Sherry Bracken talked with scientists at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory to get an update.

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Pixabay commons

  In this election year, voters will have several opportunities to watch and listen to candidate forums.  The question is, what can one really learn from these candidate meetings?    HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked to a professor to get some advice.

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mokuaikaua.org

  The oldest Christian Church in the State has been given the dubious distinction of being named to the  National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2014 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.   The church is in Kona, and HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with its pastor to learn more.

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Credit Phoebe Barela

  A Big Island sculptor was recently honored by having a major work placed at the entrance to a Southern California Harbor.  And it's in honor of two men who played a big role in the development of two sports that are very popular in Hawaii: surfing and diving.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.

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flickr / reptulsigabbard

  Health care for military veterans is a continuing issue: both nationally and here in Hawaii.  A report out on Monday shows veterans in the state have the longest wait in the nation to get their first appointment with a primary care physician. Last week, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard stopped in several locations around the state to get the perspective of local vets. HPR’s Sherry Bracken spoke with Gabbard when she was in Kona.

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Flickr Commons

  The field of candidates is set for this year's election cycle.  The filing deadline was earlier this week.  On the Big Island, the first candidate forum of the primary season is this evening.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has a preview

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  Late spring has brought pounding rains to several areas of the state.  This week, both Kaua'i and Oahu have had flash flooding.  And on parts of the Big Island, the rain patterns have been a bit different from usual.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story from Kona.

PISCES Project
PISCES Project

  A group on Hawaii Island called "PISCES" supports space exploration.  The name stands for the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems.  But what it means these days is a new goal, having to do with education and jobs.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.

UH Hilo
UH Hilo

  University of Hawaii at Hilo recently received an unexpected gift, a $500 thousand dollar endowment from a Hilo dentist who also teaches at UH Manoa.  The endowment is in honor of her former history professor.  And it is the first endowed chair in UH Hilo's history.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.

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  The Voyaging Canoe Hokule'a is preparing to leave Hilo for Tahiti, along with its sister ship Hikianalia.   The two vessels will depart Hilo on Tuesday, wind and weather permitting, for a 26-country, multi-year journey around the world.   One of the second generation navigators talked with HPR's Sherry Bracken about the importance of a safe return.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  It's a scenario that happens all too frequently in this country.  Someone becomes violent in a public place, and sometimes a gun is involved.   On Hawaii Island, police have put together a special presentation to help educate residents about how to react. HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.

Sarah Anderson
Sarah Anderson

  Hawaii Island is known for its ranching and farming, part of its longtime paniolo culture.  One event marking that connection is underway on the Hamakua Coast--Honoka'a Western Week.  It features activities in town every day and also underlines some local family history.  HPR's Sherry Bracken is on Hawaii Island and has the story.

Carol Kwan
Carol Kwan

  Hawaii's natural beauty includes some areas of danger.  Most people are cautious abut the risks in the ocean, or along hiking trails.  But many people are surprised that even taking care of trees can also be hazardous!  HPR's Sherry Bracken reports.

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  Each year, farmers across Hawaii Island grow coffee on more than six thousand acres, around the island.  Statewide, Hawaii produces more than 8 million pounds of coffee a year, a crop worth more than $30 million dollars.  One of the industry's biggest challenges remains the same as a year ago:  the coffee berry borer.  From the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update on how the fight is going.

Waimea Middle School
Waimea Middle School

  The oldest public conversion charter school in the state has had a very good month, both academically and financially. The school is located on Hawaii Island and is one of the few charter schools that accepts all students who want to attend.  HPR's Sherry Bracken spoke with the school's principal.

Nancy Redfeather
Nancy Redfeather

  The Hawaii Island School Garden Network has a goal of exposing students around the island to the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables. Generally that means the kids grow food in the school garden.  But the Garden Network is looking at bringing in local fruits and vegetables another way, too.   From Hawaii Island, Sherry Bracken has the story.

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Flickr / Andrew Richard Hara

Hawai'i Island is known for its coffee.  More than half of the six thousand acres of the island's coffee is in the Kona Districts.  But the Ka'u District to the south is stepping up and being recognized internationally for its good tasting coffee.  HPR's Sherry Bracken reports.

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 A 2011 study by Columbia University says teen drug users are at significantly higher risk of developing an addictive disorder compared to adults, and the earlier they began using, the higher their risk. That's one reason why Hawaii County Police work with middle schoolers in the DARE program.  HPR's Sherry Bracken talked to a detective who says the program is about way more than just saying no to drugs.

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  Among the many ideas for Hawaii's future is the possibility of playing a bigger role in the commercial space launch industry.  It's been under consideration for years, to compete with other states wanting to attract new industries.  As for a location, the leading contender appears to be the Kona International Airport.  HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

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Credit: Lauren Tasaki

  Hawaii Island is famous for a number of local products.  There's coffee, and macadamia nuts...and spelling champions.  And the latest of these is heading for the nationals next month.  Sherry Bracken has her story from Kona

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   The battle against invasive species is one that takes place on all islands across the state.  But federal law enforcement officials in Hawaii are focusing on an invasive species of a different kind--it's a computer virus.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.

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