Hawaii grapples with lava, hurricane as election nears
HONOLULU (AP) — As Hawaii readies for its primary elections on Saturday, voters are grappling with an erupting volcano and Hurricane Hector.
Elections are challenging times for candidates even in the best of circumstances. But Big Island politicians frequently have extra adversity, given they live on top of one of the world's most active volcanoes and in the general vicinity of hurricanes that barrel through the central Pacific Ocean many summers.
HONOLULU (AP) — Officials on Hawaii's Big Island, where the Kilauea volcano has been spewing huge amounts of lava for months, are bracing for the possibility that frequent earthquakes will cut off a major highway.
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Survivors of the Kilauea eruption have said they want to return to their homes despite incomplete restoration work in the area.
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HONOLULU (AP) — Stunning images of Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano have captivated people around the world. But ironically it's nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ground to see the lava — a fact that's squeezing the tourism-dependent local economy.
Big Island businesses are calling for a lava viewing site, but authorities say they're finding it difficult to set one up while keeping people safe.
HONOLULU (AP) — A passenger on a tour boat that was hit by lava off Hawaii's Big Island last week shielded his girlfriend and said he was waiting for death as searing debris ripped through the catamaran's roof.
"I remember getting hit with the lava in my back and just waiting for the heat," Will Bryan, a 38-year-old paramedic who was on vacation in Hawaii told The Associated Press. "I just assumed that whatever hit me was lava and I was going to burn and die."
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard's revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel, injuring 23 people.
Hawaii council seeks details of disaster recovery funds
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — County councilors in Hawaii are seeking details about how administrators plan to spend millions in disaster funds resulting from the volcanic eruption last year.
Moderate earthquake shakes Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano
VOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-5.5 earthquake has hit the southern flank of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano.
The agnecy reports light to moderate shaking was...
HONOLULU (AP) — Aina Akamu gave final exams to his students as they sat on bleachers or the floor of the basketball court in the gym in his small town on Hawaii's Big Island.
He moved his class to the community of Pahala's gym nearby after he and his students could no longer stand the volcanic ash covering his classroom floor, chairs and desks.
"I decided today I'm not going back to my classroom for the rest of the year," he said Wednesday, a brief relocation before school ends next week.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has captivated people around the world by shooting lava high into the sky and sending rivers of molten rock pouring down hillsides into the ocean over the past month.
But Kilauea is only one of many volcanoes in Hawaii. Here's a look at some of the others.
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Man pleads guilty in shooting in lava evacuation zone
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island man who fired a gun during an encounter with lava evacuees during the Kilauea volcano eruption last year has pleaded guilty to felony charges.
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The owner of a Hawaii geothermal plant that had to close during last year's eruption of Kilauea volcano plans to bring the plant back online by the end of the year.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park plans reopening of lava tube
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Officials say they plan to reopen a popular cave-like attraction in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park later this year.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the Thurston Lava...
Scientists measure thickness of Kilauea lava flows in Hawaii
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Scientists measuring the thickness of Kilauea volcano's newest lava flows have said molten rock added as much as 180 feet (55 meters) of lava to parts of the Big Island last...
Report: Sea turtles populations OK after Big Island eruption
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Kilauea volcano eruption did not critically damage sea turtle populations on the Big Island, according to a survey conducted by a Hawaii wildlife conservation group.
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Police arrest 7 in sweep of Big Island neighborhood
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Police have arrested seven people following a sweep targeting squatters occupying residences in a Big Island neighborhood hit by lava flows during the Kilauea volcano eruption.
Tourists visit Hawaii volcano park despite federal shutdown
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Tourists are still visiting Kilauea volcano despite the partial closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park amid the ongoing government shutdown.
Services in the national park have been curtailed due the shutdown, but the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Monday that businesses are still seeing plenty of visitors.
Police arrest 2 on suspicion of squatting in Big Island home
HONOLULU (AP) — Big Island police say two people were arrested after they were found squatting in a vacant home in a neighborhood hit by lava flows during the Kilauea volcano eruption.
Container house for lava evacuees remains in Honolulu
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A company in China that offered to help those displaced by the recent eruption of Kilauea volcano has sent its first prefabricated container home to the state. But the home remains in storage in Honolulu because it does not meet local regulations.
Big Island utility proposes increase to electric base rates
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island utility proposed raising base rates by 3.4 percent to generate $13.4 million in additional revenue.
Hawaii Electric Light Co. announced last week the proposal that aims to fund grid modernization efforts, repairs to facilities damaged by the Kilauea volcano eruption and other improvements to the electric system, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported .
Work under way to restore access to lava-locked power plant
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The operators of a Hawaii geothermal power plant have started restoring road access to the property cut off by lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption.
Big Island Mayor Harry Kim authorized a vegetation removal and grading permit for Puna Geothermal Venture to clear lava for a road to its site, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Wednesday.
Hawaii panel begins process of naming Big Island lava cone
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Board of Geographic Names has begun taking recommendations to name the Big Island's new 60-foot (18-meter) lava cone.
Tourism recovering slowly in Big Island’s Volcano town
VOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) — Tourism in Volcano town on the Big Island has been picking up slowly since Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reopened in September.
Business is a far cry from the booming days before the park closed in May amid explosive eruptions, earthquakes and the collapse of Kilauea volcano's summit crater, said Pua Norris, the head innkeeper at Volcano Village Lodge, a bed-and-breakfast.
Big Island plans reopening of beach park with lava viewing
HONOLULU (AP) — People could soon have access to see the aftermath of the Kilauea volcano eruption on the Big Island after a beach park reopens.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Big Island officials are planning to reopen the Isaac Hale Beach Park next week as well as dismantle the security checkpoint into Leilani Estates.
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Big Island accepts $10M in state funding for lava recovery
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii is giving a $10 million grant to the Big Island to help jump-start recovery efforts following the Kilauea volcano eruption.
The Hawaii County Council adopted a resolution Tuesday to accept the funding, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported .
Residents ponder housing options after Kilauea eruption
KEAAU, Hawaii (AP) — Some people displaced by Kilauea volcano's eruption this year are contemplating where they will live long-term.
Jane Whitefield told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald at a recent housing fair for such residents she's interested in living in a tiny home.
Coffee profits down, prices up after coffee season cut short
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Coffee season ended abruptly, some two months earlier than usual, for farmers on the west side of Hawaii's Big Island.
West Hawaii Today reported that while the cause is likely multi-faceted, the results are becoming clear.
Yield for 2018 will drop significantly from average levels, which will create a seller's market and push prices upward.
Displaced USGS scientists monitoring Hawaii volcanoes
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Geologists who monitor Hawaii's volcanoes are still among those displaced by the recent eruption of Kilauea.
The Big Island eruption began on May 3 and destroyed more than 700 homes and started a series of collapse events at the volcano's summit.
The activity prompted a months-long closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the evacuation of scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory headquarters.
Big Island neighborhood weighs crowd control near lava field
HONOLULU (AP) — Residents of a Big Island neighborhood where lava flowed during the Kilauea volcano eruption are debating how to control a potential flood of tourists wanting to see the aftermath.
Leilani Estates to seek injunction to maintain checkpoint
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A neighborhood hit by lava flows following the Kilauea volcano eruption is planning to sue Big Island officials over possible uncontrolled access to the area.
Hotel restaurant reopens at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A restaurant operating at a hotel in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has resumed kitchen service after shutting down when the park closed in May.
Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Volcano House Hotel relaunched its dinner service at The Rim restaurant Thursday after months of closure due to the Kilauea volcano eruption and resulting seismic activity at the Big Island park.
Government ranks 18 US volcanoes as ‘very high threat’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government scientists have classified 18 U.S. volcanoes as "very high threat" because of what's been happening inside them and how close they are to people.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reports ‘on par’ visitation
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — About 2,000 people have visited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park each day since it partially reopened last month, park officials said.
Survey: Big Island farmers lost $28M because of volcano
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A survey of Big Island farmers has found that they suffered nearly $28 million in damages because of the months-long eruption earlier this year of the Kilauea volcano, the Hawaii Tribune Herald reported.
The survey of 46 farmers by University of Hawaii's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources found they collectively lost an estimated $27.9 million in destroyed property, the newspaper reported.
Puna photographer hopes her eruption pictures help others
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island photographer who lost her home in Kilauea volcano's latest eruption hopes her photographs can help others affected by the disaster.
Big Island officials reject property tax relief measure
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island officials rejected a proposal that would have sought tax relief for commercial properties in the communities of Pahoa and Volcano.
Hawaii lawmakers review pleas for disaster-recovery funding
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are preparing for a series of requests and proposals to help fund disaster-recovery efforts following a run of storms, wildfires and eruptive volcanic activity.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park records 15K visitors
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — More than 15,000 people have visited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park since it partially reopened last month, according to the National Park Service.
The park reopened on National Public Lands Day — when admission was free — after closing in May because of the Kilauea volcano eruption, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Thursday.
Big Island officials plan partnership for lava-viewing site
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island officials are working on a public-private partnership to create a viewing platform for people to see the new fissure and lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption.
West Hawaii Today reports the Hawaii County administration outlined plans Tuesday to construct the platform and a short trail near Lava Tree State Monument.
Power restored to most in Hawaii neighborhood hit by lava
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An electric utility on the Big Island has restored power to nearly all active customers in a neighborhood that was evacuated when the Kilauea volcano began erupting.
Experts troubled by Hawaii’s tourism-dependent economy
HONOLULU (AP) — Experts are troubled by the Hawaiian economy's growing dependence on tourism.
Almost all the growth in the state's economy remains in tourism, meaning that Hawaii's economy is relying more on the mainland's economy, according to a report titled "Hawaii's Growth Down, but Not Out," from the University of Hawaii's Economic Research Organization.
Researchers looked at economic data for the first six months of this year, Hawaii News Now reported Friday.
National park in Hawaii reopens after monthslong eruption
HONOLULU (AP) — A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano's latest eruption, which caused widespread damage to park infrastructure and dramatically changed its landscape.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials said there were no lines or waiting for visitors to catch a glimpse of the volcano that made headlines across the world when it began erupting in May. Admission is free Saturday.
The Latest: Hawaii national parks reopens after lava shut it
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the reopening of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park after an eruption that caused widespread damage to infrastructure (all times local):
A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano's latest eruption, which caused widespread damage to park infrastructure and dramatically changed its landscape.
Housing units for families displaced by lava nearly finished
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Transitional housing units for people who were displaced by Kilauea volcano eruptions are nearly finished.
Residents of evacuated Hawaii community able to return home
HONOLULU (AP) — Residents of a Hawaii subdivision were able to return to their homes Saturday, more than two months after flowing lava and volcanic gas from Kilauea prompted county officials to evacuate the area.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports entry into Leilani Estates in Hawaii County will remain restricted to residents and authorized personnel.