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Homeless Population in Hawaii Continues to Increase… Property Crimes Rising

The amount of homeless people in the entire state of Hawaii has come to a crisis level and is now affecting neighbor islands as well.

A 30% increase in Homeless folks on the Big Island alone in the last couple years is just a small example of what is happening here in Hawaii.

Homeless in Hawaii
What do you suggest we do to help the homeless situation in Hawaii?

“State of Aerospace” in Hawaii – Opportunity for a New Industry Growth

The State legislature has indicated interest in growth in the aerospace industry of Hawaii as a means of diversifying the economic risk within the State beyond tourism, service industries and military.
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College Fairs Hosting More then 70 Universities

The Hawaii Association for College Admission Counseling (HACAC) is pleased to announce two Fall 2015 college fairs happening on Hawai`i Island.

  • The East Hawai`i fair will take place on October 29, 2015 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Edith Kanakaole Mulit-Purpose Stadium.
  • The West Hawai`i fair will take place on October 30, 2015 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am in the Hilton Waikoloa Village Ballroom.

Both fairs will feature over 70 colleges from Hawaii and across the mainland.

College Fair

A general advising and financial aid center will be available to students and their families to answer specific questions regarding the college admission process and financial aid.

The college fair is free of charge and is designed to include all Hawai`i Island students interested in pursuing higher education opportunities.  Students and parents may attend with their schools or on their own.

For more information, please see your school counselor or email Hawai`i Island HACAC representative, Joanie Brotman, at <jbrotman@parkerschoolhawaii.org>.

Dog Rescued From Earth Crack in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Search-and-rescue rangers safely extracted a pet dog from a 20-foot-deep earth crack in the national park on Sun., Oct. 4 around noon.

NPS Photo/Park Ranger Arnold Nakata and rescued dog, Romeo

NPS Photo/Park Ranger Arnold Nakata and rescued dog, Romeo

On Saturday evening, the owner of the dog was walking her two pet dogs off leash near the Volcano golf course and the park boundary when the dogs ran off into a heavily vegetated area. One dog came back, but Romeo, a 4 ½-year-old chocolate brown Labrador retriever, did not return. The owner searched into the night but could not locate him. When she returned to the area in the morning, she heard a faint whining coming from deep within an earth crack and called for help.

Park rangers responded to the call, assessed the situation and determined that a safe extraction could be accomplished by the experienced team. Using high-angle technical rope rescue techniques, Ranger Arnold Nakata was lowered 20 feet into the narrow crack where he found Romeo in good condition. Nakata rigged Romeo with a harness and the topside rescue team slowly pulled them out of the ground. A grateful Romeo bestowed his rescuers with lots of dog kisses.

Typically, the national park would not use technical rescue for animals. Dogs and other pets are not allowed in many areas of the national park for safety reasons, and for the protection of threatened and endangered species. Authorized service animals are permitted, but may be prohibited from certain areas if their presence is detrimental to park management programs, like nēnē recovery.

All pets and service dogs must be leashed in the park at all times. Hikers have reported being bitten by dogs off leash on park trails, and other pets have fallen into earth cracks and steam vents and have not survived.

“We are glad that this rescue had a happy ending, because our pets are like family. The best way to protect them is not expose them unnecessarily to potentially hazardous areas that are prevalent in a national park,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

Hawaii County Charges Skateboarders Extra to Use Pahoa-Pohoiki-Hilo Route

Does anyone know why the county charges skateboarders an extra dollar to use the buses that run the Pahoa-Pohoiki-Hilo route but NOT ON ANY OTHER ROUTES?

hele on pahoa bus
I’m not quite sure why I can bring a briefcase on the bus… but skateboarders can’t bring boards on the bus?
Skateboard pahoa

Section of Cemetery Road Covered by Lava to Be Restored

The Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works will begin work on restoring the functionality of Cemetery Road on Monday October 5, 2015.

Lava crosses Cemetery Rd.   Photo by Bobby Jean Leithead Todd

Lava crosses Cemetery Rd. Photo by Bobby Jean Leithead Todd

On October 25, 2014 lava associated with the Pu‘u O‘o Volcanic Eruption crossed onto Cemetery Road that extends from Apa‘a Street near the Pāhoa Transfer Station.  After assessing ingress and egress for the area, including the Ka‘ohe Homesteads, restoring the functionality of Cemetery Road is in the best interests of public safety.

Reconstruction work involves removing the new lava to original grades and then paving the 500-foot stretch of roadway.   The project is expected to take approximately forty (40) working days to complete, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Seventy five (75) percent of the $150,000 project cost will be funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Motorists are advised to use caution as heavy trucks and equipment will be utilizing Cemetery Road and Apa‘a Street.  Cemetery Road will be closed as a though street for the duration of this restoration project.

Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works thanks the community for their cooperation in keeping the construction area clear and roadways free from potential traffic and safety problems.

If there are any questions or concerns, please call Barett Otani, Information and Education Specialist, at 961-8787.

More Redemption Centers Open On Big Island

Mayor Billy Kenoi, the Department of Environmental Management, and the State Department of Health, announce that residents of Hawai`i Island now have more places to redeem their HI5 beverage containers at County of Hawai`i Recycling and Transfer Stations.

Puna residents can now recycle and redeem HI5¢ labeled beverage containers again at the Pāhoa HI5 Certified Redemption Center at the Pāhoa Recycling and Transfer Station and on October 3rd at the Volcano HI5 Certified Redemption Center at the Volcano Recycling and Transfer Station. Residents in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates area can now redeem their HI5¢ labeled beverage containers at the newly opened certified redemption center at the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates Recycling and Transfer Station.

Redemption CentersOpportunities for recycling non-HI5¢ glass and plastic as well as paper fibers will also be available at the site. For more information, call the County of Hawai`i, HI5 Recycling Specialists at 961-8549 or visit our website at hawaiizerowaste.org.

Many Atolls May be Uninhabitable Within Decades Due to Climate Change

A new study shows that the combined effect of storm-induced wave-driven flooding and sea level rise on island atolls may be more severe and happen sooner than previous estimates of inundation predicted by passive “bathtub” modeling for low-lying atoll islands, and especially at higher sea levels forecasted for the future due to climate change.

Photograph showing the impact of a large wave at the south shore of Laysan Island, with endangered Laysan teal in the foreground. Location: Laysan Islands (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands). Location: Laysan Islands , HI, USA Date Taken: 2012 Photographer: Michele Reynolds Photographer Email: mreynolds@usgs.gov Photographer Organization: USGS

Photograph showing the impact of a large wave at the south shore of Laysan Island, with endangered Laysan teal in the foreground.
Location: Laysan Islands (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands).
Location: Laysan Islands , HI, USA
Date Taken: 2012
Photographer: Michele Reynolds
Photographer Email: mreynolds@usgs.gov
Photographer Organization: USGS

More than half a million people live on atolls throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and although the modeling was based on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the results from the study apply to almost all atolls.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists and their colleagues at the Deltares Institute in the Netherlands, and the Hawaii Cooperative Studies Unit at University of Hawaii, Hilo report that numerical modeling reveals waves will synergistically interact with sea level rise, causing twice as much land forecast to be flooded for a given future sea level than currently predicted by models that do not take wave-driven water levels into account.

Observations show global sea level is rising due to climate change, with the highest rates in the tropical Pacific Ocean where many of the world’s low-lying atolls are located. Sea level rise is particularly critical for low-lying coral reef-lined atoll islands; these islands have limited land and water available for human habitation, limited food sources and ecosystems that are vulnerable to inundation from sea level rise. Sea level rise will result in larger waves and higher wave-driven water levels along atoll islands’ shorelines than at present.

“Many atoll islands will be flooded annually, contaminating the limited freshwater resources with saltwater, and likely forcing inhabitants to abandon their islands in decades, not centuries, as previously thought,” said USGS geologist and lead author of the study, Curt Storlazzi.

The study explored the combined effect of storm-induced wave-driven flooding and sea level rise on atoll islands within the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, including Laysan and Midway Islands, which are home to many threatened and endangered endemic species. The same modeling approach is applicable to most populated atolls around the world.

The study, “Many Atolls May Be Uninhabitable Within Decades Due to Climate Change,” was recently published in Nature’s Scientific Reports journal, and is available online.

Hawaii Residents Can Spot the Space Station Tonight

Hawaii residents can spot the International Space Station tonight (depending on clouds).

International Space StationIt will be visible beginning tonight, Thursday, October 1st at 6:57 PM. It will be visible for approximately 4 minutes.  Maximum Height: 50 degrees and it will appear in the West Southwest part of the sky and disappear to the North Northeast.

Hawaii Lawmakers Meet With President Obama During National Summit

State Senators Will Espero (Senate Dist. 19 – ‘Ewa Beach, ‘Ewa by Gentry, Iroquois Point, portion of ‘Ewa Villages) and Jill Tokuda (Senate Dist. 24 – Kane‘ohe, Kane‘ohe MCAB, Kailua, He‘eia, ‘Ahuimanu), along with State Representative Chris Lee (House Dist. 51 – Kailua, Waimanalo) were among more than 50 Democratic lawmakers from around the country at the White House on Wednesday to meet with President Barack Obama.  The President encouraged them to push for domestic policy change at the state level because “you can act when Washington won’t.”
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The Hawaii lawmakers were in Washington, D.C. to participate in discussions on how the states can address issues including raising the minimum wage, paid family leave and sick days for workers, expanding pre-Kindergarten education, college affordability, and reforming licensing laws to allow more people to get jobs.

Following the summit, the Hawaii delegation clearly understood the burden and opportunity for change that befalls legislators.

“The meetings with the White House staff were productive and informative. Hawai’i families are counting on us to make good policy and improve the quality of life where they live. I look forward to working with the President to pass legislation which supports working men and women and families in our state,” said Sen. Espero.

Sen. Tokuda said the meeting “was a good opportunity to connect with senior White House officials and lawmakers from other states to discuss how we can move forward on important issues like paid leave, early childhood education and criminal justice reform. These discussions were timely as we head towards our legislative session and prepare priorities and bills that will be introduced in concert with local and national efforts.”

Rep. Lee said, “Issues like paid family leave and medical leave aren’t red or blue issues. They will benefit everyone and are overwhelmingly supported by people around the country, but Congress has been unable to take action. Families in our community are hurting. I have friends just starting families who are being forced to choose between caring for their newborns or keeping their jobs. That isn’t right. The United States is the last developed nation in the world without meaningful paid family leave. If Congress won’t act to fix that, then it’s up to us at the state level.”

Ground Broken For Lalamilo Wind Farm

The County of Hawai‘i and the Department of Water Supply held a groundbreaking event for the construction of a wind farm in South Kohala earlier today.  Contributing to the State’s Clean Energy Initiative’s goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, this project will consist of 5 wind turbines that will altogether generate 3.3 MW.

New 3.3 MW wind farm will save Hawai'i Island water customers $1 million a year on energy.

New 3.3 MW wind farm will save Hawai’i Island water customers $1 million a year on energy.

A benefit to Water Supply customers, Hawai‘i County, and the state of Hawai‘i; construction of this new facility will create about 50 temporary construction jobs, and about three permanent positions to operate the wind farm.  Construction is estimated to be complete in approximately one year.  Commercial operation is expected to begin the latter part of 2016.

The completed wind farm will provide a less expensive renewable energy source for the DWS wells in the area which serve an average 5.1 million gallons per day to residential, resort, park, industrial and commercial areas from Mauna Lani Resort to Kawaihae.  To maximize the use of renewable energy, controls will be installed to coordinate DWS operations with the wind generated energy production.

The DWS awarded Lālāmilo Wind Company LLC the project and executed a Power Purchase Agreement that includes a contract energy amount of 7,620 megawatt-hours/year (MWh/yr) to be supplied to the DWS. The current energy demand is approximately 11,000 MWh/yr. with an annual electrical cost of $4.1M.  The Lālāmilo wind farm is expected to save $1.0 million per year in energy costs over the next 20 years.

Hawaii Wins $53.1 Million Settlement Against Online Travel Companies

The State of Hawaii has recovered $53.1 million in general excise taxes, penalties and interest from online travel companies (the “companies”) including Travelocity.Com, LLP, Expedia, Inc., Orbitz, LLC, and Priceline.Com, LLP from tax litigation that began in 2011.

Attorney General Clip

Attorney General Doug Chin said “Online travel companies derive substantial profits from the sale of hotel rooms, rental cars a nd other services in Hawaii. The importance of the Hawaii Supreme Court ruling is the precedent it establishes. People or companies who provide goods and services through the Internet that are used or consumed in Hawaii are subject to Hawaii taxation, despite being domiciled in other states.”

The Tax Appeal Court previously ruled that the companies owed general excise taxes but not the State’s transient accommodations tax that is assessed on operators of transient accommodations, like hotels. The State and the companies appealed to the Hawaii Supreme Court from these rulings.

On March 17, 2015, the Hawaii Supreme Court upheld the Tax Appeal Court’s ruling that the companies are subject to Hawaii’s general excise tax, but concluded that they are taxable only on their net receipts from the sale of hotel rooms in Hawaii, not their gross receipts. The Court ruled that the companies receive the benefit of an income splitting provision that applies to travel agents in chapter 237, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

The Court rejected the companies’ argument that they were not doing business in Hawaii. The Court stated in its opinion, “the [companies] are not passive sellers of services to Hawai‘i consumers. The [companies] actively solicit customers for Hawai‘i hotel rooms and actively solicit hotels to contractually provide the right to sell on their website the right of occupancy of hotel rooms.”

The Court remanded the case to the Tax Appeal Courtto re-determine the amount of general excise taxes, penalties and interest the companies owe to the State of Hawaii. On September 22, 2015, the Tax Appeal Court entered final stipulated judgments setting forth the amounts owed by the companies and the amounts that the State needed to refund from the State’s litigated claims fund.

Litigation against the companies for their other State tax obligations for their other business activities in Hawaii during the period 2000 through 2013 is continuing.

Department of Health Cites Ken’s Towing for Vehicle Salvage and Solid Waste Inspection Violations

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has filed a Notice of Violation and Order against Ken’s Towing Service, Inc. The violations occurred at 55 Kukila Street in Hilo, Hawaii (TMK 2-2-058:027 and 2-2-047:061) and involved the operation of an unpermitted vehicle salvage facility and the obstruction of a DOH inspection.


Ken’s Towing Service, Inc. was previously operating under a solid waste management permit that expired in February 2012. DOH conducted an inspection of the facility on Mar. 13, 2013 and found approximately 40 junk vehicles, at least five cubic yards of scrap metal, at least 100 scrap tires, and approximately 3 pallets of shrink wrapped lead acid batteries.

The company submitted a permit application in June 2013, but the department was unable to issue the permit as the facility neglected to finish the permit process and the application remains incomplete. On Oct. 20, 2014, DOH attempted an inspection of the facility and was denied entry.

Based on these findings and events, DOH has imposed a penalty of $7,500, and ordered the facility to remove all solid waste and close the unpermitted salvage operation. Ken’s Towing Service, Inc. may request a hearing to contest the allegations or order.

The DOH, Solid Waste Section regulates standards governing the design, construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of solid waste disposal, recycling, reclamation, and transfer systems. Such standards are intended to prevent pollution of the drinking water supply or waters of the state; prevent air pollution; prevent the spread of disease and the creation of nuisances; protect public health and safety; conserve natural resources; and preserve and enhance the beauty and quality of the environment.

GVS Accelerator Lands YouTube Star & Award Winning Mentors for 2015 – 2016 Cohorts

Hawai’i Island’s own YouTube star Alex Farnham represented one of the seven companies chosen to join the 2015 – ­2016 GVS Accelerator.

fYouTube sensation Alex Farnham

YouTube sensation Alex Farnham

A number of award­ winning entertainment industry mentors, Senator Glenn Wakai, Representative Nicole Lowen, Mayor Billy Kenoi, and Council Member Karen Eoff were on hand for the announcement at Honua Studios.

The GVS Transmedia Accelerator Program (GTA Program) is a partnership between Global Virtual Studio (GVS), the Hawai’i Strategic Development Corporation (HSDC), the County of Hawai’i and the GTA Development Fund, empowers creative entrepreneurs to launch original transmedia franchises for commercial audiences with an investment of $50,000 seed capital and industry mentors for each selected start­up franchise.

Accelerator Winners

Accelerators on island for Kickoff week include screenwriters Janet and Lee Batchler (POMPEII, BATMAN FOREVER), Jim Kruger (former Creative Director at Marvel, NY Times Bestselling Author, DC Comic Writer: X­Men, Batman) Frank Tate (MTV, MindQuilt, Super Franks) Mike Frank (Disney, Pepsi, Co­founder of Level 3 Communications). The selected companies represent a diverse cross­section of media and entertainment, each incorporating multiple product platforms ranging from feature films and TV series to graphic novels and mobile apps.

The seven companies selected for the 2015­2016 cohort are:

  • CAPTIVE – Founder Team: John Shepherd, Patrick Hibler; Genre: Drama/Action­Adventure; Platforms: Feature Film, Graphic Novel, Video Game -CAPTIVE is an action adventure film about a former SAS Officer who sets off on a series of suicidal adventures, traveling the Pacific on his only worldly possession – a 50+ foot sailboat.
  • THE MEDICINE RUNNER – Founder Team: Edwin Marshall, David Cunningham; Genre: Drama; Platforms: Feature Film, Book, App – THE MEDICINE RUNNER is a story about a homeless orphan boy of mixed race and a “Haole” (white) village doctor fighting for their place in the small coffee farming community of 1920’s Hawai’i.
  • MOCKSTARS – Founder Team: Alex Farnham, Richard Farnham; Genre: Comedy/ Mockumentary; Platforms: YouTube Channel, Mockumentary – MOCKSTARS is a web­driven series starring YouTube star, Alex Farnham. Each video parodies a current celebrity, movie, song, concert or happening through original music.
  • OCEANNA – Founder Team: Laurie & Wayne Nunez; Genre: Children’s Animated Series; Platforms: TV Series, Branded Products/Merchandise, Soundtrack, Book, App/Game, DVD – OCEANNA is an animated children’s TV series about a young girl whose daydreams transform her into the underwater superhero “Oceanna: Protector of the Sea”.
  • WINGS – Founder: Kaveh Kardan; Genre: Science Fiction; Platforms: Graphic Novel (Web based), Graphic Novel (Print), Feature Film – Giant robots inhabit the wilderness in WINGS, a steampunk tale about a young female pilot who sets off to solve the mystery of her parents’ disappearance.
  • NATIVE – Founder Team: Joel Angyal, Mike Leahy; Genre: Drama; Platforms: Feature Film, Clothing Line, Music Album – NATIVE is a feature film about a troubled teenage boy given an opportunity to develop his inner­warrior by connecting to his Hawaiian roots and training in mixed martial arts (MMA).
  • SURF BREAK HOTEL – Founder Team: Stefan Schaefer, Jonathan Stern; Genre: Sitcom; Platforms: Web/TV Series – SURF BREAK HOTEL is an original comedic series about a washed­up surf pro, Byron “ALL BIZ” Waggie, who’s forced to take a job as a surf instructor at a Maui beach hotel.

The addition of YouTube star Alex Farnham to the accelerator’s ranks brings one of the fastest­growing segments of media to the Program’s mix. Farnham got his start on YouTube with “one dolla” and quickly became a sensation with 68 million views and 229,000 subscribers. His project MOCKSTARS will parody current celebrities, movies and songs. Farnham said, “I think it’s great to have something like this here ­ great for the community and for the kids growing up here.”

Kaveh Kardan, founder of graphic novel project WINGS, is a graduate of sister incubator/accelerator program, Creative Lab. Stefan Schaefer (SURF BREAK HOTEL) was also a recent alternate in the program. Creative Lab was founded in 2012 by the Hawai’i State Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism’s Creative Industries Division (CID) to accelerate the growth of Hawaii’s creative entrepreneurs through immersive, hands­on training in motion pictures, television, screenwriting, broadband, new media, interactive/technology, music and design/fashion.

In addition to the $50,000 in seed funding for development, successful graduates of the accelerator program can now tap up to $250,000 in matching funds if they raise at least 25 percent of their follow­on budget in private equity and secure product distribution. Senator Glenn Wakai stated, “This is really the recipe for economic development the State has been looking for… for a small (State) investment, we partner with private investors and good things can happen.”


The GTA Program is a partnership between the County of Hawai’i, the Hawai’i Strategic Development Corporation (HSDC), the GTA Development Fund, and the GVS Accelerator. The GTA Program is a two­time Small Business Administration award­winner as one of the top accelerators in the U.S. and is part of Hawaii’s “Startup Paradise” community. For more information visit www.gvsaccelerator.com

Free Citric Acid to Help Control Coqui Frogs

Are you sick of Coqui frogs keeping you up at night? Coqui frogs die when exposed to citric acid and vouchers for free citric acid are available for pick up at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center.

coquiVouchers for are good for a  50 lb. bag of citric acid from Al Home & Farm Supply located at 81-940 Haleki‘i Street in Kealakekua.

Please ask for Deputy Executive Assistant Scott Ruedy, and he’ll sign you in to receive a voucher from your council district.

3.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Volcano Area of Big Island

A 3.4 magnitude earthquake shook the Volcano area of the Big Island this morning.

34 VolcanoNo tsunami was generated by today’s earthquake.

Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative Urges Participation in PUC Sessions

Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative (HIEC) is encouraging Big Island residents to attend the Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) public listening sessions and offer comment on the proposed merger between NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric.

The two listening sessions on Hawaii Island will begin at 6 p.m.:

  • Hilo, Tuesday, September 29 at Hilo High School Cafeteria
  • Kona, Wednesday, September 30 at Kealakehe High School Cafeteria HIEC Listening Sessions

The PUC will not take written testimony at the listening sessions; all comments must be oral.

Members of the HIEC team will be at both the Hilo and Kona locations at 5 p.m. to talk story with the community and pass out complimentary “Own the Power” t-shirts.

“Whatever is decided on the proposed merger will impact future generations,” said Richard Ha, President of HIEC. “The public listening sessions are a chance for the community to tell the PUC that Hawaii Island wants to put all options on the table—including a member-owned, locally-controlled coop.”

HIEC is proposing an alternative electric utility ownership model for Hawaii Island—a cooperative—under which, all member-consumers would own and control its local utility.

HIEC contends that in light of the NextEra-Hawaiian Electric deal pending before the PUC, residents have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to evaluate all utility ownership options.

Benefits of an energy coop for Hawaii Island include potentially lower energy rates over time; financial gains go directly to members, not shareholder profits; greater energy security and independence; and local, democratic control of the island’s energy future.

HVO Raises Aviation Color Code for Mauna Loa

HVO seismic stations continue to record elevated rates of shallow, small-magnitude earthquakes beneath Mauna Loa’s summit, upper Southwest Rift Zone, and west flank. For at least the past year, the rate of shallow earthquakes has varied but overall has remained above the long-term average. During this same time period, HVO has measured ground deformation consistent with recharge of the volcano’s shallow magma storage system.

Together, these observations indicate the volcano is no longer at a background level of activity. Accordingly, HVO is elevating the Mauna Loa alert level to ADVISORY and the aviation color code to YELLOW.

Aviation Level
This increase in alert level does not mean that an eruption is imminent or that progression to an eruption is certain.

Shallow earthquakes are occurring in locations similar to those that preceded Mauna Loa’s two most recent eruptions in 1975 and 1984; however, the energy release of the recent earthquakes remains comparatively low. The current rate and pattern of ground deformation is similar to that measured during inflation of Mauna Loa in 2005, an episode of unrest that did not end in an eruption.

It is possible that, as in 2005, the present heightened activity will continue for many months, or even years, without progressing to an eruption. It is also possible that the current unrest is a precursor to an eruption, as was the case prior to eruptions in 1975 and 1984. At this early stage of unrest, we cannot determine which of these possibilities is more likely.

HVO continues to monitor the volcano closely and will report any significant changes.

Stay informed about Mauna Loa by following volcano updates and tracking current monitoring data on the HVO web page (http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/maunaloastatus.php) or by signing up to receive updates by email at this site: http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/vns/

Hilo Bayfront Beach Closing to Motorized Vehicles Starting Friday

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation announces that it will close Hilo Bayfront Beach to all motorized vehicles starting the morning of Friday, September 25. All vehicles must be parked within designated parking stalls.

Hilo BayfrontSigns have been installed and boulders have been placed adjacent to the beach area to prevent vehicle access and make conditions safer for park patrons.  Keeping vehicles off the beach will also protect marine life from hazardous fluids that can leak from vehicles.

The Department of Parks and Recreation thanks park patrons and the general public for understanding the need to improve safety for users of Hilo Bayfront Beach and to protect the marine environment. The Department also reminds park users that dogs and overnight camping are not allowed at Hilo Bayfront Beach Park.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.

Big Island Police Searching for Wisconsin Woman Reported Missing

UPDATE: Hawaiʻi Island police have located 24-year-old Julia Sollazo of Wisconsin, who was reported missing.

She was found in Hilo unharmed and in good health at 11:50 a.m. Monday (September 21).

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