Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory Update

Halemaʻumaʻu and HVO:

Thermal overflight for the park service to map all the hot cracks  around sulfur banks/volcano house/visitor center

Thermal overflight for the park service to map all the hot cracks around sulfur banks/volcano house/visitor center

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Jaggar Museum are located near the summit of Kīlauea and are visible atop the cliff to the right. They are about 2 km (1.25 miles) north-northwest of the lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu, fuming (but not directly visible) at the left edge of the photo.

Puʻu ʻŌʻō and northeast spatter cone:

Early morning view of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, looking toward the southwest:

The fume rising from the bottom of the photo marks the trace of the lava tube carrying lava to the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow front.

The fume rising from the bottom of the photo marks the trace of the lava tube carrying lava to the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow front.

The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow is fed from a spatter cone on the northeast edge of Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s crater.

Today, this spatter cone, which is about 6 m (20 ft) tall, was weakly spattering from it top.

Today, this spatter cone, which is about 6 m (20 ft) tall, was weakly spattering from it top.

Lava Collapse at Halemaʻumaʻu Triggers Small Explosion

At 9:48 PM on Friday, August 23, a collapse of a piece of the wall above the lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu triggered a small explosion.

The explosion bombarded the rim of Halemaʻumaʻu around the old visitor Overlook with molten gobs of spatter as big as dinner plates.

The explosion bombarded the rim of Halemaʻumaʻu around the old visitor Overlook with molten gobs of spatter as big as dinner plates.

The explosion bombarded the rim of Halemaʻumaʻu around the old visitor overlook with molten gobs of spatter as big as dinner plates. Dense lithic fragments from the collapsed wall, and at least as large as a baseball, were also thrown back out of the vent and onto the rim. These images were recorded by a webcam positioned on the rim of Halemaʻumaʻu, about 120 m (395 ft) above the lake surface.

Photos courtesy of Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory

Photos courtesy of Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory

The smaller time-stamp at the upper left corner is the correct acquisition time (the larger time-stamp is based on the camera clock, which drifts over time).

Free Hawaii Island Health Screenings in September

Free Health Screenings open to the public will be happening on the Big Island from September 6 until Sept. 29, with 12 screenings available at 12 different locations.Free Health ScreeningsThis is a WE …a hui for health Event. WE … a hui for health is a program based on Hawai`i values and designed `Ohana Health Plan and Project Vision Hawaii beginning in late 2010. Beginning in January, 2011,WE has provided health screenings in over thirty of our state’s least-served and most needy communities.

Hawaii Island Police Searching for Puna Woman Wanted in Connection with Burglary and Domestics

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 40-year-old Puna woman wanted in connection with a reported burglary and domestic incident in Kurtistown on August 16.

Mary Lolita Santos

Mary Lolita Santos

Mary Lolita Santos of Mountain View is also wanted on a $5,000 bench warrant for a felony theft case. She is described as 5-foot-2, 147 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Police ask anyone who knows her whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Officer Edwin Namohala at 961-2373.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

 

Hawaii County Council District 4 Office Moving – New Office Will Now Be in District 4

The Hawaii County Council District 4 office that has been located in the Pahoa Shopping Center for the last four years is moving to the old Pahoa Police Station.

Since the County of Hawaii already owned the old Pahoa Police Station it makes sense for the county to quit paying rent on a place at the shopping center and move into a vacant building  that is actually in District 4 instead of District 5.

County workers move furniture from the old office

County workers move furniture from the old office

A note on Councilman Ilagans door read “If you are in need of assistance during the week of August 26th, please contact the Hilo County Council Office at (808) 961-8255.  Please Leave us a message at this number until our temporary office is set up at the Hilo County Building. Mahalo”.

District 4 Office Closure Note

Back in 2010 I asked if anyone knew what would be happening with the old police station… Now I guess we know!

New District 4 Office

New District 4 Office

Located at 15-2879 Old Government Road (Main Street Pahoa) the new office has lots of parking available.

A sneak peak inside the office

A sneak peak inside the office

The county workers that were on hand moving furniture into the office did not know when the councilman would physically move into the new office, however, they mentioned I could call his office and ask them… but I’m not too worried about it.

September Schedule – After Dark in the Park at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in September. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and your $2 donation helps support park programs.  Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:

Haku Mele: A Beginner’s Hawaiian Songwriter’s Retreat. Join Hawaiian music, language and haku mele experts, Kenneth Makuakāne and Kaliko Beamer-Trapp, to create original Hawaiian compositions through interactive presentations and small group sessions in haku mele and leo. Class is free and limited to 20 participants. To reserve a space, contact Elizabeth Bell at 985-6019, or email Elizabeth_bell@nps.gov no later than Aug. 30. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free.
When: Sat. and Sun., Sept. 7 & 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days
Where: Environmental Educational Center

Escalante

Grand Staircase-Escalante photo by Jay Robinson

Grand Adventures in the Southwest Desert. Some of the world’s most sublime landscapes await exploration in southern Utah and northern Arizona – where deep canyons, painted mesas, hoodoos and arches are sculpted from layers of rock deposited over eons. Join Park Ranger Jay Robinson on a raft journey into the heart of the Grand Canyon National Park, which like Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Encounter bighorn sheep, condors and lizards, and sleep beneath the stars with hairy scorpions, tarantulas and rattlesnakes! Explore narrow slot canyons and the slick rock deserts of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks and the newly created Vermillion Cliffs and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.
When: Tues., Sept. 10 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

An Evening of Music with Hilo One. Come enjoy Hawaiian music by entertainers Hilo One, featuring Likeke Teanio (lead ‘ukulele, slack key guitar), Aaron Agres (electric upright bass), and Russell Mauga (12-string guitar), as they enliven the evening with their wonderful instrumentation and vocals. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free.
When: Wed., Sept. 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Ulana Lauhala. Learn the art of weaving with leaves of the pandanus tree, or hala, from gathering the material, preparation, to the final product. Join practitioners Amy Kaawaloa and Malia Macabio as they continue to perpetuate this beautiful Hawaiian craft and share the intricacies of weaving lauhala. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.
When: Wed., Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Kahuku Junior Ranger Day. Keiki of all ages are invited to join park rangers and explore the park’s southernmost section of Kahuku, in Ka‘ū. Connect the culture, people, and ‘āina through ‘oli, GPS, and compass on a short and easy walk. See, smell and touch a variety of kalo as Sam and Edna Baldado share their love for the many varieties and uses of this native staple food. Bring a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, hat, long pants, jacket and closed-toe shoes. At least one adult must accompany the children. The event and lunch are free, but registration is required. Call (808) 985-6019 by Sept. 24. Co-sponsored by Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and the Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center.
When: Sat., Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: The Kahuku Unit is located on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. Meet near the parking area.