Breakout Lava Flow Kahauale’a 2 Now Dead

The June 27 breakout building a lava shield near Puʻu ʻŌʻō; Kahaualeʻa 2 flow is now dead.

The June 27 breakout initially produced a channelized lava flow that reached Puʻu Kahaualeʻa (about 1.5 km, or 0.9 miles, from the vent) during the first day, but over the past two days the surface flows have retreated closer to the vent, building a lava shield (visible just above the center of the photograph).

This comparison of the normal photograph with a thermal image shows the extent of the lava shield clearly. The lava shield is visible as the area of high temperatures (hot colors) in the thermal image. Corresponding spots are marked with small arrows for reference. The initial channelized flow that reached Puʻu Kahaualeʻa during the first day is inactive now, but still slightly warm.

Another look at the lava shield formed from lava erupting from the June 27 vent. The shield consists of a broad, and relatively flat, top with multiple narrow streams of lava flowing down the sides.

A view of the lava shield with the thermal camera.

The lava pond in the northeast portion of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater. A lava pond has existed here for months, but it enlarged considerably during lava level drop and collapses that occurred with the start of the June 27 breakout. Today, the lava pond was about 35 meters (yards) across, and seven meters (yards) below the rim
A view from the ground of the lava pond in the northeast portion of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater. Note the layering exposed in the wall above the pond surface.

View of the wall above the lava pond in the northeast portion of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater. The lava pond surface is in the lower portion of the photograph. The dark hole in the upper part of the photograph is the truncated entrance to the lava tube that had been supplying lava to the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow. With the lava level well below the entrance to the lava tube, lava is no longer flowing into the tube and the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow is now inactive. The lava tube here is about 2 meters (yards) wide.

A closer view of the entrance to the lava tube that had been supplying the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow.

This Quicktime movie shows activity in the lava pond in the northeast portion of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater. A lava pond has been here for months, but it enlarged considerably during the June 27 breakout as the lava level in the pond dropped.

The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow is dead

Until recently, surface flows were active in this portion of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow, triggering small brush fires and creating smoke plumes. With the opening of new vents on June 27, the supply of lava into the Kahaualeʻa 2 tube was shut off (see photos of the tube above). There were no active surface flows anywhere on the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow today.

Lyman Medeiros Returns to Radio

New West Broadcasting (NWB) announced that long-time broadcaster Lyman Medeiros returns to radio, July 7, 2014, as he takes the helm for “Captain Dave,” during afternoon drive time, on B93 (93.1 FM Kona) and B97 (97.1 FM Hilo).

Lyman Medeiros

Lyman Medeiros

“Lyman is well known around the island as a radio and TV personality, and through his MC work at numerous community and business events. He understands the value of being connected to the community we serve,” said Chris Leonard, NWB President and General Manager. “The station is built on that connection; it’s the way we do business. Lyman’s long history of community involvement is right in line with ours, and we are very happy to have him on the team.”

An active voice in Hawai’i Island music and broadcasting for over 30 years, Medeiros began his radio career in 1980, after working as a musician here, in Honolulu and elsewhere. Returning home to Hilo, he found a job with KIPA radio, playing Hawaiian music and later classic rock. Along the way, he had a chance to work with  on-air personalities DC and B Free, who he will re-join at B93/B97, and the veneral Mynah Bird, early in his career. Medeiros remembers being part of the opening team for NWB’s new KWXX radio station, about the same time that the invention of music on compact disk was introduced.

With his new position, Medeiros looks forward to going back to what he calls his “radio roots,” as B97/B93 specializes in what they call “Hawaii’s classic hits”–a highly-researched mix of album cuts, baby boom anthems and local favorites.

“A lot of stations have a strictly hit song format—whether it’s country, hip-hop, or other genres,” said Medeiros. “One advantage of B93 and B97 is that they open a broader base, a wider variety in their musical format.”

“Radio has a personal touch,” he said. “In that people feel like ‘this is my station in my back yard; where I live and shop and drive.’” He said that listeners like to know and trust that when they tune in to a particular station, they are going to hear what they want to listen to at the time.

Medeiros will continue to host programming on Big Island Television and participate in community events and enterprises. His show can be heard Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m. and Sat. from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. on B93 (93.1 FM Kona) and B97 (97.1 FM Hilo).

Hawaii’s B93/B97, positioned solidly between Rock and a Soft Place, delivers the classics that define the new mainstream of listeners 25 to 54. For more information, please visit www.b97hawaii.com or call (808) 935-5461.

New West Broadcasting is locally owned, and operates five Big Island radio stations including: KWXX 94.7 FM Hilo, KAOY 101.5 FM (KWXX Kona), KNWB 97.1FM Hilo (B97 Hilo), KMWB 93.1FM Kona (B93 Kona) and KPUA AM 670 Hilo.

New Summer Program for Teens at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Teens will have an opportunity to soar at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s new cross-cultural Aviation Adventure program scheduled to launch this July. The three-day/two-night program will provide a sweeping view of aviation, from ancient Hawaii up to the present day. Two dates are available to choose from: July 15~17 and July 22~24, Tuesdays through Thursdays, 9am to 4pm.

Teen Aviation Program

Aviation Adventure is designed to immerse teens in the rich history of Ford Island and Pearl Harbor, as well as the science, technology, engineering and math concepts of aviation. Hands-on, practical experiences bring these principles to life in the Museum’s historic hangars and aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial. This cross-cultural program is open to teens who have completed the basic Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Flight School program, or those who are at least 13 years of age. They will be joined by teens of the same age, from China. Overnight accommodations are provided onboard the Battleship Missouri.

Cost of the three-day program is $300, which includes all materials, meals, snacks, overnight accommodations, and an Aviation Adventure logo tee shirt.

For more information and to register for Aviation Adventure go to www.PacificAviationMuseum.org/Education/AviationAdventure or email Education@PacificAviationMuseum.org.

Rip Curl Opens at the Kings’ Shops

Kings’ Shops welcomes Rip Curl to its collection of luxury brand and boutique stores such as Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Sasha Hawaii, Tori Richard, Macy’s Resort Store as well as Michael Kors opening this fall. Rip Curl

Rip Curl is a major Australian designer, manufacturer and retailer of one of the world’s leading lifestyle brands for surfing and snowboarding sportswear and the accompanying products needed for participating in those sports, as well as a major athletic sponsor.

Rip Curl’s motto for surf wear is; “You can give surfers boards, wetsuits and eight foot barrels… and they still need something to wear when they get out of the water.” Everyone, from groms to grom-moms and dads, will be able to find what they need for styling in or out of the water.  For more information on Rip Curl visit www.RipCurl.com.

Kona Surf n’ Sandals Shop Opens at Queens’ MarketPlace

Just around the corner from ‘Anaeho‘omalu, one of the island’s favorite beaches, is Queens’ MarketPlace, a natural beach resource for visitors and residents alike. With the fresh addition of a new Kona Surf N’ Sandals shop, the shopping center adds another option to help sun-seekers put their best foot forward.

Kona Surf n' Sandals carries a variety of top name footwear, hats bags and more, at its new location in Queens' MarketPlace, Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Kona Surf n’ Sandals carries a variety of top name footwear, hats bags and more, at its new location in Queens’ MarketPlace, Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Featuring Reef, Sanuk and Oofos footwear, DaKine bags, Scala hats and more, the new Queens’ MarketPlace shop specializes in quality products that offer style and stamina for the active island lifestyle. New products hit the shelves frequently—such as the latest BirkSun Solar Backpack to power up cellphones and other devices on the trail.

Owner-operator Robyn Purdum fell in love with the shop, and the island in the 1990’s, while vacationing from Idaho, where her family farms sugar beets, wheat, corn and other vegetables. She always made it a point to stop in Kona Surf n’ Sandals in the Kona Inn Shopping Village for the season’s Reef flip-flops to take back home. When she noticed a going-out-of-business sale one year, she had a feeling the time was right and became owner of her first Kona Surf n’ Sandals’ shop in 2001. The Queens’ MarketPlace shop is their second location.

“I enjoy the slipper business,” said Purdum, who travels back and forth to Idaho and Hawai‘i throughout the year. “It’s been a real learning experience… The products are fantastic and we have fantastic employees, too. If I didn’t have such a great crew, I couldn’t do it.”

Stacked practically floor-to-ceiling with the newest styles in casual footwear, headwear, bags and luggage for men, women and children, Purdum says they pack a lot of variety into the cozy boutique. “I want people to know we have great selection of products,” said Purdum. “And we carry a large inventory, so hopefully we’ll always have your size. We have great customer service, kama‘āina discounts and a terrific location here at Queens’ MarketPlace. Who could ask for anything more?”

Kona Surf n’ Sandals is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, please call 886-0898 or follow them on Facebook.

Since it opened in 2007, Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama‘āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and large-scale concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens. For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

Big Island Police Conducting DUI Checkpoints This Weekend

With the approach of the long Fourth of July weekend and the continuation of graduation parties, Hawaiʻi Island police will be on alert to help prevent tragedy on our roads.

HPDBadgeOfficers will conduct DUI checkpoints and roving patrols beginning Thursday, July 3, and continuing through Sunday, July 6. The effort is part of a national and statewide campaign called “Drunk Driving: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Driving under the influence of alcohol presents a potential danger to every motorist, passenger and pedestrian the driver encounters. Already this year, Hawaiʻi Island police have made more than 600 DUI arrests, and seven people have died in traffic fatalities.

The Hawaiʻi Police Department wishes everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend.

Road Closures Announced for 4th of July Festivities

HPDBadgeThe Hawaiʻi police Department would like to inform all motorists of the July 4th festivity road closures:

Bayfront Highway (Route 19) from Waianuenue Ave, to Pauahi St.
Closed 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 4. Alternate route is on Kamehameha Ave.

Lihiwai Place
Closed 2 a.m. July 4 to 10 a.m. July 5.

Kumu Street and Bishop Street
Closed 3 a.m. July 3 to 10 p.m. July 4.

The Road Closure information phone number is 961-2350.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this celebration.