USGS Releases New Photos of Active Lava Flow

Scattered breakouts remain active northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, with the farthest activity about 6 km (3.7 miles) from the vent on Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

Some of these breakouts are active along the northern boundary of the flow field, and are burning several small patches of forest - creating the smoke plumes visible near the center of the photograph.  (Click to enlarge)

Some of these breakouts are active along the northern boundary of the flow field, and are burning several small patches of forest – creating the smoke plumes visible near the center of the photograph. (Click to enlarge)

The breakout that began in late November continues to feed lava to the northern boundary of the flow field via a new lava tube. The trace of this new tube is easily visible in the thermal images.

This view looks northeast, and the breakouts along the forest boundary are visible near the top edge of the photograph.

This view looks northeast, and the breakouts along the forest boundary are visible near the top edge of the photograph.

An HVO geologist collects a molten lava sample for chemical analysis, scooping up a bit with the rock hammer to then drop in the water bucket to quench it. Puʻu ʻŌʻō is visible in the distance.


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This view shows the north rim of Kīlauea Caldera, with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park’s Jaggar Museum perched at the rim for ideal views of summit activity.

A clear day at Kīlauea's summit. (Click to enlarge)

A clear day at Kīlauea’s summit. (Click to enlarge)

Mauna Kea is in the distance, partially obscured by clouds, and Mauna Loa’s Northeast Rift Zone extends off the left edge of the photo.

The sun angle was ideal yesterday to show the complex texture on the surface of the lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater at Kīlauea’s summit.

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Spattering was active in the southeast portion of the lake. For scale, the lake is about 230 meters or 755 feet across.

UH Hilo Student Senator Amber Shouse Reappointed – Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Gail Makuakane-Lundin Being Replaced

On December 8, 2015 UHHSA Senator Amber Shouse was reappointed to her position of Senator at Large by Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Gail Makuakane-Lundin. Makuakane-Lundin is being replaced. Makuakane-Lundin declined to comment.

UHHSA Senator Amber Shouse

UHHSA Senator Amber Shouse

Shouse said, “I am thankful the wrong has been righted. I hope UH Hilo can further bring justice to this situation. I am looking forward to serving the student body as I was elected to do.”

Shouse had been unjustifiably removed from UHHSA on October 2, 2015, and then again on October 5 by a cabal led by UHHSA President Lazareth Sye and Treasurer Melinda Alles. Campus Center Director Ellen Kusano was present during the meeting and did not discourage the unjust removal.

Kusano sent an email to Sye on 9/28/15 mentioning Shouse in a derogatory manner 4 days before the removal saying, “Amber persists in believing that I’ll be the puppetmaster of the advisor just as she believes I’m UHHSA’s puppetmaster.  She needs to realize that whoever is feeding her this garbage needs to be ignored. … I hope she hears what Aunty Gail is really saying rather than what she wants to think Aunty Gail is saying.” Kusano has declined to comment. Shouse has filed complaints with UH Hilo.

Vice President Abraham Jose, former UHHSA Data Director Kawehi Kanoho-Kalahiki, COBE Senator Alison Pham, Senator David Khan, Senator Jessica Penaranda, Senator Nick Nguyen, Daniel Woods along with Sye and Alles were responsible for Shouse’s unjustified removal. Only Senator Pham chose to comment. She said,  “I would like extend my sincerest apologies to Ms. Shouse for how she was removed. I hope we can improve UHHSA to provide a better, more fair, and more transparent student government for UH Hilo.”

UHHSA Adviser Shara Mahoe sent an email responding to Shouse’s 10/27/15 appeal saying, “The preponderance of the evidence collected supports your allegation that you [Shouse] did not overstep your boundaries as an UHFISA Senator by communicating directly…with Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Gail Makuakane-Lundin and Dean of Students, Kelly Oaks.”

Shara Mahoe stepped down as UHHSA Adviser on 11/5/15. At the 10/8/15 UHHSA meeting Mahoe had requested funding from UHHSA to supplement her income possibly in violation of state law.

President Sye and the rest of UHHSA have yet to issue a formal apology to Shouse for the unjust removal.

UHHSA Senator Briki Cajandig said, “Amber’s reinstatement was a fair and ethical decision. She has always deserved her spot on the Senate and represents students to the best of her ability with integrity. I’m so glad we have the chance to work together once again.”

Dean Kelly Oaks was also present at the 10/5/15 UHHSA meeting, the 2nd meeting Shouse was unjustifiably removed. She declined to comment regarding the reappointment.

Former UHHSA senator and UHSUnews reporter Jennifer Ruggles said, “Our student government receives $170,000 in student fees every year and unsettling events like this discourage student participation. It’s alarming how the student affairs administrators who oversaw Shouse’s removal, like Director Kusano, continue to allow such undemocratic behavior at a place of higher learning.”

UH Hilo has not commented.

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Updated Map Pinpoints Dengue Fever Cases on Big Island of Hawaii

Below is a updated map that depicts case locations as of 12/30/2015.

Surveying and spraying is being conducted at the residences of all suspect and confirmed cases, in addition to proactive spraying at nearby public facilities.

This map should not be used to exclude any areas of the island from proactive mosquito control measures. All residents islandwide are encouraged to Fight The Bite by reducing mosquito breeding grounds and protecting themselves from mosquito bites.

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Confirmed Dengue Fever Cases on the Big Island of Hawaii Rises to 195

The Dengue Fever outbreak on the Big Island continues and the total confirmed amount of cases rose by 5 more case since the last update bringing the total amount of confirmed cases to 195.

Mosquito Bite

As of December 31, 2015*:

Since the last update, HDOH has identified 5 new cases of dengue fever.  Currently, as many as 8 of the confirmed cases to date are potentially infectious to mosquitoes. All others are no longer infectious.

Potentially infectious individuals
8 Illness onset  12/21/15 to 12/27/15
Cases no longer infectious
187 Illness onset 9/11/15 to 12/20/15
Past and present confirmed cases (Cumulative TOTAL)

Of the confirmed cases, 176 are Hawaii Island residents and 19 are visitors.
158 cases have been adults; 37 have been children (<18 years of age). Onset of illness has ranged between 9/11/15 – 12/27/15.

As of today, a total of 750 reported potential cases have been excluded based on test results and/or not meeting case criteria.

For a map of potential areas of infection by mosquito for confirmed dengue fever cases, click HERE**. (Updated December 30, 2015)

For Hawaii Island Dengue Fever Unified Command Updates, click HERE. (Updated December 2, 2015)

CDC Interim Assessment of the Response by the Hawaii State Department of Health to the Dengue Outbreak on the Island of Hawaii

HDOH continues to routinely monitor for cases of imported dengue infection on ALL islands and will continue to have Vector Control perform mosquito site assessments and abatement as needed. Since the beginning of our current investigation on Hawaii island, two imported dengue fever cases have been confirmed (one on Oahu and one on Hawaii), and one imported chikungunya case (on Hawaii) has been confirmed. These cases are not associated with the Hawaii island investigation.