Darby Update – Reconnaissance Squadron Will Give Better Data

Cloud tops associated with Darby have warmed significantly over the past six hours, while overall organization has decreased. Outflow remains best to the north and northeast, but has become hindered to the southeast.

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Initial reconnaissance into Darby by the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron is scheduled for Friday morning, and their data will give a much better idea as to Darby’s intensity and size.

Tropical Storm Darby Update – Emergency Shelters Open at 4pm Tomorrow

This is a Tropical Storm Darby update for Thursday July 21st at 6:00 PM.

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The National Weather Service reports a Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for Hawaii County and Maui County.  A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible in Hawaii County and Maui County within the next 48 hours.

Tropical Storm Darby is located about 500 miles east of Hilo moving in a west direction at 13 MPH with sustained winds of 65 MPH. For the next 48 hours, little change in the storm’s strength is expected.

A high surf advisory for east facing shores will go into effect at 6 PM today, and is forecast to become a high surf warning tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. through Sunday.

The public is advised to be storm ready.  As Tropical Storm Darby approaches, residents and visitors should be aware of:

  • High surf warning conditions for east facing shores.
  • Tropical storm force winds.
  • Heavy rains and flooding.
  • Mud slides and rock slides.

Please also consider preparations should power be lost or access be blocked – ensure you have prescription medications, ice, water, oxygen, and back up power if needed.

All camping reservations at County parks are being cancelled from Friday to Sunday. Pavilion reservations at County parks are also being cancelled on Saturday and Sunday, and County swimming pools will also be closed along with the Ho’olulu Complex.. Lava viewing in Kalapana will be closed from Friday to Sunday.

Darby SheltersThe following public schools are scheduled to be opened as emergency shelters at 4 pm tomorrow, or Friday afternoon:

  • Hilo High
  • Waiakea High
  • Kalanianaole Elementary
  • Keaau High
  • Pahoa High
  • Laupahoehoe Community Charter School
  • Honokaa High and Intermediate
  • Kohala High and Elementary
  • Waikoloa Elementary
  • Kealakehe High, Konawaena High
  • Ka’u High and Mountain View Elementary.

Consider bringing bedding, food, water and any personal items you may need.

Monitor your local radio broadcasts for information updates and plan early for possible impacts from wind and rain to homes, businesses, and communities. For more information go to www.hawaiicounty.gov/civil-defense

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Hawaii Governor Announces Allocation of $12M for Homelessness Effort

Gov. David Ige has announced that $12M in funding will be focused on the most visible and chronically homeless people in Hawai‘i.  The appropriation, provided by the Hawai‘i State Legislature during the regular session, was appropriated to the Department of Human Services (DHS) with the flexibility for DHS to allocate. “We know that addressing homelessness is a priority for Hawai‘i,” said Gov. Ige. “We wanted people to understand the framework that guides both DHS and our homelessness efforts.”

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DHS Director Rachael Wong outlined the DHS multi-generation philosophy, entitled ‘Ohana Nui, which focuses on families and children. The Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness, Scott Morishige, unveiled the state’s framework to address homelessness which is based on three levers of change: affordable housing, health and human services and public safety. “The $12M allocation is a natural extension of this framework,” he said.

LEVER 1: AFFORDABLE HOUSING (FUNDED SEPARATELY)

The first lever in the state’s framework is a high priority for legislators and the administration. Funding for this focus area is coming from separate budgets, but the $12M is helping to complement those efforts.

LEVER 2: HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES ($9.4M)

There will be $6M in new funding for Rapid Re-Housing (or rental subsidies) and Housing First (an evidence-based program that houses and supports chronically homeless individuals suffering from severe mental health conditions, substance abuse or other issues). Half of the Housing First resources will go to neighbor islands.

An additional $1.4M in funding will support the state’s Family Assessment Center being constructed in Kaka‘ako. This includes $500k for renovations and $900k for operating costs for two years.

LEVER 3: PUBLIC SAFETY ($1.925M)

Public safety refers to keeping public places safe and open for everyone. Morishige emphasized that government has an obligation to respond to encampments on public land. Also, the state’s public safety protocol allows the state to properly address areas where it is unsafe for people to live. “This is not to criminalize homelessness,” Morishige said. “We want to connect people with shelter or housing, not just move them from place to place.” The budget sets aside $1.9M in new funding for state departments such as the Department of Transportation, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Public Safety Division and the Hawaii Community Development Authority for enforcement-related activities.

DATA & INFRASTRUCTURE ($675,000)

In addition, $325,000 in new funding will be used for data collection and analysis. “We have to be able to measure progress,” Morishige said. There is also $350,000 in new funding for state-owned homeless shelter renovations and upgrades.

The additional funding in service dollars reflects a nearly 60 percent increase. “This will address Hawaii’s most visible and chronic homeless population that we see on the streets and sidewalks,” Morishige said.

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Big Island Police Fatally Shoot Man in Hawaiian Paradise Park

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an officer-involved shooting Thursday afternoon (July 21) in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision.

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In response to a 1:20 p.m. call reporting a man possibly armed with a weapon, Puna District officers combed the subdivision and located him on Beach Road off Kaloli Drive seated in a pickup truck.

Two officers approached the vehicle. They made contact with the man and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, the man in the truck pointed a handgun at one of the officers. In response, that officer fired his duty weapon, fatally injuring the gunman. The man’s name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of his family.

An autopsy will be ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The officer who fired his weapon has been with the Hawaiʻi Police Department for nine years. The other officer, who has five years’ experience, was taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

No officers were injured by gunfire.

As is standard practice in any police-involved shooting, the Police Department’s Area I Criminal Investigations Section will conduct a criminal investigation into the shooting and the Office of Professional Standards will conduct an administrative investigation.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the incident to contact Detective Tuckloy Aurello at 961-2385.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 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.

Tropical Storm Darby 5pm Update

Darby’s satellite signature has improved somewhat since the previous advisory, with a curved convective band wrapping into the center from the north, and outflow increasing in the north and northwest semicircles.

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The initial motion for this advisory is estimated to be 270/11 kt, with Darby currently being steered by a retrograding mid-level ridge centered well north of Hawaii.  This ridge will be the primary steering mechanism over the next day or so, after which time a deep

layer low digging southward will weaken the ridge, resulting in a reduction in Darby’s forward speed.  As the ridge weakens, Darby is expected to turn toward the northwest, but the turn is not expected to be a sharp as earlier forecast.

As Darby begins to gain latitude, it will move north of a mid-level ridge axis extending toward Hawaii from the eastern Pacific, and become embedded within deep-layer south to southeast flow that takes Darby toward the northwest.  Latest track guidance shifted toward the previous forecast, and the new track forecast is essentially an update of the previous one.

7th Annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival Early Bird Tickets Now Available

The seventh annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) is January 2-10, 2017 at numerous venues in Waimea, as well as The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Mauna Kea Resort and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Festival passes are available online at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org with extra early purchase pass rates available.

Waimea Ocean Film FestivalOcean Film brings over 60 films to the big screen each year. Most are world, U.S., Hawai‘i or Big Island premieres, with many filmmakers in attendance. Films fall into categories of ocean experience, such as surfing; ocean environment; and island culture and history. In addition, films of broader cultural, historic and conservational appeal are also featured, as well as generally inspirational films and stories of epic adventure.

“These films shed light on who we are, give pause for thought, and share the extraordinary,” says Tania Howard, Ocean Film founder and executive director. “They infuse and inspire our thoughts.”

Films and programs will be Monday, Jan. 2 to Thursday, Jan. 5 at venues in Waimea, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel and The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai`i, before moving Friday, Jan. 6 to Tuesday, Jan. 10 to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. In addition to films, the festival offers intimate breakfast talks, Q & A filmmaker sessions, compelling speakers and artistic exhibits.

The 2017 festival program will be completed and posted to the website in PDF format around December 20 for convenient download. As customary each year, last year’s People’s Choice Award winner, “Unbranded,” returns to the festival with the spectacular story of Texas cowboy Ben Masters, who recruits three friends and develops a plan to adopt, train and ride a string of wild mustangs 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada, through the heart of the American West.

A painting by Sophie Twigg-Smith Teururai, “Parea Day,” has been chosen as the festival’s 2017 cover art. Born and raised on Hawai`i island, Teururai lives in Tahiti with her husband and paints scenes of the islands. She is the granddaughter of noted Hawai‘i artist William Twigg-Smith and an exhibit of her work will be on display during the festival.

The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is offering discounted room rates to festival pass holders from January 2-12.

For event updates, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or follow the Waimea Ocean Film Festival on Facebook. For questions, contact the festival at 808-854-6095 or info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.

Flash Flood Watch Issued for Big Island and Maui

All eyes are on Tropical Storm Darby, and the forecast details are highly dependent on its eventual track and intensity as it approaches the islands. Unfortunately, a track more on left side of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) forecast cone would result in a much greater threat of damaging winds and intense rainfall, and possibly to a much larger part of the state.

Darby Satellite 721At this point, we cannot rule that out and we encourage people to get prepared for that very significant possibility. Tropical cyclone related headlines appear likely to be issued today.

Stay tuned to the latest from CPHC because adjustments are likely to the forecast as we go along. The peripheral moisture from Darby will start to bring some showers to windward Big Island tonight and increase on Friday. More significant bands of heavy showers and squalls associated with Darby are likely to start Friday night, then increase in intensity and frequency as the tropical storm gets closer.

Thus, we have issued a Flash Flood Watch that includes Maui and the Big Island for now. It is very possible we may have to expand the watch to include more areas if the CPHC track continues to shift westward. Until Darby gets close, we will see good conditions for getting ready, with typical trade wind weather with passing mainly windward and mauka showers, especially mornings and nights. After Darby passes, moist, humid southeast flow will continue during the first half of next week.

Based on the latest data from Wavewatch III, we have upgraded the High Surf Advisory to a High Surf Warning for the E facing shores of Maui and the Big Island starting at 6 am Friday. Wavewatch III shows longer period swell reaching 13 feet/13 seconds, so we went with surf heights of 12-20 feet for now.

Also raised the east- shore heights in the remaining advisory areas, to 8 to 12 feet. Adjustments may be needed to any of these details based on what Darby eventually does. Currently the High Surf Advisory for the other islands only goes through 6 am Saturday, but it may need to be expanded or extended as we get a better handle on what Darby will do. Winds and seas directly associated with Darby are likely to start increasing over the southeast offshore waters starting tonight, then spreading westward toward the state on Friday.

Winds and seas will begin increasing over the Big Island southeast waters on Friday, and continue spreading through the coastal waters zones near the Big Island and Maui after that. Although the Small Craft Advisory currently only goes through 6 pm Friday, we will likely be replacing that with tropical cyclone headlines today.

Hawaii Civil Defense Warning on Tropical Storm Darby

This is a Tropical Storm Darby update for Thursday July 21st at 11:00 AM.

The National Weather Service reports a Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for Hawaii County and Maui County.  A Tropical Storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible in Hawaii County and Maui County within the next 48 hours.

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Tropical Storm Darby is located about 560 miles east of Hilo moving in a west-southwest direction at 14 MPH with sustained winds of 65 MPH. For the next 48 hours, little change in the storm’s strength is expected.

A high surf advisory for east facing shores will go into effect at 6 PM today. However, a high surf warning is forecast beginning 6 a.m. tomorrow through Sunday.

The public is advised to be storm ready.  As Tropical Storm Darby approaches, residents and visitors should be aware of:

  • High surf warning conditions for east facing shores.
  • Tropical storm force winds.
  • Heavy rains and flooding.
  • Mud slides and rock slides.

Monitor your local radio broadcasts for information updates and plan early for possible impacts from wind and rain to homes, businesses, and communities.

For more information go to the following National Weather Service link:http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/tc_graphics/latest_w.php?stormid=EP052016

Thank you for listening, this is your Hawaii County Civil Defense

Tropical Storm WATCH Issued for Hawaii and Maui Counties

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Hawaii County and Maui County.

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A Tropical Storm watch is in effect for:

  • Hawaii County
  • Maui County, including the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe

A Tropical Storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area within 48 hours.

Tropical Storm Darby Continues Towards the Hawaii Islands

The satellite cloud pattern around Darby remains well-organized, but the area of cold tops has decreased a bit since last evening. Microwave passes at 1059 and 1156 UTC also showed good banding wrapping from west through south through east through north of the center.

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Read more here: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/tcpages/archive/?prod=TCDCP3.EP052016.040.201607211436