Lava Continues to Flow to Ocean Creating Dangerous Lava Deltas

Lava continues to flow into the ocean at Kamokuna, with two main entry areas, both forming lava deltas. The eastern lava delta is the larger of the two, and today, a broad span of small lava streams entering the sea was creating a wide ocean entry plume.

The smaller western entry was feeding a weaker plume.

The smaller western entry was feeding a weaker plume.

Another view of the ocean entries, with the eastern entry in the foreground.

For scale, a boat can be seen in the lower left portion of the image.

For scale, a boat can be seen in the lower left portion of the image.

A breakout from the base of the pali, which began last week, remained active today, with scattered pāhoehoe lobes near the eastern margin of the 61g lava flow.

Fume from the lava tubes on the pali can be seen in the upper left part of the image.

Fume from the lava tubes on the pali can be seen in the upper left part of the image.

Kīlauea’s summit lava lake remains at a high level

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The lava lake at the summit of Kīlauea remained at a high level today, about 18 m (60 ft) from the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater at the time of this photo.

 

VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Addresses 2016 National Guard Association Conference

This morning, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard delivered remarks at the 2016 National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) Conference in Baltimore, MD.

tulsi-ngauMore than 3,000 National Guardsmen from every U.S. State, three territories and the District of Columbia attended the 3-day conference, including members of the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard and the Hawaiʻi Air National Guard.

In her speech, the congresswoman discussed the need to preserve the founding mission of the National Guard as the frontline force in domestic emergency response, shared how her more than 13 years of service in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard influences her work on the House Armed Services Committee and in Congress, and more.

She also paid tribute to U.S. Congressman Mark Takai, who addressed the NGAUS Conference in 2015 and served in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard for 17 years.

NGAUS is the nation’s oldest military association working solely for the benefit of the National Guard of the United States and educating the public about the Guard’s role and history in the Armed Forces of the United States. NGAUS represents more than 470,000 men and women currently serving in the Army and Air National Guard, as well as their families, employers and all Guard retirees.

Hilo’s Mele Spencer Elected Governor for Zonta District 9

Mele Spencer has assumed the volunteer post of Zonta International District 9 governor for 2016-18. Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Mele Spencer

Mele Spencer

As governor, Spencer serves as the link between the district and Zonta International and administers affairs of the district, which is comprised of 25 clubs and 543 members in Hawaii, California, Utah, Arizona and Nevada. District 9 also includes seven Z clubs (high school) and six Golden Z clubs (college), one of which is at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Spencer is one of 31 governors worldwide and nine Zontians in the United States serving as a district governor for the biennium. A member of the Zonta Club of Hilo since 1998, Spencer is also responsible for organizing new Zonta clubs and strengthening existing ones in the district.

“Zonta continues to impact women not just locally but nationally, as demonstrated by our district governor coming from the Hilo club. We proudly support Mele in her new role as we continue to empower women through service and advocacy,” said Tonya Ozone, president of the Zonta Club of Hilo.

Spencer was formally installed at the Zonta International convention in Nice, France on July 6, 2016 and will serve through June 2018. She is the second governor from the Zonta Club of Hilo; Julie Tulang was elected governor of District 9 in 2004 and served through 2006.

“As governor of Zonta District 9, my top priorities are to draw in more young professionals, increase collaboration between Zonta and other like-minded organizations, and help clubs embrace technology to connect with current and potential members,” said Spencer. “To support international efforts, districts will focus on increasing its advocacy efforts for local and national issues, engage men in our gender equality campaigns and provide ongoing support for international projects, which totals $6 million annually.”

Zonta clubs are involved in many local and international service activities. The Zonta Club of Hilo, for example, has taken part in the Weinberg Foundation Friends Program for 18 years, introduced the community to “Denim Day” to raise awareness around sex assault, underwrites Girls Engineering Day at Waiakea High School and takes the “Hands Are Not For Hitting” message to Hawaii Island preschools in an effort to break the cycle of violence early.

Mele Spencer (right) and outgoing District 9 governor, Nikki Bonner, at Zonta International Convention in Nice, France.

Mele Spencer (right) and outgoing District 9 governor, Nikki Bonner, at Zonta International Convention in Nice, France.

The club awards young women pursuing STEM and business careers with scholarships annually and hosts “Zonta Fashion Frenzy,” a weekend fundraiser event dedicated to spotlighting local fashion designers and women-owned businesses. The next Fashion Frenzy is slated for February 10-12, 2017.

A former loan specialist and contract program manager with U.S. Department of Agriculture and State Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Spencer currently owns and operates J&M Farms with her husband. Spencer’s commitment to building a strong community is evident in her involvement in many organizations including Hawaii County Committee on Status of Women, American Heart Association, Hawaii Island Adult Care, Hui Mana Group, Keaukaha-Panaewa Farmers Association, Farm Supply Cooperative and Zonta International.