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Kīlauea Volcano’s Summit Lava Lake Puts on a Good Show Today

In concert with inflationary tilt, the level of Kīlauea Volcano’s summit lava lake rose over the past day and was measured at 28 m (92 ft) below the vent rim this morning.

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Click to enlarge

With the higher lake level, and between passing heavy fog and rain showers throughout the day, vigorous spattering on the lake surface was visible from the Jaggar Museum Overlook in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.

Zooming in on the lava lake, a closer camera view of the spattering lake surface late this afternoon.  Click to enlarge

Zooming in on the lava lake, a closer camera view of the spattering lake surface late this afternoon. Click to enlarge

Because of calm winds, noise associated with the spattering could be heard from the Jaggar Overlook—amidst the occasional rumble from weather-related thunder.

Image from this evening:

This image is from a research camera mounted in the observation tower at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

hvo 82316 liveThe camera is looking SSE towards the active vent in Halemaʻumaʻu, 1.9 km (1.2 miles) from the webcam. For scale, the crater wall of Halemaʻumaʻu behind the eruptive vent is about 85 m (~280 ft) high.

 

Family Fun Day at Kahilu Theatre

Saturday, August 27, 10AM – 2PM, the Kahilu Theatre will be hosting a Family Fun Day event called Animal Fun! to celebrate the launch of the Theatre’s 2016/2017 Presenting Season. The event will be full of family fun and entertainment, inside and surrounding the Theatre. Animal Fun! is free and open to the public.
Arts Ed @ Kahilu students performing at the Circus Camp Finale. Photo by Andrew Hara

Arts Ed @ Kahilu students performing at the Circus Camp Finale. Photo by Andrew Richard Hara

Young stars from the recent Kahilu Circus Camp and Kahilu Performance Arts Classes (KPAC) will perform at Animal Fun!. Performances will feature aerial arts, juggling, unicycling, hooping, clowning, and magic. In addition to student performances, there will be live music, face painting, and balloon sculptures from Ari the Clown.
Tickets for Kahilu Theatre’s 36th Season will also go on sale to the general public during the event.
This will be the first of three Family Fun Days planned for Kahilu Theatre’s 2016/17 Season. The next Family Fun Day is slated for Saturday, February 4, in celebration of the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Call the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 808.885.6868 for more information about upcoming events, memberships, and Arts Ed @ Kahilu programs.

Police Making Two “Active Shooter” Presentations in North Kohala

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will make two “active shooter” presentations in North Kohala on Saturday (August 27).
Active Shooter
The presentations, which are open to the public by reservation only, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Kohala Inter-Generational Center located at Kamehameha Park.

The presentations are designed to help individuals increase their survivability should they encounter an active shooter or other type of active violent incident. Police will provide information on previous incidents of mass violence, recent events, best practices for those caught in such situations, law enforcement’s response, and how to work together as a community toward prevention. They will also provide additional resources for participants so they can continue their education on this topic, followed by a question-and answer segment.

Seating is limited. Persons wishing to attend must make a reservation by contacting the Hawaiʻi Community Federal Credit Union at 930-7700 or marketing@hicommfcu.com.

Persons unable to attend may obtain “active shooter” information by viewing the “Active Shooter/Violence Awareness” page on the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s website (www.hawaiipolice.com) under the “Services” tab.

Hawaii State Highway Bonds Sale Secures $247 Million, Saves State More Than $22 Million

On Aug. 10, 2016, the State of Hawai‘i successfully sold $204.485 million in Highway Revenue Bonds at the lowest interest rate in the history of the state’s Highway Revenue Bond Program. The sale raised $247.581 million.

Highways DivisionApproximately $120 million of the bond sale proceeds will be used to fund various highway projects throughout the state and about $127 million of the proceeds will be used to refinance existing state bonds. The refinancing will reduce debt service payments and save more than $22 million in interest costs.

“This financing is a tremendous success for the state, enabling continued investment in our infrastructure at a very affordable borrowing cost,” said Gov. David Ige. The low interest rates achieved demonstrate bond investors’ confidence in Hawai‘i’s economic strength and its continued practice of sound fiscal management. This is the result of years of discipline and conservative fiscal management.”

Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service and Fitch Ratings affirmed the state’s strong bond ratings of “Aa2”, “AA+” and “AA,” respectively. Each rating agency also attached “stable” outlooks on their ratings, indicating secure future economic and financial trends for Hawai‘i. Rating agencies cited the stability and diversity of revenue streams that are pledged as security for the bonds, as one of the key strengths of the credit.  Other strengths cited include strong legal provisions, high debt service coverage, and stable revenue trends, particularly in those sectors that are less reliant on economic activity.

The marketing plan for the bonds included investor presentations, both in-person in Hawai‘i and on the mainland, as well as internet-based presentations and conference calls. The extended marketing generated strong demand for the bonds from institutional investors.

There was very strong demand for the bonds by both Hawai‘i and national investors. Orders for the bonds amounted to 4.5 times the amount available for sale. The strong demand resulted in net interest rates on the bonds that ranged from 0.50 to 2.50 percent, with the average net interest rate less than 2.25 percent. This is the lowest rate the state has achieved since starting the Highway Revenue Bond Program in 1993.

“The success of the recent bond sale and the low interest rate on the offering is due in no small part to the hard work of the Highways Division in adhering to its sound fiscal and debt management policies,” said Ford Fuchigami, director, Hawai‘i  Department of Transportation. “We are extremely pleased with the demand for the bonds and the needed infusion of capital the Highways Division will receive from the sale.”

The bonds were sold by a financing team led by Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, serving as book-running senior manager and Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo Securities, serving as co-senior managers.

Look Out Nate Garner… Councilman Ilagan Starting YouTube Channel

After serving four years on the Hawai’i County Council, Greggor Ilagan is seeking a bigger audience — working with YouTube.

ilagan youtube

One week after the primary election, he launched his new venture as a content creator, Ilagan Videos, with the shaving cream challenge. Besides the Ilagan Challenges, other possible ventures that are being explored include Ilagan News and Ilagan Travel.

It’s far from his original goal of running for the State Senate, but after the hard-fought campaign, it is a way to keep moving. It is also in line with his innovative use of technology to run his office and to reach out to constituents. “Sometimes in life our path changes,” Ilagan said. “And it’s how fast we adapt to that change that matters.”

So the Puna councilman decided to follow a new path outside of government. “Thank you everyone for your support,” he said. “Continue to exercise your right to vote, and please subscribe to Ilagan Videos.”

Mayor-Elect Harry Kim On “Insights on PBS Hawaii”

On Thursday August 18th, Hawaii County Mayor-Elect Harry Kim was on PBS Hawaii’s television show “Insights on PBS Hawaii“.

Mayor Elect Kim at PBS
Mayor-Elect Kim talked about committing to the be the mayor of the Big Island for the next 4 years, some of the reasons why he ran for office, trust in government in general at all levels while even touching a bit on the Billy Kenoi p-Card legal predictions our current mayor is in.

He also spoke about this current election and the feedback he has been receiving since being re-elected as the Mayor of Hawaii County.  He spoke a little about the divide between East Hawaii and West Hawaii and part of the lack of communication that he had in his previous time in office.

The PBS Hawaii Replay is tomorrow at 2pm but you can watch it anytime here:

 

Canadian Firm Awarded $10 Million for Design and Production Readiness Phases of TMT Enclosure

Empire Industries Ltd. announced that its Dynamic Structures division has been awarded a contract from Canadian Commercial Corporation for the final design and production readiness phases of the Thirty Meter Telescope enclosure.  The contract is valued at approximately $10 million, and is expected to be completed over the next 20 months.

TMT laserThe Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will be the most advanced and powerful optical telescope on Earth. When completed, TMT will enable astronomers to study objects in our own solar system and stars throughout our Milky Way and its neighboring galaxies, and forming galaxies at the very edge of the observable Universe.  For more information about TMT, go to www.tmt.org.

The TMT project is being undertaken by a consortium of universities, institutions and governments from the United States, Canada, Japan, China, and India.  The TMT enclosure is one of several key deliverables that Canada will be contributing to the TMT partnership under which Canada will provide up to $243.5 million over 10 years to support Canada’s participation in TMT.

Dynamic Structures has developed an innovative calotte shape for the TMT enclosure.  The design significantly reduces the size and improves the speed of the enclosure, to effectively shield the telescope and instruments from temperature variations, unbalanced wind forces, snow and ice.  The enclosure will rotate and track the telescope’s field of view. When completed, the enclosure will be 55 meters high and be assembled from over hundreds of thousands of parts.

The enclosure design is expected to be executed between 2016 and Q1 2018. Subsequent phases of the Canadian enclosure project, including fabrication, shipping the enclosure to the project site, supervision of the enclosure’s installation, and commissioning of the structure, have not yet been awarded.

“It is an honor to be selected to design one of the most sophisticated moving structures on the planet, said Guy Nelson, Chief Executive Officer of Empire Industries Ltd.  “Dynamic Structures has been actively working on TMT since it was first conceived over ten years ago.  We are looking forward to seeing it through to completion.”

New Lava Flow Map Released

This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow field at the coast.

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Lava is reaching the sea along a broad area about 1 km (0.6 miles) long.

The area of the active flow field as of August 12 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the active flow as mapped on August 19 is shown in red. The base is a Digital Globe image from January 2016.

Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory Update – Lava Reaching Ocean 0.6 Miles Wide

Measuring how much lava is flowing through the 61g tube.

hvo81916HVO geologist conducts a VLF (very low frequency) survey across the episode 61g lava tube to measure the depth and cross-sectional area of lava flowing within the tube.

hvo81916aAerial view of the Kamokuna ocean entry. Lava is reaching the sea along a broad area about 1 km (0.6 miles) long.

hvo81916bIn this view, the 61g lava flow is lighter gray in color compared to older lavas.

Mick Kalber posted the following video earlier today:

Hawaii Island Festival of Birds Welcomes All

The Hawai’i Island Festival of Birds – Ha`akula Manu – is pleased to announce that, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, local keiki (children) 15 and under accompanied by an adult with a paid general admission ticket can attend the festival for FREE!  Adult entry is $10 and includes $5 of Birdie Bucks coupons that can be spent on items at the vendor booths and silent auction.

Bird Festival 2016The Hawai’i Island Festival of Birds is an opportunity for Big Island keiki to increase their knowledge of birds and their habitats. The festival will highlight the important role played by birds in Hawaiian culture, the need to preserve and restore our island’s unique habitats critical to these birds’ survival, and help children learn that birding is a just like a real life, fun version of Pokemon-Go!

The Festival, scheduled for the weekend of September 24-25 at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, includes on-site events on Saturday and field trips on Sunday. The Saturday, September 24 events held at the Sheraton Kona will include educational seminars, bird-related trade and arts booths, and fun activities for the whole family. The seminars will be stimulating for adults and teens, while younger ones will enjoy the hands-on activities related to Hawaii’s unique birds. General admission tickets can be purchased at the door.

Sunday activities include guided birdwatching field trips hosted by Hawaii Forest & Trail, a bird photography tour hosted by Jack Jeffrey, and a guided boat trip out of Honokohau Harbor to watch seabirds with on-board pelagic leaders Lance Tanino, Brian Sullivan and Mike Scott. Tours are already discounted to $150 with no additional discount for keiki or kama’aina. Space is limited on field trips, so register now if you would like to take advantage of this great deal (includes transportation, lunch, dinner, and guides).

Here are a few of the family-oriented activities everyone can participate in at the Festival:

  • Build a Bird Contest – Create a unique bird out of supplied materials to keep or enter into a contest to win a T-shirt.
  • Birdwatching Basics – Here’s how to get started on a new hobby that can turn into a lifelong passion (may also be used as partial fulfillment for Scout merit badge requirements).
  • Where in the World? – See if you can identify the original homes of our island birds (hint: some are found only here in Hawaii!).
  • Trivial Pursuit – Our own island bird edition.
  • Birds and Beaks – Take a close-up look at how the beaks of our island birds are adapted for the foods they find here.

“The Hawai’i Island Festival of Birds, with the help of experts who will be joining us to teach, will give our keiki a chance to learn more about the birds of Hawaii,” said Hawaii Forest & Trails’s Rob Pacheco.  “The learning is just a first step though.  Through learning, kids gain an appreciation and develop a fascination with birds, which then, often leads to a lifelong affair with nature.”

Festival sponsors include Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Hawaii, Alaska Airlines, Audubon Magazine, Hawaii Forest and Trail, Destination Marketing Hawaii and others.

For more information and Festival registration, please visit the website hawaiibirdingtrails.com.

Community Voices Sought for Input on Public Education Plans

Since April, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) and Board of Education’s (BOE) has engaged the community as it reviews its joint Strategic Plan. BOE members have hosted meetings in Waimea (Hawaii Island) and Wailuku, and the public has more opportunities to provide feedback at upcoming community meetings on Oahu, Kauai and Molokai.

A group brainstorms ideas during the Maui Community Meeting on Aug. 8.  Photo: Department of Education

A group brainstorms ideas during the Maui Community Meeting on Aug. 8. Photo: Department of Education

“It is important for us to dialogue with members of all sectors of our communities as we work on strategies towards achieving student success,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “Education affects all of us, that’s why we appreciate the public input provided so far and urge others to attend the few meetings we have left before finalizing plans that will set the direction for public education in the upcoming years.”

The public has the remaining opportunities to lend their voice at the following community meetings:

  • Aug. 22: Kailua High School College and Career Center, 451 Ulumanu Drive
  • Aug. 31: Manoa Public Library, 2716 Woodlawn Drive
  • Sept. 1: Kaunakakai Elementary School, 30 Ailoa Street
  • Sept. 14: Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, 4431 Nuhou Street
  • Sept. 15: Waianae Public Library, 85-625 Farrington Highway

All meetings will be held from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Storyline Consulting, a third-party facilitator, brought in to ensure the objective report of community input, reported on the first phase of HIDOE’s community outreach, which included 108 focus groups on six islands and 1,429 online survey responses. The Phase I report noted the following emerging themes as community-based descriptors of student success:

  • Giving back to the community, environment, and world;
  • Discovering and pursuing passions so students can reach their full potential;
  • Demonstrating strong academic and soft skills, and showing an ability to think critically, solve problems, and apply knowledge to new situations or contexts;
  • Being prepared for life after high school, including setting clear goals and developing short-term and long-term engagement in learning;
  • Exhibiting strength, confidence, and resilience in their every day lives and being generally healthy and happy; and
  • Gaining a strong sense of cultural understanding and appreciation for Hawaii.

For more information, view the digital and print reports.

The Department and BOE are updating the description of student success, and strategies for school and community innovation, professional development, leadership and more. A draft plan will be presented to the BOE in mid-October, and final plan will be presented to the BOE in December.

“Since we embarked on community engagement in April, we have received tremendous amounts of valuable information that will help us craft a Strategic Plan that meets the ever-changing needs of our students and community,” said Tammi Chun, assistant superintendent, Office of Strategy, Innovation and Performance. “The process has been two-fold as we’re also using the feedback from the community to help us with our state plan in response to the new federal education law, ESSA, that is required to receive federal funds.”

HIDOE continues to monitor the national changes for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and has offered feedback to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) on how the rules and timelines will impact Hawaii.  The Department took issue with the draft regulations appearing to be more prescriptive than what is described in the spirit of the law. HIDOE anticipates submitting the state’s plan for ESSA funding on the USED’s March 6, 2017 deadline.

For more information about the Strategic Plan and HIDOE’s ESSA efforts, click here; to join the conversation on social media use #HIQualityEd.

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Announces Real Estate Sale

Mauna Kea Resort Services LLC, which is an affiliate of Prince Resorts Hawaii Inc., has closed the sale of the 8,000-square foot Hapuna Villa and 96 of the hotel’s 350 guest rooms at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel to an affiliate of Angelo Gordon & Co. and development partner West Point Investment Corporation.

Hapuna Villa

Hapuna Villa

Proceeds from the sale will be used to fund renovations of the hotel’s public areas and remaining 254 guest rooms, enhance The Club at Mauna Kea amenities, and fund improvements to the golf club and fitness facilities at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Additionally, renovations and enhanced programming in food and beverage will deliver elevated offerings and unique experiences for hotel guests and the community.

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

“This deal comes at an ideal time as Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel embarks on an exciting future,” said Mauna Kea Resort vice president of operations, Craig Anderson. “The new business model means continuation of good jobs for our team members and a beautiful hotel for guests to enjoy for years to come.”

Hapuna Prince VillaPrince Resorts Hawaii will continue to operate all 351 guestrooms at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel for the next 12 months while plans are prepared by the development team for conversion of the 96 guestrooms into new 5-star resort residences within one of Hawaii’s most admired resorts.

Fair Wind Cruises Celebrates 45 Years of Cruises with $4.50 Kona Coast Cruises

On Saturday, September 10, 2016, family-owned and operated Fair Wind Cruises will celebrate 45 years of offering world-class ocean adventures on the breathtaking south Kona coast.

Fairwinds in KonaTo say mahalo to the community and visitors to Hawaii Island for their support, Fair Wind Cruises will be hosting a fun-filled day for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fair Wind Courtyard at Keauhou Bay.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the day will go towards the Kahaluʻu Reef Teach Program committed to promoting reef etiquette to protect the bay’s fragile ecosystem. Fair Wind Cruises will match the money raised on the day dollar-for-dollar.

Fairwind3In honor of the 45-year milestone, the day’s festivities will be just $4.50 including 45-minute cruises on the Fair Wind II and Hula Kai vessels. The boats will depart every half hour from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

fairwindFair Wind II passengers will have the chance to swim and play on the water slides and high-jump platform. Hula Kai passengers (minimum 5-years) will enjoy a scenic cruise along the Keauhou and Kona coastline with historical narrative throughout the journey.

Also on offer throughout the day:

  • Hot dogs, shave ice and refreshments.
  • Raffle drawings with prizes such as Fair Wind snorkel cruise certificates, shirts, hats and more.
  • Live music by Dennis Garcia.
  • Games and activities for the whole family.
  • Live broadcast by The BEAT 93.9.

The first 200 paid entrants will receive a free special edition Fair Wind Cruises trucker hat.

fairwind2Fair Wind Cruises was born from what was supposed to be a brief stopover in Kona on a cruise from Monterey to the South Pacific in 1971. The Dant family turned their passion into a lifetime of adventure and today, 45 years later, and several Dant generations later, Fair Wind is now one of Hawaii’s premier ocean activity companies.

For more information about Fair Wind Cruises 45th anniversary celebration visit Fair-Wind.com/anniversary

  • WHAT: Fair Wind Cruises 45th anniversary celebration
  • WHEN: Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • WHERE: The Fair Wind Courtyard at Keauhou Bay, 78-7130 Kaleiopapa Street Kailua-Kona
  • COST: $4.50 per person (toddlers under three free)
  • PARKING: Available on Kamehameha III Road. Link to map: https://www.fair-wind.com/directions/

INFORMATION: Call 808-322-2788 or visit:

https://www.fair-wind.com/anniversary/

7th Annual “Taste of Mauna Lani” Coming Soon

Mauna Lani Resort is happy to present the 7th Annual Taste of Mauna Lani, starting Monday, September 5, and continuing through Sunday, September 25, 2016.
Taste of Mauna LaniThe Shops at Mauna Lani, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and the Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i have partnered together to offer a variety of tantalizing and affordable menu selections showcasing the very best of Big Island Cuisine. Six of Mauna Lani Resort’s top restaurants will offer a special three-course prix fixe dinner, ranging in price from $35 to $65.

A portion of the proceeds from each Taste of Mauna Lani dinner sold will be donated to Hawai‘i Island Food Basket. In addition, diners will receive a VIP Shopping Discount Card with special savings from participating Shops merchants including 50% off tickets for Kozy’s Magic and Comedy Show and a free 4D Adventure Ride.

Participating restaurants include: Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, Monstera Noodles & Sushi, The Blue Room Brasserie & Bar and Ruth’s Chris Steak House, all at The Shops at Mauna Lani. Additionally, CanoeHouse at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and Brown’s Beach House at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i are participating in Taste of Mauna Lani. Reservations are recommended.

County of Hawaii Announces Temporary Closure of Kukuihaele Park

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation announces the temporary closure of Kukuihaele Park effective immediately and continuing through completion of construction activities, currently anticipated to be in April of 2017.

Kukuihaele Park

The project will improve and enhance the recreational facilities provided at this rural park for the benefit of area youth, residents and our entire island community. In addition to replacing the existing outdoor basketball court and upgrading the sports field, the County is investing in a new pavilion and restroom facility to support community gatherings, a new walking path to promote healthy living, and amenities such as picnic tables, onsite parking, safety improvements, and enhanced landscaping.

The general contractor has fenced off the entire perimeter of the park for public safety, and the County respectfully requests the public’s assistance in honoring the contractor’s worksite and ongoing construction operations.

The Department of Parks and Recreation thanks park users and the general public for their understanding and patience while it works to improve Kukuihaele Park.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or Jason.Armstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Māmalahoa Hwy at Nāpo‘opo‘o Junction, Kona

Work continues on the County of Hawai‘i’s highway intersection improvement project this weekend. One lane of Māmalahoa Highway will be closed to traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21 to allow Hawaiian Telcom to relocate overhead cables to newly placed utility poles near the intersection of Māmalahoa Highway and Nāpo‘opo‘o Road in Kona.

A section of the new Mamalahoa Highway.  Photo by Aaron Stene

A section of the new Mamalahoa Highway. Photo by Aaron Stene

Traffic control will be on site to assist with traffic flow and to assure the safety of motorists and pedestrians. Motorists are advised to expect delays and to drive with caution. Work is weather-permitting and is subject to change.  Hawaiian Telcom and The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

If there are any questions or concerns please call Barett Otani, County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works Information and Education Specialist, at (808) 961-8787.

Tiki Shark Partners with Kozy’s Tiki Palace – New Comedy/Magic Club Opening on Big Island

 

Tiki Shark Art Inc just announced today its partnership with Kozy’s Tiki Palace – a brand new high end Comedy Club owned and operated by world renowned entertainer/magician Paul Kozak.

Paul "Kozy" Kozack and Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker.

Paul “Kozy” Kozack and Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker.

The establishment will be heavily decorated with Brad’s Poly-pop Tiki Art fit to entertain and delight the minds of all who are lucky enough to walk through the doors.

Artwork of Dennis Mathewson

Artwork of Dennis Mathewson

Parker will be assisted in this venture by his long time friend and colleague – Artist Dennis Mathewson.  “This will be the ultimate venue for displaying my unique, mind bending style of art” quoted Brad, “and Mathewson is the only other Hawaiian Artist who can understand my vision for this venue and add to its magic” quoted Brad.

“I am honored and blessed that my Comedy/Magic Club will be the showcase of Brad’s Tiki Art” quotes celebrity magician Kozy “plus I am most defiantly his biggest fan!” he added.

Soft opening of the club is scheduled for late summer. For details go to www.konakozy.com.

Aerial Video of Kīlauea Volcano’s Summit Lava Lake

This aerial video footage, filmed by USGS in late July 2016, features Kīlauea Volcano’s summit vent within Halemaʻumaʻu Crater.

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Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park’s Jaggar Museum, and the adjacent USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, are perched on the rim of Kīlauea’s summit caldera (foreground of opening footage) just over a mile from the crater, offering spectacular viewing opportunities for Park visitors. Closer to Halemaʻumaʻu, black lava flows on both sides of the summit vent are clearly visible; these flows spilled onto the crater floor when the lava lake overflowed the vent rim in April–May 2015.

At the time this footage was captured, the lava lake level was 22–26 m (72–85 ft) below the vent rim; this morning, it was about 32 m (105 ft) below the vent rim. The summit vent, initially 35 m (115 ft) wide when it first opened in March 2008, has since been enlarged by numerous vent rim collapses and is now about 180 by 250 meters (590 by 820 feet) across.

Hazards Associated with the Kamokuna Ocean Entry an Ongoing Concern

People who venture too close to Kīlauea’s Kamokuna ocean entry—by land or by sea—are at risk from multiple hazards associated with lava flowing into the sea.

Hazards

The white plume formed by the interaction of lava and seawater is a corrosive mixture of super-heated steam, hydrochloric acid, and tiny particles of volcanic glass, all of which should be avoided. Lava deltas (new land formed at the ocean entry) can collapse without warning. Should the lava delta shown here collapse, fragments of molten lava and blocks of hot rock would be thrown both inland and seaward, potentially impacting people on the cliff above the ocean entry and in the boat in front of the delta.

The beauty of Kīlauea Volcano’s eastern Kamokuna ocean entry can be enjoyed from a safe distance upwind of where lava flows into the sea.

hazards2The eastern entry site (shown here) has created a lava delta that is now about 5 acres in size; as this delta grows larger, so does the risk of a sudden collapse.

Close-up view (using a zoom lens from a safe distance) of lava streaming into the sea at the eastern Kamokuna ocean entry on Kīlauea.

Close-up view (using a zoom lens from a safe distance) of lava streaming into the sea at the eastern Kamokuna ocean entry on Kīlauea.

During a special media briefing today, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists (left) and Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park rangers (right) talked about the hazards associated with Kīlauea Volcano’s active lava flow and ocean entries, the exciting scientific opportunities posed by flow 61G, and how visitors can safely hike to and view the beauty of lava flowing on land and into the sea.

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NEHLA and County of Hawaii Host Energy Storage Conference

The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) announced today that it is partnering with the County of Hawaii to host a conference on energy storage trends and opportunities in Kailua-Kona on Sept. 12 and 13.

The NEHLA Plant from above

The NEHLA Plant from above

”As the state works to reach its 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2045, energy storage will be necessary to address increasing amounts of variable resources brought into the grid,” said DBEDT Director Luis P. Salaveria. “This conference will bring together experts from U.S. National Laboratories, academia, government and industry to present energy storage technologies and applications and consider opportunities and challenges.”

“We are excited about the caliber of the speakers that will be presenting,” said Gregory Barbour, NELHA’s executive director. “This conference brings together experienced scientists, engineers, and policymakers to discuss energy storage and microgrid initiatives, issues and projects. This is an area that is not only at the forefront of renewable energy but also critical to widespread implementation of intermittent renewable technologies such as solar and wind technologies.”

The conference, which is supported in part by the County of Hawaii, includes presentations and panel discussions as well as visits to site demonstrations. It aims to have the latest information presented by leaders in energy storage technology, particularly on the economics of energy storage. Meeting participants will also discuss opportunities as well as regulatory and policy issues.

“We are pleased to partner with NELHA on this conference in an effort to bring leaders in the field of energy storage to the Island of Hawaii to share their insight and explore opportunities” stated Mayor Billy Kenoi. “Hawaii Island is already generating 50 percent renewable energy and grid-scale energy storage is certainly part of the equation for building towards our 100 percent goal”.

Attendance to the conference is open to the public.

Registration information is located at: nelhaenergystorage2016.hawaii-conference.com/.