A 3.5 Magnitude earthquake was registered in the Pahala area of the Big Island today.
The Kahilu Theatre will present a screening of the infamous Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday October 25, with a Costume Party and Contest starting at 8pm, and the movie at 10pm. Tickets are $10 per person, they will be on sale at the door and also are available in advance online 24/7 at www.kahilutheatre.org, or call 885-6868, or walk in to the Theatre 9am to 12noon, Monday to Friday.
There will be food and drink for purchase, and Rocky Horror “props” will be for sale – audiences are invited to bring their own props too – confetti, rice, umbrellas, newspapers, toast, flashlights, rubber gloves, noisemakers, toilet paper, party hats and all – the only caveat is that no squirting water will be allowed in the theatre and hot dog throwing will not be encouraged. There will be prizes for “Audience Choice (Under 20)”, “Audience Choice (20 and over)”, “Most Creative”, and “Best Likeness” (to a Rocky Horror character).
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical comedy horror film and an adaptation of The Rocky Horror Show, a musical stage play by Richard O’Brien. Directed by Jim Sharman from a screenplay by Sharman and O’Brien, the production is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s. It introduces Tim Curry and features Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Kings Road production presented at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1973.
Still in limited release nearly four decades after its premiere, it is the longest-running theatrical release in film history. It gained notoriety as a midnight movie in 1977 when audiences began participating with the film in theatres. The film has a large international cult following and is one of the most well-known and financially successful midnight movies of all time. In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
The movie is rated R – children under 17 require accompanying parent or adult guardian. A Kahilu Theatre donor has provided funds so that one under 17 with one adult will get in free.
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Wow, the Pahoa Pool just went through at $1.5 Million dollar renovation project that left the pool closed for nearly a year and now it’s already having to temporarily close because of unexpected maintenance:
The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation closed the Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center on Wednesday, October 16, so workers could perform unexpected maintenance.
Normal operating hours will resume Thursday, October 17, when the pool will be reopened at 9 a.m. for public recreational and adult lap swimming.
The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for any inconvenience the unexpected closure may cause and thanks the public for its patience and understanding.
For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As many of you know, I’ve had an interest in journalism for some time now. I’ve been working on Civil Beat for three years and through my philanthropic work at Omidyar Network and Democracy Fund, we’ve supported many efforts around the world related to media, citizen engagement, and government transparency and accountability.
Separate from my work with Omidyar Network and Democracy Fund, and as part of my growing interest to preserve and strengthen the role journalism plays in society, I explored purchasing The Washington Post over the summer. That process got me thinking about what kind of social impact could be created if a similar investment was made in something entirely new, built from the ground up. Something that I would be personally and directly involved in outside of my other efforts as a philanthropist.
I developed an interest in supporting independent journalists in a way that leverages their work to the greatest extent possible, all in support of the public interest. And, I want to find ways to convert mainstream readers into engaged citizens. I think there’s more that can be done in this space, and I’m eager to explore the possibilities.
Right now, I’m in the very early stages of creating a new mass media organization. I don’t yet know how or when it will be rolled out, or what it will look like.
What I can tell you is that the endeavor will be independent of my other organizations, and that it will cover general interest news, with a core mission around supporting and empowering independent journalists across many sectors and beats. The team will build a media platform that elevates and supports these journalists and allows them to pursue the truth in their fields. This doesn’t just mean investigative reporting, but all news.
As part of my learning process, I recently reached out to Glenn Greenwald to find out what journalists like him need to do their jobs well. As it turns out, he and his colleagues Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, were already on a path to create an online space to support independent journalists. We had a lot of overlap in terms of our ideas, and decided to join forces.
I believe that independent journalists like Glenn, Laura, and Jeremy play an important role in our society. We’ll be working with them and others, but we have a long way to go in terms of what the organization looks like, people’s roles and responsibilities — all of those things still need to be worked out.
I’ll be sure to update you along the way as the new organization progresses.
- NSA leaks reporter quits Guardian (edition.cnn.com)
- This Billionaire Really Likes Glenn Greenwald (buzzfeed.com)
- Greenwald Quits Guardian to Start News Site (newser.com)
- Here’s Who’s Backing Glenn Greenwald’s New Website (huffingtonpost.com)
- Who Is Pierre Omidyar, the Man Behind Glenn Greenwald’s New Media Venture? (mashable.com)
- Glenn Greenwald’s new media venture funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar: Report (gigaom.com)
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During the 2012 PACRIM Navy exercises, I got to do a lot of cool things.
One of the things I got to do was ride in a C17 Transport Carrier from Oahu to the Big Island where they actually let me sit in the cockpit for the landing in Kona.
Part of this exercise involved dropping simulated supplies from the back of the plane to a target on top of Mauna Kea at the Pohakuloa Training Area.
Well someone just posted the following video of a C17 dropping a Jeep Humvee from a plane to the ground at Moody Air Force Base.
The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation will reopen ‘Āhalanui Park after verifying that the park’s volcanically heated pond does not have unsafe levels of bacteria.
Swimmers will be welcomed back into the Puna park starting at 7 a.m. Friday, October 4.
The Hawai‘i Department of Health collected water samples from the hot pond and has determined the bacteria levels to be normal for safe swimming areas. The Department of Health has found no evidence to suggest that the pond water is contaminated.
After learning September 26 of media reports that the swimmer was hospitalized, Department of Parks and Recreation Director Clayton Honma took immediate action to close the park to ensure the public’s safety. The Department of Parks and Recreation thanks swimmers, park users and the general public for their patience and understanding while the temporary closure was in effect.
The Department of Health wishes to remind the public not to go swimming with an open cut. Signs posted in ‘Āhalanui Park warn against this activity. Open wounds, according to state health experts, should be kept clean, dry and covered to prevent infection, which can come from anywhere, including from bacteria that lives naturally on the human body.
For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or email@example.com.
- Hawaii County Closes Hot Ponds at ‘Āhalanui Park After Person Allegedly Gets Sick Swimming in Pond (damontucker.com)
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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and her office were put on lockdown as gunshots were fired outside the US Capitol Building today in Washington DC.
She tweeted the following during the incident (read in reverse order for chronological sequence):
At a 6:00 pm ET (22:00 GMT) press conference, officials confirmed the car chase suspect is dead and that a child, approximately a year-old, was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle. The female suspect attempted to “breach” an outer-perimeter checkpoint to the White House just prior to a pursuit by police.
Washington reports the driver has been identified by law enforcement as Miriam Carey.
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If a large tsunami ever is about to hit Hawaii, like the one that hit Hilo in 1946, the Coast Guard is implementing an evacuation plan that would ensure the safe evacuation of boats and vessels from Harbors around the state.
There are no public meetings planned by here is some general information on the plan:
The Coast Guard is proposing to establish a permanent regulated navigation area (RNA) and to enforce this proposed regulation only when a tsunami warning is issued for the Hawaiian Islands by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Tsunami warnings require the evacuation of a large number of vessels from their respective harbors. Following the evacuation, these vessels must remain offshore until the emergency situation has passed and the harbors have been deemed safe for reentry.
Past tsunami warnings have created potentially dangerous offshore traffic congestion between commercial and recreational vessel traffic. Because of this, designated vessel traffic staging areas are necessary for a safe and orderly evacuation of Southern Oahu ports.
DATES: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before November 4, 2013.
ADDRESSES: Documents mentioned in this preamble are part of docket USCG-2012-0080. To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, type the docket number in the “SEARCH” box and click “SEARCH.” Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this rulemaking. The following link will take you directly to the docket: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=USCG-2012-0080. You may also visit the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
For more information click here: Coast Guard Evacuation Plan
- Coast Guard makes teen hero for a day (uscgnews.com)
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Skydive Hawaii just posted the following comment on offering free tandem jumps to residents of Hawaii who are FEDERAL WORKERS AND HAVE BEEN AFFECTED by the :
If you have a Hawaii ID and you are a Hawaii affected federal worker, how about we take up to 10 people a day at no charge for the skydive. Must be over 18 and weigh under 200 pounds and sign the liability release.If an affected worker has already made a deposit to make a
I will toss this in just for the fact of the matter… Please be prepared to show your Federalor card.
They are also offering affected Federal workers with a Skydiving License a free lift in the sky:
We are very sad to hear that many people will be affected by the‘s shutdown. Skydive Hawaii will be offering free lift tickets during the work week (Monday-Friday) to all licensed sport who are federal workers directly affected by the shutdown. We will keep this up until you’re working again or we no longer can bear the costs.
Mahalo to Skydive Hawaii for hooking folks up during this time of need. For more information on the promotion… you will need to call the company directly at 808-637-9700 or 808-945-0222.
- Government Shutdown Forces Closure of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park – 217 Employees Affected (damontucker.com)
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A dead snake was turned over to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) last week after it was apparently run over and killed by a Windward motorist on the Pali Highway last Sunday (Sept. 22).
The motorist said he was traveling town-bound on the Pali Highway near the entrance to the Nuuanu Reservoir at about 5 p.m. last Sunday when he ran over the five-foot long snake. He pulled over and picked up the dead snake and took it to a relative’s home. The motorist called HDOA Monday afternoon and Plant Quarantine inspectors picked up the snake, which was later identified as a boa constrictor.
After picking up the dead snake within an hour after it was reported, several inspectors went directly to the area where it was found but did not find evidence of any other snakes.
“Any snake found in the wild in Hawaii is of serious concern,” said Russell S. Kokubun, chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture. “Boa constrictors may grow up to 12 feet, which is particularly troubling for nearby residents and for the environment.”
Snakes are illegal to possess and transport to Hawaii and HDOA urges those who spot illegal animals or who know of persons possessing illegal animals to call the state’s PEST HOTLINE at 643-PEST(7378). Snakes and large lizards have no natural predators in Hawaii and pose a serious threat to Hawaii’s environment because they compete with native animal populations for food and habitat. Many species also prey on birds and their eggs, increasing the threat to our endangered native birds. Large snakes may also kill pets and even humans.
The state’s Amnesty Program allows illegal animals to be turned in and provides immunity from prosecution. Illegal animals may be turned in to any HDOA Office, Honolulu Zoo, Panaewa Zoo in Hilo or any Humane Society — no questions asked and no fines assessed. Animals turned in under amnesty will not be euthanized. The maximum penalty under state law for possessing and/or transporting illegal animals, a class C felony, is a $200,000 fine and up to three years in prison.
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Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau chronicles the remarkable life and times of the late Eddie Aikau, the legendary Hawaiian big wave surfer, pioneering lifeguard and ultimately doomed crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokulea.
With its rich combination of archival imagery, dramatic reenactments, contemporary interviews and meticulously researched historical source material Hawaiian is a compelling examination of the tragic decline and extraordinary rebirth of the Hawaiian culture as personified by a native son whose dynamic life and heroic death served as inspiration to an entire spiritual movement.
30 for 30 ‘Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau’ premieres October 1st, 8pm ET on ESPN.
- Legend of surfer Eddie Aikau becomes topic for ESPN (grindtv.com)
- The Second Volume of ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Series Returns with Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau to Premiere October 1 on ESPN (espnmediazone.com)
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The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) jointly with the Hawaii Tumor Registry and University of Hawaii Cancer Center is releasing an evaluation of the incidence of cancer on Kauai and each of its census tracts. The evaluation found that there is not a higher incidence of cancer on Kauai compared to the rest of the state; except for melanoma of the skin, a cancer related to ultraviolet exposure.
The evaluation was conducted at the request of Kauai legislators and community members in response to concerns about the health impact of pesticides used by agricultural chemical companies.
The analysis found that cancers of the breast, endometrium, Hodgkin lymphoma, liver, ovary, prostate and thyroid were lower on Kauai compared to the entire state of Hawaii. Higher rates of melanoma on Kauai were found and may be explained by a larger proportion of older adults of Caucasian ancestry with high levels of lifetime sun exposure residing in the northern region of Kauai.
“Cancer clusters are rare, especially those that are linked to environmental exposures. Doctors and scientists often cannot explain why one person develops cancer and another does not,” said Dr. Barbara Brooks, DOH Toxicologist.
Cancer may be caused by a variety of factors acting alone or together, usually over a period of many years. These risk factors include age, family history and exposures to viruses and bacteria, lifestyle choices, sunlight exposure and on the job exposure to chemicals.
Of the more than 12,000 cancer deaths in Hawaii between 2000 and 2005, it is estimated that nearly 30 percent could have been prevented by avoiding tobacco use and up to 35 percent could have been averted by improving nutrition and maintaining a normal body weight. Geographic, economic, and educational barriers and other social inequities influence lifestyle factors that increase a person’s chance of developing cancer.
Health Director Loretta Fuddy said, “DOH through its Foundations for Healthy Generations Initiative is committed to addressing the social conditions and physical environments where people live, work and play in order to improve the health of all groups in Hawaii.”
The Hawaii Tumor Registry conducts cancer surveillance and maintains a confidential database of information on all reportable cases of cancer, benign brain tumors and many blood disorders diagnosed in Hawaii. The Registry is jointly operated by the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and DOH.
The DOH Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office provides leadership, support, and partnership in preventing, planning for, responding to, and enforcing environmental laws relating to releases or threats of releases of hazardous substances.
The full evaluation report is available on the DOH website at www.health.hawaii.gov.
- Governor Works with Kauai Legislators to Address Community Concerns on Pesticides (damontucker.com)
- Thousands Of Kauai Residents Take To The Streets (ascendingstarseed.wordpress.com)
- Governor Abercrombie Enters Kauai GMO Debate, Calls For Voluntary Restrictions (huffingtonpost.com)
- Governor proposes pesticide disclosure guidelines (kansascity.com)
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Update: it was upgraded to a 3.6 magnitude earthquake
A 3.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Fern Acres area of the Big Island this morning. No Tsunami was generated from it.
Mexican-Origin Residents of Hawaiʻi Fare Better than Mexican Counterparts on Mainland, But Less Well than Overall State Population
The Mexican-origin community in Hawaiʻi represents a small but growing population in this multi-ethnic state, rising 165 percent since 1990, according to a new report by the Migration Policy Institute, an independent think tank in Washington, DC that analyzes immigration trends and policy in the U.S. and internationally. The report released today presents a unique demographic, socioeconomic and cultural profile of a Mexican-origin population that in many ways has different outcomes than Mexican-origin counterparts in the continental United States.
While Hawaiʻi’s Mexican-origin residents (foreign born as well as the U.S.-born of Mexican ancestry) have higher employment, reduced poverty, higher levels of English proficiency and educational attainment, and lower incidences of unauthorized status than their Mexican-origin counterparts on the U.S. continent, they fare less well than the overall population of Hawaiʻi across a range of socioeconomic metrics, researchers for MPI and the Ethnic Studies Department in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi found.
Hawai‘i Governor Neil Abercrombie said: “This report, the result of collaboration between the D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute and the University of Hawaii, provides insightful data on our Mexican-origin community and experiences as ‘newcomer’ residents to the Aloha State. In Hawaii, we recognize that our diversity defines rather than divides us. These findings will inform our decisions in addressing the needs of this valued and growing facet of our community as its members contribute to our island culture and economy.”
The report, Newcomers to the Aloha State: Challenges and Prospects for Mexicans in Hawaiʻi, draws on a qualitative survey, in-depth interviews and analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data to examine the state’s growing population of residents of Mexican origin, which stood at approximately 38,700 based on analysis of 2009-2011 American Community Survey data.
Mexican-origin civilian workers work primarily in Hawaiʻi’s tourism-related industries and construction — the two industries that felt the impact of the 2007-2009 recession earlier and harder, leading to higher unemployment than the state average. Residents of Mexican origin are also more likely than the overall population to be in poor or low-income households, and are less likely to live in their own homes.
“Our research suggests that many Mexicans, especially those who are immigrants, occupy the lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder, along with three other traditionally marginalized groups: Filipinos, Native Hawaiians and Micronesians,” said report co-author Monisha Das Gupta, associate professor of ethnic studies and women’s studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. “Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through October 15, is a timely moment to examine the state’s largest newcomer Latino population.”
Among the report’s findings:
- The majority of Mexican-origin residents in Hawaiʻi have lawful U.S. immigration status, but many feel targeted by immigration enforcement authorities. About nine in ten Mexican-origin residents in Hawaiʻi are U.S. citizens by birth or naturalization. Only a small number are unauthorized, representing 10 percent of the state’s estimated 40,000 unauthorized immigrants. By contrast, in the continental United States, 58 percent of the estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants are from Mexico. Despite the high proportion of U.S.-born and legally present Mexicans in Hawaiʻi and small share of the unauthorized population, interviews indicated members of this community feel they have been disproportionately targeted by immigration and local law enforcement officers for detention and deportation.
- Mexican-origin residents are dispersed within and across the islands, with two-thirds living on Oʻahu. On Maui and the Big Island, certain towns are associated with Mexican residents even as they live in ethnically mixed neighborhoods.
- Mexican residents’ mobility from island to island is restricted because of the expense of air travel and, in the case of the unauthorized population, due to the risk of immigration enforcement-related surveillance at airports. These barriers to air travel make it difficult for Mexican residents of other islands to access critical services offered only in Honolulu, including health care and immigration-related services.
“Mexicans are not well incorporated into mainstream society in terms of accessing resources and services,” said report co-author Jeanne Batalova, a senior policy analyst at MPI. “Further, the Mexican community is divided along generational, legal status and class lines and does not necessarily share common goals and identity. Collectively, this can make it more challenging for the Mexican community to represent itself politically and culturally.”
The report makes a number of recommendations, including that the state address the integration prospects of this steadily growing community by expanding language access for Spanish speakers so they can interface meaningfully with schools, state and local government and courts, and law enforcement; plan for age-appropriate services for young children and elderly residents of Mexican origin, particularly those with limited English proficiency; and work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to ensure its enforcement is directed at its priority targets.
Although Hawaiʻi has a long history of incorporating ethnic groups and immigrants, the report concludes that with respect to newcomer Mexican-origin residents, “Neither the group’s needs nor prospects have been noticed and addressed at a policy level.”
Read the report at: www.migrationpolicy.org/pubs/MexicansinHawaii.pdf.
- Study: Number of illegal immigrants in US could be rising as economy improves – @washingtonpost (washingtonpost.com)
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YouTube user Kenny Jin just uploaded this video entitled, “Rotten turkey spam bought from Walmart in Hawaii” and when you view the video… you will definitely see that it’s rotten!
I’m not sure where it was purchased, however “Kenny” explains in the video that the expiration date says best by May 2016.
The community is invited to bring their pets to Hilo’s Church of the Holy Apostles for the church’s Annual Feast of St. Francis Animal Blessing Services on October 6, at both the 7:30 am and 10:30 am services. The church is located at 1407 Kapi‘olani Street.
“Pets show us unconditional love. The Feast of St. Francis gives us an opportunity to honor that and to honor our pets that give us comfort, satisfaction, and peace,” said Church of the Holy Apostle Rector, the Reverend Moki Hino.
“I love how incredibly open the Church of the Holy Apostles is to all people as well as to all animals; not just cats and dogs, but goats, pigs, chickens, sheep and horses too. If you can bring it, it’ll get blessed,” said church member, Kim Arakawa.
For more information about the Animal Blessings call the Church of the Holy Apostles at 935-5545.
Well I wonder what twitter user @BestofNike (Followed by 154,950 followers at the time of this post) meant when they sent out a tweet showing a depiction of a new UH Football helmet.
State urges pet owners to help protect native birds, which aid local fisherman
A large colony of Hawaiian ‘ua‘u kani (wedge-tailed shearwaters) located along a coastal path on the south shore of Kaua‘i has been decimated in two attacks this summer by dogs and feral cats.
Recently, several more freshly killed birds were found in the area, suggesting that the colony is still being hit hard by dogs and cats. At the same time state biologists searching wedge-tailed shearwater burrows in the area known to have been active this year, found that the burrows were now abandoned, many with dead eggs inside.
Earlier, in July and August, more than 80 of the native seabirds (many of them actively breeding) have been found slaughtered in their nesting area. Injuries sustained by the birds showed that they were killed by dogs and feral cats.
“It appears that the entire colony in this area has been severely depleted, and it is likely that very few breeding birds now remain,” said Thomas Kaiakapu, Kaua‘i wildlife manager for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW).
The wedge-tailed shearwater, also known as “matori” to local fishermen, is one of the more familiar seabirds on Kaua‘i, with large concentrations of the birds seen off shore in the late afternoon as they gather to return to nest sites at night. At this time of year, the birds are either sitting on eggs or raising very small chicks, making them particularly vulnerable to dogs and cats.
“Large feeding flocks of matori, or ‘ua‘u kani, help fishermen to locate feeding schools of tuna,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson. “The birds use tuna to drive their prey (small fish and squid) to the surface where they can catch them. We ask that fishermen speak to their neighbors about keeping their dogs and cats under control so that these important friends to fishermen can survive.”
“There are signs placed along the south coast path asking dog owners to keep their dogs on leashes and their cats indoors. No matter how friendly or docile you think your dog may be, if it gets near a nesting seabird the dog will kill it – it’s as simple as that. We ask the general public to act responsibly in these areas with their pets to prevent similar instances from happening again.”
“While this large kill of shearwaters is particularly alarming, we unfortunately get reports of mass kills of this species every year on the island,” said Kaiakapu. “As these birds breed in dense colonies along the coast, they are particularly vulnerable to dogs that have been let off of their leashes or feral cat colonies located near the breeding areas.”
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Divers completed a survey of Honolulu Harbor in the immediate vicinity of the initial release and found no visible evidence of molasses, Tuesday.
The dive survey covered an area on the bottom of the harbor of approximately 200 feet surrounding the source of the initial spill. The diver investigated the areas under the pier around the pilings and along the seabed out into the harbor.
“The seabed under the wharf and into the channel was observed to be in normal condition, with no pools or visual evidence of molasses,” Kevin Foster, U.S. Fish and Wildlife marine ecology specialist. “The consensus was that the molasses is no longer in the area.”
The dive included a live video feed to the surface where representatives from the Department of Land and Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service directed and observed the nearly two hour survey.
Water quality appears to be returning to normal visual conditions. Water sampling and testing continues in the harbor and Keehi Lagoon.
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