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Puna Lava Flow Still Active

Scattered breakouts remain active northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

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On yesterday’s overflight, breakouts were active as far as 8 km (5 miles) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Some of this activity was at the forest boundary, burning vegetation. This narrow lobe, one of several active on the flow field today, traveled over earlier Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava (light brown) to reach the forest boundary.

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Activity at Puʻu ʻŌʻō remains relatively steady. This photograph looks towards the southwest, and shows outgassing from numerous areas in Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater. On the far side of the crater, the small circular pit (right of center) had a small lava pond that was too deep to see from this angle.

As shown in the May 21 field photos, the small forested cone of Puʻu Kahaualeʻa has been slowly buried by flows over the past several months.

hvo154All that remains today are narrow portions of the rim standing above the lava.

Recent lava on the June 27th flow cascaded over the overhanging rim of this collapse pit on an earlier portion of the flow field.

Recent lava on the June 27th flow cascaded over the overhanging rim of this collapse pit on an earlier portion of the flow field.

Summit activity continues in Halemaʻumaʻu

A wide view of the northern portion of Kīlauea Caldera, on an exceptionally clear day.

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HVO and Jaggar Museum can be seen as the light-colored spot on the caldera rim. Mauna Loa is in the distance.

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Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, looking west. Click to enlarge

The dark area on the crater floor consists of recent overflows from the Overlook crater. The Overlook crater is near the left edge of the photo, and a portion of the active lava lake surface can be seen below the rim.


Courts Order Native Hawaiian Roll Commission to Release Enrollment List

In a victory for transparent government, a state court has ordered the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission to release its enrollment list. The suit was filed by Judicial Watch with the assistance of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii after an open records request for the Roll was repeatedly denied by the Commission.

Native Hawaiian Roll Commision

In a decision that emphasized the importance of open government, the Court rejected the Commission’s reasons for denying the request, requiring the Commission to produce the list and pay attorney’s fees in the case.

Said former Hawai`i Attorney General, Michael A. Lilly, who represented Judicial Watch in the case, “Today, in a victory for open government, Judicial Watch won a case seeking a roll of over 125,000 people allegedly registered with the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission.”

Keli’i Akina, President of the Grassroot Institute stated, “With the release of the Roll, it will now be possible to answer concerns over the tens of thousands of names that have been placed on the list without the express permission of individuals. The fact stands that the vast majority of Hawaiians have chosen not to support the efforts of OHA and the Native Hawaiian Roll to create a sovereign government. Their voices can now be heard. And, hopefully, OHA will stop wasting public money on its unconstitutional push for sovereignty and, instead, spend it on housing, education, employment, and health services for those in need.”

“The Commission was established by the State of Hawai`i to prepare a roll of native Hawaiians,” continued Michael Lilly. “After only a handful of Hawaiians had registered with the Commission, it artificially augmented its roll with three other lists held by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.  The Commission refused to produce the roll in response to a freedom of information request by Judicial Watch. In granting Judicial Watch’s request for the roll, the Hawai`i Circuit Court held that the roll was a public record and thus ordered its disclosure. The Court pointed out that Hawai`i’s open records law was intended to ensure that the formation and conduct of public policy be conducted as openly as possible. The Court will assess against the Commission the reasonable attorney fees and costs incurred by Judicial Watch in having to seek judicial relief.”

Maui Chef Honored for Good Deeds Helping Puna Residents

Maui Chef Lyndon Honda was honored Tuesday evening at the Akebono Theater in Pahoa for his efforts assisting Puna residents in a time of need.


Lyndon Honda raised more than $40,000 for the folks of Puna

For his efforts in raising more than $40,000 to help the people and businesses of Pahoa dealing with the ramifications of TS Iselle and Kilauea’s ongoing eruption, Honda, a chef based in Lahaina, Maui, was honored by State Rep. Joy San Buenaventura and the Rotary Club of Pahoa Sunset at the club’s awards ceremony Tuesday.

Honda, owner/chef of Laulima Events and Catering, was applauded for his aloha spirit and fundraising efforts and presented with a resolution from the 2015 State House of Representatives at the Rotarians’ banquet at the Akebono Theater in Pahoa.

Rep. San Buenaventura cited Honda’s love for “cuisine and food culture combined with his selfless desire to help others” in motivating him to organize culinary events raising $28,000 last September and $15,000 in February to benefit the Puna community.

“Lyndon not only rallied the chefs from Maui and the Big Island to help raise money for the victims,” San Buenaventura said, “but he got them to provide all the necessary supplies, food and tools needed to prepare their dishes so that 100 per cent of the funds raised went to the victims.”

Checks for $3,000 were presented to The Neighborhood Place of Puna, Kua O Ka La and Hawaiian Academy of Arts and Sciences public charter schools, the Puna Community Medical Center fund, and Kalani Honua at the awards banquet on Tuesday. Earlier this year the Pahoa Rotary distributed $750 grants to 31 local farmers and $5,000 to the Hawaii Island Food Bank from the funds Honda raised on Maui last year.

Temporary Closures on Mauna Kea for Animal Control Activities

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) will conduct animal control activities specifically for trapping mouflon/feral sheep hybrids; staff hunting, and/or aerial shooting from helicopters for feral goats, feral sheep, mouflon and mouflon/feral sheep hybrids within palila critical habitat in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve (Unit A), Mauna Kea Ice Age Natural Area Reserve (Unit K), and the Ka‘ohe Game Management Area (Unit G) on the island of Hawai‘i.

Mauna Kea Via UH

Aerial shooting is required for compliance with the federal court order mandating the removal of sheep and goats from critical habitat for palila, a bird endemic to Hawai‘i.

Control schedules are June 24 and 25, July 28 and 29, and August 26 and 27, 2015

Public access to Mauna Kea Forest Reserve from Waikahalulu gulch, north to Kemole, and east to Pu‘u Kole, Mauna Kea Ice Age Natural Area Reserve, the Ka‘ohe Game Management Area and Mauna Kea Hunter Access Road will be restricted and allowed BY PERMIT ONLY for animal salvage purposes on the following dates:

7 a.m. June 24 and 25, July 28 and August 26 and 27, 2015

These actions are pursuant to HAR§ 13-130-19 and § 13-104-23(a) (3). The Mauna Kea Observatory Road will remain open. The temporary closure is needed to minimize the dangers of incompatible uses in the forest area and safely conduct animal control activities. To implement the closure, the Hale Pohaku and Kilohana gated entrances to Unit A and G and the gate behind Mauna Kea Recreation Area will be locked/reopened as follows:

  • Locked 8 p.m. June 23, 2015, and reopened 7 p.m. June 25, 2015
  • Locked 8 p.m. July 27, 2015, and reopened 7 p.m. July 29, 2015
  • Locked 8 p.m. August 25, 2015 and reopened 7 p.m. August 27, 2015

Copies of the map illustrating the area subject to aerial shooting on these dates are available for inspection at the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Office.

Due to high public participation, telephone call-ins to the DOFAW Kamuela Office at (808) 887-6063 for receiving salvage permits will be conducted from 9 a.m. June 17, 2015, to 10 a.m. the day before each shoot day. One permit will be issued per call per vehicle for one day only. Applicants can have their names added to a stand-by list for additional days, should all slots not be filled by other applicants. No standbys waiting at the gates will be allowed access. The driver, occupants, vehicle license plate, and make/model of vehicle are needed when calling in. A maximum of 15 permitted vehicles will be allowed at the Pu‘u Ko‘ohi location.

Carcasses taken during the shoot will be available to the permitted public for salvage at the following location (4-wheel drive vehicles are required, and access permits will be issued). There is no guarantee that animals will be able to be salvaged.

Salvage locations are subject to change:

  • On June 24 and 25, and July 28 and 29, and August 26 and 27, 2015, at Pu‘u Ko‘ohi. Permittees must meet at Mauna Kea Recreation Area at 7 a.m. sharp.

Contact the Division of Forestry and Wildlife in Hilo at (808) 974-4221 or in Kamuela at (808) 887-6063 for additional details regarding meat salvage or access permits.


Big Island Police Searching for Missing 16-Year-Old Kona Girl

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 16-year-old Kailua-Kona girl who was reported missing.

Kuuipo Taketa

Kuuipo Taketa

Kuuipo Taketa was last seen in Kona on January 19. She is described as 5-foot-2, 115 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Identify Body as Woman Reported Missing

Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the body of the woman found Monday (June 1) in Umauma Stream.

She was identified through fingerprints Tuesday (June 2) as 62-year-old Bobbie Jackie Carnathan of Kailua-Kona, who was reported missing Saturday (May 30).

An autopsy conducted Wednesday (June 3) determined that she died from traumatic injuries consistent with a fall from a height. Police do not suspect foul play.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue to investigate this incident, which is classified as a coroner’s inquest. They ask witnesses who may have seen Carnathan on a “Hele On” bus or who had any contact with her at the World Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls park in Hakalau to contact Detective Dean Uyetake at 961-2379 or dean.uyetake@hawaiicounty.gov.

New Satellite Image Released of Puna Lava Flow

This satellite image was captured on Saturday, May 30, by the Advanced Land Imager instrument onboard NASA’s Earth Observing 1 satellite. The image is provided courtesy of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

PrintAlthough this is a false-color image, the color map has been chosen to mimic what the human eye would expect to see. Bright red pixels depict areas of very high temperatures and show active lava. White areas are clouds.

The image shows that scattered breakouts continue to be active northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. The farthest active lava in this image is 7.9 km (4.9 miles) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

Man Drowns Off OTEC Beach

The lifeless body of the swimmer who went missing Monday morning (June 1) in waters off OTEC Beach was located Monday afternoon.
HPDBadgeFire Department personnel located him approximately 25 yards off short submerged in the ocean. He was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was officially pronounced dead.

He has been identified as 26-year-old Richard Demby of Kailua-Kona. An autopsy conducted Tuesday (June 2) determined that he died from saltwater drowning

Big Island Police Looking for Missing Swimmer in Kona and Body Found in Umauma Stream

Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated a missing person case in connection with a swimmer last seen in waters off OTEC Beach.
HPDBadgeIn response an 11:49 a.m. call reporting a possible swimmer in distress, Kona Patrol Officers made contact with a a 26-year-old man, who reported that he had been swimming with an acquaintance, 26-year-old Richard Demby of Kailua-Kona, but couldn’t find him after he returned to shore.

Fire Department personnel are searching the shoreline by helicopter.

Demby is described as 5-foot-11, 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask anyone with information about his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

And in another release today:

Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated a coroner’s inquest case in connection with a body found Monday (June 1) in Umauma Stream.

In response to an 11:28 a.m. call reporting a body in the stream, North Hilo District officers found the partially submerged body of a woman.

Fire Department personnel extricated the body from the stream.

Detectives are still at the scene and have not yet made positive identification.

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

UH Hilo College of Business and Economics Announces Dean’s List

The following students in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo were named to the Dean’s List for spring 2015:
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Melialani Agcaoili, Caitlin Aiona, Rachel Anderson, Scott Ashida, Stacy Aurway, Austin Awana, Heather Bartlett, Andrew Bayang, Julianna Blair, Debra Cannoles, Lorri Cardoza, Shanda Carvalho, Kadey Chambless, Elaine Chugen, Monique Clevenger, Lorena De La Cruz, Jhoanne Domingo, Taylor Escalona, Gabriel Fry,

Hannah Furumo, Amelia Golwitzer, Dakotah Graham, Sarah Hamakawa, Jiyoung Han, Yan Ying Huang, Alexandra Huizar, Aisha Izuno, Donald Jobe, Aysia Kaaumoana, Juvette Kahawaii, Reese Kato, Cherilyn Kelii, Junhyeok Kim, Kyli Kim, Hitomi Kitade, Breanna Leonard, Anna Liu, Erik Anton Lund, Alex Lyon, Dana Macchia,

Victoria Magana Ledesma, Midori Matsuo, Xianbin Meng, Levi Moniz, Dairon Munoz, Marvin Louis Nagtalon, Alexandria Nakao-Eligado, Lolyn Neth, Claire-Ann Niibu-Akau, Bianca Novotna, Brandon Okimoto, Kin Oshiro, Geraldine Padilla, Tehani-Jenae Palolo, Maria Rosa Paredes Pacheco, Matthew Payne, Serena Perrells,

Koa Peterson, Chantee Poepoe-Vigil, Rachel Roorda, Ken Stallman, Phillip Steering, Hyelim Sun, Keefe Techitong, Ryan Torio, Hokuloa Waahila, Selina Williams, and Aaron Zackoski.

Hawaii Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Marriage Equality Act

The Hawaii Supreme Court dismissed a legal challenge raised by four individual plaintiffs to the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013. The 2013 law changed Hawaii’s statutes regarding marriage so that same-sex couples could marry.

Attorney GeneralThe Supreme Court held that the plaintiffs were not harmed or injured by the Marriage Equality Act and therefore did not have standing to challenge it. “The most important part of the Supreme Court’s ruling was its conclusion that the ‘legislature’s decision to extend the right to marry to same-sex couples did not, in any way, diminish the right to marry’ for the plaintiffs or anyone else,” said Attorney General Doug Chin, quoting the opinion.

“This is an exciting time for marriage equality in our country, as we await the United States Supreme Court’s ruling that will govern so many other States,” said Deputy Attorney General Deirdre Marie-Iha, who argued on behalf of the defendants. “We hope that the United States Supreme Court will recognize, as our Supreme Court did today, that those who oppose marriage equality are ‘harmed not at all when others are given the liberty to choose their own life partners and are shown the respect that comes with formal marriage.’

Plaintiffs filed the lawsuit in 2013. The current governor and state director of health’s names were substituted in as defendants after the change in administration.

3.5 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Volcano Area of the Big Island

A 3.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Volcano area of the Big Island around noon today.

35volcanoNo tsunami was generated.

UH Hilo Announces College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List Recipients

The following students in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo were named to the Dean’s List for spring 2015:
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Charlemagne Adams, Sebastian Afaga Jr., Clifford Agcaoili, Sherry Agonoy, Breanna Aguiar, Ka‘alalani Ahu, Karen Akiba, Jessica Akiona, Roy Alameida, Daryl Albano, Melanie Alcain, Alia Alvarez, Erica Amundson, Abraham Andl, Brandi Antonio, David Arakawa, Justin Araki-Kwee, Jerome Arellano, Lynn Asam, Leslie Asato,

Scott Ashida, Eliza Aul, Kaitlin Barcoma, Christine Barefoot, Sydney Barney, Reagan Barnhart, Ruth Bascar-Sellars, Cynthia Benevides, Sarah Benner, Lars Bergstrom, Jahnu Best, Julianna Blair, Henry Blake, Kalaiakea Blakemore, Francis Blas III, Casey Bolger, Thomas Bolton III, Lori Bothwell, Brittany Boyd, Ashley Boyle, Courtney Ann Brock, Chanelle Brooks, BreAnna Brown, Kavan Brown, Leena Brown,

Rachel Bruck, Carol Bucauto, Kailah Buchanan, Mallory Byron, Sydney Cabanas, Jerold Alexis Cabel, Nicole Calsbeek, Joseph Camara, Vada Cambio, Richard Camp, Jennifer Campbell Jackson, Kirsten Cannoles, Cristin Cantan, Michelle Caringer, Imelda Auxiliadora Da Conceicao Carlos, Sean Carlos, Tiari Carreira, Julie Carter, Micah Carter, Kanoeuluwehianu Case, Lily Cash, Christina Cauley, Allison Chai, Lisa Chanley, Mary Margaret Rose Cheung-fuk,

Cynthia Chin, Theodore Chism, Yoonjin Cho, Yoo Ree Choi, Adam Chong, Christina Chow, Dawn Christopher, Haylee Chung, Victor Ciaramitaro, Leilani Clark, Kobie Clarke, Rachel Clay, Heather Coad, Zoe Coffman, Jessica Colbaugh, Jordan Concannon, Eric Cook, Shawna Cooper, Renee Corpuz, Sharlene Corpuz, Cletus Correia,

Alysha Cosier, Tanya Craig, Tifaine Crivello, Trixie Alice Croad, Angel Cruz, Jolynn Cuison, Brittany D’Amico, Nicholas D’Amico, Pearl Dasalla, Anthony Daub, Angelo Davis, Axel Defngin, Le’Shell Dela Cruz, Randy Dellinger, Shaylin Domingcil, Lorelei Marie Domingo, Princess Dianne Domingo, Ryan Domingo, Jamison Domingsil, Bailey Donahue, Jason Donaldson, Pedro Dos Santos, Jane Dossett,

Sadie Dossett, Cortney Dougherty, Katrina Downey, Laura Dowsett, James Drescher, Jayahmie Drio, Alejandra Duarte, Brandi Dugo, Nalu East, Caili Ebaniz, Jacqueline Economy, Jamie Economy, Cara Edwards, Michael Elimon, Mary Emmons, Tiffany Epping, Tiffany Erickson, Chelsey Erickson-Vierra, Karlee Eugenio, John Evans, Sarah Evans, Christina Evert, Emily Fernandes, Sharrylei Fernandez,

Doug Fitzpatrick, Ariana Flores, Sandra Fogg, Amber Fontes, Amanda Ford, Amber Forrestal, Michael Frailey, Deborah Fried, Morgan Friend, Silmai Uchellaz Fritz, Brittany Fuemmeler, Kaitlyn Fujii, Shaylyn Fujii, Kendra Fujioka, Ashley Fukuchi, Nicole Fukunaga, Ryder Furukado, Angelina Gallegos, Kelly Gani, Dayna Lynn Ganigan, Jeremy Ganir, Desha Ann Gapusan, Nicole Garcia,

Tiffany Garcia, Jessica-Ann Garett, Wilfred Gee, Zachary Geisterfer, Carola Geitner, David Gentry, Emma-Lei Gerrish, Hattie Gerrish, Tuan Giai Giang, Hanna Giegerich, Carson Gilliam, Kassidy Gonsalves, Acacia Goo, Samantha Gordon, Rachel Gorenflo, Beverly Ann Gorospe, Kylie Grogg, Chrisovolandou Gronowski, Riana Grothmann, Heidi Guan, Alexander Guerrero, Courtney Guirao,

Ashen Gutierrez, Daniel Gutierrez, Justin Guzman, Sarah Haas, Brittany Hale, Ivana Hall, Brenna Halverson, Brandon Hamamoto, Caitlin Hamerlinck, Jamaica Hancock, Michelle Hanson, Trent Hanzawa, Asia Lynne Harman, Arielle Harnik, Molly Harris, Shane Harrison, Rose Hart, Bridge Hartman, Krysten Hayashida, Jelyn Heaster, Sarah Heckman, Alexander Hedglen, Jordan Heltz, Zachary Heltz, John Herman, Maria Hernandez, Andrea Hess, Amanda Hicks,

Brad Higa, Shannon Higgins, Tyler Hirokawa, Marianne Hodapp, Martin Hodapp, Tobi Hoff, Eric Holub, Blake Honda, Tiana Honda, Ashley Horvath, Alyssa Hoshide, Bryan Houston, Asia Howe, Samantha Howell, Katherine Hu, Kaleb Huddy, Adrian Huff, Thomas Hughes, Quang Tan Huynh, Laura Ibbotson, Kai Igarashi,

Andi Igawa, Kadi Igawa, Ted Ikari, BeeJay Ines, Kana Inoue, Kevyn-Bren Inouye, Carrie Ip, Joanne Isabella, Grayson Ishihara, Kallen Ishii, Akari Ito, Renee Iwata, Aimehio Iyeke, Jessica Jacobs, Denise Janelle, Rebecca Jardin, Joshua Jasper, Leeah Bethseida Javier, Kaitlyn Johnson, ShoaAxum Johnson, Casey Jones, Danielle Jones, Kyle Jones, Mark Jones, Mikayla Jones, Serena Joseph,

Jamie Josephson, Ku‘ulei Kaaekuahiwi, Keaolani Kaaialii, Jarin Kadooka, ‘I‘inimaikalani Kahakalau, Shaylyn Kahawai, Kelii Kailipaka, Kaimipono Kajiyama, Kayla-Ann Kalauli, Ellie-Jean Kalawe, Bree Kalima, Steven Kalua, Thomas Kaminski, Eunyoung Kang, Ida Karlsen, Byron Karr, Sandra Kastner-Oi, Lilinoe Kauahikaua, Chermaine Kaululaau-Pakele, Angela Kauwe,

Hokuto Kawashima, Tori Kaya, Jill Keely, Kehau Kekuawela, Mahealani Kelii, Bianca Keohokapu, Lauren Kepaa, Ada Kettner, Duk Kim, Satsuki Tamaki Kim, Sun Min Kim, Yu Hyeoi Kim, Mary Louise Kimura, Marci Kindle, Rachel Kishimoto, Scott Kita, Joshua Kitagawa, Gail Klevens, Christopher Kluzak, Lori Knight, William Kobus, Evelina Kocharov, Kamrie Koi, Keiji Kojima, Amber Koker,

Felicia Kolb, Hyesun Kong, Danielle Kooyman, Christopher Kopp, Kaili Kosaka, Kathleen Kosaka, Dragoljub Krakovic, Kristofer Krekow, Nolan Kua, Johann Kuipers, Luke Kupcha, Yoshiko Kurikawa, John Kuroda, Bonnie Shuk Ping Kwok, Desmond Ka Kin Lai, Keohikai Laikupu, Violet Lane, Caterina LaRocca, Anjulie Larson,

Glaucia Larson, Samantha Lathrop, Angela Laureta, Valerie Lazickas, Aviee-Ann Lee, Da Hai Lee, Robert Lee Jr., Jon-Pierre Leone, Dolorlyn Letawegiyalo, QiXin Li, Cynthia Lilleston, Lee Linneman, Hannah Lipman, Eileen Liu, Kieran-Tiaye Long, Kawehi Lopez, Joyce Lovell, Kristi Lovell, Michael Lovell, Noelle Lovesy, Alyssa Loving,

Mandy Lui, Chari-Ann Luis-Calvo, Blaine Luiz, Brittany Luna, Alayna Machacek, William Mackenzie, Kate Malasig, Ashley Maldonado, Wilson Malone, Natasha Manasas, Alison Mansfield, Alexandra Marin, Genesis Marks, Sequoia Marks, Jonathan Marsh, Amanda Martin, Dario Martin, Keelee Martin, Samantha Martin, Kelly Martin-Young, Chantelle Mashreghy, Anna Claire Masuda, Amber Masulit,

Martin David Hamre Mathisen, Moriah Mathson, Rosella Mathson, Kelley Matsumoto, Kanna McCann, James McElvaney, Annie McGee, Meghan McGrath, Brannon McQuillan, Kanoe McTavish, Sonya Medlang, Justin Meikle, Matthew Merritt, Anna Meyer, McKayla Meyer, Zoey Meyers, William Midgley, Adele LaVette Mier, Anna Baker Mikkelson, Bryce Miles-Leighton, Anna Miller, Hi‘inae Miller,

Maikai Miller, Orissa Lila Alexandrina Miller, Mikhaila Millikan, Adam Mills, Amberlyn Milum, Zayin Minia, Amanda Minney, Bryson Miyose, Melissa Mizuguchi, Melissa Moats, Norman Mogote, Sharyse Molina, Ariel Moniz, Andrea Monks, Christopher Monnier, Austin Moore Sr., Leah Moore, Ariyana Moran, Konrad Mossman, Darcy Mulligan, Gulnara Nadeau, Shane-Earl Naeole, Saki Nagamine,

Kenneth Nagata, Jenny Nagatori, Camie Nakagawa, Lorelei Nakagawa, Richard Nakamura, Tiffany Nakamura, Alexandria Nakao-Eligado, Alison Nakata, Sheena Nakata, Robynn Ailynn Namnama, Kirstie Naone, Allyssa Nau, Brandon Neal, Christopher Nelson, Kara Nelson, Keith Nerida, Christina Nguyen, Sarah Nichols,

Jaysen Niedermeyer, Scott Nielsen, Anela Nishimoto, Karen Nishimoto, Lindsey Nishimura, Keenan Nishioka, Allen Gail Yvette Nitura, Mary Nixon, Sachika Nojiri, Christina Numazu, Ellaine Mae Obero, Eloisa Obero, Derrick Bukka O’Brien, Candyce Ogino, Zechary Okamoto, Morgan Olson, Nicole Ortiz, David Ostwald, Sarah Ann Ota, Jamie Ouye, Wesley Owens, Priscilla Sharleen Anyango Oyas,

Cheynielle Pacheco, John Darrel Padapat, Sierra Pagel, Basanta Raj Pahari, Keirsa Pakani-Tsukiyama, Fagalima Paleafei, Bronson Palupe, Isaac Pang, Jannah Pante, Pauleen Pante, Joshua Parep, Kirsty Parker, Madison Pate, Kara Paulachak, Casey Pearring, Kristin Pedersen, Jordan Pedersen-Fukunaga, Elizabeth Pennock, Graham Pernell, Sharon Petrosky, Kori Petsch, Nancy Phan, Chad Phillips,

Douglas Phillips, Amber Pinard, Terri Pinyerd, Hye-Jin Piper, Robert Piper, Kyle Pittman, Wakea Po, Deborah Postma, Arwen Potochney, Debra Potter, Froile Queja, Gretchen Quinn, Johanson Quist, Laurel Rain, Akemi Rair, Randel Rambo, Jovelyn Ramelb, David John Ramones, Micah Rhobelyn Ramos, Katrina Ramsey, Crystal Rances,

Skye Rances, Duchess Rapoza, Robyn Rector, Stacey Reed, Keana Rees, Marjie Ann Retundo, Dineka Ringling, Kanani Rivera, Theresa-Regina Rivera, Ciara Robinson, Adan Rodrigues, Koa Rodrigues, Cole Rogers, Hannah Rojeski, Kainoa Rosa, Makoa Rosa, Robin Rudolph, Ardena Saarinen, Melanie Sacro, Christa Sadler, Julie Anne Sagabaen, Michelle Sahagun, Karl Sakai Jr., Alisha Sako, Maria Samuelson, Arianne San Miguel, Gabriella Sanchez, Ronald Santos,

Teresinha Santos Da Costa, Christian Saragosa, Ngan Sasai, Chelsea Sato, Teri Savaiinaea, Tomoka Sawada, Tomoki Sawada, Janell Schabell, Annie Schaupp, Anthony Schnabel, Emily Schneider, Jordan Scrivner, Romina Ellaine Sembran, Artem Sergeyev, Marleena Sheffield, Alice Louise Sherlock, Justin Shiigi, Sydney Shiigi, Albert Shim, Jaci Shinoda, Keani Shirai, Desiree Shortt, Amber Shouse,

Bennjamin Siemers, Sarah Silva, Tammy Silva, Gloria Simpson, Seupepe Latoa Siaitolo Sinclair, J’aime Sisson, Maysyvelle Sistoza, Cheyenne Sitts, Hazel Faye Sivila, Trent Slaton, Trevor Slevin, Kelli Smith, Samuel Smith, Barbara Smithley, Kiana Soloria, Hyunsuk Song, Carrie Soo Hoo, Ethan Souza, Ryder Souza, Susanne Floe Spinnangr, Kalena Spinola, Ashlin Stahlberg, Ken Stallman, Kristen Stalter, Stephanie Staneart, William Steadman, Angelica Steele,

Dallyce Stinton, Taylor Stokesbary, Caroline Stromick, Grady Sullivan, Paige Sumida, Tyler Sumner, Tanyalee Switzer, Frans Sy, Dillon Tacdol, Dustin Tacdol, Helaman Tafua, Hazel Tagalicud, Tara Takamori, Nicole Talisay, Dylan Tanaka, Shelby Tanaka, Athena Tang, Sophia Tang, Morgan Tate, Reuben Tate, Alana Tavares, Kaitlin Tavares, Temau Teikitekahioho-Wolff, Ashley Terrell, Gin Tezuka,

Ginger Thomas, Nicolette Thomas, Melanie Thomason, Aijah Thompson, Zachary Tman, Olivia Todd, Kaycie Tomei, Taylor Tomita, Charlie Tommy, Ashley Chanel Tomori, Jianxing Tong, Ryotaro Toshima, Kyle Tsubota, Michelle Uchida, Christine Joy Ucol, Brenna Usher, Rachel Van Spronsen, Fey VanCamp, Jasmine Venegas, Robert Villanueva, Joseph Vinarcsik, Fred Visaya Jr., Nelson Vo,

Thomas Vogeler, Michael Voight II, Shayla Waiki, Tianna Waipa, Elizabeth Elaine Wakayama, George Wall III, Emily Wallingford, Laurence Walsh, Lucille Walsh, Kenton Wandasan, Amber Warganich, Vernon Warnock, Sondra Warren, Valerie Kelly Wasser, John Whitworth, Ty Widhalm, Jennifer Williams, Daisy Willis,

Disa Wilson, Henry Wilson Jr., Katherine Wilson, Leah Wilson, Christina Wine, Michelle Winkler, David Wong, Sherina Yacavone, Lisamarie Yagruw, Jessica Yamaguchi, Kazuma Yamaguchi, Moe Yamaguchi, Randall Yamaoka, Jennifer Yamasaki, Nicholas Yamauchi, Eddie Yeichy, Darcy Yogi, Nicole Yoneishi,

Cheyne Yonemori, Soeun Yoon, Marissa Yoshida, Tristan Yoshida, Deanna Young, Tyler Young, Bithiah Yuan, Luana Zablan, Turfa Zaman, Annalisa Zamora, Marikka Zavas, Xiaoqing Zheng, Jessica Zima-Lee, Yeva Zobova, Abcde Zoller, and Anastasia Zosim.

Hawaii Residents Can Spot the Space Station Tonight

Hawaii residents can spot the International Space Station tonight (depending on clouds).

Hawaii residents can see the space station tonight.

Hawaii residents can see the space station tonight.

It will be visible beginning tonight, Saturday, May 30 at 7:47 PM. It will be visible for approximately 6 minutes.  Maximum Height: 48 degrees and it will appear in the South Southwest part of the sky and disappear to the Northeast.

New Lava Flow Map Released Shows Continued Activity

Hawaii Volcano Observatory recently updated their map of the June 27th (2014) lava flow as recently as May 21st, 2015, however, it appears they failed to upload it to their website until today May 29th, 2015.

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

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The area of the flow on April 23 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow as of May 21 is shown in red. Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava flows erupted prior to June 27, 2014, are shown in gray.

UH Hilo College of Hawaiian Language Announces Dean’s List

Ke kukala aku nei ko ke Kulanui o Hawaiʻi ma Hilo, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikolani, i na inoa o na haumana kaha ʻoi no ke kau kupulau 2015.  (The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikolani College of Hawaiian Language announces its Dean’s List for the spring 2015 semester:)

Joshua Bass, Courtney Ann Brock, Eleanor Brown, Leilani Clark, William Crowell, Anayah Doi, Dillon Dominguez, Brandi Dugo, Mahealani Freitas, Philip Gamiao, Alexander Guerrero, Aulani Herrod, Pomaika`i Iaea, Kamaleiku`uipookalani Kalehuawehe-Valentine, Jovi Kaneshiro, Lucas Kinge, Maile Kipapa, Gail Klevens, Hyesun Kong, Sheena Lopes, Khaelee Mae, Alohilani Maiava, Hokulani Mckeague, Melissa Mora, Daisuke Nakano, Zachary Nanbu, Kekaiokalani Naone, Daniel Nathaniel, Isaac Pang, Samantha Reis, Koa Rodrigues, Ronald Santos, Marleena Sheffield, Eliza Silva, Gin Tezuka, Yuka Torama, Brenna Usher, Randall Yamaoka, Kiliona Young, and Abcde Zoller.

Fish Kills Kona Fisherman

A 47-year-old fisherman died Friday (May 29) in Kailua-Kona during a fishing accident.

Randy Llanes was the captain of

Randy Llanes was a captain at Sundowner Sportfishing

Responding to a 10:48 a.m.call, police learned that a swordfish had been observed in Honokōhau Harbor and that fisherman Randy Llanes of Kailua-Kona had jumped into the water with a spear gun. The fish was then seen thrashing about, leaving a puncture wound to the man’s upper chest.

A picture from Llanes Facebook page

A picture from Llanes Facebook page

Hawaiʻi County Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and attempted cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. They took Llanes to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:30 a.m.

Department of Transportation Settles Hawaii Drivers License Lawsuit

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) and Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE), a non-profit organization, jointly announce that the parties settled a lawsuit yesterday regarding the translation of driver’s examinations required for Hawaii residents to obtain a license.

Hawaii Drivers License Sample

FACE filed a lawsuit in federal court in September 2013, alleging HDOT discriminated against foreign-born residents of Hawai’i by not offering a translated exam for a period of more than five years after previously existing translations were removed from service when additional questions needed to be added to the exam.

Throughout the case, and even with the settlement, HDOT disputed that there was any discriminatory motive involved in decision-making about the translated exams. “HDOT and our employees have always been committed to serving all of Hawaiʻi’s residents regardless of who they are or where they are from,” said HDOT Director Ford Fuchigami. HDOT currently offers the examination in thirteen languages, making Hawaii the only U.S. State with fewer than two million people to offer the exam in more than ten languages and the only state to offer the exam in a native language, Hawaiian. “We are proud of our current language access program and are dedicated to a positive and proactive approach to language access and will continue to look at additional ways to ensure that those with limited English skills can safely drive on our roads.”

FACE is pleased with the outcome and the commitment to keeping translations in place over the long-term. “This resolution is an answer to our prayers,” said FACE organizer reverend Tasha Kama, a minister at Christian Ministry Church in Wailuku. “It takes all of our families-local and immigrant-to make Hawaii work. The more languages and cultures included in our policies, the stronger we are as a state. We appreciate the opportunity to work closely with the Hawaii DOT to further language access for all our people.”

“HDOT is committed to ensuring all drivers have the knowledge and skills to drive safely on Hawaii’s roads,” said Director Fuchigami.

United States District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway approved the settlement.

Cruise Paradise 2015 Scheduled on the Big Island

The Hawai`i Classic Cruisers (HCC) organization has hosted the largest classic/vintage car cruise in the State of Hawaii every three years (“Cruise Paradise”) since 2000. This year, “Cruise Paradise 2015” is scheduled from June 25, 2015 through July 5, 2015 throughout the Big Island of Hawaii.

Art by Robert Wong

Art by Robert Wong

Car enthusiasts from across the globe, Kansas, Michigan, Oregon, Texas, California and Nevada (just to name a few) are committed to ship their classic/vintage vehicles to Hilo and participate in this event. Neighbor island car enthusiasts from Oahu and Maui also ship their classic/vintage vehicles for this event and join our very own local car enthusiasts from the Big Island to participate in 10 fun-filled days of cruising with the classics. Those traveling from away, finance their own transportation of their vehicle(s) to get to the Big Island harbors.

Participants pay $20 to enter one vehicle and $10 for each vehicle thereafter. This fee allows their vehicle entry into all show and shine events. One-day passes are available for $10 per vehicle at a single event of their choice. It will cost approximately $50,000+ to put on this 10-day event. Expenses include insurances, permits, facility rentals, advertising, professional services, audio/visual services, equipment rental, etc. T-shirts, hats and memorabilia of this event are available for purchase.

Cruise Paradise 2015 is a great opportunity that allows for the Hawaii Classic Cruisers to partner with the community, the County of Hawaii and businesses to showcase and promote our beautiful island. Spectators can participate in this free, fun, family-oriented 10-day event that puts the Big Island on the map of the world with other hot rod organizations.

During Cruise Paradise 2012, over 400 classic vehicles geared up for car shows on the Big Island that attracted over 10,000 spectators in Hilo, Kona and Waikoloa. Residents and visitors walked away from past events extremely satisfied and inspired by the camaraderie and vehicles displayed. The past success of this event resulted in many community members, neighbor islanders and out-of-state participants requesting a repeat of this event.

To enhance the 2015 4th of July (Independence Day) celebration, hundreds of vintage and modified classic cars will be on display for the day in Downtown Hilo Bayfront on July 4. All participants absorb the cost of buying/building a classic car and getting their rides ready for the show-and-shine events. The public is invited to view, photo and experience a part of the past that will rekindle fond memories for the kupuna and create fresh ones for the keiki.

cruise Paradise cars

Car owners receive compliments for displaying their classic/vintage cars at the show-and-shine events. The ambiance of having hundreds of classics in one location and friendly interaction experienced by a diversified group of people has been a true inspiration for car enthusiasts.

Throughout Cruise Paradise 2015, car enthusiasts will burn over 7,500 gallons of fuel, travel over a total of 90,000 miles and spend $23,000 in fuel costs alone. Some vehicles anticipate traveling approximately 600 miles over the 10 days getting about 10-12 miles per gallon of fuel. Car enthusiasts will travel across the island, lodge at various hotels and condominiums, eat at local eateries and shop in our malls, shops and supermarkets. This event is an incredible boost to our local economy.

HCC President, Herbert Leite says, “We are extremely pleased and thankful for the support from the County of Hawaii, local community and car enthusiasts. Car owners invest a lot of time and money building and/or buying their classic vehicles. It gives them great pleasure to share their prized 4-wheeled rides with the community.

We are honored to bring this event to the Big Island this year at no cost to the spectators. We could not make this happen without the help of our 30+ local and mainland sponsors. Hawaii Classic Cruisers thanks NAPA Auto Parts for being the primary financial sponsor of Cruise Paradise since 2000. Other sponsors who contribute significant funding to make this event possible include Orchid Isle Auto Center and DeLuz Chevrolet. Approximately 25+ other sponsors collectively contribute about 25% of the funds needed.

Everyone is encouraged to participate and make this one to remember.”

More information can be found at www.hawaiiclassiccruisers.com


Senator Ruderman Hosting Talk Story Sessions

Senator Russell Ruderman is hosting talk story sessions to discuss the outcome of the 2015 legislative session and how some of the new legislation will affect you and the community.

Senator RudermanIdeas and issues for next year’s legislative session will also be discussed.

  • Pahoa Community Center – Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Kauhale Street, Pahoa
  • Cooper Center – Thursday, June 4th, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, 19-4030 Wright Rd, Volcano Village

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information call Senator Ruderman’s Office @808-586-6890 or email: senruderman@capitol.hawaii.gov