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Lava Flow Crosses Highway, Enters Ocean

This is a Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 11 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows. Flow front #1 has crossed Highway 137 at the 13-mile marker and has entered the ocean. Flow front #2 is approximately 400 Meters from Highway 137. Highway 137 is closed between Kamali‘i Road and Pohoiki Road.  Kamali‘i Road is closed between Highway 130 and Highway 137. Residents in the area have been evacuated. All persons are asked to stay out of the area.

The lava has entered the ocean. Be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume.

This thermal map shows the fissure system and lava flows as of 12:15 pm on Saturday, May 19. The two primary lava flows originate from the Fissure 20-22 area, and crossed Pohoiki Road over the past day. The flow front position based on a 6:40 p.m. update is shown by the red circle. The black and white area is the extent of the thermal map. Temperature in the thermal image is displayed as gray-scale values, with the brightest pixels indicating the hottest areas. The thermal map was constructed by stitching many overlapping oblique thermal images collected by a handheld thermal camera during a helicopter overflight of the flow field. The base is a copyrighted color satellite image (used with permission) provided by Digital Globe. (USGS Map)

  • Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air.
  • Health hazards of laze include lung, eye and skin irritation.
  • Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.

USGS: Threat of Even Larger Steam-Driven Violent Explosion

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announces that with ash eruptions occurring from Kīlauea’s summit this week, there is a threat of an even larger steam-driven violent explosion. Such an eruption could happen suddenly and send volcanic ash 20,000 feet into the air, threatening communities for miles. USGS and NOAA’s National Weather Service are working together to observe, model and warn the public of hazardous conditions. Here is where you can find the information you need to stay safe.

This photo was taken on Wednesday, May 15, 2018, At 11:05 a.m. Photograph from the Jaggar Museum, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, captures an ash plume rising from the Overlook crater. Ash falling from the plume can be seen just to the right side (and below) the plume. (USGS Photo)

Observations and Status of Kīlauea

While the ​USGS Hawai‘i Volcanoes Observatory​ is positioning staff to observe the volcano and best communicate its status and evolution, they rely heavily on the weather forecasts from NOAA. Wind forecasts, ​along with dispersion models such as HYSPLIT,​ are critical in understanding where sulphur dioxide (SO2) and particulate matter (PM2.5) will disperse from fissures and vents to ensure safety of USGS observers, emergency managers and the public.

Ashfall Advisories, Warnings and Current Weather Forecast from Honolulu

On Tuesday, May 15, 2018 the National Weather Service issued the first ever ashfall advisory for Hawai‘i. Forecasters will issue ashfall advisories and warnings when ashfall is a hazard. NOAA predicts where an ash plume will go and how much ash will accumulate using USGS’s ​Ash3d Volcanic Ash Dispersion Model​.

Volcanic Ash Advisories​ and ​Aviation Warnings

Volcanic ash clouds can threaten air traffic by sandblasting windscreens, clogging pitot tubes, and in severe cases, causing jet engines to shut down. NOAA issues volcanic ash warnings to alert pilots to potential ash in the atmosphere and will include volcanic ash in forecasts for airports.

Tips to Stay Safe

During explosive eruptions, volcanic ash can disrupt downwind populations by causing breathing problems, impacting water quality, clogging air filters, shorting out power systems and making transportation difficult.​ If your community is threatened by ash, you are advised to do the following:

  • Seal windows and doors.
  • Protect electronics and cover air intakes and open water sources.
  • Avoid driving as visibility will be reduced and roads may become slippery.
  • Remain indoors to avoid inhaling ash particles unless it’s absolutely necessary to go outside. If you have a respiratory illness, do not go outside.
  • If you must go outside, cover your mouth and nose with a mask or cloth.

No-Entry Zone Established for Hawai‘i Electric Light Crews in Leilani Estates

Hawai‘i Electric Light announces that all of Lanipuna Gardens and a portion of Leilani Estates has been designated as a no-entry zone for its crews.

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These areas are hazardous to enter due to continued ground swelling and cracking, sudden fissure activity, and unsafe levels of SO2. Crews were working in the subdivision in the last few days and have narrowly escaped situations that could have resulted in severe injury. Hawai‘i Electric Light’s priority continues to be safety and can no longer allow its employees to enter hazardous areas.

Poles and wires continue to fall due to changes in the ground formation and seismic activity. Hawai‘i Electric Light continues to warn residents to assume that all downed lines and equipment are energized and dangerous. Stay at least three cars lengths away from downed lines and use caution around all poles and overhead lines.

The following areas are in the no-entry zone. This area may be extended.

  • Leilani Avenue from Pomaikai Street to Pohoiki Road
  • Malama Street, east from Pomaikai Street
  • Kahukai Street from Nohea Street to Leilani Avenue
  • Pomaikai, Moku, and Kupono Streets south of Leilani Avenue
  • All streets east beginning with Nohea Street
  • All of Lanipuna Gardens including Hinalo, Lauone, and Honuaula Streets, and all connector roads into Lanipuna Gardens

Check Hawai‘i Electric Light’s website (www.hawaiielectriclight.com), Twitter (@HIElectricLight), and Facebook (HawaiianElectric) accounts for updates.

Big Island Police Investigating Puna Assault and Car Robbery

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery and auto theft early Tuesday morning (August 20) in the Leilani Estates subdivision in Puna.

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A 41-year-old man reported that sometime between midnight and 3 a.m. he was assaulted outside his house on Maile Street and a car was stolen from the driveway.

The attacker is described as a local male, average height and weight with medium-length dark hair and a “local accent.” The car is described as a blue 2005 Kia Optima four-door sedan, license plate ZAT 755.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

 

Puna Man Charged with Attempted Murder Following Spear Gun Incident

After conferring with prosecutors, Hawaiʻi Police Department detectives have charged a 49-year-old Puna man for shooting a spear gun at a 20 year old Puna man in the Leilani Estates Subdivision the night of June 25, 2013.

George Robert Curnutt

George Robert Curnutt

George Robert Curnutt of Leilani Estates was charged at 6:45 p.m. Thursday (June 27) with Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, he is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $500,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

Pahoa Man Shot With Spear Gun During Confrontation in Leilani Estates

Big Island police are investigating an incident involving a spear gun that occurred in the Puna District which left one person critically injured.

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Late last night (June 25, 2013) at about 10:15 pm, police responded to a call of a 20 year-old Pahoa man who was shot with a spear gun during a confrontation on Leilani Avenue in the Leilani Estates Subdivision.

Police and Hawaiʻi Fire Department medics responded to the location and stabilized the victim at the scene before transporting him to the Hilo Medical Center.

Police also learned that a 61 year-old female sustained a non life-threatening injury to her lower leg during the confrontation after being struck by a large rock. She was also transported to the Hilo Medical Center for treatment and was subsequently released .

Officers arrested a 49 year-old Pahoa man for second degree attempted murder and he is being held in the police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continue the investigation.

The victim underwent surgery at the medical center and he remains in critical condition.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-2278 or email him at famuimuia@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Todd Pataray at 961-2382 or email him at tpataray@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

 

Dog Attacks in Puna… Public Safety Meeting to Address Enforcement Issues

This post is to honor Big Island resident, Wayne Joseph, who just underwent brain surgery.

Click Graph to read who has the highest risk of beng bitten by dogs

Recently, well known Puna resident Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph was attacked and bitten on the ankle by a dog as he was on one of his daily jogs.

Joseph took legal recourse against the owner of the dog and wrote on a post entitled, “Dog bite saga goes to court and the Big Dog gets the last laugh“:

Knowing that you are right and fighting for what is right sometimes requires patience and perseverance to see things through.

On April 14, 2011 a dog belonging to an irresponsible owner sunk its teeth into my leg.  I needed to follow through with legal system to insure that this would never happen again to anyone

Unfortunately another dog attack has happened and I received the following email regarding a public safety meeting that will be addressing this situation and the enforcement issues that arise because of these incidents:

There will be a public safety meeting at Leilani Community Center Feb 28, 7pm.

This meeting has been organized following a shocking (but, sadly, not rare) incident first brought to light in this letter which appeared in Big Island Weekly earlier in the month:

…On August 31, 2011, I was on my usual walk and we turned the corner to be confronted by the same four dogs. This time they were on the street and immediately proceeded to attack my dog and myself. I cannot begin to describe the terror and helplessness that I felt during this awful attack. The leader of the pack was a large pit bull that tried to get a hold on my dog’s throat, but only got her shoulder and proceeded to drag her into a ditch. While this was going on, I was being savagely attacked by the other three dogs that took turns rushing in and biting me while I was desperately trying to get the pit bull off of my dog. All the while I was screaming for help at the top of my lungs. A woman came out onto her deck and screamed that she was calling 911 and was too afraid to come to my aid. As I was being attacked I could hear the woman telling the dispatcher what was going on. Unbelievably the dispatcher wanted to send out an officer to take a report. The woman screamed that I was being torn to shreds and a life was in danger. The pit bull was wearing a collar and I managed to get a hold of it and started twisting and eventually cut off the dogs air supply causing it to let go of my dog who immediately took off running for home with the other three dogs in pursuit. I was able to subdue the pit bull by laying on top of it with a choke hold…

More here: http://bigislandweekly.com/news/letter-to-the-editor-5.html

I have since talked with the author of the letter, Joel Foster, who was attacked by dogs in Leilani. The Hawaii County Police tried to dismiss the incident as something they could do nothing about.  Joel refused to let them ignore it.

The issue here is Police responsiveness and equal enforcement of laws.  As horrible as it may sound, dog attacks are not uncommon in Hawaii County, yet enforcement of existing laws regarding such attacks is uncommon.

If you are able, please consider being present at this meeting to show support for public safety.

Anyone who has a similar story to relate, regarding dog attacks and/or inadequate police responsiveness in a matter of public safety, will be invited to share that story so that the wider community can learn from it.