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Puna Kai Shopping Center Breaks Ground

Today, ground was broken for the new Puna Kai Shopping Center that will be located in Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii.

About 100 community members along with dignitaries from the county and the mayor’s office were in attendance.
Pi’ilani Ka’awaloa gave the opening pule (prayer) and blessing of the land while elected officials and company representatives did the actual groundbreaking.

Situated on 9.93 acres, and featuring more than 83,110 SF of retail, office, dining, and entertainment space, Puna Kai will become the community’s premiere shopping center.

Conveniently located at the intersection of Pahoa Village Road & Kahakai Boulevard in the town of Pahoa, on the Big Island of Hawaii.Puna Kai will be grocery anchored by 35,000 SF Malama Market (Malama Market name will be changed). Leasing opportunities are now  being offered from 1,000 SF to 5,540 SF.

Puna Kai, will provide a distinctive blend of daily services, specialty shops, entertainment, and eateries.
The building architecture will reflect the old Hawaii ambiance and charm, inspiring Puna Kai to be the gathering place in Pahoa that has something for everyone.

New Map Puts Pahoa Marketplace in Lava Flow Path

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) scientists conducted an overflight at midday on Monday, mapping and observing the entire length of the June 27th lava flow field.

The breakouts that began about two weeks ago near the area of ground cracks continued to advance downslope over the past week, creating a new lobe on the June 27th lava flow. This lobe is a short distance west of the earlier portion of the June 27th flow that reached Pāhoa. The new lobe advanced about 2.8 km (1.7 miles) over the past week, which is equivalent to about 400 meters per day (0.25 miles per day). A narrow lava channel was active this morning at the leading tip of the new lobe. The leading tip of this active lobe was 4.6 km (2.9 miles) upslope from the intersection of Highway 130 and Pāhoa Village Road (the intersection by Pahoa Marketplace).

The breakouts that began about two weeks ago near the area of ground cracks continued to advance downslope over the past week, creating a new lobe on the June 27th lava flow. This lobe is a short distance west of the earlier portion of the June 27th flow that reached Pāhoa. The new lobe advanced about 2.8 km (1.7 miles) over the past week, which is equivalent to about 400 meters per day (0.25 miles per day). A narrow lava channel was active this morning at the leading tip of the new lobe. The leading tip of this active lobe was 4.6 km (2.9 miles) upslope from the intersection of Highway 130 and Pāhoa Village Road (the intersection by Pahoa Marketplace).

Since the last overflight on November 24, a narrow finger has broken away from the west edge of the flow field and moved to the north by about 2.8 km (1.7 mi), which is an average advance rate of 400 meters/day (440 yards/day). The finger branches off at a point downslope of the crack system where the older flow makes a bend from the north to the northeast. Along its length, the width of the active finger varies from 30 meters (33 yards) to 180 meters (200 yards). The total length of the flow, between Puʻu ʻŌʻō and the front of the new finger, is 18.3 km (11.4 mi) as measured along the flow axis.

A closer look at the narrow lava channel near the leading tip of the active lobe. The channel consists of both open sections as well as sections that are crusted over.

A closer look at the narrow lava channel near the leading tip of the active lobe. The channel consists of both open sections as well as sections that are crusted over.

The new finger is following a different steepest-descent path than the previously active flow lobe. The new forecast path takes the flow towards the intersection of Pāhoa Village Road and Highway 130, in the vicinity of the Pahoa Marketplace. The flow is currently about 4.6 km (2.9 miles) upslope of the intersection as measured along a straight line. The flow is approaching an area of gentler topography, however, where two steepest-descent paths nearly converge. The ultimate flow path is therefore difficult to forecast while the activity remains upslope of this point.

This map uses a satellite image acquired in March 2014 (provided by Digital Globe) as a base to show the area around the front of the June 27th lava flow. The area of the flow on November 24, 2014, at 12:00 PM is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow as mapped on December 1 at 11:30 AM is shown in red. Most surface flow activity is focused into a narrow finger that branches off the west edge of the flow field north of the East Rift Zone crack system. The front of this finger (19.475836, -154.986834 Decimal Degrees) was 4.6 km (2.9 mi) upslope from the intersection of Highway 130 and Pāhoa Village Road at the Pahoa Marketplace. The dotted blue lines show the pertinent steepest-descent paths, calculated from a 1983 digital elevation model (DEM; for calculation details, see http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1264/), that the flow is projected to follow. Note that about 1 km (0.6 mi) downslope from the tip of the active flow two different steepest-descent paths come very close together. This is a location where the ground becomes very flat, and the flow could end up following either (or both) of these paths. Steepest-descent path analysis is based on the assumption that the DEM perfectly represents the earth's surface. DEMs, however, are not perfect, so the dotted blue line can be used to infer only an approximate flow path.  (Click to Enlarge)

The area of the flow on November 24, 2014, at 12:00 PM is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow as mapped on December 1 at 11:30 AM is shown in red.
Most surface flow activity is focused into a narrow finger that branches off the west edge of the flow field north of the East Rift Zone crack system. The front of this finger was 4.6 km (2.9 mi) upslope from the intersection of Highway 130 and Pāhoa Village Road at the Pahoa Marketplace. (Click to Enlarge)

During the overflight, HVO scientists were also able to measure the cross-sectional area of the lava stream within the tube near Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Their result of 2.0 square meters (2.4 square yards) is a 25% reduction in area compared to last week. A smaller lava-stream cross section is consistent with less lava flowing through the tube due to the current summit deflation, which has been ongoing since Saturday morning.

Based on the gentler topography that the flow is approaching and the decrease in cross-sectional area of the lava stream within the tube, it is likely that the advance rate of the narrow finger will slow in the coming days.

A comparison of a normal photograph with a thermal image of the narrow channel at the leading tip of the new lobe on the June 27th lava flow. The normal photograph is partially obscured by smoke from vegetation burning, but the thermal image can "see" through the smoke to show the nature of the channel in detail. Some sections of the channel are completely covered by crust (forming a lava tube), while other sections were open with a smoothly flowing surface.

A comparison of a normal photograph with a thermal image of the narrow channel at the leading tip of the new lobe on the June 27th lava flow. The normal photograph is partially obscured by smoke from vegetation burning, but the thermal image can “see” through the smoke to show the nature of the channel in detail. Some sections of the channel are completely covered by crust (forming a lava tube), while other sections were open with a smoothly flowing surface.

In addition to the narrow finger, weak activity is also present in three areas upslope: 1) surface lava was active where the new finger branches off from the existing flow field; 2) minor surface flows were extending the flow margin to the east at the eastern edge of the crack system; and 3) about 3.5 km (2.2 mi) downslope from Puʻu ʻŌʻō, small amounts of surface lava marked the continued activity of the breakout that started near the Kahaualeʻa cone about two weeks ago. Observations of the stalled flow that extends from the crack system into Pāhoa Village indicate that the lava tube is not being reoccupied, and that this lobe of the flow is effectively inactive.

Daily updates about Kilauea’s ongoing eruptions, recent images and videos of summit and East Rift Zone volcanic activity, and data about recent earthquakes are posted on the HVO Web site at http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov.

Nasty Wreck in Front of Malama Market in Pahoa

Well its been a while since I’ve posted pictures of wrecks along Highway 130.  It’s definitely not because they aren’t happening… I just haven’t felt the need to document all of them and I don’t want the police to have any reason to give me grief just for taking pictures on the side of the road.

Today I drove past another nasty wreck in front of Malama Market.  A little while later, someone posted the following picture on facebook stating “Drive Safely”!

Wreck occurred about 2:00 today in front of Malama Market in Pahoa. Photo by Shyanna Robinson

Councilman Yagong “My integrity that’s being placed on the table here” – Malama Market, and the Highway 130 Fiasco

At the January Board of Ethics Meeting that took place in Hilo, Councilman Dominic Yagong was questioned regarding his connection to Malama Market.

One thing I’ve highlighted below is that Councilman Yagong confirms that the Malama Market Intersection and Highway 130 is one of the top 3 most dangerous intersections in the state!

Part of his response included the following testimony that I just wanted to get out here on my blog.

YAGONG: Being that it is my integrity that’s being placed on the table here, saying that I used my position to benefit Malama Market because Malama had an interest, if—Mr.

Chairman, it is so imperative to that question, that I really tell you what this issue is, very briefly, because it will show you that Malama Market has—in fact, what I did was not in the best interest of Malama Market. It actually hurts Malama Market, and that’s what I wanted to show you, Mr. Chairman, if I could. It will be very brief. But it’s directly to the question by Mr. Cadaoas—Mr. Cadaoas?-

CADAOAS: –Yes—

YAGONG: –Mr. Cadaoas bringing forth, because he’s actually saying that there is a conflict of interest. It’s so important for me to be able to tell the commissioners that when you take a look at the whole issue, and it’s in your map but it’s probably easier if you just look at this here, the whole issue is based on Highway 130, and I don’t have to tell you that Highway 130 is one of the most dangerous roads in the state of Hawai‘i. If you take a look at this section here, this is where Highway 130 meets the entrance to Malama Market. In order to go to Malama Market, you have to take a left or right in to this intersection to be able to go to the shopping center that has Malama Market. Malama Market only has one entrance to be able to go to that shopping center, only one. My contention on the Bill 283 was for the developer to build this right in, right out off of Highway 130 so that it’ll alleviate the traffic off this intersection. By the way, of the ten most dangerous intersections in the state of Hawai‘i, this is listed in the top three, this intersection here. So what we’re trying to do was to make sure, before the applicant occupied the building, that we would actually have it in writing. What I meant was to have them have a certificate—to get a certificate of occupancy, this safety improvement would have to be made. The problem—and the reason for that was to be able to make it safer—this is what the community was actually screaming for. But here’s—to Mr. Cadaoas’ question, commissioners, by advocating for the right in, right out, what that does is, it actually diverts traffic away from the only entrance to Malama Market. When you divert traffic away from a business, away from the area, you don’t help them. It’s like Hāmākua Coast, when you had the old road that went through Pepe‘ekeo and ‘O‘ōkala and Laupāhoehoe, but you had all these small businesses along the way, then we built a highway through. All the businesses died, why? Because you diverted traffic away from the business. This decision or my action that I took had nothing to do with Malama. If I wanted to protect Malama, I would have never advocated for the right in, right out. Because this would make it safer for the people—and by the way, not only for the people, but for the developer. Commissioners, I don’t know if you folks know this, but in the end, when the final bill came out, I voted yes for the application. I don’t want to assume that you folks knew that, but I did vote yes. And the reason I voted yes was at the last hearing, the developer told us, along with the State Department of Transportation, that the contractor was willing to work day and night to complete this before Long’s opened. And just to let you folks know, although my amendment failed to have this done before they occupied the building, the construction was done before Long’s opened up. They did exactly what I asked them to do, simply because it was the right thing to do, not to benefit Malama but to benefit the businesses there. In order to get to their—without this right in, right out, in order to get to their shopping center, they would have to come to Malama and take this turn here. Long’s couldn’t even get a 40-foot container through this here without doing one of those zig-zag and trying to get in. They knew they had to get this opened to get their containers into their center. It benefited everybody. Most of all, it benefited the people of Puna, to make it safer at the most dangerous intersection in the state of Hawai‘i. Nothing to do with Malama Market. I would have withheld this requirement and not support the requirement if I had any interest in Malama Market. It was interest of public safety. Very simple.

You can view the entire transcript here: Hawaii County Board of Ethics Minutes, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011