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Pele Rocking!!! 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Volcano Area Tonight

Magnitude 4.1
  • Friday, February 24, 2012 at 07:02:24 UTC
  • Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 09:02:24 PM at epicenter
Location 19.436°N, 155.313°W
Depth 5.2 km (3.2 miles)
  • 8 km (5 miles) W (259°) from Volcano, HI
  • 20 km (12 miles) WSW (258°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 21 km (13 miles) WSW (237°) from Mountain View, HI
  • 38 km (24 miles) SW (218°) from Hilo, HI
  • 335 km (208 miles) SE (128°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 71, Dmin=3 km, Rmss=0.11 sec, Gp= 50°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Event ID hv60313901

Reticulite – A Rock So Fragile it Can Be Sliced with a Post-It-Note

Who would have ever thought that there was a solid such as a rock… that you could cut through it with a piece of paper?

Reticulite, a highly vesicular form of pumice, is so fragile it can be sliced in half with a Post-it note!


Reticulite from a volcanic eruption of Kilauea is contrasted with lava flows, and with carbonated soda. It can be crushed in your bare hands, or flattened with a plastic spoon; a plastic fork goes right through it. Visit our web site at http://www.uhh.hawaii.edu/~csav/

Ka‘ū District Gym and Shelter Draft Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review and Comment

The Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works published the Ka‘ū District Gym & Shelter draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review and comment.

Printed copies are also available at Nā‘ālehu and Pāhala public libraries. The draft EA is available on the State Office of Environmental Quality Control website,


The Ka‘ū District Gym & Shelter will be a new gymnasium, multi-purpose recreational facility and emergency shelter  It will be located on the Ka‘ū High and Pāhala Elementary School campus; operated and maintained by County of Hawai’i Department of Parks & Recreation for the community.

In November, residents shared with the County Departments of Public Works and Parks and Recreation their thoughts for a facility that would expand recreational and athletic opportunities and serve as a destination for community events.  The existing school gym is old; too small for the wider range of athletic, school and community needs, and does not provide hardened shelter features proposed for the new district gym and shelter.  In December, residents participated in a two-day design charrette.

Construction for the $16.9 facility is expected to begin in fall 2012 and will take approximately 18 months to complete.

Public comments must be submitted by mail or fax during the 30-day public comment period, February 23 through March 23, 2012 to: Tammy Kapali, Planner, PBR HAWAII & Associates, Inc., 1001 Bishop Street, Suite 650, Honolulu, HI 96813 Telephone: (808) 521-5631 Fax: (808) 523-1402 and County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works ATTN: David Yamamoto, Aupuni Center, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 7 Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720 Phone: (808) 961-8321 Fax: (808) 961-8630.

Activists Join Representative Karen Awana and John Mizuno to Combat Human Trafficking

Dozens of activists met directly with Hawaii’s state legislators today to build support for six new state bills that would help identify, protect, and offer assistance to victims of human trafficking. At a press conference highlighting the day’s events, several legislators, including Representative Karen Awana and Representative John Mizuno expressed their support for aggressive efforts to support victims of human trafficking and prosecute traffickers. Polaris Project, Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery and the International Justice Mission organized the day’s events.

“Human trafficking takes place throughout the world and affects millions,” said Representative Karen Awana. “Unfortunately, our island state has also fallen prey to such atrocities.  Bills that have been introduced this session take an aggressive approach at addressing slavery – the worst form of treatment inflicted upon another human being.”

The new bills that are currently pending in the legislature would make it easier for survivors of sex trafficking to rebuild their lives and protect trafficking victims from convictions for crimes they committed as a result of being trafficked. The bills also improve coordination of services for trafficking survivors, increase training and awareness activities in local schools, and require posting of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline in critical locations like airports and clinics in order to reach victims and raise awareness.

“I have seen first-hand how laws like these make a real difference for the lives of women and children who have been brutally exploited for the profit of others,” said James Dold, Policy Counsel for Polaris Project. “If all of these bills pass, Hawaii would have one of the strongest anti-human trafficking frameworks in the United States.”

Last August, Polaris Project gave Hawaii only four points out of a possible ten in its annual State Ratings Map. The map tracks the presence or absence of 10 categories of laws on the books that are critical to a comprehensive anti-trafficking legal framework.

Because of the hidden nature of human trafficking, few statistics are available on the numbers of trafficking victims in Hawaii or the entire United States. One study has estimated that some 300,000 youth are at-risk of becoming victims of trafficking nationwide. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, which helps connect trafficking victims to services, has taken 164 calls related to human trafficking in Hawaii since December 2007.

“We have a responsibility to come together as a community to support trafficking victims and fight this crime and human rights abuse,” said Kathryn Xian, Executive Director of the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery. “People think that human trafficking only happens in other countries, but it’s also happening here on our islands. Today, we are taking a stand and saying that we can and should do more to fight modern slavery.”

To report a tip, connect with anti-trafficking services in your area, or request information, call The National Human Trafficking Resource Center, operated by Polaris Project, at: 1-888-373-7888. Or go to www.polarisproject.org.

Big Island Police Warn of Craigslist Rental Scam

*Note* I will be contacting the owner of Craigslist shortly via Facebook notifying him of this.  We will see if it gets taken down.

Big Island police are warning the public about a rental scam using a popular online free classified advertising service.

An unidentified person posted an ad on Craigslist offering a house for rent on Haili Street in Hilo with attractive terms. The ad says utilities are included in the $1,000 rent and cats and dogs are welcome. When an interested renter responds, the scammer claims to be out of the country for several years and looking for a responsible renter to take care of the house.

The house listed actually is in escrow and not for rent.

Although Craigslist warns users to be leery of landlords who are out of the country and not available to meet the renter, this type of scam has cheated prospective renters out of rent money and security deposits in other jurisdictions, said Lieutenant Gregory Esteban from the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section.

“We are aware of similar scams like this on the mainland, where criminals prey on individuals looking for a reasonably-priced house,” Esteban said. “We don’t want our residents to fall victim to this kind of scam.”