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Free Book – “The Story of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory – A Remarkable First 100 Years of Tracking Eruptions and Earthquakes”

2012 marks 100 years of continuous volcano and earthquake monitoring at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.  As part of HVO’s centennial celebration, the USGS has published a new general-interest publication, “The Story of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory—A Remarkable First 100 Years of Tracking Eruptions and Earthquakes.”

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This 62-page, full-color booklet recounts the founding of HVO, the first volcano observatory in the United States, and its pioneering achievements in the science of volcano monitoring over the past century. Written in a reader-friendly style, the booklet will appeal to anyone interested in earth science and volcanoes.

“Born from cracks opened by earthquakes and fed by fountains of hot molten lava, the volcanoes of Hawaiʻi rise as much as 30,000 feet above the floor of the surrounding deep sea, making them the largest volcanoes on the planet,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “It is a marvelous detective story to read how scientists have used data collected over the last 100 years to understand volcanic history extending back a million years, as well as what the volcanic future might be.”

HVO, perched on the rim of Kîlauea Volcano’s summit caldera, closely monitors the volcanic and seismic activity of Kîlauea and Mauna Loa, two of the most active volcanoes in the world, and other Hawaiian volcanoes. HVO’s monitoring data, eruption forecasts, and timely warnings of potential hazards help protect the public—a key mission of HVO since 1912, when geologist Thomas A. Jaggar, founded the observatory.

The new booklet describes the development of the tools and techniques used by HVO to monitor Hawai‘i’s volcanic and seismic activity over the past 100 years. Whereas Jaggar had only a few early seismometers to track eruptions and earthquakes, HVO scientists today can access huge amounts of digital data from a dense network of seismometers, tiltmeters, GPS receivers, gas sensors, and other technologically advanced monitoring instruments.

Archival photos in “The Story of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory” portray dramatic changes in Kilauea’s landscape, such as the formation of a 400-foot-deep lava lake filling the bottom of Kîlauea Iki Crater in 1959, the growth of a 370-foot-high lava shield during the 1969–1974 Mauna Ulu eruption, and the explosive eruptions of Halema’uma’u Crater in 1924 that increased its diameter from 1,200 feet to more than 3,000 feet. A timeline in the book features archival photographs from significant eruptions and earthquakes that have affected Hawai‘i residents since 1912.

HVO scientists have made great strides in understanding how Hawaiian volcanoes work, and the booklet summarizes their key discoveries during the past 100 years. Some of these include the relationship of earthquakes and volcanic tremors to volcanic activity, the precursory signals of an eruption, the evolution and internal structure of Hawaiian volcanoes, the dynamics of lava flows and lava lakes, and the formation of summit calderas.

The story concludes with a look toward the next 100 years, and the challenges and opportunities that will keep the next generation of HVO scientists busy.

USGS General Information Product 135, “The Story of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory—A Remarkable First 100 Years of Tracking Eruptions and Earthquakes,” by Janet L. Babb, James P. Kauahikaua, and Robert I. Tilling, is available free online (PDF).

A limited number of free printed booklets can be ordered (for a $5.00 handling fee) from the USGS online Store, or by writing to USGS Information Services, Box 25286, 
Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225; telephone: 1-888-ASK-USGS; e-mail: infoservices@usgs.gov.

Kuana Torres Kahele to Play Three Concerts on The Big Island Coming Up

The MOST NOMINATED artist for the Na Haku Hanohano Awards 2012, Kuana Torres Kahele brings his band and very special guest Nani Lim Yap to Hawaii Island for three shows at the end of May.

Kuana Torres Kahele

Kuana will play 3 shows on the Big Island:
  • Thursday 5/24 at 7.30pm at Aloha Theatre, Kealakekua 
  • Friday 5/25 at 8pm at The Palace Theatre, Hilo
  • Saturday 5/26 at 7pm at Kahilu Theatre, Kamuela

Kuana Torres Kahale is renowned as founder of legendary traditional Hawaiian group Na Palapalai.  He is now recognized widely as solo artist, and his 2011 CD, KAUNALOA, has been nominated for an incredible 10 Na Hoku Hanohano awards in 2012.  The CD was released last June and went straight to No1 on the Billboard World Music Charts and the iTunes World Music Charts, was awarded Hawaiian Album of the Year from Big Island Music Awards (BIMA) and actually sold out in stores statewide last year, beating out mainstream artists like Beyonce and Rihanna!

Three back to back concerts kicking off the weekend of the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards offer big islanders a chance to catch Kuana live on his home island.  Experience KAUNALOA Live!
Kuana Torres Kahele is a child of Pi’ihonua, a River Rat, a Hilo boy.  Judging by his already extensive hundred song legacy to Hawaiian music at only 33, it is safe to say Kuana was born with a song in his heart.  His greatly anticipated solo CD, KAUNALOA, tipped 20,000 pre-orders in Hawaii and Japan.  His two Kaunaloa concerts in Tokyo and Kyoto  both sold out 2,000 seat venues with post concert CD signings lasting two and a half hours.
Kuana’s success is driven by a fiercely loyal local and international Japanese fan base, his skilled marketing team and the power of the famed Mountain Apple Company.  For a Hilo boy who got his start in a tiny hula studio singing for Uncle Johnny Lum Ho’s halau, Ka Ua Kani Lehua, Kuana is happy and humbled to be coming home with the laurels.
Tickets for all shows are priced at just $20 until April 25, then will be priced $25.  At the door all tickets will be $30.  All tickets available now at www.brownpapertickets.com, and available in person during the Merrie Monarch Festival, Wednesday April 11 – Saturday April 14 at the NA PALAPALAI Booth at the Civic in Hilo.  Tickets available for all three shows at the booth.  Call Marc (808) 348-3035 for more information about the presales at the booth.
Tickets for the Waimea and Hilo concerts are also available from the theatre box offices.  Kahilu Theatre box office is open 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday, for walk ins or calls to (808) 885-6868.  The Palace Theatre box office is open 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday for walk ins or calls to (808) 934 7010.

3.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Waikoloa Area of the Big Island

Magnitude 3.4
Location 19.974°N, 155.775°W
Depth 24.2 km (15.0 miles)
  • 4 km (3 miles) NNE (27°) from Waikoloa Village, HI
  • 11 km (6 miles) ENE (63°) from Puako, HI
  • 12 km (8 miles) WSW (243°) from Waimea, HI
  • 78 km (48 miles) WNW (293°) from Hilo, HI
  • 260 km (162 miles) SE (124°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles); depth +/- 1.7 km (1.1 miles)
Parameters Nph= 57, Dmin=10 km, Rmss=0.09 sec, Gp=115°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=1
Event ID hv60331411

Mt. View Man Dies from Injuries Sustained in a Two Vehicle Crash

A 28-year-old Mountain View man died Friday (April 6) from injuries he sustained in a two vehicle crash on the Hawaii Belt Road (Route 11) in the area of the 13th mile-marker.

The man was identified as Waimoku T. Lum Ho of a Mt. View address.

Responding to a 1:27 a.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that Lum Ho was operating a 1995 Chevrolet pick-up truck and traveling south on Route 11 when he rear-ended a 2009 Dodge Ram flatbed truck also traveling south.

The driver of the Dodge, a 39-year-old Volcano man was not injured.

Lum Ho was transported to the Hilo Medical Center by Fire Rescue personnel where he was pronounced dead at 2:50 a.m.

Lum Ho was not wearing a seatbelt.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved but speed was a factor in this crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Paul Kim at 961-2332.

This is the 9th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared to 6 at the same time last year.

Police Identify 17-Year-Old Drowning Victim Reported in Puna

Police have identified the 17-year-old victim of a possible drowning reported in Puna.

John Joel Nicholas Buentipo (Facebook Profile Picture)

He has been identified as John Joel Nicholas Buentipo of Keaau. On Saturday (April 7) at about 7:25 a.m., Buentipo’s body was recovered by Hawaii Fire Department personnel and was transported to the Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 10:10 a.m.

On Friday (April 6) 2012 at about 1:34 p.m., Buentipo was reportedly with friends who were swimming near Shipman Beach in Keaau when he experienced difficulties in the water and was unable to swim back to shore. It was reported that friends apparently lost sight of Buentipo and rescue personnel and a helicopter from the Hawaii Fire Department responded to the location and conducted a search, which was called off due to darkness. The search resumed Sunday morning and Buentipo’s body was located near the location he was last seen.

The case is currently classified as a coroner’s inquest and autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday (April 10). Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Section are continuing the investigation and do not suspect foul play.

New Waiakea Radio Facility Proposed

A new radio facility has been proposed for the vacant State land across from the University of Hawaii Hilo.  The facility would be a public facility owned and operated by the State of Hawaii.

Project site looking north to the USDA Facility

The proposed Waiakea Radio Facility will support the rebuilding and modernization of the ICSD-owned portion of the Anuenue system, a shared State and Federal statewide communication system. In addition to the ICSD, the Waiakea facility will support the State Civil Defense, the State Department of Public Safety, and the U.S. Coast Guard radio systems.

The site will also be designed to accommodate the public safety radio and microwave systems of the County of Hawaii agencies should they decide to locate to the new facility. The Waiakea facility will link the Hilo area to other Anuenue facilities on the Big Island, Maui, Molokai, and Oahu for all types of communication purposes.

The Waiakea facility will be a public facility owned and operated by the State of Hawaii.

The Waiakea facility will support multiple radio transmitters that operate in two broad categories:  Point-to-point microwave and land mobile radio (LMR).

The Waiakea facility will meet the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established maximum permissible exposure (MPE) limits related to electromagnetic radiation. The Waiakea facility will not create interference with AM or FM radio reception or with over the air television reception.

For more information… click below for the Environmental Assessment:

Click to view the EA

North Hawai‘i Community Hospital Offers Multiple Scholarships to North Hawai‘i Residents

North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) would like to encourage residents of North Hawai‘i to apply for three scholarship opportunities. The three scholarships include the Peggy Dineen-Orsini Scholarship, the NHCH Medical Staff Scholarship and the Hawai‘i Emergency Physicians Associated, Inc. (HEPA) Scholarship.

The Peggy Dineen-Orsini Scholarship offers one $2,000 award to a resident of North Hawai‘i who is enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a National League of Nursing (NLN) accredited program in Hawai‘i or on the mainland. Private donors along with the Medical Staff at NHCH fund this scholarship in memory of Peggy Dineen-Orsini, who was a Registered Nurse at North Hawaii Community Hospital for eight years(1996 to 2004). Peggy had a caring and appreciative essence for all life offered. Her compassion for her patients, colleagues and friends made her a joy to know and be around. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage residents to become productive members of our community through higher education.

The second scholarship is funded solely by the NHCH Medical Staff and offers two $1,000 scholarships to individuals who are enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a National League of Nursing accredited program in Hawai‘i or on the mainland.

The third and final scholarship is funded by Hawai’i Emergency Physicians Associated, Inc. (HEPA), the independent, physician-owned group of board-certified physicians who provide staffing in NHCH’s Emergency Department. HEPA is offering two $1,000 college scholarships to graduating North Hawai‘i high school students. For this scholarship, students are asked to write a personal letter describing their future plans and goals and to explain why their financial need is compelling.

All applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee of each sponsoring organization based on the criteria and requirements outlined in the scholarship application, which can be found online at www.NHCH.com. An important consideration in the selection process is financial need. Completed applications and all required documents must be received on or postmarked by the final filing date of Friday, May 11, 2012. Please mail completed applications and required documents to North Hawaii Community Hospital, Attention: Human Resources, 67-1125 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamuela, HI 96743. For more information, contact Human Resources at North Hawaii Community Hospital at (808) 881-4410.

NHCH Background: North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) is a rural 29-bed acute care hospital located in Kamuela, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Non-profit, community owned and locally governed, the hospital opened in May 1996 and cares for Big Island residents and visitors. NHCH offers an extensive set of hospital services that are centered on patient needs, creating a healing experience for the whole person – mind, body and spirit.