3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits the Paauilo Area of the Big Island Tonight

Magnitude 3.1
  • Saturday, July 07, 2012 at 08:32:48 PM at epicenter
Location 20.065°N, 155.399°W
Depth 10.7 km (6.6 miles)
  • 4 km (2 miles) NW (309°) from Paauilo, HI
  • 7 km (4 miles) E (101°) from Honokaa, HI
  • 19 km (12 miles) ESE (108°) from Kukuihaele, HI
  • 29 km (18 miles) E (81°) from Waimea, HI
  • 52 km (32 miles) NW (321°) from Hilo, HI
  • 288 km (179 miles) ESE (118°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 1.2 km (0.7 miles); depth +/- 0.7 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 39, Dmin=21 km, Rmss=0.11 sec, Gp=216°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Event ID hv60367961

New Pana‘ewa Covered Play Courts, Renovated Family Center Opened

Hundreds of keiki, parents and kupuna attended Saturday’s grand opening of the $3.1 million Pana‘ewa Covered Play Courts and rededication of the Pana‘ewa Family Center during a public ceremony at Pana‘ewa Park in Hilo.

While being serenaded by local musicians, community members toured the 26,000-square-foot, gym-like structure offering three regulation high school basketball courts that can be converted into regulation volleyball or tennis courts.

A roof and partial sides protect the playing areas from rain, providing the community with its first indoor athletic venue in the 34-year history of Pana‘ewa Park. Young athletes quickly benefited from the facility’s design that sheltered them first from Saturday’s hot sun and then from passing showers that would have left outdoor courts unusable.

“This wonderful place, this pu‘uhonua, is going to serve our community for generations to come,” Mayor Kenoi told audience members. “This project is about love and family and taking care of our kamali‘i and our haumāna.”

Mayor Kenoi said Saturday’s dedication was one of his proudest days serving the people of Hawai‘i Island because it meant delivering on the vision of providing a facility where keiki can exercise out of the rain while learning the value of teamwork and sportsmanship.

“I want to thank so many people who put so much aloha, so much love into this project,” Mayor Kenoi said, adding the completion would not have been possible without the hard work of numerous community volunteers, contractors and County personnel. He then read their names to deliver a personal mahalo.

Contractor GW Construction built the facility for $3,065,980. GW Construction, fellow contractor Roger Hill Ltd., community volunteers, and County staff also installed a new scoreboard to serve the park’s main softball field and football field.

A retractable, overhead netting system allows the facility’s three courts to be used simultaneously. Modular interlocking tiles, specifically designed to reduce impact-related injuries without sacrificing athletic performance, were used for the playing surface.

“I look at this facility, and it’s like a dream,” Hilo Councilman Dennis “Fresh” Onishi said.

Significantly cheaper than a traditional gymnasium, the covered play courts use an open-air design and ceiling insulation in place of costly air conditioning. Energy-efficient LED lights and translucent skylights further reduce operating costs.

Engineering plans developed for the Pana‘ewa Covered Play Courts are owned by the County of Hawai‘i and will be used as a template to provide similar facilities to other communities, Mayor Kenoi said.

Kumu Moses Kaho‘okele Crabbe delivered a traditional pule or blessing before the public, led by keiki basketball players, entered the covered play courts and prompted tested their basketball skills.

Saturday’s celebration also included reopening the park’s newly restored and expanded Pana‘ewa Family Center. Located adjacent to the new play courts, the Pana‘ewa Family Center includes bathrooms meeting accessibility requirements, an administrative office and an expanded multi-purpose room measuring more than 1,400 square feet. The center, which replaces a former center damaged by fire, provides the community with an accessible public meeting and gathering space that will be home to a computer lab and future Summer Fun programs.

Construction was a collaborative effort between County staff and volunteers from the Pana‘ewa Hawaiian Homestead Community Association and The Men of Pa‘a.

Pana‘ewa Park was originally opened July 17, 1978. It was built for $201,809 by Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd.

When is the Best Time to Visit the Big Island? Average Temperatures for Hilo

A lot of folks want to know what the weather is like in Hilo and many of my mainland friends that come to visit the Big Island ask me when is the best time to come visit, so I’m posting the following information that was acquired from RSSWeather.Com

Average Temperatures for Hilo

Average Temperature for Hilo, Hawaii

Month Low High
Jan 63.6°F 79.2°F
Feb 63.5°F 79.4°F
Mar 64.7°F 79.2°F
Apr 65.6°F 79.3°F
May 66.7°F 80.6°F
Jun 68.0°F 82.2°F
Jul 69.2°F 82.5°F
Aug 69.4°F 83.2°F
Sept 69.0°F 83.4°F
Oct 68.5°F 82.7°F
Nov 67.2°F 80.7°F
Dec 64.9°F 79.5°F

Hilo’s coldest month is February when the average temperature overnight is 63.5°F. In September, the warmest month, the average day time temperature rises to 83.4°F.

Average Rainfall for Hilo

Average Rainfall for Hilo, Hawaii

Month Precipitation
Jan 9.74in.
Feb 8.86in.
Mar 14.35in.
Apr 12.54in.
May 8.07in.
Jun 7.36in.
Jul 10.71in.
Aug 9.78in.
Sept 9.14in.
Oct 9.64in.
Nov 15.58in.
Dec 10.50in.

The driest month in Hilo is June with 7.36 inches of precipitation, and with 15.58 inches November is the wettest month.

Two Earthquakes Shake the Volcano Area on the Big Island This Morning

The Volcano area of the Big Island had two earthquakes early this morning, both registering 3.0 magnitude according to the USGS.

The first one happened at 4:48 this morning:

Magnitude 3.0
Location 19.301°N, 155.216°W
Depth 9.5 km (5.9 miles)
  • 17 km (10 miles) S (173°) from Volcano, HI
  • 21 km (13 miles) SSW (205°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 24 km (15 miles) SSW (208°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 43 km (26 miles) SW (230°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 47 km (29 miles) SSW (197°) from Hilo, HI
  • 352 km (219 miles) SE (129°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 62, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.12 sec, Gp=104°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=2
Event ID hv60367731

The second one happened twenty minutes later at 5:08 this morning:

Magnitude 3.0
Location 19.311°N, 155.215°W
Depth 9.1 km (5.7 miles)
  • 16 km (10 miles) S (172°) from Volcano, HI
  • 20 km (12 miles) SSW (206°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 23 km (15 miles) SSW (209°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 42 km (26 miles) SW (231°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 46 km (28 miles) SSW (197°) from Hilo, HI
  • 351 km (218 miles) SE (129°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles); depth +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 48, Dmin=7 km, Rmss=0.13 sec, Gp=130°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Event ID hv60367751