Lava Flows Heading North of Puʻu ʻŌʻō – Continued Activity in Puʻu ʻŌʻō Crater

The Kahauale`a II flow began as a breakout on the east rim of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater on May 6, and has advanced northward towards the forest.

Photo: Hawaii Volcano Observatory

Photo: Hawaii Volcano Observatory

Friday, May 24th, slowly moving pāhoehoe lobes (light colored flows in this image) were burning moss and lichen on older Puʻu ʻŌʻō ʻaʻā flows and approaching the forest boundary. Puʻu ʻŌʻō cone is obscured by thick clouds in this photo.

HVO geologists use a laser rangefinder to measure the height of the shield and cone built up around the northeast lava lake, on the east rim of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater. The peak of the cone is now about 18 m (60 ft) above the former crater rim.

HVO geologists use a laser rangefinder to measure the height of the shield and cone built up around the northeast lava lake, on the east rim of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater. The peak of the cone is now about 18 m (60 ft) above the former crater rim.

The spatter cone near the north rim of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater continues to produce pulsating gas jetting sounds. Compare this photo to one taken of the same cone on May 2 to see how much taller the cone has grown.

 

Photo: Hawaii Volcano Observatory

Photo: Hawaii Volcano Observatory

The small lava lake on the northeast rim of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater has been built into a small cone, with only a few small openings at the top. One of these small openings had sloshing lava near the surface.

Photo: Hawaii Volcano Observatory

Photo: Hawaii Volcano Observatory

Why did the lava tube cross the road? This image shows the Peace Day lava tube coming down the pali in Royal Gardens subdivision. The lava tube parallels Ali`i avenue, shown by the straight line of warm temperatures that represent asphalt heated in the sun. At the intersection of Ali`i avenue and Paradise street, the lava tube makes a sharp turn west and crosses the intersection, and then turns sharply again downslope (towards the right side of the image).

 

This tube feeds lava to the ocean entry and breakouts on the coastal plain. There is no active lava on the surface in this image - the warm surface temperatures are due to heating by the underlying lava tube. Thermal images such as this help HVO geologists map the lava tube system.

This tube feeds lava to the ocean entry and breakouts on the coastal plain. There is no active lava on the surface in this image – the warm surface temperatures are due to heating by the underlying lava tube. Thermal images such as this help HVO geologists map the lava tube system.

 

 

Gov. Abercrombie to Honor Former Councilman Pete Hoffmann and Shirley Ito for “Older Americans Month”

Gov. Neil Abercrombie will be traveling to Kailua-Kona tomorrow, May 28 to honor Older Americans Month Hawaii County awardee Peter Hoffmann in a ceremony and reception at the County Council Chambers in the West Hawaii Civic Center.

Council Pete Hoffman

Former Councilman Pete Hoffmann

Every year, eight kupuna ‒ one male and one female from each county ‒ are selected as Older American volunteer honorees for the exemplary work they do to aid and support their individual communities. The female honoree for Hawaii County, Shirley Ito of Hilo, will be meeting with the Governor at a later date in Hilo in recognition of her volunteer work.

Hoffman, who is from Waikoloa, was nominated for this award by the Waikoloa Senior Center. He organized the local senior center and was the founding and continuing president through mid-2006. He presided over the monthly meetings, drove the van on monthly outings, arranged for speakers, and took charge of most of the activities. He was the sweat equity of the senior center.

At the youthful age of 72, Hoffman has committed his time and energy to numerous other community programs including the School Supply Drive, the Waikoloa Village Association, the Waikoloa Community Development Corporation, and the 21st Century Learning Center out of the Waikoloa Elementary School. Additionally, he serves as cantor at the Puako Ascension Catholic Church where he was named Island Treasure by the Diocese two years ago.

Wes Lum, director of the Executive Office on Aging, and Alan Parker of the Hawaii County Office on Aging will be joining Gov. Abercrombie in the celebration honoring Hoffmann.

“Older Americans Month celebrations acknowledge the value that older adults continue to bring to our communities by applauding recent achievements of local kupuna and inviting them to share the activities they do to unleash the power of age,” said Wes Lum, director of the Executive Office on Aging.

After proclaiming May as “Older Americans Month” in Hawaii on May 3, the Governor recognized honorees from Honolulu, Betty Goya and John McGuire, and Kauai County, Dr. Lucy Miller and William Neil Rapozo, Sr. at events on their respective islands. Honorees from Maui County, Diane Logsdon and Richard Endsley, will be meeting with the Governor in a ceremony on Maui in July.

This year’s Older Americans Month theme –“Unleash the Power of Age” –emphasizes the important role of our kupuna. Seniors across the nation are being recognized as productive, active, and influential members of society.

For more information and to find ongoing opportunities to celebrate and support older Americans, contact the Executive Office on Aging at (808) 586-0100 or local Area Agency on Aging by visiting the Aging and Disability Resource Center at www.hawaiiadrc.orgor (808) 643-2372.

Large Floating Container Spotted off Oahu

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is asking for the public’s help to locate a large item of marine debris that may be floating in the ocean off the windward Oahu coast and could approach land over the holiday weekend.

Photo Courtesy of DLNR

Photo Courtesy of DLNR

What appears to be a large container, possibly made of metal, is approximately 20 feet long by 8 feet wide, 8 feet high and painted light blue. There is a small, square framed hole in the middle of its top surface that appears open and visible from a distance. About 6 to 8 feet of the object are above water. Its origin and contents are unknown at this time.

DLNR is working closely with its agency partners on the Hawaii Interagency Marine Debris Working Group, including the NOAA Marine Debris Program, U.S. Coast Guard, City and County of Honolulu Emergency Management, and others.

“We are asking people to immediately contact us with latitude and longitude (GPS) position and date and time of sighting, because we want to be able to take control of this large object before it can cause damage to a reef or introduce invasive species,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson.

 

Big Island Produced Film “Strange Frame” Wins Best Animated Feature at the 2013 Big Island Film Festival

The animated film “Strange Frame” produced by Big Island’s Planet One Productions won the Best Animated Feature award at the Big Island Film Festival.

From the Big Island's Planet One Productions, "Strange Frame" is an animated sci fi feature film, with voices of Claudia Black, Tara Strong, Ron Glass, Tim Curry, Alan Tudyk, Michael Dorn, George Takei and others.  It will be screened at Big Island Film Festival on Sunday, May 26 at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai'i.

From the Big Island’s Planet One Productions, “Strange Frame” is an animated sci-fi feature film, with voices of Claudia Black, Tara Strong, Ron Glass, Tim Curry, Alan Tudyk, Michael Dorn, George Takei and others.

I had the opportunity to meet Big Island film producer GB Hajim at the Big Island Film Festival this week and I took a few pictures of him with some of the celebrities that were on hand.

GB Hajim with Hollywood Screenwriter Jennifer Grisanti

GB Hajim with Hollywood Story Consultant Jennifer Grisanti

I spoke to Hajim about his film and this is what he had to say:
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Here he is with Saturday Night Live Star Kate McKinnon:

Photographer Kirk Aeder, Kate McKinnon and GB Hajim

Photographer Kirk Aeder, Kate McKinnon and GB Hajim

Folks who attend the festival are very fortunate they get to network and connect with so many people in the industry.

GB Hajim and Big Island Film Commissioner John Mason

GB Hajim and Big Island Film Commissioner John Mason

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This gorgeous animated sci-fi story is centered around the theme of the transformative power of love between two women. As our story begins it is the 29th century, 200 years after the Great Earth Exodus. We’re on Ganymede, one of Jupiters moons. Our hero Naia (prolific voice actress Tara Strong) is a feisty, young singer-songwriter who falls in love with the beautiful saxophonist Parker (Claudia Black — Farscape, Stargate SG-1). The two embark on their new relationship and also form a new band — and now they have to not only make it as musicians but also to fight for their freedom. Featuring an all-star cast including: George Takei, Claudia Black, Tara Strong, Ron Glass, Cree Summer, Tim Curry, Juliet Landau and Alan Tudyk.

Photo courtesy of Kirk Aeder Photography

Photo courtesy of BIFF 2013 via Karen Akiba

2013 Big Island Film Festival Award Winners Announced

The 2013 Big Island Film Festival Awards Brunch was held today at the Fairmont Orchid and the following films were announced as the winners in their respective categories:

Audience Choice Awards
Short: Good Dog

Written and Directed by Don Sniffin, Produced by Don and Kathy Sniffin.  Click for more information on the movie

Written and Directed by Don Sniffin, Produced by Don and Kathy Sniffin. Click for more information on the movie

Feature: Chasing Shakespeare

Best Animated Short: Searchlight Serenade
Best Hawaii Short: Out of Focus
Best Student Short: Last Call
Best Family Short: Lift
Best Foreign Short: Spaghetti for Two
Best Short: A Perfect Day

An Adam Rubin Film.  Click for more information

An Adam Rubin Film. Click for more information

Barbara Award: The Invention
Best Animated Feature: Strange Frame
Best Hawaii Feature: The Land of Eb

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Best Family Feature: The Sound of Crickets at Night
Best Foreign Feature: Stenwyken
Best Feature: Chasing Shakespeare

Don’t forget that HAPA plays tonight at the Best of the Fest and a donation from each ticket sold is made to the Hawaii Island Food Basket.  Doors open at 4:30 at the Fairmont Orchid.

2013 Big Island Film Festival – Day 1 Mayor’s Welcome Reception and Grand Opening

The 2013 Big Island Film Festival was held at the Fairmont Orchid at the Mauna Lani Resort from Thursday, May 23rd to Monday, May 27th.

Fairmont Orchid

The opening of the festival began with a Mayor’s Welcome Reception that was open to filmmakers, press, sponsors and Ali’i and Reception Pass holders.

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Attendees were treated to a welcoming performance that the Mayor has at many of the receptions he attends.

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Mayor Kenoi gave a short speech about growing up in the islands and what it meant to the Big Island to have such a great Film Festival on the Island.

Photo Courtesy of Kirk Aeder

Photo Courtesy of Kirk Aeder

Big Island Film Festival Director Leo Sears introduced some of the celebrities that were on hand and some of the folks that came from off island to attend the festival.

2013 Big Island Film Festival 142Celebrities Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men, Untamed Heart, Little Big League, Ironwill, Indian in the Cupboard, Alaska, etc.) and Kate McKinnon of Saturday Night Live,  made themselves available to folks at the reception… and to Mayor Kenoi as well.

2013 Big Island Film Festival 148In the festival program guide, Mayor Kenoi had the following message:

“On behalf of the people of the County of Hawaii, I am honored to congratulate Big Island Film Festival Executive Director/Founder Leo Sears and Festival Producer Jan Sears as 2013 marks the 8th year of this wonderful film festival set here on the beautiful and dramatic Kohala Coast.

Set amidst stark fields of lava, just steps away from the blue Pacific with coco palms swaying beneath a Hawaiian moon, the 2013 Big Island Film Festival will showcase 54 independent narrative films, shorts and features from around the world, including 10 from the State of Hawaii and five from the Big Island.

Independent filmmakers help us learn more about the significance and depth of our culture and this event celebrates their masterful works of visual imagery and vibrant sound that preserve the rich stories of our lives and times.  The County of Hawaii is pleased to support this festival and applaud these outstanding film industry professionals.

We extend our warmest aloha to all guests and participants involved with the Big Island Film Festival.  May you enjoy a successful event in 2013, and many more in the years to come.”

Aloha,
Billy Kenoi, Mayor

Some of the staff was on hand to help with the registration process.

2013 Big Island Film Festival 100Of course it wouldn’t be a reception without food that included “Roasted Boar Loin” and a dessert table.

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2013 Big Island Film Festival 128Fairmont Orchid General Manager Chris Luedi was recognized at the reception as being a longtime sponsor of the festival and was given a koa bowl as the recipient of Mayor Kenoi’s “Aloha Spirit Award”.

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Danny Akaka Jr., Chris Leudi and Mayor Kenoi outside the Kilohana room of the Fairmont Orchid.

Danny Akaka Jr., Chris Luedi and Mayor Kenoi outside the Kilohana room of the Fairmont Orchid.

After the reception ended, many folks went up to the Shops at Mauna Lani where they began the series of Family Films that were free and open to the public.

BIFF at Mauna Lani

Photo by Kirk Aeder

Films that were shown at the opening were: Sway Away, The Assistant, The Regret of the Doubt, Fight Scene, The Perfection of Anna, Searching Serenade, and Spaghetti for Two.

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