Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory Update

Continuing the same trend of activity observed over the past few weeks, the active breakouts on the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow are still slowly advancing into the forest northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, creating small vegetation fires.

Kahaualeʻa 2 flow still active in forest northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō

Kahaualeʻa 2 flow still active in forest northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō

This thermal image looks northeast from Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and shows how the subsurface lava tubes feeding the active breakouts on the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow are clearly visible as lines of slightly higher temperatures on the surface.

At the bottom of the image, the lava tube coming from Puʻu ʻŌʻō forks, with the eastern branch supplying lava to the main area of active breakouts (5 km, or about 3 miles, northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō) and the western branch feeding a small area of breakouts about 2 km (1.2 miles) north of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

At the bottom of the image, the lava tube coming from Puʻu ʻŌʻō forks, with the eastern branch supplying lava to the main area of active breakouts (5 km, or about 3 miles, northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō) and the western branch feeding a small area of breakouts about 2 km (1.2 miles) north of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.



DLNR Holding Hearings Statewide to Ammend Hawaii Rules Relating to Stony Coral and Live Rock

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold statewide public hearings to amend Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) relating to stony coral and live rock.

Stony Coral

The proposed amendments would clarify what activities constitute “damage” to stony coral and live rock, and establish a formula for calculating administrative penalties for such violations.

The hearings are scheduled as follows:

  • Dec. 10, 2013, in Lanai City at the Senior Center, 309 7th Street, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 10, 2013, in Kailua-Kona at Kealakehe High School Cafeteria, 74-5000 Puohulihuli Street, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 10, 2013, in Honolulu at Stevenson Middle School Cafeteria, 1202 Prospect Street, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 11, 2013, in Hilo at Aupuni Center Conference Room, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 101, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 11, 2013, in Lihue at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Auditorium, 4431 Nuhou Street, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 11, 2013, in Kauanakakai at Mitchell Pauole Center Conference Room, 90 Ainoa Street, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 12, 2013, in Kahului at Maui Waena Intermediate School Cafeteria, 795 Onehee Avenue, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

All interested persons are urged to attend a public hearing to present relevant information and individual opinion for the DLNR to consider. Persons unable to attend or wishing to present additional comments may mail written testimony by Friday, Dec. 27, to the Division of Aquatic Resources, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 330, Honolulu, HI 96813.

Anyone with a hearing impairment who desires to attend the public hearing may request assistance of a sign language interpreter. The request may be made in writing (to the DAR address in the preceding paragraph), or by calling 587-0100 (voice or TDD) in Honolulu. The request will need to be received at least seven days before the hearing is scheduled to start. Additional information or a copy of the proposed rules will be mailed at no charge upon receipt of verbal or written request to the DAR address or may be obtained by clicking on the link below.

Stony coral and live rock draft rules

In connection with the public hearings on Lanai and Molokai, Division of Aquatic Resources staff will be available to offer issue new or renew Commercial Fishing Licenses and to register lay nets:

Lanai – Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m., at Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement office, 917 Fraser Avenue, Lanai City

Molokai – Wednesday Dec. 11 at10:30 a.m.at Mitchell Pauole Center, Kaunakakai Gym conference room, 90 Ainoa Street, Kaunakakai

For further information, contact the Maui office of Division of Aquatic Resources at 243-5294.

Kings’ Shops Welcomes 2013 Retailer of the Year in Hawaii – Tori Richards

Kings’ Shops welcomes the 2013 Retailer of the Year in Hawaii award winner, Tori Richard to its ensemble of luxury and boutique stores.  The journey to the opening on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 began in 1953, when Mort Feldman moved to Hawaii to retire.  When retirement did not suit Mr. Feldman, he and his wife, Janice Moody, founded the company naming it after one of Mort’s sons, Richard, and one of Janice’s daughters, Victoria.  Tori Richard Ltd. was born.

Tori Richards Ala Moana Store

Tori Richards Ala Moana Store

In 1966, Mort Feldman & Howard Hope of Sun Fashions, as vice president and president of the Hawaii Fashion Guild; lobbied the state legislature to proclaim every Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day, “Aloha Friday.”  The measure was adopted and “aloha attire” became the official dress of the state of Hawaii. This effort is largely credited as the precursor to the national Casual Friday movement in the 1990s.

Based in Honolulu, Tori Richard Ltd. is one of the world’s premier designers and manufacturers of better men’s and women’s resort apparel. The Tori Richard customer enjoys a beautiful offering of destination-inspired men’s resort wear as well as the women’s line that gave the company its illustrious start.

Tori Richard has seven retail stores are located thought Hawaii and now their eighth at Kings’ Shops.


Tickets Still on Sale – December Holiday Gala for Culinary Scholarships

Yum! Think Yuzu Shrimp Tacos, Smoked Salmon Potato Terrine, Thai Beef Salad or Bacon-Wrapped Hamakua Mushrooms and Kampachi Poke with Ulu Chips …not to mention Eggnog Crème Brulee and Pumpkin-Spiced Ice Cream Sandwich with Burnt Cream Caramel and Hawaiian Salt!

Tickets are still available for the holiday culinary extravaganza, Christmas at The Fairmont, Dining with the Chefs.

Christmas at the Fairmont

The 25th anniversary holiday gala is a culinary scholarship fundraiser presented by the American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Association. It features tantalizing fare prepared by 20 top Hawai‘i chefs and confectioners in the Grand Ballroom of The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i. Time is 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

Enjoy delectable cuisine by Café Pesto, Cocoa Outlet, Daylight Mind Coffee Company, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hamakua Mushrooms, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Huggo’s, Kailua Candy Company, King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, Lava Lava Beach Club, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Redwater Café, Roy’s Waikoloa, Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai, Sheraton Kona Resort, Tommy Bahama, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i and Tropical Dream Ice Cream.

Returning to this year’s gala is the display of original gingerbread creations by West Hawai‘i Community College culinary students. Bid now online for the event’s silent auction at www.biddingforgood.com/christmasatthefairmont. The auction offers a host of locally made products and activities offered by the local generous business community.

Pre-sale tickets are $85 each, $90 at the door. Seating will be available for 400 guests on a first-come basis and reserved seating is available by purchasing a table for 10 for $1,000. Purchase tickets at www.konakohalachefs.org or at Kailua Candy Company, Clark Realty-Kona, Kona Wine Market and The Fairmont, Orchid, Hawai‘i, while supplies last. Charge tickets by phone at 808-329-2522.

Special event room rates of $259 for Partial Ocean View and $249 for Garden View are offered, including breakfast for two and self-parking at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. Contact reservations for details at 808-885-2000 or 800-845-9905 and mention “Christmas at The Fairmont.”

For updates, visit Christmas at The Fairmont-Dining with the Chefs on facebook.

American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Association

ACF is the largest, professional, non-profit organization for chefs and cooks in the nation. Founded in 1980, the Kona Kohala chapter is comprised of food service professionals, vendors, growers and culinary enthusiasts; www.konakohalachefs.org.


Pictures From the 2013 Pahoa Holiday Parade

Today was the 2013 Pahoa Holiday Parade.  Montessori Country School in Pahoa served as the Grand Marshall of this years parade.

You can click on the pictures below for the full size image: