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Update on Hurricane Hilda – Flights Into Eye to Begin on Regular Basis

DATA COLLECTED BY U.S. 53RD WEATHER RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT WAS CRITICAL IN DETERMINING THE INITIAL INTENSITY AND WIND STRUCTURE OF HILDA THIS EVENING.

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ALTHOUGH HILDA IS ENCOUNTERING A PROVERBIAL WALL OF SHEAR…WITH ANALYSES FROM UW-CIMSS INDICATING AROUND 35 KT OF SOUTHWESTERLY SHEAR…HILDA HAS THUS FAR BEEN ABLE TO MAINTAIN AN INNER CORE.

Hilda SatMAXIMUM SFMR WINDS ON THE INITIAL PENETRATION WERE NEAR 80 KT…AND A REDUCTION OF MAXIMUM FLIGHT LEVEL WINDS YIELDS SURFACE WINDS 0F 77 KT…THUS THE INITIAL INTENSITY WILL BE MAINTAINED AT 80 KT FOR THIS ADVISORY.

A 25 TO 30 NM WIDE EYE WAS NOTED BY THE FLIGHT CREW TO BE OPEN TO THE SOUTHWEST…WHICH WAS NICELY HIGHLIGHTED BY 0405Z SSMI/S AND 0411Z GPM MICROWAVE OVERPASSES.

IN COORDINATION WITH CHIEF…AERIAL RECONNAISSANCE COORDINATION…ALL HURRICANES /CARCAH/…FLIGHTS INTO HILDA WILL BEGIN AT 6 HOURLY INTERVALS STARTING TUESDAY EVENING…WITH THE NEXT MISSION SLATED FOR TUESDAY MORNING.

THE AIRCRAFT CENTER FIXES INDICATED THAT HILDA WAS MOVING VERY SLOWLY…HAVING MOVED ABOUT 7 NM TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST IN 2 HOURS. A SLIGHTLY LONGER TERM INITIAL MOTION ESTIMATE FOR THIS ADVISORY IS DETERMINED TO BE 315/04 KT. ALTHOUGH THE UPPER LEVEL FLOW OVER HILDA FEATURES RELATIVELY STRONG WESTERLY WINDS…THE CYCLONE IS CURRENTLY IN AN AREA OF LIGHT STEERING WINDS.

OVER THE NEXT 36 HOURS…HILDA IS FORECAST TO MOVE SLOWLY TOWARD THE NORTHWEST…STEERED BY THE WEAK CURRENTS BETWEEN A LOW ALOFT NORTH OF HAWAII…AND A HIGH TO THE DISTANT EAST. THIS WILL LEAD TO GRADUAL WEAKENING…DUE TO STRONG UPPER LEVEL WESTERLIES SHEARING AT LEAST THE UPPER PORTIONS OF THE CYCLONE NORTHEASTWARD. A TURN TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST AND A SLIGHT ACCELERATION ARE EXPECTED THEREAFTER AS HILDA BECOMES INCREASINGLY SHALLOW AND THE VERTICAL STRUCTURE OF THE CYCLONE BECOMES INCREASINGLY COMPROMISED.

THE OFFICIAL TRACK AND INTENSITY FORECASTS FOR THIS PACKAGE CLOSELY FOLLOW THE PREVIOUS…WITH THE TRACK PARALLELING THE TVCN CONSENSUS…AND CLOSE TO THE LATEST HWRF GUIDANCE. AFTER ACCOUNTING FOR THE INITIAL INTENSITY…THE OFFICIAL FORECAST CLOSELY FOLLOWS THE PREVIOUS…AND IS CLOSE TO SHIPS GUIDANCE THROUGH 48 HOURS. THE RATE OF WEAKENING THEREAFTER IS CLOSE TO THE IVCN CONSENSUS…AND SLOWER THAN SHIPS GUIDANCE…AND ANTICIPATES THAT HILDA WILL BECOME A REMNANT LOW BY THE END OF THE FORECAST PERIOD.

ON THE FORECAST TRACK…A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MAY BE REQUIRED FOR THE BIG ISLAND…POSSIBLY AS EARLY AS TUESDAY MORNING. UNCERTAINTY REMAINS AS TO THE EVENTUAL IMPACTS THAT MAY BE FELT IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS FROM HILDA…BUT THE POTENTIAL FOR LARGE SURF AND VERY HEAVY RAINFALL APPEARS TO BE INCREASING.

Sam Choy’s in the Kitchen with the Tiki Shark

Chef Sam Choy’s traction gaining web show “Sam Choy’s in the Kitchen” will feature Brad Tiki Shark Parker and his household for its first celebrity episode.

Brad Parker photo bombs Sam Choy!

Sam Choy drops by the Parker residence.

“We have done over 10 episodes and decided to give our viewers something special this time and also see what’s really in a local celebrities kitchen” quoted Chef Choy. “We had fun and will be visiting more celebrities kitchens in future episodes” he added.

According to Producer Richard Gonzalez “the show was totally off our regular format but extremely entertaining and will be received well by our viewers”

“Sam is welcome in my kitchen anytime” quoted Brad Tiki Shark Parker. Its always a good time getting together with a Chef who is as wacky and crazy as I am!”.

Sam Choy in the Kitchen

The Celebrity episode will debut on YouTube on August 18.

Mary Poppins at the Hilo Palace Theater

My son will be starring as “Michael” in the the Palace Theater Production of the 14th Annual Fall Musical “Mary Poppins”.
Mary Poppins PosterTickets are $15.00 in advance or $20 the day of the shows.

Brush Fire Spares Historic Heiau – Site Remains Closed

Due to a brushfire that engulfed more than 4,650 acres in the Kawaihae area over the weekend, Pu‘ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site remains closed Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 10 and 11. The park could open as early as Wednesday, once firefighters finish extinguishing smoldering hot spots in the park, and park archeologists assess any damage to cultural sites.

Scorched Heiau

Brushfire scorched the area near the Heiau’s.

Pu‘ukoholā Heiau, the massive stone temple where King Kamehameha the Great launched his successful quest to unite the Hawaiian Islands in 1810, did not sustain any damage in the fire, nor did the older Mailekini Heiau below it. The homestead site of British sailor John Young, who served as King Kamehameha’s advisor, also appears unscathed.

The brushfire, exacerbated by strong winds and dry, hot weather, came within a few feet of the visitor center and park headquarters on Saturday, but was put out by firefighters before it reached the buildings. Although both facilities are without phone service and internet, the visitor center has water and electricity.

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“We are incredibly grateful to all the agencies and volunteers who banded together to fight this fire,” said Park Superintendent Daniel Kawaiaea. “Thankfully, there were no injuries to visitors or park staff. We also appreciate the kōkua from our sister parks, Pu‘uhonua o Hōnauanau National Historical Park, Alakahakai National Historic Trail, and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, who are providing resources and staff,” he said.

The fire burned about 90 percent of the vegetation on the park’s 80 acres, and melted temporary solar light fixtures along its main path. Large blackened swaths of ground, once covered in plants, is now exposed throughout the park. The vegetation was a mix of non-native grasses and shrubs, and native species like pili grass, pua kala (Hawaiian poppy) and ma‘o (Hawaii cotton).

Superintendent Kawaiaea said a decision whether the park will hold or cancel the 43rd annual Ho‘oku‘ikahi Establishment Day Hawaiian Cultural Festival, scheduled for this weekend, Aug. 15 and 16, will be made by Tuesday.

“Our biggest concern at this point is the safety for the public, our employees and the festival participants,” Kawaiaea said. “In addition to the fire damage, there is also a tropical storm expected to impact us later this week.”