Canada to Welcome Hokulea… Eh!

The crew of Hokulea is preparing to sail Hawaii’s iconic voyaging canoe and deliver her Malama Honua message to Canada. Currently moored in Mt. Desert, Maine, the canoe is scheduled to depart for Yarmouth in Nova Scotia, Canada on Sunday, July 31. The sail to Canada will be the farthest point north that the legendary voyaging canoe has ventured.

Hokulea Canada

“We want to touch a new country – we want to welcome (Canada) into the circle of places that the canoe has visited,” said Kalepa Baybayan, pwo (master) navigator.  “We want to capture their stories, and then we’ll turn around, start hitting south and back into more tropical climates – back into the Pacific,” he added.

On their northbound sail to Canada, Hokulea crew members hope to learn more about cultural and environmental sustainability practices from the Bay of Fundy and the Southwest Nova Biosphere-a UNESCO-designated area that serves as a model for demonstrating a balanced relationship between humans and the biosphere.

The Bay of Fundy is known for the greatest tidal shifts on the planet. Within a 12-hour period, more water flows in and out of the bay than a 24-hour flow of all the rivers around the world. More importantly, it is a marine zone where a wide variety of marine species and endangered whales congregate each year. Conservation efforts and protection of the Bay of Fundy and the Southwest Nova Biosphere are vital to the Earth’s ecosystem. The Hokulea crew’s goal is to document and share what they learn from the visit with students in classrooms throughout Hawaii.

Hokulea is scheduled to arrive in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on July 31, and will stay for about six days to engage with the area’s First Nations, learn about Nova Scotia’s natural resources and conservation efforts and offer canoe tours to the community.

43 Hawaii Candidates Filed to Use Partial Public Funding

In its latest report released Monday the State Campaign Spending Commission listed 43 individuals who have filed to use partial public funding for their election campaigns. This is about 14% of the 296 candidates who are running for a Hawaii office in 2016.

league of women voters logoThe League of Women Voters is delighted so many candidates have responded to this opportunity. We support effective campaign spending controls, limitations on contributions and expenditures, and indirect and direct public financing of campaigns. All of these are part of Hawaii’s Partial Public Financing program.

Ann Shaver, League President stated, “Hopefully all 43 candidates will follow through to actually participate in this progressive program, and others will also file to use these funds.”

Shaver praised the Campaign Commission, which makes more information about the partial public funding program available to candidates and the general public. “Ballots are currently being mailed to voters in advance of the August 13 election date. We encourage voters to consider how candidates pay their campaign expenses, in order to make a fully-informed election choice.”

The public can view reports about candidate spending to see the source and amount of money being expended by candidates, and take advantage of a visualization app to better understand candidate spending: The League provides other current voter information on our website, including candidate statements.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more election information, visit

“Kamokuna” Lava Ocean Entry Continues – Significant Hazards Persist

Lava from the 61g flow continues into the ocean along Kīlauea’s south coast.

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Today’s field crew also noted active pāhoehoe breakouts a few hundred meters (yards) upslope from the coast and road.

Meanwhile, back at the summit of Kīlauea…

Perched on the rim of Kīlauea Volcano’s summit caldera, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and NPS Jaggar Museum (foreground) overlook the active lava lake within Halemaʻumaʻu Crater.

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The black lava flows to the left and right of the fuming vent spilled onto the crater floor in April-May 2015, when the lava lake briefly filled to overflowing.

The summit lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater continuously circulates, with lava upwelling on one side of the lake and downwelling on the opposite side, often resulting in vigorous spattering (bright spot on left side of lake).

The silhouette of Mauna Loa is visible in upper right.  Click to enlarge

The silhouette of Mauna Loa is visible in upper right. Click to enlarge

As it circulates, sections of the dark-colored, semi-solid lake surface pull apart, revealing the incandescent molten lava beneath and creating the appearance of a jigsaw puzzle. This evening, the lava lake surface was about 26 m (85 ft) below the vent rim.

As a strong caution to visitors viewing the new ocean entry (location where lava meets the sea) for Flow 61G, there are additional significant hazards besides walking on uneven surfaces and around unstable, extremely steep sea cliffs. Venturing too close to an ocean entry exposes you to flying debris created by the explosive interaction between lava and water.

Also, the new land created is unstable because it is built on unconsolidated lava fragments and sand. This loose material can easily be eroded away by surf causing the new land to become unsupported and slide into the sea. Finally, the interaction of lava with the ocean creates an acidic plume laden with fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.

Commentary – Call for State Audits of UH Hilo Campus Center

Former UH Hilo Student Association (UHHSA) Senator Jen Ruggles met with UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney, UH System Chief Financial Officer Kalbert Young, and Senator Russell Ruderman today, July 28 at 11am at the Hawaii State Building to call for state audits of Campus Center.


The meeting came out of Senate Resolution 73, a Hawaii Senate Resolution submitted by Senator Ruderman on March 11, 2016. On March 16 the Hawaii Committee on Higher Education instructed Ruderman to call for a meeting with parties from UH and Ruggles. Hawaii Tribune herald wrote an article on April 11.

Ruggles and members of The Student Union, a registered independent student organization (RISO) at UH Hilo, requested various documents from UH Hilo Campus Center pertaining to how student life was managed by Campus Center at UH Hilo during a 10 year time period.

Campus Center Director Ellen Kusano did not provide requested records of 11 months of student fee financial records as well as records of, “The Campus Center Fee Board” a board of which allocates hundreds of thousands of UH Hilo student fees annually.

“We have discovered that records and student fees are unaccounted for. Students and parents have a right to know how and where the mandatory student fees are being spent.” Ruggles said.

In addition to the financial audit Ruggles will also call for a management audit of Campus Center due to numerous complaints and lawsuits of Campus Center employees. See audit overview here.

Certified Public Accountant Jim Buck will also be in the meeting.

For more information contact Jen Ruggles at: 808-464-2015

Island Air Adds Summer Flights

Responding to increased demand for interisland flights this summer, Island Air has added flights to Kahului and Kona.
Island AirThe airline has added three roundtrip flights between Honolulu and Kahului on Fridays and Sundays, and one roundtrip flight between Honolulu and Kona on Fridays and Sundays. The seasonal flights will be in operation through the end of the Labor Day weekend on Sept. 4.

“We are happy to accommodate our customers’ requests for additional flights to Kahului and Kona during the busy summer travel season, particularly on Fridays and Sundays, which are peak travel days for weekend getaways,” said David Uchiyama, president and chief executive officer of Island Air. “We hope these additional flights will provide more convenient options for residents and visitors to Island hop this summer.”

With the additional summer flights, Island Air operates:

  • Six roundtrips between Honolulu and Kahului each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, and nine roundtrips each Friday and Sunday.
  • Five roundtrips between Honolulu and Kona each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, and six roundtrips each Friday and Sunday.
  • Six roundtrips daily between Honolulu and Līhu‘e.