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National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Oh the rain.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for most of the state as more heavy showers are expected.

Dr.Farouk / Flickr
Dr.Farouk / Flickr

Hawai‘i is still experiencing a shortage of doctors… but help may be on the way.  A survey conducted by the John A. Burns School of Medicine says just under 3,000 doctors are licensed to treat patients in Hawai‘i. 

Last year yielded some good news, the state lost 45 doctors to retirement, but gained 97 new doctors…a huge jump from just four new recruits the year before.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Hawaiian Island authorities are urging the public to keep a safe distance from lava entering the ocean.  Lava from the Pu‘u ‘ō‘ō vent continues to flow into the water near Kamokuna, and its attracting a lot of visitors.

But scientists with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say the new earth can build a fragile platform known as a “lava delta”.  The shelf can break off without warning… sending steam, boiling water and football sized molten rock in all directions.  Janet Babb is a scientist with the Hawai‘i Volcano Observatory. 

GoFarms Hawaii
GoFarms Hawaii

Gov. David Ige has pledged to double local food production in Hawai‘i by the year 2030.  To help meet that demand the University of Hawai‘i is expanding its “GoFarm Hawai‘i” agriculture program to Hawai‘i island.  The program currently maintains teaching fields on O‘ahu, Maui and Kaua‘i.

Salvation Army USA West / Flickr
Salvation Army USA West / Flickr

One of O‘ahu’s largest assistance food pantries could shut down if it doesn’t find a new home in the next few months.

For nearly two decades Feeding Hawai‘i Together has provided free goods and food on a daily basis to around 400 clients living below the poverty level.

Richard Fisher / Flickr
Richard Fisher / Flickr

Several species of humpback whales have been removed from the endangered species list.

This week, the National Marine Fisheries Service reclassified humpback whale species into 14 different categories.  9 of those were removed from the list or reclassified as threatened and that includes species found in Hawaiian waters.

The agency had previously classified all humpback whales as a single population… saying they were all endangered.

Manoa Valley Theater
Manoa Valley Theater

Mānoa Valley Theater...Honolulu's 150 seat, Off-Broadway playhouse, opens its 48th season next week with a story about a wedding gone wrong.  The musical comedy “It Shoulda Been You” runs from next Friday until October 2nd.  The story revolves around a Jewish-Catholic wedding that is derailed by ex-lovers and alcoholic parents.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

Although there’s a lot of focus on the IUCN this week…there’s a different conference beginning today that focuses on native rights issues.

The International Indian Treaty Council is hosting its annual meeting this year in Hawai‘i.  Indigenous leaders from First Nation groups around the world use the annual meeting to discuss issues around decolonization, sovereignty and self-determination.

Robert S. Donovan / Flickr
Robert S. Donovan / Flickr

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is urging the public to be cautious when choosing sunscreen.

At an IUCN news conference, officials said a popular additive called Oxybenzone is being linked to coral death.  According to a new report, some 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotions wind up in coral reefs around the world each year.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

The IUCN World Conservation Congress continues this week as policy makers meet with leaders in global conservation.

Ready, Set, IUCN!

Aug 31, 2016

    

The World Conservation Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature or IUCN starts tomorrow at the Hawai‘i Convention Center and the Neal Blaisdell Center.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

Honolulu City officials are scrambling to make the final adjustments before the IUCN World Conservation Congress. Around 8,000 delegates and dignitaries are expected to attend the nine day event which kicks off on Thursday.  A potential visit from President Obama has also heightened levels of security and traffic issues.

Hurricane Watch Canceled for State

Aug 29, 2016
National Weather Service
National Weather Service

The hurricane watch for has been canceled for the state. 

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

When you think of the business boom in China, philanthropy may be one of the last things that comes to mind.  But the China Global Philanthropy Institute is working to change that with the help of UH’s East-West Center.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

The International marketplace in Waikīkī opens today as a re-imagined shopping mall.

kris krüg / Flickr
kris krüg / Flickr

Sea level rise is threatening to flood or erode islands in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument located north of the Hawaiian Islands.

Pulelehua Project
Pulelehua Project

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is overseeing projects to save two of Hawai‘i’s smallest creatures.

Hawaii Opera Theater
Hawaii Opera Theater

    

The Hawai‘i Opera Theater’s 2016-2017 season is taking a different look at a classic art form.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

The fate of a historic tall ship moored in Honolulu Harbor could be left up to the state.

The 138-year-old Falls of Clyde has been moored in Honolulu Harbor for more than 50 years at pier 7.  Built in 1878 the ship is the last surviving iron-hulled ships with a four mast full rigging.  In her prime, she served the Matson Company as a passenger ship, making runs between the Hawaiian Islands and San Francisco before being modified into an oil tanker.   Se survived two scuttling attempts in 1963 and then again in 2008.

Mike Mozart / Flickr
Mike Mozart / Flickr

Goodwill Hawaii has gotten the green light to open up a charter school in West Oahu.  The State Public Charter School Commission approved application this week to open in the first Goodwill charter school inside their building on Lauwiliwili Street in Kapolei, making Hawai‘i the fourteenth state to feature a Goodwill charter school.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

The number of permits for rooftop residential photo voltaic systems has been cut nearly in half for Hawaii Island and almost a quarter for Oahu compared to this time last year.

Maui Memorial Medical Center
Maui Memorial Medical Center

A standoff over control of three Maui hospitals appears to be over.

A settlement between the United Public Workers Union and the state was announced Friday.  The state run Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, and Lanai Community Hospital will transfer to the supervision of Kaiser Permanente.  Employees represented by the union will work under Kaiser until their contracts expire next June.

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Pixabay Commons

  

  

The application process for Section 8 low income housing in Hawai‘i has opened for the first time in more than a decade.  Section 8 housing provides vouchers which pay for a large portion of rent and utilities.

To accommodate all applicants, state officials are accepting application through an online portal.  The portal will be open for just three days… beginning next Thursday, August 16th, and closing on the 18th.  In that time… city officials expect to receive around 12,000 applicants.  And for those selected… the rent is usually around a $1000 a month.

Kenneth Lu / Flickr
Kenneth Lu / Flickr

If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a better way to forecast vog….help may be on the way.

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a $750,000 grant to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop Vog sensors on Hawai‘i Island.  Volcanic Smog or “Vog” is a mixture of sulfur dioxide and fine particulate matter which has negative impacts on human health, as well as agriculture.

DLNR
DLNR

Two tourists from Texas stumbled onto a collection of Hawaiian petroglyphs in Wai‘anae.  Sands shifted by the tide revealed at least 17 figures, stretching over roughly 60 of beach.  While the figures may have been seen in the past… it’s the first time the State Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources is documenting the site.

Chester Harman / NASA
Chester Harman / NASA

A team of astronomers known as the Kepler Habitable Zone Working Group has identified a handful of planets that are most likely to be similar to our home.  

Michael Sonnabend / Flickr
Michael Sonnabend / Flickr

There has been lots of discussion about the influence of corporate money in politics in this year's presidential campaign.   Just two days before Australians went to the polls earlier this summer, an independent think tank published a report on how donations from big mining companies may have influenced six projects, including one of the biggest coal mines in the world.  Details from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

NASA
NASA

Tickets go on sale today for the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks season. 

Amon and Smith, UHM
Amon and Smith, UHM

A push to survey the seafloor for undersea mining has revealed an abundance of life on the seafloor in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) — an area the size of the US mainland in the equatorial Pacific Ocean being targeted for deep-sea mining.

Andrew Nash / Flickr
Andrew Nash / Flickr

State Department of Health officials are investigating a case of Hepatitis A on Hawai‘i island.  That pushes the number of confirmed cases to 93. 

An employee of Sushi Shiono in Waikoloa tested positive... and all other employees were cleared.  DOH officials say the restaurant is safe, but they are asking patrons who visited the shop from July 5th through July 21st to watch for symptoms.

Dr. Melissa Viray is the Deputy State Epidemiologist for the DOH.

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