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Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

  In Pahoa, the main lava flow has slowed down, but smaller fingers are approaching buildings.

A North-side breakout is about 100 feet from the fence of the transfer station.  The South-side breakout is less than 100 feet from the residence that previously lost their storage shed.  The lava is expected to make contact with the home if it continues at its current rate.

PF Bentley/Civil Beat
PF Bentley/Civil Beat

To offer a different perspective on the 2014 gubernatorial candidates, our partners at the online news service Civil Beat are taking a different approach to part of their political coverage this campaign season. They spoke with candidates about resiliency, not in political terms, but on a very personal level. Candidates were asked about difficult times in their lives, and how they recovered. This week we’re playing the responses of the gubernatorial candidates.

Celebration 2014: Closing time-- Finished!

Oct 16, 2014
Jason Taglianetti
Jason Taglianetti

  Hawai‘i Public Radio’s fall fund drive finished in dramatic style at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, October 16. The drive had been suspended at the end of the previous Friday, the tenth and presumed final day of the drive, with a shortfall of nearly $232,000 on the $1.03 million goal. The station returned to the air on the morning of Wednesday, October 15 with “Celebration 2014: Closing Time,” a planned two- to three-day extension of the original campaign.

The Celebration 2014 Pledge drive came to an end on Thursday, October 16th, at 7:45 in the morning.  Hawai'i Public Radio had previously suspended the drive after a shortfall of nearly $232,000. The station returned to the air four days later to seek the remaining funds needed, and eventually exceeded the $1.3 million goal by $7,131.

4th World Films
4th World Films

A “Lāhainā Noon” is a solar phenomenon where the sun passes directly overhead. People standing outdoors no longer cast a shadow and Hawaiians believe that at this moment, an individual gains extra mana (power) as their shadow crawls back into their body. The occurrence is the centerpiece of three unrelated stories woven into in a new locally produced film called Lāhainā Noon. The characters are confronted with choices, and their deepest desires are amplified by the midday sun.

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Wikipedia Commons

Fungus is a living organism that’s all around us.

It grows on the walls, on our skin, but also on coral, and it’s become a link to understand how species can evolve.  It turns out that the fungus linked to dandruff and flakey skin is very similar to a strain that lives on Hawaiian coral, arctic soil, and deep sea vents.

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clarkstreetvalue.blogspot.com

Shops at the Ward Warehouse may make way for the next round of development in Kaka’ako.

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UH Facebook

Scientists working with the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy are using the world’s first robotic laser system to explore large areas of space.

The Robo AO system compensates for the image-blurring effects of Earth’s turbulent atmosphere.  When attached to a large telescope it allows scientists to capture images that are sharper than ones taken from land based observatories.

Hurricane Price Gouging

Aug 7, 2014
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Pictures of price gouging for bottled water have been showing up on social media.   The State Office of Consumer Protection says it’s received about 20 complaints and is planning to investigate any price gouging.  The department placed a freeze on prices through August 15th  as part of an emergency proclamation by the governor.  Fines can range from $500 to $10,000  per violation.  Bruce Kim is from the Office of Consumer protection. 

Any violations can be reported by calling (808) 587-4272

Closures and Cancellations

More than 50 flights in and out of Hawaii have been cancelled.

All Department of Education schools and University of Hawaii Campuses will be closed tomorrow.

All Kamehameha schools and offices will be closed today and tomorrow.

Most major banks have announced early closures today, and will remain closed tomorrow.

All non-essential State offices on Hawaii Island and Maui County will be closed on Friday.  

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www.ocdexperience.com

State officials have released a list of emergency shelters in preparation for Hurricane Iselle. Officials say the shelters are a last resort if you have absolutely no place else to go, or if your home is not in a safe place. If you need to go to a shelter- bring emergency supplies with you.  Some shelters accept pets, but make sure you have a pet carrier large enough for the animal to turn around.  John Cummings is the Public Information officer with the City and County of Honolulu.

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Wikipedia Commons

The Hawaiian Electric Company is reminding people that if the state is struck by a powerful storm, electrical safety should not be taken for granted.

HECO is urging people to unplug all unnecessary electric equipment to protect against power surges. High winds can down power lines and people should stay away and assume that they are live.  If you see someone injured from a downed line, do not touch the victim, call 911 instead.

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www.hawaiianhumane.org

When preparing for Hurricane Iselle and Tropical storm Julio the Hawaiian Humane Society reminds you to remember your pets.

The society is reminding people with pets to prepare an emergency plan and kit that includes their animals.  Pet food, medications, leashes and extra water are recommended. The group also recommends keeping a current photo of your pet as well as microchip identification on hand, should you become separated from your companion.  Inga Gibson is with the Humane Society of the United States (Hawaii Office).

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  Here in Hawaii, Lionfish are an exotic aquarium attraction, with their long poisonous spines.

In the Atlantic Ocean, Red Lionfish have become an invasive species with no natural predators. They often eat up to ninety-percent of the smaller fish in a reef. But adding them into local fisheries in the Atlantic as a form of “conservational hunting” controls their numbers. They‘re caught…cooked…and taste a lot like red snapper. To protect Pacific fish, laws prevent their release into Hawaiian waters. Mark Hixon is a professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

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www.brittenphoto.com

  Traditional Pacific Tattoo Culture will be shown alongside western tattoo technology this weekend.

The Pacific Ink and Art Expo will showcase more than seven hundred tattoo artists- who will be tattooing as well as showing their work. The Expo will also feature local music, art, vintage cars and bikes.  There is also a heavy emphasis on illustrating the connections between Tattoos and Polynesian Culture.  Danny Castler is one of the founders of the Expo.  He says that the event is about culture and education as much as it’s about wearing a tattoo.

Ka Leo
Ka Leo

Reaction is still coming in to the dismissal of Tom Apple as chancellor of the University of Hawaii.  Apple is offered a tenured faculty position as a chemistry professor, as well as a lump sum payment of  $100,000 including attorney’s fees. No official explanation has been given for his termination.   

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Wikipedia Commons

Scientists from the University of Hawaii have discovered working communities of bacteria inside a drop of seawater.

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shakamovement.org

  On Maui, activists are trying to create a temporary moratorium on GMOS.

An organization called The Shaka Movement has put together a ballot initiative for a temporary moratorium on growing genetically modified crops. If passed, the measure would halt the planting of GMO crops until a safety study is completed. The group received just below 20,000 signatures, which was well over the 8,500  signatures required to add the measure onto the November ballot.
Joe Marsalla is one of the founders of the Shaka Movement. 

2014 International Robotics Summer Games

Jul 8, 2014
Friends of Robotics Hawaii
Friends of Robotics Hawaii

  The 2014 International Robotics Summer Games will take place this weekend at the Hawaii Convention Center.

The event will gather more than 100 high school teams from around the world to compete in robotic and engineering games. In addition to the international teams there will also be over forty schools from Hawaii in the competition.  The event is sponsored by Friends of Robotics Hawaii and it’s designed to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or “STEM” programs in early education.

NOAA's New Eye in the Sky

Jul 8, 2014
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oceanservice.noaa.gov

 NOAA has a new eye in the sky over the islands.

Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are using unmanned aircraft to improve research in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. 

The Puma is a small thirteen pound aircraft that is launched from the Hi’ialakai research ship. It’s quipped with video and infrared cameras that are mounted on a 360 degree gimbal. It flies ahead of the team and takes pictures and video of everything from monk seals to marine debris.

Todd Jacobs is the Puma project manager.

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www.zaknoyle.com

  The 7th annual Surf Film Festival is underway at the Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Museum of Art.  The selection spans a wide range of the surfing world, from historical films, to documentaries about the future of the sport.

Abigail Algar is the curator. She says that the films are more than just a collection of surf movies, instead it’s more about the impact surfing has on the community.

The festival continues till the end of the month.

Patricia Corcoran
Patricia Corcoran

 A set of plastic rocks found on Hawaii Island could become a new marker of human pollution. 

Scientists from the University of Western Ontario found the rocks on Kamilo beach on the Big Island, which is famous for collecting ocean debris.

They are calling them plastiglomerates and they’re formed  when plastic and beach sediment fuse together in high heat like a campfire or lava flow.

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Wikipedia Commons

  The plan to ban plastic bags in Honolulu has been delayed until next year.  Members of the Honolulu City Council introduced Bill 38 to more precisely define the word biodegradable.  Councilman Stanley Chang said the bill was deferred last week to allow more time to study the impacts of the measure. 

Experts say that there is no such thing as a 100% biodegradable bag, so advocates are pushing for an outright ban. 

Suzanne Frazer represents the Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawaii.  

Hawaii Public Radio’s WEfficiency fundraiser

May 21, 2014
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Hawaii Public Radio along with Damien High School and the YWCA of Oahu is taking part in a new energy saving campaign called WEfficiency.  It's a new crowd-funding tool that enables nonprofits to install energy efficient equipment that will lower electricity bills and reduce our carbon footprint. Hawaii Public Radio will be using the funding to install new low energy lights into our studio and offices. 

Governors Office
Governors Office

Statements on the passing of Loretta Fuddy have been pouring in from government offices.  Fuddy was killed in a plane crash yesterday off the coast of Moloka'i. 

Senator Josh Green: 

Other statements: 

Gov. Neil Abercrombie:

Flickr / Coconut Wireless
Flickr / Coconut Wireless

All this week, we’ve been taking a closer look at the people who live here in Hawaii…as part of a series we call “Neighbors, An Island Story.” Today, some census figures on population density—and who’s coming and who’s leaving. HPR’s Bill Dorman has the numbers.

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Flickr / photologue_np

Education and income are two characteristics tracked closely the Census Bureau. In Hawaii, both are above the national average. As part of our continuing series
“Neighbors, An Island Story,” 
HPR’s Bill Dorman compares the figures.

Flickr / The U.S. Army
Flickr / The U.S. Army

This week, HPR news is airing a series we’re calling “Neighbors: An Island Story.”
Members of the military have been neighbors in the islands since long before Hawaii was a state. And today, they continue their presence around the islands. HPR’s Bill Dorman has some details.

Flickr / st3v3l33
Flickr / st3v3l33

All this week, HPR news is taking a closer look at who lives here in Hawaii. It’s part of a series we’re calling “Neighbors: An Island Story.” Hawaii is by far the most ethnically diverse state in the nation.—and if you had any questions about specifics, the U-S Census Bureau has some answers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details.

Flickr / Oliver Beattie
Flickr / Oliver Beattie

All week, HPR News is taking a closer look at who lives here in Hawaii. It’s part of a series we’re calling “Neighbors, An Island Story.” Part of that story can be found in various census numbers that we’ll be sharing during the week. Today, HPR’s Bill Dorman has some figures about Hawaii’s population compared with national averages. 

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