Sherry Bracken

Hawaii Island Reporter
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  Breakouts from the main lava flow approaching Pahoa are continuing in three areas.  While the front itself remains stalled, its future path remains uncertain.  When it became clear in August that lava from Pu'u 'O'o Vent was heading towards Pahoa Village, it surprised many residents.  But local geologists were not shocked, including one who spoke with HPR's Sherry Bracken.

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 As the lava flow from Kīlauea’s Pu’u ‘O’o Vent continues to creep through Puna just outside of Pahoa, Hawai'i County officials are facing a series of decisions. A major one concerns roads. HPR's Sherry Bracken has that part of the story. 

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National Park Service

  Crews on the Big Island of Hawaii are on track to complete work on the Chain of Craters Road through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park later this year.  Last week, officials at the National Park said "significant progress" has been made on the project.  But plans to control access are stirring some controversy.  HPR's Sherry Bracken reports.

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  As the lava flow has been creeping through Puna, some have expressed concern about the potential for rising crime rates in the areas affected by lava.  Police do have concerns, but not in Puna.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with police to find out more.

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Raven Hanna

  Hawaii County Civil Defense teams are still going door to door in Pahoa.  They're working with volunteers and talking with residents as the lava continues its slow movement.  Those volunteers have their own stories, and Sherry Bracken brings us one of them.

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  As the lava continues to stop, start, and creep towards homes and towards Pahoa Village, families are dealing with the uncertainty of its path.  And for many, it's not just a matter of personal property, it's a matter of family history.  HPR's Sherry Bracken brings us one story that stretches across generations.

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Big Island Video News

 

   As lava moves into Pahoa Village, Hawaii County Civil Defense and the Community Emergency Response Teams have been going door to door to talk with residents and ensure they are ready to evacuate.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story of one couple who had that conversation.

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  As lava continues to snake through the Pāhoa area,  most local residents are feeling anxious.   And the adults in a family need to address not only their own concerns but also the fears of their keiki.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken today brings us the second part of her conversation with a Hilo psychologist.

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  As lava continues its relentless advance through the Puna District of the Big Island, there has been a lot of emphasis on physical preparation.  But for everybody whose lives are going to be touched one way or the other by the advancing lava flow, dealing with the emotional fallout is also important.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with a psychologist about some of the issues.

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  There's a very cool car traveling around the state right now, and it has a very special purpose.  HPR's Sherry Bracken Reports.

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  Although Hawai'i County Civil Defense and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists are dealing daily with the issues surrounding the lava advancing on Pāhoa Village.  But  they haven't lost sight of other hazards that can impact Hawai'i Island and the state.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with scientists from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory about earthquakes here in the state.

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  With the lava from Kilauea Volcano steadily advancing towards Pahoa, less than a mile from Apa’a Street and the Pāhoa Transfer Station, the need to provide emergency access has become even more urgent.  And now it looks like a solution has been reached.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken has the story.

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  Thousands of very focused athletes, plus volunteers and spectators, are flooding into Kona for this Saturday’s  Ironman Triathlon World Championship.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports.

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  The lava creeping slowly towards Pāhoa continues to advance and is now a little under a mile from Apa’a Street near the Pahoa transfer station.  A brush fire yesterday of about 300 acres is mostly out and fully contained.  It is also creating  smokey conditions.   As the situation changes, the County and State are taking additional steps to protect peoples’ health.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken tells us more.

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  An annual migration is underway as thousands of athletes and volunteers are heading to the west side of Hawaii Island. It's time for the annual Ironman Triathlon. And as HPR's Sherry Bracken reports, this year there's something different in one of the preliminary events. 

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  A major concern of Hawai'i County residents is the loss of electric power because of the lava flow.  Hawaiian Electric Company (HELCO) says it is committed to providing power to lower Puna, no matter what.   They’re working on several options.   HPR’s Sherry Bracken explains one.

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One of the concerns of Hawaii County officials and residents is how the recent and current disasters —Tropical Storm Iselle and the lava flow —will affect Hawaii Island's economy.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update.

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USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

The latest report from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and Hawai'i County Civil Defense says after a week of little to no movement of the front of the lava flow near Pahoa Village, it advanced yesterday about 25 yards.  There are also some lava fingers breaking out higher up the volcano.  HPR's Sherry Bracken talked to Mayor Billy Kenoi to get an update on how Hawaii County is preparing.

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Hawaii House of Representatives

Longtime Hawai‘i Island resident Bob Herkes will be remembered at memorial services this Saturday in Hilo. He died in August at 83. Herkes served many years as an outspoken legislator, and also had experience in the hospitality industry. HPR’s Sherry Bracken has a look back at one of the island’s colorful personalities.

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Tiffany Edwards Hunt

The progress of the lava flow on the Big Island of Hawai‘i has slowed.  It’s moved more than ten miles since it began its current flow on June 27th. And as it lingers outside Pāhoa town, local residents are sharing memories about the island’s last lava flow that wiped out a town.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports.

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On yesterday's flight over the active lava flow from Kilauea Volcano's Pu'u 'O'o Vent, Civil Defense saw no new advance in the flow.  The brushfire is now contained.  The flow front is around 100 yards wide and still around one and a half miles away from Apa'a Road.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has been checking in with merchants in Pahoa Village.

Earlier this week, Dave Corrigan from Big Island Video News shot video of the lava during a flyover:

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USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

The lava flow from Kilauea Volcano's Pu'u 'O'o Vent is continuing its slow movement towards Pahoa and beyond.  HPR's Sherry Bracken talked with the Mayor yesterday to get the latest update.

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  As the lava advances towards Pahoa, there is still uncertainty.  But one certainty is that there will likely be disruption to the schools near or even in the path of the lava flow.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update.

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Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Trash is a fact of life for everybody. In Pāhoa, the County opened a new $3.9 million dollar transfer station just three years ago to serve the fastest growing area of the island. But now, its existence is threatened by the lava flow coming from the Pu'u 'O'o vent. HPR's Sherry Bracken looked into what the county is planning.

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USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Hawai'i County has now opened an Incident Command Center in Pāhoa  Village, close to where the lava  from Kīlauea’s Pu’u ‘O’o Vent may enter town.  Key county personnel are on hand to provide the latest information for concerned residents.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with Mayor Billy Kenoi about how the County is addressing this latest crisis.

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Baron Sekiya

  Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and Hawai'i County Civil Defense are continuing to monitor the lava making its way towards homes and businesses in Pāhoa.  There are daily helicopter overflights, and both private and government agencies are busily preparing.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken has a report from Hawai'i Island.

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Baron Sekiya

  Some Puna residents and businesses owners in Pahoa Village have now accepted the stark reality that lava is heading their way.  But as HPR's Sherry Bracken reports, the timing and precise direction remain uncertain.

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