Kilauea

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Hawaiʻi students and teachers will be heading back to school in less than two weeks. And this Big Island charter school has quite a lot to do before opening its doors for the coming school year.  The school lost its campus to the ongoing lava flow in Puna. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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A total of 24 fissures have appeared since May 3rd in Leilani Estates. The eruption has destroyed more than 650 homes, and lava has covered more than 6,000 acres of land. 

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Today’s program is a discussion of the impacts of the ongoing volcanic eruption on Hawaii Island. Catherine Cruz is off this week and I’m joined in the studio by Conversation producer Ryan Finnerty. Joining us by phone on today’s program are Will Okabe, Managing Director for the County of Hawai’i, and Jessica Ferracane of the National Park Service on the Big Island.

Insuring Homes in High Lava Hazard Areas

Jun 18, 2018
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Now that Kilauea Volcano has destroyed hundreds of homes in Puna, some are asking how people were able to purchase and insure homes in such a known high-risk area.

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East Rift Zone Insurance; Lifeguard Shortage; Maui College Solar; Last Taxi Dance

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In 1834, just fourteen years after missionaries first arrived in Hawai’i, an estimated 90-95% of Hawaiians could read.  Over a hundred Hawaiian language newspapers all through the Kindgom documented legends, place names, current events and everyday trials and tribulations, including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and lava flows.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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With lava from Fissure 8 pouring into Kapoho Bay, the current eruptive phase at Kilauea is pressing into its fifth week, and its effects are taking a toll.  Hawai’i County is looking at $3-6 million dollars in volcano related expenses so far and the Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau estimates a $5 million dollar loss through visitor cancellations.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports residents are holding firm.

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Hawaiʻi County’s Fire Department is one of the key first responder organizations working overtime in lower Puna. No firefighters have been injured, but dangers linger as crews work to deal with the impact of continuing lava flows in the lower East Rift Zone. HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken talked with the Fire Chief about the risks.

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Kumu Hula Kekuhi Kealiʻikanakaʻole was raised in Hawaiian culture on Hawaiʻi island.  Her grandmother, educator Edith Kanakaʻole, was revered for her knowledge of hula and chant, and rigorous practice of those arts continues through Halau o Kekuhi, the family hula school.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Kealiʻikanakaʻole’s view of the current eruption is firmly rooted in a connection with the lava, active continually underground.   

Lava, Loss of PGV Capacity Create Electricity Challenges

May 24, 2018
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The Big Island's electric utility, Hawaii Electric Light Company, has been working around the clock to react to the on going Kilauea eruption. Utility crews were recently pulled out of Leilani Estates due to unsafe levels of sulfur dioxide. Additionally, the loss of capacity from the Puna Geothermal Venture has reduced to overall supply of electricity on the island.

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Since May 3, Hawaiʻi’s Kīlauea volcano destroyed more than 35 structures, 26 of which were homes, and displaced an estimated 2,000 residents.  HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has been on the ground in Puna talking to local residents about their experience.

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Kekuhi Kealiʻikanakaʻole is the Coordinator for the Center for Hawai’i Life Styles, UH Hilo. She’s an award winning singer, and a kumu hula, the eighth generation with Halau o Kekuhi, which bases its style of hula on the forces of Pele and her sister, Hiʻiaka.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, Kealiʻikanakaʻole offers a different perspective on the current Kilauea eruption.

Hawaiʻi Island Sees Drop in Visitor Bookings

May 21, 2018
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Earlier today, Governor David Ige, through the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, reassured the world that "travel is safe to the Hawaiian Island." Ige emphasized that the volcanic activity is having no effect on other islands.

But even though Kīlauea's latest eruptive phase is mainly affecting the Puna area, there have been a rash of island-wise cancellations for June and July because tourists mistakenly think the entire state is a disaster area. Some cruise ships are avoiding Hilo and even Kona as a port of call.

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Economic Impacts of the Volcano; Fast Moving Lava Appears; Agriculture Theft on Hawaii Island; Hawaii Youth Symphony Seeks New Direction

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Hawai'i County personnel are being stretched thin by the demands of the current lava eruption. Hawai'i County Police Department has 450 sworn officers. Those serving in the Puna district are working overtime to handle the demands of both the lava flow and regular duties. HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken talked with the police chief to find out how they are coping.

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East Rift Zone Update; Animal Victims of Eruption; Charter School Evacuation; Mayor Wright Housing Redevelopment

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What began with a crack in the road has now become a four mile stretch of volcanic fissures cutting through residential communities on Hawai’i Island.  HPR Reporter Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi is on the ground in Puna and filed this report.

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As developments continue in the Kīlauea eruptions, many businesses are contributing to recovery efforts. And for some businesses, there is opportunity—but the situation is delicate. We get more on that from Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier.

Homeowners Face Insurance Dilemma in Lava Prone Areas

May 9, 2018
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There are obvious perils of living in an area prone to volcanic activity. Since the 1970's, the U.S. Geological Survey has produced a map of Hawaii Island identifying each geographic area's lava risk. Leilani Estates is rated at the highest possible risk level. That makes homeowners insurance expensive and difficult to obtain for landowners, leading some to eschew protection. 

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As personal stories and emergency updates continue around the current Kilauea eruption, Hawai’i’s resident teams of expert volcanologists continue their research and observations.  How is this eruption different from others?  How could a tsunami be generated?  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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Kilauea Lava Flow Update; Landlord-Tenant Challenges

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Hawai'i Island’s Kīlauea Volcano gets a lot of attention with its two spectacular eruption locations. But the island’s dominant active volcano is also under close observation from scientists. We get details from HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken.

A Kīlauea Update

Mar 1, 2017
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It's been a dramatic new year so far for one of Hawai'i Island's most spectacular sights. The Kīlauea Volcano has been continuously erupting for 34 years—but there have been some changes since January. As for current conditions, HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken got an update from scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

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Visitors looking to see active lava flowing into the ocean on Hawai‘i’s Big Island will have a new vantage point. Just a few days after a 26-acre lava delta crashed into the sea, the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has opened a new viewing area for the public.

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Lava from Kīlauea has been erupting from the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent since 1983. Recently the flow reached the ocean, for the first time in three years. Thousands of visitors and residents have been flocking to Kalapana to see it for themselves.

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  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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  As the lava flow from Kīlauea Volcano’s Pu’u ‘O’o Vent continues to advance towards Ka’ohe Homestead and Pāhoa Village, Hawai'i County Civil Defense is addressing some basic infrastructure needs.  From Hawai'i Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update.

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  The lava flow from Kīlauea Volcano’s Pu’u ‘O’o Vent continues to slowly advance this today.  But officials with Hawaii County Civil Defense say it is not an immediate threat to property. They are keeping a close watch on the lava along with local geologists. HPR's Sherry Bracken has the latest from Hawaii Island.

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Kīlauea Volcano's newest lava flow is on the move. It started at the end of June, but it's advanced fairly rapidly over the past week. Scientists say there's no danger to homes or property right now, but they're watching it with concern. HPR's Sherry Bracken has more from the Big Island.

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  Activity at Kīlauea Volcano on the Island of Hawai'i is shifting this year, as it does each year. It's been erupting continuously since 1983, but there are always changes, sometimes dramatic, and sometimes more subtle.  On Hawaii Island,  HPR's Sherry Bracken talked with scientists at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory to get an update.