Hawaii Island

Reports from Sherry Bracken

Hawaii County Continues to Prepare for Lava

Sep 29, 2014
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
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.

Hawaii Says Aloha to Longtime Legislator

Sep 25, 2014
Hawaii House of Representatives
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.

Former Kalapana Girl Faces Lava Again

Sep 24, 2014
Tiffany Edwards Hunt
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.

Pahoa Business Owners Prepare for Lava Advance

Sep 23, 2014
Baron Sekiya / Hawaii247.com
Baron Sekiya / Hawaii247.com

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:

Lava Advances Slowly and Puna Prepares

Sep 22, 2014
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
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.

Puna Schools Plan for Impending Lava

Sep 19, 2014

Puna Schools Plan for Impending Lava

Sep 19, 2014
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

  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.

Hawaii County Plans for Trash As Lava Approaches

Sep 18, 2014
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
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.

Hawai'i County Mayor Talks Lava Response

Sep 17, 2014
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
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.

Baron Sekiya
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.

Hawaii County Addresses Power, Water, as Lava Advances

Sep 11, 2014
hvo.wr.usgs.gov
hvo.wr.usgs.gov

  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.

Big Island Lava Continues to Flow

Sep 1, 2014
hvo.wr.usgs.gov
hvo.wr.usgs.gov

  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.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  A year ago, the first Puna Emergency Preparedness Fair attracted more than fifteen hundred people.  This year’s takes place on Saturday. And between some residents still recovering from Tropical Storm Iselle and others staring down an active lava flow, organizers are expecting an even bigger turnout. HPR’s Sherry Bracken has more from the Big Island.

Storm Heightens Geothermal Health Concerns

Aug 27, 2014
www.bigislandvideonews.com
www.bigislandvideonews.com

  One lingering concern following Tropical Storm Iselle centers on Puna Geothermal Ventures. The plant made a series of gas releases during the storm, and many Puna residents are complaining the company has not shared enough information about exactly what happened. HPR’s Sherry Bracken concludes her two part look at the issue.

Voters Push Back at State's New Voting Plan

Aug 13, 2014
bigislandnow.com
bigislandnow.com

  Polls will be open this Friday in two precincts on Hawaii Island. The State Office of Elections has scheduled the voting for all day, but many local residents are not happy with that decision.  From Hawaii Island, HPR"s Sherry Bracken has more.  

Hawaii County Election Summary

Aug 11, 2014
bigislandnow.com
bigislandnow.com

  Two Hawai'i Island precincts in the storm damaged Puna district could not open Saturday.  Those voters will still be able to vote via absentee ballot.  But in the rest of the County, the polls were open as usual.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports from Kona. 

Big Island Residents Hunkered Down for Storm

Aug 8, 2014
Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  Hawai'i Island residents continue to deal with wind and rain from the downgraded but still significant Tropical Storm Iselle.   HPR’s Sherry Bracken has a report.

Hawaii Island Expecting First Storm Today

Aug 7, 2014
Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  As we've been reporting today, forecasters expect Hurricane Iselle to make landfall on Hawaii Island later today.  HPR's Sherry Bracken updates us on preparations on Hawaii Island.

Palamanui College Update

Aug 5, 2014
www.palamanui.com
www.palamanui.com

  Hawaii Island is home to several institutions that are part of the University of Hawaii system.  Hilo has both UH Hilo and Hawaii Community College, while there are UH education centers in Honoka'a and Kealakekua.  A new facility is under construction on the west side, and that was the topic of a discussion Sherry Bracken had recently with UH President David Lassner.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Seeks Public's Birthday Help

Jul 31, 2014
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

 

   The oldest resort hotel on Hawaii Island will mark its 50th birthday next year. The hotel plans to celebrate, and is asking the public to help.  HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Governor Candidates Making Final Push

Jul 30, 2014
John Wicart
John Wicart

  Absentee ballots for the August 9th Primary have been mailed.  Walk in voting is available at 9 locations around the state.  The Primary is only 10 days away.  And political candidates are still campaigning around the state, including on Hawaii Island.  HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Hawaii Island Charter School Gets New Home

Jul 29, 2014
Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  One of Hawaii Island's first charter schools has been on a lava lot in a tsunami zone for the last 20 years--but has still managed to educate its students.  Next week, they will welcome students to a brand new, higher and drier campus.  HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Hawaii Island Group's Focus is Wildfires

Jul 17, 2014
Eric Moller, Pohakuloa Training Area
Eric Moller, Pohakuloa Training Area

  According to the US Drought Monitor, more than a quarter of the state of Hawai‘i remains “abnormally dry.” That’s a big improvement from the start of the year, when nearly 3 quarters of the state came under that category. But the National Weather Service says drier weather will be returning, and with it, the danger of wildfires. HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with representatives of a Big Island group that helps safeguard resources, property, and people when wildfires come.    

Hawaii County Gets a New Park

Jul 15, 2014
hawaiicountymayor.com
hawaiicountymayor.com

  There's an interesting shift of property ownership that's taking place on Hawaii Island this summer.  It's a 20 acre state park that's shifting to a facility under control of Hawaii County.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.

Scientists Look at Early Earthquake Warnings

Jul 15, 2014
www.eew.caltech.edu
www.eew.caltech.edu

  The work of scientists at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory goes beyond volcanoes.  With Hawaii experiencing hundreds of earthquakes every year, most being small, they're also looking at what might be done to prepare for another big one.  From the Big Island, Sherry Bracken has more.

Mauna Loa May Be Stirring

Jul 9, 2014
hvo.wr.usgs.gov/multimedia/index
hvo.wr.usgs.gov/multimedia/index

  Although Kilauea is the most active volcano on Hawai'i Island right now, Mauna Loa is also still an active volcano. In  the last year, it has begun showing some changes that could indicate future activity.  Hawaii Island HPR's Sherry Bracken has more.

Kilauea Volcano Update

Jul 8, 2014
Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  

  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.

UH Professor Weighs in on Candidate Forums

Jul 1, 2014
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Pixabay commons

  In this election year, voters will have several opportunities to watch and listen to candidate forums.  The question is, what can one really learn from these candidate meetings?    HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked to a professor to get some advice.

mokuaikaua.org
mokuaikaua.org

  The oldest Christian Church in the State has been given the dubious distinction of being named to the  National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2014 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.   The church is in Kona, and HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with its pastor to learn more.

Credit Phoebe Barela
Credit Phoebe Barela

  A Big Island sculptor was recently honored by having a major work placed at the entrance to a Southern California Harbor.  And it's in honor of two men who played a big role in the development of two sports that are very popular in Hawaii: surfing and diving.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.

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