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He says that as of Tuesday, the lava is about 19 days from reaching Pahoa Village Road. The road is the main drag though Pahoa Village and from there, it could reach Highway 130.
In a typically cozy Hawai'i fashion, the Hawai'i Campaign Commission has given the Hawaii Carpenters Market Recovery Program Fund a pass on disclosing where its contributions come from. According to state law noncandidate committees are required to disclose the source of their contributions and are not allowed any anonymous contributions But the Hawaii Carpenters Market Recovery Program Fund is apparently exempt from state law.
"I do have lots of friends there," says Mark Kimura, a postdoctoral researcher in Geology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, "I'm worried about them and what their life will be like." According to Kimura, if Highway 130 is swallowed by lava, the county would have to re-open Chain of Craters Road, which would significantly increase commute times.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12122 will host a dance featuring Endless Summer from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the post. Cover charge is $10 and includes pupu.
The Hawaii Island Humane Society is continuing to assess the lava threat to Puna residents and their animals. Should the need arise, HIHS Keaau Shelter will contact volunteers for assistance.
Lava is about a tenth of a mile from the edge of a rural subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island. Hawaii County spokesman Kevin Dayton says lava from Kilauea volcano has slowed over the past three days.
HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Ray Miyazono, owner of Big Isle Moving & Storage in Hilo stands next to a four feet wide, seven feet tall and seven feet deep crate Friday afternoon that he is offering to Pahoa residents for $25 a month in lieu of the encroaching June 27 lava flow. Big Isle Moving & Storage has 120 crates left.
Vice Officer Kalae Lee accepts the award of 2014 Police Officer of the Year. In back, from left, Deputy Chief Paul Ferreira and Hawaii County Managing Director Wally Lau.
In response to Gov. Neil Abercrombie's request for federal aid to supplement state and local Tropical Storm Iselle recovery efforts, President Barack Obama signed a Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance on Friday. Since a Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance was rejected last month, the state and Hawaii County continue to gather sufficient additional information to justify a successful appeal.
Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos soon could reach three vacant lots in a rural subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island, but officials are hopeful homes will be spared. Based on the lava's movement of about 200 to 300 yards a day, the flow from Kilauea volcano was expected to reach the lots in Kaohe Homesteads in coming days, Hawaii County spokesman Kevin Dayton said.
Federal disaster aid will be available for Hawaii County after all, following the damage caused by Tropical Storm Iselle last month. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of Hawaii to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the storm between Aug. 7 and 9. The action makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Tropical Storm Iselle in Hawaii and Maui counties.
Lava concerns on Hawaii's Big Island are shifting from it reaching a sparsely populated subdivision to it crossing over a heavily used highway. Hawaii County workers on Thursday began preparing defunct roads to be used as alternate routes if lava from Kilauea volcano reaches Highway 130, which could happen within weeks.
School officials are weighing options for keeping classes going, should lava encroach on roadways and populated areas in lower Puna. Ka'u-Keaau-Pahoa Complex Area Superintendent Mary Correa has kept in regular contact with Hawaii County Civil Defense officials during the past few weeks, said Department of Education spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz on Wednesday.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 07:12 am
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