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2 hrs ago | The Honolulu Advertiser

Flow threatens key highway

Members of the media and Hawaii County officials took a trip above the flow Tuesday morning with Calvin Dorn, owner of Paradise Helicopters, which is supplying visitors and locals with a bird's-eye view of Pele's latest movements. ~~ While residents of the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision may be spared by the June 27 lava flow from Kilauea Volcano, a helicopter overflight makes one thing clear: If the lava doesn't stop now, it's headed directly toward Highway 130.

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Related Topix: Volcano, HI

Tue Sep 16, 2014

The Lebanon Daily News

Lava on Hawaii continues moving through vacant lot

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.

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Related Topix: Pahoa, HI

Daily Kos

Hawai'i Campaign Commission goes along with cover-up

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.

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Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, US News, Liberal Political News

CBS 3 Springfield

Researcher creates Facebook Page detailing effects of Puna lava flow

"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.

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Related Topix: Geology, Science, Pahoa, HI, Holyoke, MA, Springfield, MA

West Hawaii Today

About Town 9-16-14

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.

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KPUA-AM Hilo

Obama approves aid for some repairs after Iselle

President Barack Obama has ordered federal aid to help with recovery efforts in Hawaii neighborhoods affected by Tropical Storm Iselle. Obama on Friday declared a major disaster area in those parts of Hawaii.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US House of Representatives, Neil Abercrombie, Democrat, US Governors

Mon Sep 15, 2014

West Hawaii Today

Humane society looking for volunteers

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.

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Related Topix: Keaau, HI

The New Zealand Herald

Lava creeps toward lots in Big Island subdivision

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.

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Related Topix: Volcanic Eruption, Natural Disasters

KITV-TV

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Thanks for watching KITV4 News Online I'm Lara Yamada. THE LAVA FLOW on the BIG ISLAND has shifted north -- but the "ALL CLEAR" is NOT being issued just yet.

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

West Hawaii Today

The June 27 flow advances toward Pahoa

In an Aug. 22 news release, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory stated that a new lava flow, dubbed the June 27 flow for the date it began, was rapidly advancing toward residential areas near Pahoa in the Puna District of Hawaii Island. By that time, the flow had entered a pre-existing ground crack, which channeled the flow to the east.

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Related Topix: Pahoa, HI, Volcanic Eruption, Natural Disasters, Volcano, HI, Kilauea, HI

Sat Sep 13, 2014

West Hawaii Today

Rental housing demand spikes as lava nears

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.

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Related Topix: Hilo, HI, Pahoa, HI, Leilani Estates, HI

West Hawaii Today

Lee named Officer of Year for narcotics work

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.

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Related Topix: Drugs

STAR 101.9

Lava Inches Closer to Kaohe Homesteads Subdivision

The lava flow from Kilauea is now 0.2 miles from the edge of Kaohe Homesteads subdivision, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense officials. However, they say the lava flow does not currently pose an immediate threat to any homes or businesses and no evacuations have been ordered.

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Related Topix: Kilauea, HI

Fri Sep 12, 2014

KITV-TV

Obama signs Iselle disaster declaration for public assistance

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.

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Related Topix: US Governors, Neil Abercrombie

WNEM-TV Saginaw

Lava approaches vacant lots in Hawaii subdivision

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.

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Related Topix: Volcanic Eruption, Natural Disasters

West Hawaii Today

FEMA disaster aid now available for Iselle

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.

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Related Topix: FEMA, US News

West Hawaii Today

About Town | 9-12-14

The company will match up to $300,000 total statewide. Last year, its Give Aloha program raised more than $2 million for more than 650 island nonprofit organizations.

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Related Topix: Hilo, HI

Thu Sep 11, 2014

ABC News

Alternate Roads Prepared If Lava Crosses Highway

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.

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Related Topix: Volcanic Eruption, Natural Disasters, US Governors, Neil Abercrombie, US Politics, US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat

West Hawaii Today

School officials weighing options as lava advances

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.

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Related Topix: Pahoa, HI, Keaau, HI, Family, Kids, Hawaiian Paradise Park, HI, Ainaloa, HI

Business Journal

Hawaii County outlines plans for Pahoa if lava flow covers main Puna highway

Hawaii County Civil Defense officials told merchants and other business owners in Pahoa that they plan to open two unused roads, including one that is currently a one-lane dirt trail, open for deliveries and other traffic if the lava flow from Kilauea volcano covers Highway 130, the Puna area's main artery. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports some 7,000 vehicles per day use Highway 130, and that officials told merchants at a meeting Wednesday night that they plan to open Government Beach Road, which is currently a one-lane dirt road, and Railroad Avenue, which is currently disconnected between Hawaiian Beaches near Pahoa and Hawaiian Paradise Park, to accommodate the traffic if the lava advances.

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Related Topix: Pahoa, HI, Volcanic Eruption, Natural Disasters, Hawaiian Beaches, HI, Hawaiian Paradise Park, HI, Volcano, HI

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