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County OKs peace resolution


Hawaii News Digest, 20 October 2017, 1545 UTC, Post #15807.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/county-oks-peace-resolution

Accessed on 20 October 2017, 1545 UTC.

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Comment:

On Wednesday, 18 October 2017, the Hawaii County Council endorsed a resolution urging a peaceful solution to the conflict with North Korea.

The resolution introduced by Hilo Councilman Aaron Chung and council chairwoman Valerie Poindexter passed 8-0.

Some testifiers blamed President Donald Trump “for unnecessarily increasing those tensions with bombastic threats.”

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Volcano Watch: Reminders to be prepared for nature’s fury


Hawaii News Digest, 15 October 2017, 1545 UTC, Post #15777.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/features/volcano-watch-reminders-be-prepared-nature-s-fury

Accessed on 15 October 2017, 1545 UTC.

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Comment:

This article provides a look at earthquakes and what can be done to mitigate their damage.  The scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory review the damaging earthquakes over the past few months in Mexico and in other areas and outline what must be done to prepare for these unexpected events.

The article ends with an analysis of current volcanic activity on Hawaii Island:

“This past week, Kilauea Volcano’s summit lava lake level fluctuated with summit inflation and deflation, ranging about 32-39 m (105-128 ft) below the vent rim. On the East Rift Zone, the 61g flow remained active, with lava entering the ocean near Kamokuna and surface breakouts downslope of Pu‘u ‘O‘o. The 61g flows do not pose an immediate threat to nearby communities.”

“Mauna Loa is not erupting. Rates of deformation and seismicity did not change significantly during the past week, but persist above long-term background levels. Small-magnitude earthquakes occurred beneath the summit caldera and upper Southwest Rift Zone, primarily at depths less than 5 km (3 mi), with some deeper events at depths of 5-13 km (3-8 mi). GPS measurements continue to show deformation related to inflation of a magma reservoir beneath the summit and upper Southwest Rift Zone. No significant changes in volcanic gas emissions were measured.”

“No earthquakes were reported felt on the Island of Hawaii during the past week.”

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UH-Hilo faces cutbacks: students, faculty protest proposal to eliminate courses.


Hawaii News Digest, 13 October 2017, 1600 UTC, Post #15765.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/uh-hilo-faces-cutbacks-students-faculty-protest-proposal-eliminate-courses

Reporter:  Kirsten Johnson (“Hawaii Tribune-Herald”).

Accessed on 13 October 2017, 1600 UTC.

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Comment”

A proposal to cut back and even eliminate some courses from the UH-Hilo curriculum isn’t sitting well with students and faculty.  Those attending an open-air meeting hosted by Hilo State Senator Gil Kahele opposed course reductions, especially the possible shut down of the school’s popular jazz orchestra.

Faculty members expressed their concerns to Kahele “about a lack of transparency by the administration and frustration over the proposal to slash course offerings.”

UH-Hilo interim chancellor, Marcia Sakai, told reporter Kirsten Johnson that state-imposed restrictions are impacting the UH-Hilo campus:

“resources available to UH-Hilo are lower this year” because a decline in tuition revenue and state restrictions on general fund appropriations.

Enrollment campuswide decreased 3.5 percent this year, the sixth consecutive year it’s gone down… (the) campus is facing about a $1.2 million decrease in tuition revenue to Academic Affairs — the unit that administers the budget for instructional departments — and a $350,000 decrease to Academic Affairs as a result of the state restrictions.”

Sakai said less revenue means “difficult decisions are being made across the entire university and are not limited to the Humanities division.”

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State news briefs for 12 October 2017


Hawaii News Digest, 12 October 2017, 1635 UTC, Post #15760.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/state/state-briefs-october-12-0

Accessed on 12 October 2017, 1635 UTC.

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Comment”

Here are the top stories making headlines in the State of Hawaii for Thursday, 12 October 2017:

Three parks cleared of homeless.  Honolulu City officials cleared about 100 homeless persons from three encampments in Kakaako.  Former residents of the parks reportedly caused over $500,000 damage to utility lines and public facilities.

Groups protest recreation rental seminars.  One of the events drew protesters from the anti-Airbnb group “Friends Against Illegal Rentals” and “Unite Here Local 5”, which represents thousands of Hawaii hotel employees.

Woman sentenced in prostitution bribery case.   A Honolulu judge has sentenced Biyu Situ to three years supervised release after an Oahu jury found the woman guilty of two counts of bribery.  Situ now faces the possibility of deportation and separation from her family in the San Francisco area.

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Ironman Triathlon Week begins in Kailua-Kona


Hawaii News Digest, 11 October 2017, 1555 UTC, Post #15752.

Source:

http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sports/local-sports/flags-flying-high-ironman-athletes-take-street-parade-nations

Reporter:  J.R. De Groote (West Hawaii Today).

Accessed on 11 October 2017, 1555 UTC.

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Comment:

On Tuesday afternoon (10 October 2017), athletes from around the world turned out for the annual Ironman Championship Parade of Nations on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona.  The parade marks the official beginning of Ironman Week, which culminates on Saturday with a grueling 140.6 mile race course, including a 2.4 mile ocean swim, a 112 mile bicycle race, and a 26.2 mile marathon.

Reporter J. R. De Groote provides an overview of the competition:

“This year, Europe represents 39 percent of the field, while North America follows closely with 37 percent of athletes registered to race in the world championship event. The United States is the most represented nation with 741 registered competitors, followed by Australia (234), Germany (217) and Great Britain (150).”

“Athletes have come from 48 states, with the greatest number coming from California (113), followed by Texas (58), Colorado (53), Hawaii (50) and New York (49). Among the masses will be 29 athletes from the Big Island taking on their backyard course.”

“Five new countries are being represented in Kona this year, with athletes from Kazakhstan, Paraguay, Serbia, Uruguay and Uzbekistan making their Orchid Isle debuts.”

“In the diverse field, Hiromu Inada, of Japan, is the oldest participant at 84, while Paul Lennart, of Denmark, is the youngest at 18. The average age of a competitor is 43 years old.”

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Hawaii dodges major storms


Hawaii News Digest, 09 October 2017, 0035 UTC, Post #15738.

Source:

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/hawaii-dodges-major-storms

Reporter:  Kirsten Johnson (Hawaii Tribune-Herald).

Accessed on 09 October 2017, 0035 UTC.

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Comment:

While the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the mainland United States got pounded by super storms such as hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the State of Hawaii has been fortunate to have only been threatened by two storms–Hurricane Fernanda and Tropical Storm Gregg.  Both July storms never came close to Hawaii.

Kevin Kodama, a hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Honolulu, says Hawaii was lucky this year:

“Most of the storms stayed to the east of our basin boundaries…We only had two come across (the central Pacific) and they didn’t last long. The last three years have been very active. The Big Island was hit two out of the last three years — in 2014 (Tropical Storm Iselle) and in 2016 (Tropical Storm Darby) — so I think a break was nice.”

The Central Pacific Hurricane Season ends on 30 November 2017.

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Cartoon for October 8, 2017


Hawaii News Digest, 09 October 2017, 0015 UTC, Post #15737.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/commentary/their-views/cartoon-october-8-0

Author:  Gary Hoff.

Accessed on 09 October 2017, 0015 UTC.

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Comment:

Another view of Hawaii Island through the eyes of “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” cartoonist Gary Hoff.

This time, Gary comments on the disturbing revelation that many convicted sex offenders have failed to register with Hawaii County and are living in plain sight of women and children who may not know that sexual predators are in their midst.

Although the list printed in the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” included more than 70 names and addresses of registered sex offenders, the Hawaii County Office of the Prosecutor says at least 400 more sex offenders are unaccounted for or have not submitted their addresses.  It may be a good idea to keep a closer watch on your children.

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