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Elections officials prepare for lava.


Three Puna District Precincts could be affected by advancing lava flow.

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

 

According to reporter Tom Callis, Hawaii County and state elections workers are preparing for the possibility that voting in the general election could be disrupted again in lower Puna as a slow moving lava flow advances toward Pahoa Town.  Elections officials have identified 7,542 voters in three precincts from Ainaloa to Kalapana, who could have a difficult time voting on 04 November 2014. These are the same voters that were prevented from voting in the 09 August primary election because of  damage from Tropical Storm Iselle.  Although the situation is similar, election officials say some alternate solutions to the voting problem can be developed because there is “more lead time.”  State Elections Chief Scott Nago believes polling places could be consolidated if one or more become unavailable.  Hawaii County Clerk Stewart Maeda said the county is looking at setting up an early walk-in voting site for the precincts outside of “harm’s way,” possibly in Nanawale Estates.  The state and county are asking voters to vote absentee, especially if they have to relocate. Walk-in voting begins 21 October 2014.  One fact is clear:  If the lava flow continues on its present course and speed, Pahoa Town will be cut off from Hilo and getting supplies and commuting to work will be more difficult.  Prepare now–it’s not a matter of if, but when the lava will isolate Lower Puna.  Aloha, Russ.

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DOE prepares for potential lava threat to Pahoa schools – Hawaii News Now


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DOE prepares for potential lava threat to Pahoa schools
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Hawaii‘s Department of Education is in charge of three schools in the Pahoa Complex.

Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com

The state Department of Education is considering several plans for its Puna District schools if lava flows cut off  Pahoa Town.  Approximately 1,800 public and charter school students in the Puna District would be affected if lava severs Highway 130–the main highway connecting the district to Hilo.  Mary Correa, the DOE superintendent for the Kau-Keeau-Pahoa Complex,  said officials are considering using the Keaau Complex for those students who can’t get to schools in the Pahoa area.  There will be another lava update meeting Thursday, 6:30 p.m., at the Pahoa High School cafeteria.  Aloha, Russ.

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Researcher creates Facebook page detailing effects of Puna lava flow – Hawaii News Now


Researcher creates Facebook page detailing effects of Puna lava flow Hawaii News Now HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – “I do have lots of friends there,” says Mark Kimura, a postdoctoral researcher in Geology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, “I’m…

Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com

UH-Hilo affiliate faculty member Mark Kimura has created a Facebook page showing the effects of the Puna lava flow and the expected damage the flow could cause in Lower Puna.  One graphic shows the volume of the flow, while another outlines the expected time to reach Hilo by alternative routes, such as the Chain of Craters Road.  Kimura says once Highway 130 is breached by lava, getting supplies into the Puna District and commuting to work from unaffected areas will become more difficult.  Aloha, Russ.

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Judges rejects ACLU election lawsuit.


Hawaii Supreme Court said it doesn’t have jurisdiction to grant relief for voters.

Source:  Associated Press (Honolulu), 28 August 2014.

Reporter:  Cathy Bussewitz.

 

The Hawaii Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit seeking to allow voters on the storm-damaged Big Island to vote.  In a decision released Thursday, the court said it “didn’t have jurisdiction to grant the relief sought by the American Civil Liberties Union…”  The ACLU had asked the court to allow voters who couldn’t make it to the polls on Election Day to cast ballots.  The ACLU claimed voters in the Puna District were disenfranchised because they were blocked into their communities by fallen trees and downed power lines caused by Tropical Storm Iselle.  Hawaii Island State Senator Russell Ruderman told the AP “I’m very disappointed…that was our last hope for some remedy to this botched election…It’s very unfair to the people of Puna and our constitutional right to vote.”  The Hawaii Supreme Court also dismissed a separate complaint from a group of Hawaii Island voters who disputed the primary election, saying they were not the proper parties to challenge the outcome, and that they “had failed to demonstrate errors or problems that would have changed the results.”

 

Comment:  This is another example where absentee voting at designated sites before the election and the use of mail-in ballots could have avoided such problems.  Oregon and the State of Washington have used absentee and mail in voting successfully.

 

Aloha, Russ.

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Lava flow could pose threat


The Pu‘u ‘O‘o lava flow is prompting fresh concerns as it continues its march toward populated areas. (Kilaueas ‘June 27’ flow continues to advance – towards populated areas of the Big Island!

Source: hawaiitribune-herald.com

Here’s the latest update on the danger to homes in the Puna District posed by two lava flows from the Pu’u O’o vent along the East Rift Zone of the Kilauea Volcano.  Civil Defense officials will hold a public information meeting on the lava flows Monday night at 6 in the Pahoa Community Center.  Aloha, Russ.

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6 million pounds of Albizia trees end up in Big Island dump


Trucks have delivered massive amounts of green waste caused by Tropical Storm Iselle to Big Island landfills. (What should we do with 6 million pounds of green waste? We’d like to hear your ideas.

Source: www.kitv.com

Clean up crews went after albizia trees with a vengeance following the passing of Tropical Storm Iselle.  The fragile trees succumed to high winds and fell onto roads in the Puna District, taking down utility poles and transmission lines.  According to KITV-4 News, approximately 6 million pounds of dead trees have been trucked to Hawaii County refuse and recycling sites.  If you have any ideas about what to do with this green waste, contact the Department of Public Works, Hawaii County or KITV-4 news.  Some enterprising business people have used albizia trees to make surfboards and canoe paddles.  Are there any other uses for this invasive species which has severly impacted our power grid?  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii sets Friday make-up election to decide Senate nomination – Los Angeles Times


Hawaii sets Friday make-up election to decide Senate nomination Los Angeles Times A primary election in Hawaii that had threatened to extend weeks beyond last Saturday’s balloting will conclude Friday when voters affected by Tropical Storm Iselle…

Source: www.latimes.com

So far, the special primary election for voters cut off from two polling stations in the Puna District is still on for Friday.  However, Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa has filed a lawsuit seeking to postpone the Friday makeup election.  The election could decide the U.S. Senate Democratic primary, in which she is trailing Senator Brian Schatz by 1,635 votes, and two Hawaii Island races.  The lawsuit will be heard by 3rd Circuit Court Judge Greg Nakamura at 10:30 this morning (Thursday) in Hilo.  Aloha, Russ.

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