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  • director Sep 23, 2019

    Lingering Pacific Heat Wave Threatens Hawaii Coral

    At the edge of an ancient lava flow where jagged black rocks meet the Pacific, small off-the-grid homes overlook the calm blue waters of Papa Bay on Hawaii’s Big Island — no tourists or hotels in sight. Here, one of the islands’ most abundant and vibrant coral reefs thrives just below the surface. Yet even this remote shoreline far from...

  • NBC Aug 18, 2019

    A Huge Telescope in Hawaii Could Lead Us to Alien Life; First It Has to Get Off the Ground

    A colossal telescope with the potential to revolutionize astronomy and reveal extraterrestrial life is set for construction atop a dormant volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island, NBC News reports. But protesters have blocked the road to the summit since July, saying the planned telescope — called the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) for the diameter of its huge light-collecting mirror — would...

  • The Associated Press Jul 18, 2019

    Hawaii Expands Power to Block Telescope Protesters

    Thousands of protesters have joined a swelling effort to stop construction of a telescope they have long tried to keep off a mountain considered sacred to some Native Hawaiians, but state officials doubled down Wednesday on their commitment to ensure the project will be completed. After a day of growing crowds and arrests of elderly demonstrators, Hawaii Gov. David Ige...

  • NBC News Jun 13, 2019

    Huge Mystery Blob Discovered Under the Moon's Biggest Crater

    Far under the largest crater in the solar system lies a huge blob, mystifying the scientists who recently discovered it, NBC News reported. It could be a huge metal deposit generated by the asteroid that slammed into the moon billions of years ago, creating the South Pole-Aitkin basin, according to the team of scientists who made the discovery, which was...

  • e-cigarettes Feb 5, 2019

    Hawaii Considers Cigarette Sales Ban for Anyone Under Age 100

    A Big Island lawmaker has proposed incrementally increasing the minimum age to buy cigarettes, leading to a practical ban across Hawaii. Democratic state Rep. Richard Creagan proposed legislation aimed at making the state the first in the country to ban the sale of cigarettes for everyone except people age 100 and over, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday. Under his bill,...

  • director Oct 10, 2018

    Gecko Butt-Dials ‘Bazillion' Times From Hawaii Seal Hospital

    If you got incessant phone calls last week from a hospital that cares for Hawaiian monk seals, you were butt-dialed.
    Or, more specifically, foot-dialed.
    By a gecko.

  • United States Sep 23, 2018

    National Park in Hawaii Reopens After Monthslong Kilauea Volcano Eruption

    A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano’s latest eruption, which caused widespread damage to park infrastructure and dramatically changed its landscape. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials said there were no lines or waiting for visitors to catch a glimpse of the volcano that made headlines across the world...

  • Texas Aug 28, 2018

    Tropical Storm Lane Damage Assessment Underway

    Tropical Storm Lane ranks as the second-biggest rainmaker from a tropical cyclone in the United States since 1950. Lane dumped 52.02 inches (132 centimeters) of rain on Mountain View, Hawaii, from Wednesday through Sunday, the National Weather Service said Monday. The highest total was 60.58 inches (154 centimeters), measured in Nederland, Texas, during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Lane broke the...

  • Donald Trump Aug 24, 2018

    5 Rescued From Flooding as Hurricane Pelts Hawaii With Rain

    Hurricane Lane unleashed torrents of rain and landslides that blocked roads on Hawaii’s mostly rural Big Island on Thursday as residents and tourists in the state’s biggest city braced for the dangerous storm to come their way. Emergency workers rescued five people from a flooded house in Hilo after a nearby gulch overflowed, said Hawaii County Managing Director Wil Okabe....

  • Governor Aug 23, 2018

    With No Place to Run, People in Hawaii Brace for Hurricane

    Hawaii residents emptied store shelves Wednesday, claimed the last sheets of plywood to board up windows and drained gas pumps as Hurricane Lane churned toward the state. The category 4 storm could slam into the islands Thursday with winds exceeding 100 mph (161 kph), making it the most powerful storm to hit Hawaii since Hurricane Iniki in 1992. Unlike Florida...

  • Captain Jul 19, 2018

    Hawaii Searches for Safe Spots for People to See Lava From Kilauea Volcano

    Stunning images of Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano have captivated people around the world. But ironically it’s nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ground to see the lava — a fact that’s squeezing the tourism-dependent local economy. Authorities on the Big Island want to set up a lava viewing site to help, but they’re finding it difficult to do...

  • Captain Jul 17, 2018

    Lava Flies Through Roof of Hawaii Tour Boat, Injuring 23

    An explosion caused by lava oozing into the ocean sent molten rock crashing through the roof of a sightseeing boat off Hawaii’s Big Island, injuring 23 people Monday, officials said. They were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava plunging into the ocean from the long-erupting Kilauea volcano that has been vigorously shooting lava from a new...

  • California Jun 15, 2018

    Survivors of Old Hawaii Eruption Recall Despair, Opportunity: ‘It Changed My Life'

    Lava pouring out of a Hawaii volcano burned down Mary Dressler’s home and her town 28 years ago. Now, watching creeping lobes of molten rock slowly wipe out entire neighborhoods over the past month, she has been transported back to those losses. Memories and emotions overcame the naturopathic physician when she recently took clothing donations to an evacuation center —...

  • California Jun 15, 2018

    Survivors of Old Hawaii Eruption Recall Despair, Opportunity: ‘It Changed My Life'

    Lava pouring out of a Hawaii volcano burned down Mary Dressler’s home and her town 28 years ago. Now, watching creeping lobes of molten rock slowly wipe out entire neighborhoods over the past month, she has been transported back to those losses. Memories and emotions overcame the naturopathic physician when she recently took clothing donations to an evacuation center —...

  • Hawaii Jun 8, 2018

    No Way to Know When Hawaii Eruption Will End: Scientists

    Lava from the Kilauea volcano that flowed into Kapoho Bay has created nearly a mile of new land and officials with the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday the flow is still very active and there’s no way to know when the eruption will end or if more lava-spewing vents will open. The fast-moving lava poured into the low-laying coastal Hawaii...

  • Hawaii Jun 8, 2018

    Lava From Hawaii's Kilauea Creates New Coastline

    Lava from the Kilauea volcano that flowed into Kapoho Bay has created nearly a mile of new land and officials with the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday the flow is still very active and there’s no way to know when the eruption will end or if more lava-spewing vents will open. The fast-moving lava poured into the low-laying coastal Hawaii...

  • Caleb Jones Jun 7, 2018

    Entire Hawaii Neighborhood Vanishes as Lava Gushes In

    A neighborhood called Vacationland on Hawaii’s Big Island had disappeared by Wednesday as lava poured into two oceanfront subdivisions, smothering hundreds of homes and filling an ocean bay, turning it into new land that now juts into the sea. Molten rock entirely covered Vacationland and only a few buildings remained in the nearby Kapoho subdivision, officials with the U.S. Geological...

  • Hawaii Jun 6, 2018

    Hawaii Volcano Lava Destroys Hundreds of Homes Overnight

    Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds more homes overnight, overtaking two oceanfront communities where residents were advised to evacuate last week, officials said Tuesday. No injuries were reported as most residents heeded the advice to leave.

  • spokesman May 28, 2018

    Lava Covers Plugged Well at Hawaii Geothermal Plant Property

    Lava from the Kilauea volcano covered at least one well Sunday at a geothermal power plant on the Big Island, according to a Hawaii County Civil Defense report. The well was successfully plugged in anticipation of the lava flow, and a second well 100 feet (30.5 meters) away has also been secured, according to the report. The plugs protect against...

  • spokeswoman May 24, 2018

    Hawaii Volcano Produces Methane and ‘Eerie' Blue Flames

    Scientists in Hawaii have captured rare images of blue flames burning from cracks in the pavement as Kilauea volcano gushes fountains of lava in the background, offering a look at a new dimension in the volcano’s weeks-long eruption. The volcano produces methane when hot lava buries and burns plants and trees. The gas flows through the ground and up through...

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