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  • U.S. Senate confirms former Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett to U.S. Court of Appeals

    07/10/2018 12:55:14 PM PDT · by Jaysin · 19 replies
    Honolulu Star Advertiser ^ | 7-10-2018 | Star-Advertiser staff
    The United States Senate has confirmed former Hawaii Attorney General Mark J. Bennett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by a bipartisan vote of 72-27. Judge Bennett, who will maintain chambers in Honolulu, was nominated to the court by President Donald Trump on Feb. 15. After appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 11, his nomination was reported to the Senate floor on May 10. He fills a judgeship vacant since Dec. 31, 2016, when Judge Richard R. Clifton of Honolulu assumed senior status. “I am very pleased to see Mark Bennett confirmed with a...
  • Hawaii becomes 1st state to ban sunscreens deemed harmful to coral reefs

    07/06/2018 11:05:28 AM PDT · by plain talk · 73 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | July 6, 2018 | Amanda Schmidt
    Hawaii just became the first state to ban certain sunscreens as a measure to protect the state's essential coral reefs. Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed a bill on Tuesday, July 3, banning the sale of sunscreens containing two chemicals, oxybenzone and octinoxate, believed to harm coral reefs and other marine ecosystems. State lawmakers passed the legislation in early May. Senate Bill 2571 prohibits the sale and distribution of non-prescribed sunscreens on the islands that contain oxybenzone or octinoxate, which can be deadly for coral larvae. The ban will not be applied to medically prescribed sunscreens or makeup that contain oxybenzone...
  • Hawaii leaders react to Supreme Court's ruling to uphold Trump's travel ban

    06/26/2018 2:51:38 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 66 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | June 26th , 2016 | HNN staff
    Hawaii leaders are weighing in on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Tuesday to uphold President Donald Trump’s travel ban, a policy that put the state at the forefront of a months-long legal challenge. Lt. Gov. Doug Chin, who led Hawaii’s challenge against the travel ban when he served as attorney general, issued a statement saying, “I hurt today for Hawaii families and others who have experienced discrimination and scapegoating due to President Trump's bullying remarks and orders.” Current Attorney General Russell Suzuki agreed and added that the office continues to believe that the travel ban is "unconstitutional."
  • President Trump to visit Hawaii after historic summit with NKorea

    06/12/2018 12:32:16 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 44 replies
    Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL ^ | Tuesday, June 12, 2018 | HNN Staff
    President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, right, wears a lei as they greets guests at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. (Image: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - President Donald Trump will stop in Hawaii after returning from his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House announced Monday. Trump is scheduled to depart from Singapore on Tuesday night, and will visit a military base on Guam before arriving on Oahu. The president is expected to arrive in the islands on Tuesday afternoon and is not expected to leave Joint Base...
  • Lava flow from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano blocking escape routes

    05/31/2018 5:16:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 31, 2018 | Carter Evans
    PAHOA, Hawaii -- Lava continues to blast from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, and it's cutting off escape routes for people trying to evacuate. The massive amount of lava in Leilani Estates is spreading fast. It has burst more than 25 stories high, and reaching temperatures of nearly 2,000 degrees. "The scientific aspect of this is fascinating but it's tempered hugely by the fact that this is a neighborhood and people have lost homes," said Scott Rowland, a geologist with the University of Oregon. So far 75 houses have been destroyed. Inside the evacuation zone, tensions are running high. John Hubbard, 61,...
  • Lava From Kilauea Volcano Reaches Well at Geothermal Power Plant

    05/28/2018 9:36:32 AM PDT · by BBell · 60 replies
    https://gizmodo.com ^ | 5/28/18 | George Dvorsky
    Lava from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano has reached the Puna Geothermal Venture plant, covering a well and threatening another. At the same time, fast-moving lava flows are now threatening nearby communities, prompting new evacuations. “Lava flow from Fissures 7 and 21 crossed into PGV [Puna Geothermal Venture] property overnight and has now covered one well that was successfully plugged,” declared the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency in a statement released on Sunday, May 27 at 6:00 pm local time. “That well, along with a second well 100 feet [30 meters] away, are stable and secured, and are being monitored. Also due...
  • USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor closed indefinitely

    05/27/2018 7:35:51 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 79 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 26 May 2018 | The Associated Press
    HONOLULU — Damage to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu was worse than expected and it will remain closed indefinitely, officials said. Boat transportation to the attraction was suspended May 6 after one of the vessel operators noticed a crack on the outside of the memorial, Hawaii News Now reported . Tourists were allowed to disembark at the memorial after crews completed interim repairs. But the cracks reappeared hours later, indicating a more serious issue.
  • LIVE: Lava flows from volcanic crack in Hawaii

    05/25/2018 4:49:54 AM PDT · by Reno89519 · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | May 25, 2018 | CNN
    CNN has ongoing live video stream of Kilauea volcano.
  • A Slow Emergency and a Sudden Slump

    05/25/2018 12:10:59 AM PDT · by seastay · 12 replies
    UC Berkeley | May 7, 2018 | Berkeley Seismology Lab
    This type of motion is not new, it actually has a name. It is called the Hilina Slump. During the last strong quake in Hawaii, a magnitude 7.2 event on November 29th 1975, this slump slid toward the ocean by about 11 feet. Another temblor, the 7.9 magnitude Hawaii quake of 1868 caused the slump to move as well, resulting in a tsunami with a maximum wave height of about 60 feet. With all respect for the people who are being affected by the current eruption, the way Kilauea lava comes to the surface is rather tame. It crawls slowly...
  • Volcano’s Lava Flows Into Power Plant, Sparking Fears Of Deadly Gas Release

    05/22/2018 8:20:47 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 60 replies
    cbs2la ^ | May 22, 2018 at 6:20 am
    Emergency workers in Hawaii are racing to protect a geothermal power plant near the Kilauea Volcano. Slow-moving molten rock entered the site and is just a few hundred yards from the wells. There is concern lava could trigger the release of deadly hydrogen sulfate gas... Lava continued its steady advance toward the Puna Geothermal Venture Plant before stalling late Monday. The facility is shut down, but the wells there still present a risk if overrun with the molten rock. “It’s not easy to predict where it’s going to go, and when it’s going to get there,” said Tom Travis, of...
  • Bombshell: ‘Washington Post’ Confirms Hillary Clinton Started the Birther Movement

    09/26/2015 12:21:20 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 26, 2015 | By John Nolte
    New analysis from the Washington Post removes any doubt that the anti-Obama Birther movement was started in 2007 and 2008 by Hillary Clinton, her campaign, and her Democrat supporters. As Breitbart News reported earlier this month, other left-wing media outlets, like Politico and the Guardian, had already traced the Birther movement back to Democrats and Ms. Clinton. Using his wayback machine on Wednesday, the Post’s David Weigel took an in-depth look at the origins of the false rumors that President Obama is a practicing Muslim who was not born in a America. Weigel’s reporting contains the final pieces of a...
  • 19 states sue Trump admin to keep funding Planned Parenthood

    05/21/2018 12:09:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 05/21/2018 | Calvin Freiburger
    LOS ANGELES, California, May 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) -- California’s Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra is leading a coalition of 20 attorneys general, representing 19 states plus Washington, D.C., opposing a Trump administration rule change that prioritizes abstinence education over contraception distribution in family planning funds. In February, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that abstinence messages and natural family planning methods would be given priority in distributing $260 million worth of family planning grants. The announcement did not mention artificial birth control. In response, Planned Parenthood affiliates in Ohio, Utah, and Wisconsin, as well as the American...
  • These are the California volcanoes most likely to erupt first

    05/19/2018 1:20:17 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 41 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 18, 2018 | Amy Graff
    It's not only a possibility in the Hawaiian Islands. A chain of about 40 volcanos runs along the West Coast between Canada and Mexico and all have the potential to become active. (The potential for each peak is outlined in the gallery above.) They've all erupted at least once in the past 10,000 years and they all have a supply of magma under them.
  • Hawaii volcano activity prompts new threats as man seriously injured from lava spatter

    05/20/2018 7:41:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    foxnews ^ | KatherineLam
    A man was seriously injured when he was hit with lava spatter while standing on his third-floor balcony — the first known injury related to Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano eruptions as new volcanic activity creates new threats in surrounding neighborhoods. The homeowner on Noni Farms Road was hit with lava on the shin and taken to the hospital with serious injuries, Janet Snyder, spokeswoman for the Office of the Mayor, told Reuters. "It hit him on the shin, and shattered everything from there down on his leg," Snyder said, adding that the lava spatter could weigh “as much as a refrigerator.”...
  • Island on fire

    05/20/2018 6:11:23 AM PDT · by texas booster · 35 replies
    West Hawaii Today ^ | May 20, 2018 12:05 am | Tom Callus
    HILO — A fiery river of molten rock was on a collision course Saturday night with Highway 137 and the Pacific Ocean, prompting officials to warn about hazardous volcanic gas known as “laze” if lava meets the sea. The crossing, which hadn’t happened by press time, would effectively split lower Puna in two, leaving only Highway 130 as the escape route for residents from Opihikao to Kalapana. That route remained passable after state highway crews placed plates over ground cracks formed due to magma intrusion along Kilauea’s East Rift Zone. Talmadge Magno, Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator, said there are...
  • Hawaiian judge orders released US detainees back to N.Korea (Satire)

    05/18/2018 12:04:16 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 8 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 11 May 2018 | Red Square
    A federal judge in Hawaii has blocked the recent release of three U.S. detainees from North Korea, calling it a political stunt that violated the detainees' constitutional right to "full and fair punishment," ordering that they be immediately returned to a North Korean prison. The case, brought by Hawaii Atty. Gen. Douglas Chin, follows his earlier move to declare Trump's peace effort unconstitutional and ordering the Korean War to continue as it had been during previous administrations. The latest decision, made just hours after the plane with the detainees landed in Washington, D.C., has struck down the Trump administration's attempt...
  • Summit of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts, sending plume of ash and smoke 30,000 feet high

    05/17/2018 10:33:53 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/17/2018 | By Eliott C. McLaughlin and Keith Allen
    An eruption from the Kilauea volcano's summit shot ash and smoke into the air early Thursday on Hawaii's Big Island, and the resulting plume is expected to cover the surrounding area, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. The volcanic cloud reached 30,000 feet, the US Geological Survey said. That's a little below the cruising altitude of a jetliner. "At any time, activity may again become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent," the USGS said. "Ballistic projectiles may be produced should steam-driven explosions occur. Impacts will be limited to an area around...
  • Tidal wave threat 'over-hyped'

    10/31/2004 9:35:18 AM PST · by Company Man · 14 replies · 1,189+ views
    BBC UK ^ | Oct. 30, 2004
    The risk of a landslide in the Canary Islands causing a tidal wave (tsunami) able to devastate America's east coast is vastly overstated. That's according to marine geologists studying ancient landslides in the area In typical Canary Island landslides, chunks of land break off in bits, not in one dramatic plunge, they claim. This contradicts previous warnings that an Isle of Man-sized chunk of land could fall off the island of La Palma into the sea, causing a mega-tsunami.
  • SHIP-SINKING MONSTER WAVES REVEALED BY ESA SATELLITES

    07/25/2004 12:36:29 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 42 replies · 4,157+ views
    Ship-sinking monster waves revealed by ESA satellites   Rare photo of a rogue wave     21 July 2004  Once dismissed as a nautical myth, freakish ocean waves that rise as tall as ten-storey apartment blocks have been accepted as a leading cause of large ship sinkings. Results from ESA's ERS satellites helped establish the widespread existence of these 'rogue' waves and are now being used to study their origins.  Severe weather has sunk more than 200 supertankers and container ships exceeding 200 metres in length during the last two decades. Rogue waves are believed to be the major...
  • Hawaii Mount Kilauea: Explosive eruption at volcano

    05/17/2018 10:12:32 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 11 minutes ago
    A red aviation code had already been issued - warning pilots to avoid the potentially damaging ash cloud. The USGS had warned that an explosive eruption at Kilauea was becoming more likely as the volcano's lava lake was lowering. This means it interacts with the water table and creates steam - driving the blasts. Hawaii's emergency management agency advised local people to shelter in place if possible.