Sherry Bracken

Hawaii Island Reporter
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  Although Hawai'i County Civil Defense and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists are dealing daily with the issues surrounding the lava advancing on Pāhoa Village.  But  they haven't lost sight of other hazards that can impact Hawai'i Island and the state.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with scientists from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory about earthquakes here in the state.

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  With the lava from Kilauea Volcano steadily advancing towards Pahoa, less than a mile from Apa’a Street and the Pāhoa Transfer Station, the need to provide emergency access has become even more urgent.  And now it looks like a solution has been reached.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken has the story.

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  Thousands of very focused athletes, plus volunteers and spectators, are flooding into Kona for this Saturday’s  Ironman Triathlon World Championship.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports.

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  The lava creeping slowly towards Pāhoa continues to advance and is now a little under a mile from Apa’a Street near the Pahoa transfer station.  A brush fire yesterday of about 300 acres is mostly out and fully contained.  It is also creating  smokey conditions.   As the situation changes, the County and State are taking additional steps to protect peoples’ health.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken tells us more.

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  An annual migration is underway as thousands of athletes and volunteers are heading to the west side of Hawaii Island. It's time for the annual Ironman Triathlon. And as HPR's Sherry Bracken reports, this year there's something different in one of the preliminary events. 

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  A major concern of Hawai'i County residents is the loss of electric power because of the lava flow.  Hawaiian Electric Company (HELCO) says it is committed to providing power to lower Puna, no matter what.   They’re working on several options.   HPR’s Sherry Bracken explains one.

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USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

One of the concerns of Hawaii County officials and residents is how the recent and current disasters —Tropical Storm Iselle and the lava flow —will affect Hawaii Island's economy.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update.

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USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

The latest report from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and Hawai'i County Civil Defense says after a week of little to no movement of the front of the lava flow near Pahoa Village, it advanced yesterday about 25 yards.  There are also some lava fingers breaking out higher up the volcano.  HPR's Sherry Bracken talked to Mayor Billy Kenoi to get an update on how Hawaii County is preparing.

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Hawaii House of Representatives

Longtime Hawai‘i Island resident Bob Herkes will be remembered at memorial services this Saturday in Hilo. He died in August at 83. Herkes served many years as an outspoken legislator, and also had experience in the hospitality industry. HPR’s Sherry Bracken has a look back at one of the island’s colorful personalities.

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The progress of the lava flow on the Big Island of Hawai‘i has slowed.  It’s moved more than ten miles since it began its current flow on June 27th. And as it lingers outside Pāhoa town, local residents are sharing memories about the island’s last lava flow that wiped out a town.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports.

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On yesterday's flight over the active lava flow from Kilauea Volcano's Pu'u 'O'o Vent, Civil Defense saw no new advance in the flow.  The brushfire is now contained.  The flow front is around 100 yards wide and still around one and a half miles away from Apa'a Road.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has been checking in with merchants in Pahoa Village.

Earlier this week, Dave Corrigan from Big Island Video News shot video of the lava during a flyover:

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USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

The lava flow from Kilauea Volcano's Pu'u 'O'o Vent is continuing its slow movement towards Pahoa and beyond.  HPR's Sherry Bracken talked with the Mayor yesterday to get the latest update.

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  As the lava advances towards Pahoa, there is still uncertainty.  But one certainty is that there will likely be disruption to the schools near or even in the path of the lava flow.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update.

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Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Trash is a fact of life for everybody. In Pāhoa, the County opened a new $3.9 million dollar transfer station just three years ago to serve the fastest growing area of the island. But now, its existence is threatened by the lava flow coming from the Pu'u 'O'o vent. HPR's Sherry Bracken looked into what the county is planning.

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USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Hawai'i County has now opened an Incident Command Center in Pāhoa  Village, close to where the lava  from Kīlauea’s Pu’u ‘O’o Vent may enter town.  Key county personnel are on hand to provide the latest information for concerned residents.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with Mayor Billy Kenoi about how the County is addressing this latest crisis.

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  Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and Hawai'i County Civil Defense are continuing to monitor the lava making its way towards homes and businesses in Pāhoa.  There are daily helicopter overflights, and both private and government agencies are busily preparing.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken has a report from Hawai'i Island.

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Baron Sekiya

  Some Puna residents and businesses owners in Pahoa Village have now accepted the stark reality that lava is heading their way.  But as HPR's Sherry Bracken reports, the timing and precise direction remain uncertain.

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  As the lava flow from Kīlauea Volcano’s Pu’u ‘O’o Vent continues to advance towards Ka’ohe Homestead and Pāhoa Village, Hawai'i County Civil Defense is addressing some basic infrastructure needs.  From Hawai'i Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update.

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  Later this month, Hawaii Island will host a unique gathering combining science, science fiction, fantasy and a lot of enthusiastic fans. It's a fan convention called Hawaii Con.  HPR's Sherry Bracken caught up with one of the organizers and has a preview.

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  The lava flow from Kīlauea Volcano’s Pu’u ‘O’o Vent continues to slowly advance this today.  But officials with Hawaii County Civil Defense say it is not an immediate threat to property. They are keeping a close watch on the lava along with local geologists. HPR's Sherry Bracken has the latest from Hawaii Island.

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  A year ago, the first Puna Emergency Preparedness Fair attracted more than fifteen hundred people.  This year’s takes place on Saturday. And between some residents still recovering from Tropical Storm Iselle and others staring down an active lava flow, organizers are expecting an even bigger turnout. HPR’s Sherry Bracken has more from the Big Island.

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  One lingering concern following Tropical Storm Iselle centers on Puna Geothermal Ventures. The plant made a series of gas releases during the storm, and many Puna residents are complaining the company has not shared enough information about exactly what happened. HPR’s Sherry Bracken concludes her two part look at the issue.

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  Members of the Puna community faced many challenges the night of Tropical Storm Iselle.  One was, the Puna Geothermal Ventures plant at Leilani Estates shut down, causing a release of geothermal steam that some people say caused them distress.  Sherry Bracken has the 1st of a 2 part report.

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Kīlauea Volcano's newest lava flow is on the move. It started at the end of June, but it's advanced fairly rapidly over the past week. Scientists say there's no danger to homes or property right now, but they're watching it with concern. HPR's Sherry Bracken has more from the Big Island.

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  UH Hilo’s College of Pharmacy accepted its first class of students in 2007. Last year, the school was named in honor of the late Senator Daniel Inouye. This year, more changes are ahead for the only pharmacy doctoral program in the Pacific. And U-H President David Lassner spoke about some of them with HPR’s Sherry Bracken.

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Kona Pacific Charter School

  There's an important link between nutrition and education.  Studies show that students who eat breakfast do better during the school day.  On Hawaii Island, one charter school is addressing its concerns about students eating well with a new program that is the first in the state.  HPR's Sherry Bracken reports from South Kona.

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   Hawaii Island's emergency responders have been in the news lately as they dealt with the preparation for and the aftermath of Tropical Storm Iselle.  When it comes to the Fire Department, first responders will soon be honored and supported by a special event.  From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken reports.

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Flickr / MattUrsua

As the new work week gets underway, the focus in Puna returns to recovery, rather than politics. Crews restored power to  more than a thousand customers over the weekend.   Nearly 2,000 more remain without power. As for the political story, that came to a resolution on Friday night--at least for now. HPR's Sherry Bracken reports from the big island.

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