Sherry Bracken

Hawaii Island Reporter
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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.

Kona Pacific Charter School
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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  The Puna District of Hawaii Island remains the main focus of recovery efforts following Tropical storm Iselle.  But heavy rains and wind also did some damage in Ka'u,  including Volcano.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update from the Big Island.

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  Polls will be open this Friday in two precincts on Hawaii Island. The State Office of Elections has scheduled the voting for all day, but many local residents are not happy with that decision.  From Hawaii Island, HPR"s Sherry Bracken has more.  

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Myke Metcalf via bigislandnow.com

  Days after Tropical Storm Iselle left Hawaii Island, several areas of the island are still struggling.  The worse damage is in the Puna district, on the East side.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has more from the Big Island.

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  Two Hawai'i Island precincts in the storm damaged Puna district could not open Saturday.  Those voters will still be able to vote via absentee ballot.  But in the rest of the County, the polls were open as usual.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports from Kona. 

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Sherry Bracken

  Hawai'i Island residents continue to deal with wind and rain from the downgraded but still significant Tropical Storm Iselle.   HPR’s Sherry Bracken has a report.

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Sherry Bracken

  As we've been reporting today, forecasters expect Hurricane Iselle to make landfall on Hawaii Island later today.  HPR's Sherry Bracken updates us on preparations on Hawaii Island.

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NOAA

  The National Weather Service says Iselle is likely to arrive in the Hawaiian Islands tomorrow afternoon (Thursday), most likely as a tropical storm.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update on preparations from Hawaii Island, which will likely be Iselle's first stop.

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  Hawaii Island is home to several institutions that are part of the University of Hawaii system.  Hilo has both UH Hilo and Hawaii Community College, while there are UH education centers in Honoka'a and Kealakekua.  A new facility is under construction on the west side, and that was the topic of a discussion Sherry Bracken had recently with UH President David Lassner.

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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

 

   The oldest resort hotel on Hawaii Island will mark its 50th birthday next year. The hotel plans to celebrate, and is asking the public to help.  HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

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John Wicart

  Absentee ballots for the August 9th Primary have been mailed.  Walk in voting is available at 9 locations around the state.  The Primary is only 10 days away.  And political candidates are still campaigning around the state, including on Hawaii Island.  HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

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Sherry Bracken

  One of Hawaii Island's first charter schools has been on a lava lot in a tsunami zone for the last 20 years--but has still managed to educate its students.  Next week, they will welcome students to a brand new, higher and drier campus.  HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

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Eric Moller, Pohakuloa Training Area

  According to the US Drought Monitor, more than a quarter of the state of Hawai‘i remains “abnormally dry.” That’s a big improvement from the start of the year, when nearly 3 quarters of the state came under that category. But the National Weather Service says drier weather will be returning, and with it, the danger of wildfires. HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with representatives of a Big Island group that helps safeguard resources, property, and people when wildfires come.    

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  There's an interesting shift of property ownership that's taking place on Hawaii Island this summer.  It's a 20 acre state park that's shifting to a facility under control of Hawaii County.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.

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  The work of scientists at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory goes beyond volcanoes.  With Hawaii experiencing hundreds of earthquakes every year, most being small, they're also looking at what might be done to prepare for another big one.  From the Big Island, Sherry Bracken has more.

  A new facility is opening on Hawai‘i Island to treat endangered marine mammals. And it’s already got its first patients. HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with a scientist just after they arrived at Honokohau Harbor in Kona.

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  Although Kilauea is the most active volcano on Hawai'i Island right now, Mauna Loa is also still an active volcano. In  the last year, it has begun showing some changes that could indicate future activity.  Hawaii Island HPR's Sherry Bracken has more.

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Wikipedia Commons

  

  Activity at Kīlauea Volcano on the Island of Hawai'i is shifting this year, as it does each year. It's been erupting continuously since 1983, but there are always changes, sometimes dramatic, and sometimes more subtle.  On Hawaii Island,  HPR's Sherry Bracken talked with scientists at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory to get an update.

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  In this election year, voters will have several opportunities to watch and listen to candidate forums.  The question is, what can one really learn from these candidate meetings?    HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked to a professor to get some advice.

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Sherry Bracken

  Kaiser Permenante is opening a new regional clinic in Kona next week.  They say they’re looking to improve local residents’ health.  As it turns out, they have already had an impact in at least one way.   HPR's Sherry Bracken reports.

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  The oldest Christian Church in the State has been given the dubious distinction of being named to the  National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2014 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.   The church is in Kona, and HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with its pastor to learn more.

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Sherry Bracken

  

  When the voyaging canoes arrive at different ports during  the worldwide voyage, they're bringing a message of malama honua, protecting the earth.   They're also bringing gifts to share the spirit of Hawaii with the people they meet.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.

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Polynesian Voyaging Society

  Sixteen Big Island residents will be crew members on Hokulea and Hikianalia when they leave Tahiti to continue on the  worldwide voyage.  There’s a celebration in Waimea tonight to say aloha to them.   HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with the man who will navigate Hokulea on the next leg of the journey.

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State DOT

  Hawaii Island's airports rely on firefighters on property to respond immediately, within 3 minutes, to any aircraft fire or crash.   Now, the capability of the fire teams to meet those standards is being upgraded with better facilities.   HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.   

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Credit Phoebe Barela

  A Big Island sculptor was recently honored by having a major work placed at the entrance to a Southern California Harbor.  And it's in honor of two men who played a big role in the development of two sports that are very popular in Hawaii: surfing and diving.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.

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