uh-oh at Pu’u Oo?

Scientists warn of possible new vent and lava flow at Kilauea volcano

Scientists at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory report that the magma system beneath Kilauea’s Puu Oo cone has become increasingly pressurized, a fact that could lead to the formation of a new vent and lava flow.

Steven Brantley, deputy scientist in charge at the observatory, said today that observations and measurements over the past month have led to the conclusion that a new vent could soon form.

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Rain Rain Go Away!

More than 200 airlifted to safety after flooding on Kauai

Emergency responders rescued more than 200 people by helicopter today after they were stranded on Kauai’s North Shore following a severe storm that walloped the island this weekend.

Sarah Blane, Kauai County spokeswoman, said by phone that rescuers airlifted 212 people from Wainiha and Haena after they were cut off from the rest of the island by landslides on Kuhio Highway past Hanalei Bay. Rescuers took them to Kilauea Gym in Hanalei.

Kauai Storm: 28 Inches Of Rain Brings Landslides, Floods And Wrecked Homes

NORTH SHORE, Kauai — It was the buffalo standing in the surf at Hanalei Beach that did it, reinforcing the reality that the weekend storm that rocked Kauai was different beyond conceivable description.

For 36 hours — and, as this is written, this epic storm is not over and a flash flood warning continues in effect for a couple more hours — Kauai has withstood the storm of all storms. The poor buffalo, loose from a herd nearby, could not have been more bewildered than the island’s humans, both residents and visitors.

There was thunder so intense it shook houses at the level of a strong earthquake and rain so heavy that more than 28 inches fell in 24 hours between Saturday night and Sunday morning in Hanalei. It brought Kauai, sometimes literally, to its knees over the weekend.

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Peak poke?

Does Seattle have a poke problem?

In the Seattle area, Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max truck began rolling around in 2013. A grocery store or two was in on it, too. People liked poke (pronounced “po-kay”), but it wasn’t, as they say, a thing. Then in the spring of 2016, the Hawaiian-style rice bowls topped with jewel-like pieces of raw fish started popping up everywhere around here, and everywhere else, too. In January 2017, a Hawaii Magazine headline read “How the Hawaiian poke bowl became the world’s new fast food.”

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After that … how about weed whackers

Crowing Roosters Are Driving Some People Crazy On The Big Island

The age-old spat between owners of raucous chickens and their angry neighbors probably dates to the advent of agriculture. Now a proposed county bill seeks to restrict noisy rooster farms nestled in tightly packed Big Island neighborhoods.

The issue pits farmers who consider roosters a hallmark of country life against homeowners who say their peace of mind is rattled by the incessant crowing of birds tethered just a few feet from their bedroom windows.

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Vegas Zips

Zippy’s expands outside of Hawaii with planned Las Vegas location

Popular Hawaii chain Zippy’s is expanding outside of the Islands with a planned location in Las Vegas.

The company said it has put out a request for proposal to Las Vegas commercial real estate owners and brokers to find a stand-alone location between 9,000 and 10,000 square feet.

The restaurant is scheduled to open in early 2019 and will be company owned and operated. Zippy’s, which was founded by Francis and Charles Higa more than 51 years ago, has expanded to 24 locations on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island. The Las Vegas location is intended to mark the beginning of further growth and expansion outside of Hawaii.

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Happy happy joy joy

Pearl City ranks as fourth-happiest city in the U.S.

Pearl City is the fourth happiest city in the U.S., according to a WalletHub study released today in honor of the upcoming International Day of Happiness on March 20.

WalletHub, a Washington D.C.-based personal finance website, compared more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities across three key dimensions including emotional & physical well-being, income & employment and community & environment. The cities were evaluated using 28 key indicators, ranging from weather to income growth rate, depression rate and average leisure time spent per day.

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soooo many tourists….

529 humpback whales spotted off Maui

The Pacific Whale Foundation on Maui reported a total of 529 humpback whale sightings on Saturday from its annual Great Whale Count, including 335 pods, or groups of whales, and 62 calves.

More than 100 volunteer citizen scientists participated in the Great Whale Count, now in its 30th year.

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