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Research reveals Kilauea volcano exerted influence on a tropical storm

One might assume that a tropical storm moving through volcanic smog (vog) would sweep up the tainted air and march on, unchanged. However, a recent study from atmospheric scientists at the University of Hawaii – Manoa revealed that, though microscopic, gasses and particles from Kilauea volcano exerted an influence on Tropical Storm Flossie – affecting the formation of thunderstorms and lightning in the sizeable storm.

Hawaii leading the way on tackling skin cancer

HONOLULU — Hawaii is already ahead of most of the nation when it comes to tackling skin cancer. The state’s new restrictions on tanning device use to those 18 and over is among the top suggestions included in the Surgeon General’s new Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. The report, released today, lays out strategies focused on both personal responsibility and public policy that will help Americans make healthy choices to protect their skin.

Today in West Hawaii history | July 30

July 30, 2004: Humpback whales swimming off the West Hawaii coast will have extra supervision next winter. Although the coastal waters from Keahole point by Kona International Airport to Upolu point in North Kohala were designated part of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary created in 1992, there were no staff stationed on the Big Island. That changed recently with the opening of an office at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority in Kailua-Kona where Justin Viezbicke will serve as the full-time West Hawaii Marine Conservation Coordinator.

Today in West Hawaii history | July 29

July 29, 1984: Glowing fountains of molten rock cascade 1,000 feet into the sky above the Big Island as Kilauea volcano entered a new phase of its long-running eruption. Lava began cascading from an isolated vent on the volcano’s eastern slope shortly after after noon on July 27 reaching heights of 1,000 feet before declining to a steady 500 feet.

Victim of Honaunua shooting dies

The victim of a July 3 shooting in Honaunau has died from his injuries, according to a written statement from the Hawaii Police Department. As a result, Hawaii Island police have reclassified the case from attempted murder to murder.

Today in West Hawaii history | July 28

July 28, 2004: Hawaii County stands to lose $45 million in federal funding for the first phase of the proposed Alii Parkway after the Hawaii Island Burial Council voted to preserve in place remains of native Hawaiians. A motion by the council failed 5-4 to relocate an undetermined number of bones in a Kahaluu lava tube located in the path of the proposed regional roadway between Keauhou and Kailua-Kona.

Today in West Hawaii history | July 27

July 27, 1984: The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has put $5 million in the federal budget for new structures at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. The money would provide for a 22,200-square-foot office-science building, renovation of a 2,900-square-foot shop-laboratory building and for a 500-square-foot instrument room and related service facilities.

Tropical depression Genevieve continues to weaken

Tropical depression Genevieve continued to weaken today and was expect to become a remnant low by Sunday. The system, located about 1,200 miles east-south of Hilo, was moving west at 8 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour on Saturday evening. National Weather Service forecasters gave a small chance of the low regenerating in a few days as it encounters more favorable upper-level conditions in the Central Pacific.

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System expected to become tropical depression

A disorganized area of low pressure located about 975 miles southeast of the Big Island of Hawaii continues to produce widely scattered thunderstorms across a broad area. This system may develop during the next few days as it moves westward across the central Pacific, National Weather Service forecasters said.

Trail to close at Kaloko-Honokohau Park

Trail maintenance will warrant the closure of the Ala Hele Ike Hawaii trail, also known as the Mauka-Makai trail on Monday Aug. 4 through Friday Aug. 8 and the following week, Aug. 11 through Aug. 15. The trail will reopen for visitor use during the weekends. In consideration of visitor safety from falling trees and equipment use during this tree trimming work, this area of the park will be closed during the dates listed above.