Hawaii Island News, Saturday, 12 May 2018

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Here are today’s top Hawaii Island news stories compiled by the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, published in Hilo, Hawaii.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

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Ohia fungus detected on Kauai

A fungus that causes rapid ohia death has been detected on Kauai.

Beer tips off Leilani homeowner of intruder

The owner of a burglarized home in Leilani Estates subdivision realized someone was on his property — which had been evacuated due to lava from Kilauea volcano — when he found a 12-pack of Bud Light beer behind his house when he returned to check on the place.

As lava oozes, Hawaii officials say rest of island is open

VOLCANO — Warnings that Kilauea volcano could shoot boulders and ash out of its summit crater are prompting people to rethink their plans to visit the Big Island.

Insurers respond with moratoriums

Insurance companies have begun placing moratoriums for new policies in areas affected by the ongoing lower Puna eruption.

PTA troops could used for lava rescues

It’s possible that approximately 1,400 active-duty troops training at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island could be called upon to help with evacuation efforts in the event of a worst-case scenario during the current state of emergency.

Residents near Kilauea summit uneasy but not fearful

VOLCANO — As Hawaii Volcanoes National Park closed Friday in anticipation of possible violent explosions at the summit of Kilauea, residents of nearby Volcano village remained largely unconcerned.

Lower Puna waits for next eruption phase to begin; residents told to prepare for more evacuations

Hawaii County Civil Defense officials began advising residents from Kapoho to Kalapana to make evacuation preparations for the first time Friday as they wait for the next phase of the lower Puna eruption to begin.

Lower Puna residents should prepare for more evacuations, Civil Defense says

Lower Puna residents should be on the alert for further volcanic activity and prepare for more evacuations, Hawaii County Civil Defense announced today.

Cost of relief efforts exceed federal aid threshold

The governor’s office has estimated that nearly $5 million has been spent on Kilauea eruption relief efforts so far.

Magma moves downrift during eruption pause

Lower Puna waited for Pele to make her next move Thursday after going more than 24 hours without seeing magma surface.

Rain exacerbates dairy wastewater discharge

Big Island Dairy in Ookala has continued to discharge wastewater this week.

One fear alleviated, another looms at geothermal plant

The pentane at Puna Geothermal Venture has been removed, but Civil Defense officials remain concerned about another hidden hazard.

Asian-Americans turn angst for Trump into political activism

Members of the country’s fastest growing minority group are running for federal office, dozens of them as Democratic candidates deliberately playing up their Asian roots against a president they say demonizes the immigrants that make America great.

Presidential disaster declaration approved for Hawaii County

Gov. David Ige’s request for a presidential disaster declaration for Hawaii County to help it cope with damage caused by the ongoing eruption of Kilauea volcano has been granted, the governor’s office said this afternoon.

Murder trial witness: ‘I was afraid’

A prosecution witness told jurors Thursday that Wayne Teves confessed to him the March 2016 slaying of Thaine Price in Waipio Valley.

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Russ Roberts

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