Hawaii Island News, 24 September 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 24 September 2018.

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Here are today’s top Hawaii Island news stories from “Hawaii Business Magazine.”  Views expressed in this Hawaii news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Hawaii Volcanoes NP reopens to eager visitors, elated rangers
After 134 days of closure, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reopened its gates to the public Saturday, with a flood of visitors and residents alike eager to see a park reborn. Although much of the park remains off-limits for the foreseeable future, guests were able to view firsthand the changes to the Halemaumau crater — which has more than doubled in size since the Kilauea eruption began in May — for the first time. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.

Judge dismisses suit against Hu Honua, county
A judge granted Hu Honua Bioenergy’s request for a summary judgment in a civil suit that sought to halt construction of the 30-megawatt biomass power plant in Pepeekeo until an environmental review is completed. Tribune-Herald.

Double-decker buses to hit the road
Hawaii County will soon have not one, but two, double-decker buses running between Hilo and South Kohala, County Council members learned last week.The county’s original double-decker bus, which arrived on the island in early 2010 at a cost of $900,000, broke down less than six months into the job and has been idling on blocks at the county base yard for most of the last seven years. It’s about ready to go back on the road, transit officials said. West Hawaii Today.

State notifies Mauna Loa Mac Nut Corp. of possible E. coli in water system
The notification came after water samples from a water well in the Keaau system tested positive for E. coli bacteria. “The problem was discovered on September 21, 2018. Since that time, the water may not have adequate disinfection and may pose a risk for customers,” the corporation said in a news release Saturday. Additional tests are being conducted to figure out the extent of the problem.  Hawaii News Now.

More alala to be set free as Hawaiian crow soars
A year after successfully re-introducing the Hawaiian crow into the wild on Hawaii island, conservation officials are preparing to release five juvenile alala next week in a special aviary set up high in the Puu Makaala Natural Area Reserve on the slopes of Mauna Loa. Star-Advertiser.

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Russ Roberts