Hawaii News

Officials warn residents of fast-moving lava flow

Neighborhoods east of Leilani Estates are now threatened VOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii officials warned residents that fast-moving lava was approaching an area near homes that were previously destroyed by eruptions from Kilauea volcano. Hawaii County Civil Defense said Friday that ...

Experts: Volcano explosions could go for weeks

By SETH BORENSTEIN The Associated Press WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kablooey! Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano exploded a tall, steely gray column of ash into the sky Thursday, just as scientists warned eight days ago. Experts say the explosive ballistic displays could continue for weeks, and they ...

Residents excited, scared as volcano spews cloud of ash

By CALEB JONES and SOPHIA YAN The Associated Press VOLCANO, Hawaii — A volcano on the Big Island erupted anew Thursday with little sound and only modest fury, spewing a steely gray plume of ash about 30,000 feet into the sky that began raining down on a nearby town. The explosion at the ...

Japan’s prince and princess to visit Hawaii in early June

HONOLULU (AP) — The Japanese government has announced Prince Fumihito and Princess Kiko will visit Hawaii for the first time next month. Prince Fumihito, the second son of Japan’s Emperor Akihito, and his wife, Princess Kiko, are expected to visit Oahu from June 4 to June 8, the Honolulu ...

Quakes damage roads as ash spews from Hawaii volcano

By SOPHIA YAN and AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Earthquakes were damaging roads and buildings on Hawaii’s Big Island on Wednesday as ash emissions streamed from Kilauea volcano. The strongest shaking was recorded around 8:30 a.m., measured as a 4.4-magnitude earthquake. ...

Insurance payouts uncertain for damage from volcano

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Patricia Deter moved from Oregon to Hawaii to be closer to her two daughters, but the Kilauea volcano burned down her home only a month after she bought it. Now Deter and others who have recently lost homes to the lava-spewing ...

Volcano eruption is costing tourism industry millions

By CALEB JONES and SOPHIA YAN The Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii — People nixing vacations to the Big island has cost the tourism industry millions of dollars as the top attraction, Kilauea volcano, keeps spewing lava. Cancellations from May through July have hit at least $5 million, said ...

Man who escaped from state hospital indicted on 5 counts

HONOLULU (AP) — The man who escaped the Hawaii State Hospital — where he was committed after being found not guilty by reason of insanity of a woman’s 1979 killing — and flew to California has been indicted. State Attorney General Russell Suzuki said Thursday that Randall Saito has ...

Awe and fear: Lava in Hawaii sloshes, oozes, crackles, roars

The Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii — The lava hisses, crackles and sizzles. It roars like an engine, the sheer force causing an audible whoosh as it sloshes and bubbles. It shoots into the sky, bright orange and full of danger, or oozes along the pavement, a giant bubbling blob of black ...

Noisy volcano lava fissure prompts more evacuations

Another fissure opens up By CALEB JONES The Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii  — A new fissure in Hawaii’s Puna District sent gases and lava exploding into the air on Sunday, spurring officials to call for more evacuations as residents waited for a possible major eruption at Kilauea ...

Volcano spawns another fissure

Sixteenth crack opens on Big Island By AUDREY McAVOY and JAE C. HONG The Associated Press VOLCANO, Hawaii — Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano spawned a new lava fissure Saturday, emitting minor lava spatter less than a mile from a geothermal energy plant. The U.S. Geological Survey said ...

Officials discover Hawaii tree-killing disease on Kauai

HONOLULU (AP) — A disease that has killed trees on tens of thousands of acres on the Big Island has been detected on Kauai, Hawaii officials said. State officials announced Friday that a team of experts is investigating rapid ohia death on Kauai after it was found in the Moloaa Forest ...

Alaskans gets false tsunami alert

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Many Alaska residents were mistakenly warned on TV and on the radio Friday morning of a tsunami threat along the West Coast of the United States, from San Diego to Alaska’s Aleutian islands. The alert said at the end of a nearly two-minute long message that it was a ...

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

Local tourism officials are hoping travelers see the Big Island is ready to welcome them By AUDREY McAVOY and JAE C. HONG The Associated Press VOLCANO, Hawaii — Warnings that Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano could shoot boulders and ash out of its summit crater are prompting people to ...

Lawsuit says Ala Moana mall officials knew about faulty rail

HONOLULU (AP) — Lawyers who have filed a lawsuit against the parent company of the Ala Moana Center say mall officials were warned about a railing years before it gave way, killing a young man and leaving another with a traumatic brain injury. Nicholas Freitas died and his best friend Macroy ...

Waikiki Beach resort pledges to plant 100K native trees

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii resort is celebrating its grand opening with a pledge to plant 100,000 native trees on Oahu and the Big Island. The Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach made the pledge in partnership with the nonprofit Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, the Star-Advertiser reported ...

Kilauea could spew boulders the size of refrigerators

By SOPHIA YAN and SETH BORENSTEIN The Associated Press PAHOA— If Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano blows its top in the coming days or weeks, as experts fear, it could hurl ash and boulders the size of refrigerators miles into the air, shutting down airline traffic and endangering lives in all ...

President Trump declares state a major disaster for Kauai and Oahu flooding

HONOLULU (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved the state’s request for a major disaster declaration for the floods, landslides and mudslides on Kauai and Oahu. Gov. David Ige requested the federal declaration May 2, following the April storms. Ige, a Democrat, said the approval ...

Scientists: Kilauea volcano may have explosive eruption

By SOPHIA YAN and AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii — Geologists warned Wednesday that Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano could erupt explosively and send boulders, rocks and ash into the air around its summit in the coming weeks. The risk will rise as lava drains from the summit ...

Lingering residents forced to evacuate as lava cracks spread

By CALEB JONES The Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii — Edwin Montoya’s family carved their farm on the slopes of the Kilauea volcano out of “raw jungle,” transforming it into a fertile collection of gardens, animal pens and fruit trees. Now the property is imperiled by the very land it ...