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November 9, 2009
The Maui News

Volcano pumping out small lava flows

VOLCANO, Hawaii - Erupting Kilauea volcano is sending dozens of small lava flows to the ocean.

Jim Kauahikaua is the scientist-in-charge at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

He says a flow destroyed a cabin last week. It was the last remaining structure in a flow field.

Kauahikaua adds the flows have come close to the trailhead leading to a lava viewing area, and have entered the ocean about 2,300 feet west of the still-active ocean entry at Waikupanaha.

He says flows are also creating a new lava tube system next to and over the main tube that has supplied lava to the ocean since March 2008.


Votes delayed due to honeymoon

HILO - The Hawaii County Council decided to postpone voting on two measures because one of its members, Councilwoman Emily Naeole, was absent from Wednesday's meeting.

Naeole had told her fellow council members she couldn't attend the meeting because she'd be honeymooning on Maui. She and Raymond Beason married Oct. 24.

Naeole supports both measures. One authorizes the county to sell 737 acres of county land in Hamakua. The other would require the administration to come back for council approval of all major land sales.

Without Naeole present, the votes on the two measures would have likely been 4-4, and neither would have passed.

The council is now set to vote on the measures Nov. 18.


Obesity research gets more funding

HONOLULU - University of Hawaii researchers have received a two-year grant from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

The $600,000 will be used to expand a program to help Native Hawaiians and Pacific islanders achieve lasting weight loss and to reduce obesity-associated diseases.

The grant comes in the wake of a five-year, $2.7 million grant for the Partnership for Improving Lifestyle Interventions Ohana project.

Dr. J. Keawe Kaholokula is the principal investigator for the weight-loss project in the John A. Burns School of Medicine. He says the research team is targeting obesity disparities primarily among Native Hawaiians and Pacific islanders and including Filipinos. He says it's ''the most at-risk groups for obesity in Hawaii.''



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