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Residents meet to name fissure

HILO — Residents of a Big Island neighborhood have met to discuss what they should name a nearby volcanic fissure.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday that about 30 people attended the meeting Thursday in the Big Island community of Pahoa to consider a better name for fissure 8.

The fissure was the eighth and most powerful vent to open during the Kilauea eruption, which produced lava flow that destroyed more than 700 homes.

The discussion revolved primarily around what deity the name should reflect and included Pele and Ailaau, female and male volcano gods.

The meeting was organized by the state Board on Geographic Names to receive public input, which so far has resulted in 16 proposed names from 14 applicants.

The deadline to submit proposals is June 30.


Condo owners sue building contractor

HONOLULU — Members of a Hawaii condominium association have filed a lawsuit saying the building is unsafe and uninhabitable.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday that the lawsuit filed by owners of units in the 3-year-old Waiea tower in the Kakaako neighborhood of Honolulu says the property is devalued due to more than 100 construction defects.

The lawsuit names Waiea’s general contractor, Nordic PCL Construction, as well as targeting subcontractors, designers and suppliers who have not yet been named.

The lawsuit renews allegations made in a 2017 federal lawsuit filed against Nordic by Waiea’s developer, Howard Hughes Corp., which said Nordic owed the developer more than $75 million in damages for alleged defects, cost overruns and late delivery. The suit was dismissed in August.

A Nordic manager would not comment, citing company policy.