New lava flows at Kilauea volcano

Two new lava flows have broken out at the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island, according to the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.


Hawaii The Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook

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The finest guidebook ever written for the Big Island. Now you can plan your best vacation--ever. This all new seventh edition is a candid, humorous guide to everything there is to see and do on the Big Island. Best-selling author and longtime Hawai'i resident, Andrew Doughty, unlocks the secrets of an island so vast and diverse that many visitors never realize all that it has to offer. Explore with him as he reveals breathtaking trails, secluded beaches, pristine reefs, delicious places to dine, relaxing resorts, an active volcano and so much more. Every restaurant, activity provider, business and resort is reviewed personally and anonymously. This book and a rental car are all you need to discover what makes the Big Island so exciting.

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Your Ideal Hawaii Island Vacation: A Guide for Visiting the Big Island of Hawaii

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Your Ideal Hawaii Island Vacation is a travel guide that describes over 150 spectacular locations on the island of Hawaii. Over 200 photographs (black and white) accompanied by descriptions give you an impression of the island's unique places. Detailed driving directions make it clear how to get to each site. Every location is accessible by a regular car.The travel guide covers the entire island of Hawaii with maps of each area. Many areas in East Hawaii, barely mentioned in other guides, are covered in great detail from the authors' personal experiences of living there. Guided driving tours and walking tours familiarizes travelers new to the island with the most populated areas of Hilo and Kona. Descriptions of beaches and shopping centers near the South Kohala resorts and Kona hotels are provided for newcomers to the island. The guide describes places in the remote areas of Kau, North Kohala, and Puna that returning visitors and residents may not have heard of before. The g

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Lonely Planet Discover Hawaii the Big Island (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Discover Hawaii the Big Island (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet's Discover Hawai'i, the Big Island is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Chase lava in the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, stargaze at Mauna Kea, Hawai'i's highest mountain and most sacred spot, or play on the powdery white sands of Hapuna Beach; all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of Hawai'I, the Big Island and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet's Discover Hawai'i, the Big Island: Full-color maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hid

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Fodor’s Big Island of Hawaii (Full-color Travel Guide)


Plan the perfect getaway with Fodor's Big Island of Hawaii—a fully updated Gold Guide featuring tips for all types of travelers, from families to honeymooners. NEW THIS EDITION: Brand new hotel, restaurant, shop, spa, and bar reviews provide fresh tips for staying and playing. ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Learn all about visiting volcanoes with our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park anchor. Other illustrated features teach travelers about geology and the birth of the islands, snorkeling tips, and Hawaii's unique culture, from lei to luau to hula. ESSENTIAL TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: Top Experiences and Great Itineraries help travelers make the most of their island time. This guide also has useful tips for families and people planning Hawaiian weddings and honeymoons. The Experience chapter helps travelers pick the best beaches, farmers' markets, and outdoor adventures. A top water activities chart lets you choose your perfect water excursion. Illustrated plant and marine life identification keys are

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Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Snorkel, Surf, Bike, Drive

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A guide for families and outdoor adventurers alike, this new and completely revised 2014 Trailblazer takes you to all of the Big Island's famous attractions, as well as its hidden spots. (Please note: This is the 3rd edition and 10th printing of this title; more than 50 reviews have been posted on Amazon.) Nearly twice the size of the rest of Hawaii combined, the Big Island presents a challenge to adventure travelers with limited time. Trailblazer comes to the rescue with its trademark organization and clear directions for . . . 166 hikes and strolls: the peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, the shores of Waipio Valley and Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, rain forests and tropical gardens, waterfalls, petroglyph fields, and the Kona Coast 75 snorkeling and swimming spots including remote hike-to specials 39 surfing spots: boards, bodyboarding, and body surfing 24 bike trails for adventure cyclists: mountain, coastal, forest, pasture 25 campgrounds and rustic cabin hideawa

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Crews free humpback whale tangled in fishing line off Hawaii

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A 45-ton humpback whale tangled in heavy fishing line in Hawaii waters for more than a week has been freed


Hawaii Community College at Palamanui a done deal

A deal that will cement a University of Hawaii presence in North Kona has been inked.

In an afternoon press conference held today on Oahu, university officials made the announcement, which is as much of an importance to the sustainability movement in West Hawaii as it is to higher education.

That’s because the complex portends to be one of the most “energy-efficient college complexes in the United States when it opens in fall 2012?.

RIGHT PHOTO: Guy Lam, Beth Sanders, Noreen Yamane and Rockne Freitas with a model of the campus, courtesy the University of Hawaii

The university issued the following media release on the heels of the press conference:

Construction agreement signed for Hawaii Community College at Palamanui

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai‘i today signed an agreement that clears the way for construction of the long-awaited Hawai‘i Community College at Palamanui.

Hawai‘i CC at Palamanui will be built on a 78-acre site owned by the University of Hawai‘i, located about a mile north of Kona Airport. It is expected to be the one of the most energy-efficient college complexes in the United States when it opens in fall 2012.

“We are incredibly pleased to have reached this public-private partnership, which allows us to move forward on something that has been talked about for decades,” said UH President M.R.C. Greenwood. “This enlightened approach permits us to bring the best-quality educational opportunity to a part of our state that has been educationally underserved up to now.”

Under the agreement, the university will build a $4.7 million access road to the site, and Palamanui Partners, LLC, developers of the Palamanui community, commit to spending an equal amount toward building the first of two planned phases of the community college project.

“We expect to serve about 700 total students when the first phase is completed,” said Noreen Yamane, interim chancellor of Hawai‘i Community College. “That includes about 200 students who attend by way of our distance-learning capabilities.”

The first phase will include one complete building and a stand-alone portion of a second building, to be extended during phase two. The campus provides some 23,000 square feet of space, and it will include the University of Hawai‘i Center in West Hawai‘i, which will be relocated from its current 12,500-square-foot rented space in Kealakekua.

“We are so excited about the sustainability features being built into this campus,” said Beth Saunders, interim director of the UH Center, West Hawai‘i. “It will have the highest possible ranking from the U.S. Green Building Council.”

The Leadership in Energy Efficiency Design (LEED) Platinum designation means the complex will employ the most advanced technology to conserve resources, according to architect John Ida of Urban Works, Inc.

For example, photovoltaic cells will capture energy from sunlight and vertical access windmills will generate energy from the wind. There will be “waterless toilets,” and the site will feature what architects call a “living machine,” where sewage produced at the complex will be treated on-site, separating water from solids, and allowing water to be reused for landscaping. The treated solids will be pumped and removed from the site.

Greenwood said the university was grateful for the support for the Palamanui Campus that came from Hawai‘i County Mayor Billy Kenoi, Stacy Higa, former chairman of the Hawai‘i County Council and its members, the Hawai‘i State Legislature, including Senators Dwight Takamine and Russell Kokubun, and U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, who has pledged federal support where possible for the energy-saving elements of the project.

The State of Hawai‘i and the county council have already provided the zoning approvals. The next steps include finishing the campus design and seeking county building permits.

Groundbreaking for the access road construction is expected in late 2010 or early 2011. The first phase of construction is expected to begin by fall 2011, with completion anticipated by fall 2012.

UH 3-D rendering
This rendering depicts the future UH Center-West Hawaii, from the draft supplemental EIS 

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VIDEO: Hawaii County ethics reform dies quiet death

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Reforms to the Hawaii County Code of Ethics failed at the council on Wednesday. Mayor Billy Kenoi’s resolution recieved support from only two council members – Dominic Yagong and Brenda Ford.

The proposal has been bounced back and forth between the council and the ethics board numerous times, but no action has come of it. It died a quiet legislative death on Wednseday, overshadowed by the big ticket topics like Kamakana Villages and the $56 million bond authorization. Discussion on the matter lasted only a short time compared to previous debates.

Those against the specifics of the plan said it was unworkable on the small Big Island, where everyone is practically related to everyone else.

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