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This portable “power” platform, designed to be slung by helicopter, helps scientists measure volcanic activity using a gravity meter, an experimental camera for measuring sulfur dioxide gas and other types of monitoring instruments. USGS/HVO photo.

VOLCANO WATCH: Spiders and Other Portable Monitors

April 18th, 2014

Portable volcano monitoring stations provide scientists with additional eyes and other sensor equipment in a hurry to monitor changes in eruptions.

This screenshot (click to enlarge) shows Hilo's Kawailani census tract has the Big Island's highest average household income, although home values trail those in West Hawaii. Source: US Census American Community Survey 2012 5-Year Estimates, presented by Hawaii DBEDT.

BLOG: High Income and Home Values Don’t Necessarily Jive

April 11th, 2014

Census data reveal interesting paradoxes on the Big Island.

This map shows the location of earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.2 and greater along the Peru-Chile trench from 1900 to present. USGS/HVO image. VOLCANO WATCH: Tsunami Awareness and Chilean Earthquakes April 10th, 2014 · No Comments · Discussion

A commemoration of a past tsunami disaster held at the beginning of the month was soon followed by a realization of the need to be prepared for future events.

Scanning electron microscope images collected at UH-Hilo reveal tiny particles in a fragment of lava collected from the Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava pond in November. The mostly uniform light gray is basalt glass and darker gray crystals are olivine, at left, and pyroxene to the right. Both crystals contain melt inclusions comprised of light gray glass. The disk at upper-right contains fragments of Puʻu ʻŌʻō  lava (top row ) and Pele’s tears and hairs from Halema`uma`u (bottom rows) ready for analysis. The bar scale at lower right is 300 microns, equivalent to a twelve-thousandth of an inch. VOLCANO WATCH: UH-Hilo Helps Monitor Eruptions April 4th, 2014 · No Comments · Discussion, Featured Articles

The University of Hawaii at Hilo assists Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists unravel clues about the source and journey of lava from Kilauea volcano.

One of the nocturnal noisemakers captured last night on Oahu. DOA photo. BLOG: Coqui Frogs (Yikes!) Captured on Oahu April 3rd, 2014 · 1 Comment · Blog, Featured Articles

Ag officials say they are diligently pursuing reports of the noisy critters there, something Big Isle residents wish had happened here several decades ago.

Councilmember Mike White. File photo by Wendy Osher. LETTER: Councilman Urges Return of TAT Money to Counties March 31st, 2014 · No Comments · Discussion

“The clear majority of visitor needs are filled by the counties, not the state. It is the counties that provide water and sewer service; police, fire and ocean safety protection; development and upkeep of most roads …”

This is how most University of Hawaii employees will be checking their payroll statement information next month. BLOG: UH Phasing Out Paper Payroll Statements March 31st, 2014 · No Comments · Blog, Featured Articles

Employees of the University of Hawaii who use direct deposit for their paychecks will be going entirely paperless — payroll-wise — beginning next month.

State Sen. Josh Green received $4,000 from Automated Healthcare Solutions. Image courtesy Hawaii State Capitol. BLOG: Sen. Green Takes Different Tack on Roundup March 11th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Blog, Featured Articles

After legislative attempts to ban the use of the herbicide failed, the Big Island senator has made it the subject of an upcoming “informational briefing.”

Service dog rules currently don't require owners to carry identification or certification for their pets. Photo by Nate Gaddis. ANALYSIS: The Proposed Crackdown on ‘Service Animal’ Phonies March 6th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Discussion, Featured Articles

From miniature horses to “comfort rabbits,” we examine the vague and sometimes confusing laws surrounding the use of service animals in Hawai`i.

This $7.99 beauty from Kohala Burger and Taco is a staff favorite. BLOG: Battle of the Big Isle Burger Joints February 14th, 2014 · 11 Comments · Blog, Featured Articles

We help you plan your next beefy rendezvous by offering our thoughts on four different establishments. Because we care.

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