Hawaii News

Friday, December 2, 2022

Pahoa house fire causes thousands of dollars in damage

The Hawaii County Fire Department reported a house fire in the subdivision of Orchidland on Thursday, Dec. 1 around 1:28 a.m. Officials opened an investigation to try and determine the cause of this fire in Pahoa. Officials said that the flames started just before 1:30 a.m. When fire crews arrived at the home, they reported that around 80% of the single-story home was already in flames. The fire was put out at around 2:35 a.m. One adult male was evacuated with no injuries. Fire investigators are estimating around $150,000 in damage and loss from the fire. This is an ongoing investigation.
KHON-TV FOX 2 Honolulu

VIDEO: Advance of lava from Mauna Loa eruption slows, but threat to key Hawaii Island highway remains

Lava from Mauna Loa slowed its advance toward the Daniel K. Inouye Highway on Thursday as it reached flatter ground, but officials were still bracing for lava to cross the key thoroughfare. They say it could take about a week for lava to reach the highway ? now about 3 miles away. The highway, also known as Saddle Road, connects Hilo and Kona and there is significant concern about what its closure would mean for commuters and the transport of goods and services. The alternate route is much longer. Ken Hon, scientist-in-charge at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said Thursday night that the flow had slowed to about 30 yards per hour.
Hawaii News Now

Honolulu firefighters airlift injured hiker from Pele’s Chair trail

Honolulu firefighters this morning rescued an injured hiker from the Pele’s Chair trail in East Honolulu. The Honolulu Fire Department received a 911 call at 11:24 a.m. today regarding an injured, 68-year-old female hiker. She had been hiking with a group of six for about 20 minutes when she sustained the injury. Five units with 16 personnel responded, with the first unit arriving on scene at 11:32 a.m. Rescue personnel ascended the trail on foot while a landing zone was secured at Sandy Beach Park. Firefighters found the injured hiker at 11:45 a.m. and packaged her onto a rescue stretcher for transport by HFD’s Air 1 helicopter to the landing zone just before noon. Medical care was transferred to Emergency Medical Services at 12:14 p.m.
Honolulu Star Advertiser

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Hawaii County officials: Injury crash demonstrates danger of illegal parking on DKI Highway for volcano sightseers

The eruption at Mauna Loa is attracting droves of visitors to the Big Island and many have been parking illegally along the highway to sightsee. Transportation officials have been warning the public of the dangers of parking along the high-speed thoroughfare. And unfortunately, those fears were realized in a two-car crash on the Daniel K. Inouye Highway, late Tuesday night. Six people in all were injured in the crash, with two needing to be taken to the hospital. Luckily, the injuries were minor, according to Hawaii County officials. “We understand that it is unpopular for us to limit parking along the roadway, but, unfortunately, it’s necessary to keep each other safe,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. The crash happened just after 9 p.m. near Mile Marker 44. According to investigators, one car was idled on the shoulder of the highway. When the driver tried to pull back onto the road to drive, they were hit by another car traveling down the highway.
KITV ABC 4 Honolulu

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