Three Showings of “Saving Ohia” on Hawaii Island in August

August 3, 2018||Big Island Communities: Events, Big Island: Weather and Nature

There will be three showings of the new documentary "Saving Ohia, Hawaii's Sacred Tree" on the Big Island this month.

July 21, 2018||Big Island: Weather and Nature

Don't Miss It! Lahaina Noon on Hawaii Island in July 

Lahaina Noon happens twice within a few weeks of the summer solstice on different days and times in the Hawaiian islands. Read More 


May 17, 2018||Big Island: Weather and Nature

Gemini North Telescope Captures May 17 Kilauea Plume from Maunakea 

Footage was obtained from the 8-meter Gemini North telescope on Maunakea by a camera used to monitor the sky for remote operations of the telescope. Read More 

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May 2, 2018||Big Island: Weather and Nature

Understanding Hawaii Island's Lava Zones 

Updated 06/15/2020 | Developed in 1974 and revised in 1992, lava hazard zone maps were initially developed to help local communities in planning. Read More 

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May 1, 2017||Big Island: Weather and Nature

Lava Insurance: Does it Exist? 

The East Coast is noted for its hurricanes, the Midwest for twisters and lightning storms and the West Coast for earthquakes. But here in the southernmost section of the US, we have our occasional lava flow—spectacular to behold but deserving of respect and preparation. In late 2014, as the “June 27” lava flow approached Lower Puna, questions about insurance coverage and having a safety net were at the top of residents’ minds. The most-asked question then was “will my insurance cover the loss of my home if lava reaches my property?” By June 2015, the ban on new insurance policies for Lower Puna (aka, “the moratorium”) was lifted. In June 2016, Hawaii said “RIP” to the “June 27” flow.   Lava Insurance and VA Loans Recently, new attention has been brought to the question of “lava insurance” because VA loans have become an option for financing a home purchase in Lava Zone 1 and 2—if you can acquire a "Lava Insurance... Read More 


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