Hawaii

Hawaii avian malaria threat worse due to climate change

Last month's US federal report, the Fourth National Climate Assessment, concluded climate change poses a threat to all the US, but particularly Hawaii and the American Pacific territories.

One of the writers of the Hawaii section of the assessment, the director of the Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, Gordon Tribble, said Hawaii was the most ecologically diverse US state.

He said the effects of climate warming were already apparent with forest birds facing a growing threat from malaria.

Island in Hawaii vanishes after hurricane

Scientists at the University of Hawaii have confirmed the 11 acres which make up East Island are now underwater.

Civil Beat reports the island was a critical habitat for endangered Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles.

Randy Kosaki, an official with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said the island's disappearance shows climate change is real and happening now.

He said it was unclear whether the island would stay submerged.

     

Flash flood warnings on Kaua'i in Hawai'i

Hawaii was spared a direct hit from a major hurricane as Lane diminished to a tropical storm as it approached and then drifted west, further from land.

But rain was still pounding the island chain, touching off flooding on Oahu and Kaua'i.

Now residents are keeping a watchful eye on Tropical Storm Miriam, which is spinning about 3,000 kilometres to the east and moving west towards Hawaii.

It is expected to develop into hurricane.

     

Lane weakens to a tropical storm but Hawaii still gets drenched

Little more than 24 hours ago, Hurricane Lane was barreling towards the state as a category three storm with winds in excess of 200km/h. Now, the storm's maximum sustained winds are about 110km/h.

The National Weather Service announced the downgrade on Saturday afternoon, and hurricane warnings for much of the archipelago were downgraded to tropical storm warnings.

However, authorities are still warning of the storm's destructive potential. Residents are being told to gird themselves for a lengthy storm that could linger well into next week.

Fires break out on Hawaii’s Maui island

The cause of the fires, which have scorched hundreds of acres, was not immediately known, according to Hawaii News Now. The broadcaster said a woman had been hospitalised with serious burns.

Little rain had poured on Maui on Sunday, the broadcaster said, but the winds were intense, creating problems for firefighters battling to contain the blaze.

Authorities were wishing the hurricane would pick up speed and douse the blazing area with some rain.

Lane still a Category 4 hurricane as it creeps closer toward Hawaii isles

Even if it does not make landfall, the National Weather Service warned, the storm could bring “life-threatening impacts,” including hurricane-force winds, torrential rain and flash flooding. The storm’s outer rain bands had put much of the eastern part of the Big Island of Hawaii under a flash flood warning by Thursday morning, and one site in Hilo had already recorded more than 18 inches of rain.

Officials warned that the unpredictable track of the hurricane left much of the state potentially vulnerable.

Hurricane Lane heads for Hawaii as dangerous Category 4 storm

The Category 4 storm's dangerous center could make landfall this week, but even if it doesn't, it should draw close to the islands Thursday through Saturday, bringing destructive winds and as many as 20 inches of rain onshore, forecasters said.

The state is bracing for a powerful punch: The governor has declared an emergency, and all public and charter schools on the Big Island and Maui County are closed until further notice.

People have been flocking to stores for supplies.

Eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano slows to virtual halt

The US Geological Survey's Tina Neal said the lone volcanic fissure that was still active last week had dwindled from a fountain of molten rock to a bubbling pond of lava, no longer spilling out of the cone surrounding it.

Levels of sulfur dioxide gas vented from the fissure, located on the lower east flank of Kilauea, had also dropped dramatically, she said.

The subdued activity there coincided with another major collapse in the outer wall of the summit crater last week.

Hawaii bracing for Hurricane Hector

The National Weather Service said Hector remained a category four storm as it moved closer to Hawaii's Big Island.

At 11.30am (Hawaii time) today, the storm was located 1359 kms east of Hilo and forecast to pass to the south of Hawaii, the service said.

Hector continued to move in a westerly direction with winds as high as 250 km at its centre, it said.

The US National Hurricane Centre urged people to prepare for tropical storm force winds across Hawaii County on Wednesday.

Hurricane Hector closing in on Hawaii and volcano

The hurricane is swirling around in the northern Pacific, threatening to hit Hawaii's Big Island and possibly its active volcano, on Wednesday.

Some predictions put the storm on a virtual collision course with the Kilauea Volcano on the southern part of the island. Lava has been spewing from vents on its eastern flank since the third of May and its summit crater continues to collapse.

Scientists have differing opinions over how hurricanes and volcanoes might interact, including the question of whether low atmospheric pressure could help trigger an eruption.