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Gameday entertainment at Hawaii Bowl

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It’s not only the football that we look forward to on gameday, the entertainment is also watched. From the pregame entertainment to the halftime show, the gameday entertainment is an integral part of a football game. This years entertainment will feature Maunalua, Dita Holifield, and Jordan Segundo. This years gameday entertainment at the Hawaii Bowl is sure to be very entertaining.

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First of we have Dita Holifield singing the National Anthem. She is a great singer as well as a local DJ and songwriter. Originally from Lubbock, Texas, Dita Holifield made her way to Hawaii and has made a name for herself throughout the country music scene. She has been asked to open for many people over her career including, Willie Nelson, Brooks and Dunn, Leann Rimes, Joe Diffe, and Brad Paisley. With her resume and amazing vocals the National Anthem will be in excellent hands.

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Next to perform will be Jordan Segundo, who will be performing Hawai’i Pono’i. Hawai’i Pono’i is the current State Song of Hawaii, in case you didn’t already know that. Jordan Segundo started his current national recognition by competing on … you guessed it “American Idol”. He was a season two finalist. Due to the exposure provided by his performance on the show Jordan was invited to play for President Obama at the annual Democratic Party Convention Banquet here in Hawaii. He has performed at multiple L  A Lakers games, sang with Kenny Loggins at his CD release party, and shared top billing with Jennifer Hudson for concerts. I think he will do a masterful job of the State Song.

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Maunalua will be taking on the halftime show at the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. The band was formed in 1993 and their first album was released in 2000. Their first album, which was titled “Moanalua”, was wildly successful and won the Hawaiian Album of the Year at the Na Hoku Hanohano awards. Their last album was released in 2007 and the group won another award for “Group of the Year”. Moanalua performed at the Presidential Inauguration Luau in 2009 for President Obama in Washington DC. Later in 2009 they were the stars of the “Curators of Hawaiian Music” concert series playing at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Their next album is planned for a December 2014 release. They will be performing three of their classic hits and the island Christmas classic “Mele Kalikimaka”.

This years gameday entertainment at the Hawaii Bowl is sure to fire up the crowd and keep everyone interested. I can’t wait to see how all of these wonderful performers do at their respective gigs on December 24. Hope to see everyone support the local talent that is all over this years gameday entertainment at the Hawaii Bowl. You  will be able to watch the game live, or on your television or mobile device on ESPN or the WatchESPN app respectively.

Written by James Bredeson

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl 2014

This years Hawaii bowl will be played on Chrismas Eve at Aloha Stadium and aired on the ESPN family of channels. The game will start at 3 p.m local time and will feature Rice and Fresno State. I hope everyone will watch or get tickets to the game and support the last NCAA bowl game in Hawaii right now. The game day looks to have a great lineup for pregame and halftime as well.

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The Fresno State Bulldogs will make their second appearance in the Hawaii Bowl as the Mountain West Conference representative and the West Division Champion. Their first appearance at the Hawaii Bowl was in 2012 where they fell to SMU. The bulldogs are bringing a 3X first team All Mountain West Defensive Back in Derron Smith, as well as first team wide receiver Josh Harper and defensive lineman Tyeler Davison. We would like to wish the Fresno State Bulldogs good luck in their Sheraton Hawaii Bowl quest.

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Rice University will be playing on the other side of the field and will be making their first Sheraton Hawaii Bowl appearance. The Rice Owls finished their season second in the West Division of Conference USA. This years bowl appearance will mark the third consecutive bowl game for the Rice Owls. Conference USA has sent a representative to the Hawaii Bowl 9 times and the conference hold a 6-3 record in the Hawaii Bowl. We would like to extend our congratulations out to Rice University for their bowl appearance, and wish them luck in the game.

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I am looking forward to the NCAA bowl season this year, including the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. Good luck to all of the teams who worked hard this year no matter what the results were. A special nod to the University of Hawaii players and program, and we hope to see the continuing effort and support of the football program here in the islands.

Written by James Bredeson

Pearl Harbor Oahu Anniversary Events

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This weekend marks the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. That fateful day in history changed the course of history for the United States and the rest of the world. Shortly after the attack the U.S. voted to join World War II on the side of the allies. The attack changed the islands and the everyday way of life here in Hawaii. The people that were lost out here at Pearl Harbor deserve to be remembered and greatly respected. Pearl Harbor is the most visited destination in Hawaii and Polynesian Adventure Tours offer some of the best tours anywhere to visit this historic site. The following is information that will take place on Sunday December 7, 2014 in order to honor the heroes of that day of infamy.

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Sunday December 7, 2014 at 7:45 am, The 73rd Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration Ceremony will take place. The admission is free and open to the general public. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center will open at 6:00 am however, the general seating will not be allowed access to the ceremonial area until 7:15 am. Parking will be available at Aloha Stadium and free shuttles to the Visitor Center will be available. There will be a limited number of free tickets for special USS Arizona Memorial programs available, these tickets are issued ONLY at the USS Arizona Memorial Ticket and information desk on a  first come, first serve basis.

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This year’s commemoration will have a “Preserving the Memory” theme and will focus on how we keep the story of the attack on Pearl Harbor Oahu and WWII alive and relevant to the nation and the world. We as a people have the responsibility to teach others the importance of preserving the history that has passed and is passing before our eyes. The National Park Service at WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument and the United States Navy plays a vital role in protecting the artifacts, stories and memory of those who participated in the Pacific War. They take care of many letters, diaries, photographs and interviews that are given to them as families realize they may not have the ability or resources to care for them. These irreplaceable items are used to educate, commemorate and memorialize an entire generation. It is our duty to continue to honor the past, inspire the future and educate everyone so that our veterans can rest easy that their fight was not in vain.

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This year along with the ceremony and keeping with this year’s theme; the National Park Service is hosting a live broadcast of this year’s event on the internet via a webcast. Before the beginning of the ceremony some of the Pearl Harbor Survivors and WWII veterans will be interviewed and those viewing remotely will get a “behind the scenes” look at the ceremony. Those who are unable to attend the ceremony in person will have the opportunity to watch the event live in their hometown as it takes place. In order to watch the December 7th webcast, you must register online. Registration is required to view the event.
If you are a Pearl Harbor Survivor and wish to attend the event, please email: Amanda_Carona@nps.gov.

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Over on Joint Base Hickam there will be a Field Ceremony (Free Admission, Base Access Required) at 7:55 am. The 15th Wing will host the December 7, 1941 remembrance ceremony at 7:55 am, at the Atterbury Circle historic flag pole on Hickam Field. The ceremony is set to honor the 189 killed and 303 others that were wounded during the attacks. This ceremony is open to all military identification holders, veterans, survivors of the attack, and guests of attending survivors.  All people who plan to attend MUST be in place by 7:15 am.

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There is a unique “Blackened Canteen Ceremony” (Free Admission with USS Arizona Memorial Ticket), that will be held at 11:00 am on December 7, 2014. Dr. Hiroya Sugano, Director General of the Zero Fighter Admirers’ Club, who has traveled from Japan to conduct this annual commemoration of peace and reconciliation. The ceremony will continue with a silent prayer and the pouring of bourbon whiskey from a WWII-blackened canteen into the waters surrounding the USS Arizona. The ceremony will take place on the USS Arizona Memorial and is seen  as an offering to the spirits of the fallen. A limited number of press is invited. After the ceremony a roundtable discussion will follow at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Tickets for this one of a kind ceremony will be available beginning at 6:00 am on December 7 at the USS Arizona Memorial Ticket Desk.

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USS Oklahoma Memorial Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance will take place at 1:30 pm and the admission is FREE and open to the public. This event is hosted by the National Park Service in honor of those who served on the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The USS Oklahoma (BB-37) Memorial was officially dedicated on December 7, 2007. This memorial is located on Ford Island, near Fox-5 Pier next to the Battleship Missouri Memorial. The USS Oklahoma Battleship was berthed along Ford Island on December 7, 1941, and suffered the second greatest loss of life during the attack. The memorial includes 429 marble columns that represent each of the crewmembers who lost their lives on that day. Members of the public wishing to attend the ceremony can catch a free shuttle departing every 15 minutes from the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park. The USS Bowfin is located adjacent to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and shuttle service will begin at 12:30 pm.

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Last but not least is the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade which will begin at 5 pm. Free and open to the public this parade runs from Fort DeRussy to Kapiolani Park. The Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade committee will host the Pearl Harbor Parade that will feature Pearl Harbor Survivors, military and government officials, marching bands with parade units from the U.S. Mainland and Hawaii.

Written by James Bredeson

Castle Medical Center Tree Lighting

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Castle medical center on the windward side while heading into Kailua down the Pali Highway will be hosting their 32nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.The festivities will commence at 6:15 p.m with a holiday concert from the Marine Forces Pacific Band. The actual tree lighting ceremony will begin at 7 p.m, and will be followed by a concert from Nathan Aweau. Nathan has won the coveted Hoku award from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts. The amazing tree is an estimated 60 feet tall and has thousands of lights.

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This free event is open to the public and has many activities to take in and enjoy with the entire family. You can arrive early and pick out a prime spot in the grass fronting the area with your lawn chairs and enjoy a quiet evening dinner, that you can pick up from the bistro tent. They will also be having many children activities in order to keep the keiki entertained. While supplies last they will also offer FREE holiday gifts and holiday munchies. Your children will also be given the opportunity to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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Trolley rides into Kailua will also be provided so you will be able to see the other lights that Kailua has to offer as well, also complimentary due to the generosity of Kaneohe Ranch and the Castle Foundation. Reserved event parking will only be available at Kailua Long’s parking structure.

Shuttle’s to CMC will run regularly beginning at 5 p.m. Parking will not be allowed on Manu Aloha Street, adjacent to Castle’s Emergency Room.

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I am looking forward to this great event this year and seeing the lights that I would not normally see as I live in Honolulu. This is a great way to get to see some of the other side of the island and to actually enjoy the Aloha spirit of the holidays. While I am mentioning Aloha let us take a moment to remember those that are less fortunate than ourselves. At the tree lighting ceremony at Castle Medical Center there will be specially marked bins near the entrance to this free event so that we can come together and make a donation to the Hawaii Foodbank in order to insure that no family goes hungry this holiday season. You can make a canned food or non-perishable item donation that will go straight to the Hawaii Foodbank. Mahalo and Aloha, seasons greetings.

Written by James Bredeson

Blaisdell Center event traffic advisory

The upcoming weeks will see an increase in traffic around the Neal Blaisdell center as there are many upcoming shows. The Blaisdell is located along Ward Avenue between Kapiolani and South King Street. As those of us here know during peak hours all of the before mentioned streets can cause a major traffic headache and delay. With the upcoming events in the area traffic is sure to increase during the peak rush hour times in the evening.

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The Blaisdell will be offering some much needed comic relief in the upcoming weeks as they have booked a couple of nationally recognized comics. Both Daniel Tosh and Gabriel Iglezias are two well known tv show hosts and recognized comics. The concert hall isn’t only dishing up comics, the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra will be performing a show on Sunday November 30. The Neal S. Blaisdell center offers a great venue for the symphany and orchestra.

The comics shows will begin on today Friday November 28 with Daniel Tosh taking the stage at 7 p.m and Gabriel taking the stage at 8 p.m. There will also be a show on Saturday November 29, with Tosh at 7 and 930 p.m, and Gabriel at 8 p.m. Parking will be available at both the King Street and Kapiolani gates, while overflow parking will be at McKinley High School with access off of Pensacola street. Try to make your plan ahead of time because parking may be limited or otherwise affected by lot closures.


Valet parking can be found on the mauka side (mountain) of the box office at the galleria driveway. As a safety reminder NO left turns are allowed into the Blaisdell Parking from Ward Ave or Kapiolani Ave. Be sure to lock your car and secure your valuables just in case. I hope everyone enjoys the show and gets some needed humor in their lives. Aloha

Written by James Bredeson

Jellyfish Season in Hawaii

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Jellyfish are a potential nuisance when deciding what beach you may want to visit while staying in Hawaii. If you are aware of the potential dates that many jellyfish may arrive it will assist you in making preparations. Most of the beaches affected in Hawaii are the south facing shores, however jellyfish can show up on any beach at anytime. The jellyfish types that are most common here in the islands are the Box, Moon, and many lagoon varieties. While these fascinating creatures pique our curiosity, they do have the ability to hurt you via the tentacles that provide a burning stinging sensation.

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Jellyfish generally arrive between 8-12 days after a full moon. On Oahu, the south facing shores that may be affected during this time include; Waikiki, Ala Moana Beach Park, Haunama Bay, and the Waianae Coast. On Kauai warnings can be found posted at Poipu Beach. Maui and Big Island beaches can be affected but generally have fewer issues. Please remember just because these are the most affected areas jellyfish can be at any beach. The box jellyfish and the Portugese Man of War are the most painful stings in Hawaii so please take care.

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The Portugese Man of War is identified by its purplish body and is commonly found on the windward sides of the islands. The Box jellyfish is identified by the box shape that it takes. If you happen upon a jellyfish on the beach, do not touch it! Even if it might be dead the tentacles can still provide a very painful sting. Be safe and aware, check with the lifeguard about potential hazards and look on the beach for washed up jellyfish. Remember the timing 8-12 days after a full moon are the most likely times for a jellyfish invasion.

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If you do happen to get stung by one of these varieties there are a few simple steps that you can take to help alleviate the pain. First, you will want to carefully remove the jellyfish and tentacles using a towel or napkin or anything other than your fingers. Next you will want to rinse the affected area with water or vinegar. The vinegar works to deactivate the toxins and remove the remaining tentacles. After that you can apply hot water or ice packs in order to reduce the duration and intensity of the pain. If you suffer a serious reaction seek medical attention immediately, in some people jellyfish stings may cause an allergic reaction leading to anaphylactic shock or in rare instances death. Just use these guidelines and remain observant and we can all enjoy the beautiful beaches these magnificent islands provide us with. Aloha!

Written by James Bredeson

Ocean Safety guidelines for Hawaiian Islands

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Living in or traveling to Hawaii, everyone should be familiar with at least some ocean safety guidelines. As winter swell approach I think its best to return our attention to some simple things that can minimize our risk and make our beach going days a lot better, not to mention a lot safer. One of the first things you need to remember is go to the beach with the intention of having a great time, we live among some of the most scenic beaches in the world. Remember to bring your sunblock, even if it is cloudy. Water, you must keep yourself hydrated, even if you do not realize it we sweat a great deal while swimming or any other physical activity at the beach!

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If you have no experience of the Hawaii shorelines, do not venture into unguarded beaches, this will minimize your risk to yourselves and friends. Some of our beaches during certain times of the year have dangerous waves and currents, and most of the time when a person is involved in an incident it is because of a choice they made and not a random accident. So if you are unsure of the conditions talk to a lifeguard in the area, if there is no lifeguard pay attention to what others may be doing out in the water and the where the wave breaks. Do not be afraid to ask anyone at the shore what hazards may be waiting for you.

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There is a short acronym that may help you out with these simple tips; SOAKStudy the conditions of the ocean before going into the water. Observe the activities of the others already in the water. Ask lifeguards or others about the current conditions and the conditions for the remainder of the day. Know your own personal limits, and do not attempt to exceed them. With these simple tips you should be able to avoid many common problems associated with the ocean and shoreline here in Hawaii.

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However, if you do get caught in a rip current (a current that rushes back into the ocean through the low lying spots created by the wave break) there are a couple simple things that you can do to help yourself. First off, do not panic! Conserve your energy, tread water, float, and do not forget to breathe and wave for help if you can. Next swim out of the current, traveling parallel to the shoreline. This will get you away from the current at which point you can now swim at an angle back to the shoreline, avoiding the current. If you cannot get out of the current, stay calm and float or tread water. You will be able to tread water as there will not be an undertow with a rip current. If you need any help or assistance do not hesitate to wave your arms and call for help.

With winter swells fast approaching these few tips and reminders will hopefully help keep us all safe and enjoying this beautiful island. Be safe and I will hopefully see you at the beach! Mahalo and Aloha!

Written by James Bredeson

Exciting ATV Tours at Kualoa Ranch

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For those of you with a sense of adventure, I would highly recommend the All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) tour at Kualoa Ranch. This fast paced tour was a ton of fun as we traveled the trails through the lush valleys at the ranch. I would suggest going on the two hour tour, I feel like the one hour tour just didn’t quite quell the excitement and thrill seeking that I was after. The ATV’s were easy to operate, especially after watching the short introductory video. They are all automatic transmissions so you do not need to worry about the shifting of gears along the way.

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Safety is of paramount concern to the staff and guides, of course. Helmets and eye protection are required for all riders. I would suggest learning the speed and the braking distances as soon as you get the chance, just in case you need to stop short at some point. The guides will let you know that if you hit anything, a tree or another ATV that you will lose your riding privileges from that point on, so again be vigilant and careful of your surroundings. You will need to bring closed toed shoes and be prepared to get dirty. The trails can be dusty or muddy depending on the weather and I would specifically recommend that you do not wear white as the dust or mud will be very difficult to remove.

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You are allowed to bring your backpack with you while riding and I would also make sure to have plenty of water with you. I would also suggest you apply sunscreen before you begin as you will be out in the sun for the duration of the tour. The tour does move quickly at times and you do get to pass by some of the famous movie sets that were filmed at the beautiful Kualoa Ranch. You will also have two to three stops where you will be afforded the opportunity to take some magnificent photos. The guides are knowledgeable and very helpful while keeping the group together and moving forward.

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The ranch has plenty of parking for those who choose to enjoy the scenic drive out to the spot on the eastern shore of Oahu. I had an amazing time on this adventure with my friends had now that I am aware of how much fun it is, I can not wait to plan our next trip out! Polynesian Adventure Tours offers a half day package that makes the most of your time during your visit to Kualoa ranch. I would suggest the ATV or Horseback with the secret pond for a nice lunch. However you choose to spend the day, I know you will have a great time.

 Written by James Bredeson

Veterans day at Pearl Harbor

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With veterans day approaching I think it’s an appropriate time to reflect on the sacrifice and dedication of our veterans. I can think of no better way to do that than visiting the memorials located on Pearl Harbor and Ford Island. These destinations are a poignant reminder of our history, and the honor these heroes had while serving their country. As the holiday approaches it gives us a chance to thank all those who have served and are currently serving.

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The Arizona Memorial is a somber reminder of what happened that fateful day in 1941, and is a serene and beautiful reminder of their unyeilding dedication. This magnificent monument is the most visited tourist destination on the island of Oahu, and it is easy to recognize why. This somber shrine sits above the sunken remains of the USS Arizona and has the names of the 1,177 sailors and marines who perished aboard her as she sank to her final resting place.
Polynesian Adventure Pearl Harbor Tours offer a great many tours to this famous memorial.

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The USS Missouri is another amazing landmark that is located near Pearl Harbor and is often affectionately called the “Mighty Mo”. On the deck of this battleship you can stand on the exact spot where the treaty that effectively ended World War II was signed. This one of a kind exhibit on Oahu was the last commissioned battleship and now you can see the the sheer size and power of these ships that were the pride of the Navy. This historic ship earned a grand total of 11 battle stars during her illustrious and prolific career.

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While you take the time to view these well known Pearl Harbor attractions there are some others in the area that you may want to take in such as, The USS Bowfin, Pacific Aviation Museum, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, and perhaps the National Cemetery of the Pacific. Or better yet why not take the WWII Pearl Harbor Heroes Adventure tour from Polynesian Adventure Tours and see all of the major attractions in one shot? I think this would be the perfect way to remember our veterans and honor all who serve or have served.

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Written by James Bredeson

Big Island Current Lava Flow Advisory

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The might Kilauea volcano on the big island of Hawaii erupted on June 27 of this year and the lava flow front is now within reach of a residential area. The current activity began in two seperate areas; the Halema’uma’u crater at the summit and the Pu’u O’o crater and vent within the East rift zone of Hawaii volcanoes national park. Since the eruption a steady stream of lava has continued to move out of the East rift Zone and towards the town of Pahoa. There is currently no lava flowing towards or into the Pacific Ocean. The lava flow continues to advance at a rate of 10-15 meters per hour and is expected to cross Pahoa Village Road. The flow front continues to grow in width and height as new lava moves to the leading edge from breakouts along the current path.

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The safest and most responsible way to view the current activity is at the caldera rim area of Kilauea with the best vantage point being at the Jagger Museum. You will not be able to see the actual lava flow, however you will be able to see the giant plume of gasses and smoke from the active eruption that signals the mass of churning lava that is just below the surface. As the sky darkens into night you will be amazed at the colors that are affected at the vent. The crater glows with yellow, pink and red and appears to be spewing fire, a fitting tribute to Madam Pele. You can enjoy these amazing experiences with Polynesian Adventure tours that include admissions to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Jagger Museum.

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The drama continues to build daily as the lava flows from the Pu’u O’o vent as it flows towards a residential area. The length of the current flow is mostly within the closed access area of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and next to state land that is managed by either the Department of Land and Natural Resources or Office of Hawaiian Affairs. It is currently ILLEGAL to hike to view the leading edge of the lava flow, not to mention dangerous. Fines are up to $5,000 and with the Governers recent emergency proclamation fines have been enhanced for crimes committed while the proclamation is in effect.

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Pahoa Village Road is closed between Apa’a Street and Post Office Road, and access is limited to area residents only. Residents of the affected area should not bring unauthorized guests into the restricted area. The activity is being closely monitored and evacuation advisories have been issued. The front has already crossed Pahoa Cemetery and claimed outlying buildings as it advances. Safety is paramount and no one should attempt to illegally view the leading edge of the flow. These events all serve to remind us of the power of the forces of nature that shaped and continue to shape the world we live in.

Written by James Bredeson