Surface lava is seen from 1,000 feet on the eastern flank of Kilauea volcano in Puna on Thursday. An open lava channel was feeding a flow that had merged with another, and both were advancing along the southern edge of previous flows.
Lava moves on edge of old flows
VOLCANO, Big Island » An open lava channel was feeding a flow that had merged with another, and both were advancing along the southern edge of previous flows, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said Friday.
Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's observatory were monitoring the ongoing dramatic change in the 24-year eruption of Kilauea.
On July 21, a new outbreak of lava occurred to the east of Puu Oo vent. It was the first time lava erupted in the area outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park since 1992.
The new eruption site is situated on lands adjacent to the park in the Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve, which is administered by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
The remote area, which is not accessible by car or by hiking, is closed to the public.
3 airport viaduct lanes closed
Motorists taking the H-1 freeway airport viaduct in the Ewa direction can expect delays today because the state is closing the three rightmost lanes to repair potholes, the state Department of Transportation said in a news release.
The speed limit near the repair area will be reduced to 15 miles per hour and special-duty police will enforce the speed limit.
The work starts at 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. along a three-mile stretch of the viaduct between Middle and Valkenburgh streets. All onramps and offramps will remain open.
The roadwork is part of a $9.1 million project to repair potholes. Crews will be using a fast-forming concrete and the slower speed limit is needed to reduce vibrations, the Department of Transportation said.
The state is also resurfacing Ewa-bound lanes of Ala Moana Boulevard next week from Piikoi to Fort streets in a $12.5 million project.
Lanes will be closed at night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Thanksgiving.
Isle charter schools get grants
The U.S. Department of Education awarded nearly $500,000 to three charter school developers in Hawaii.
Kona Pacific Public Charter School on the Big Island is getting a $164,000 grant. A grant of $173,000 is going to the Hawaii Technology Academy in Ewa Beach on Oahu. And Hauula Ice Breakers on Oahu is receiving a $158,000 grant.
In all, the department awarded more than $3 million to 22 grantees across the country.
U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said in a news release that the money will be used to help plan, design and create new charter schools and to increase the school choices that parents have to provide their children.
Students can opt out of recruiting
Public school students can instruct the Department of Education to withhold contact information from military recruiters by completing a new form.
School systems receiving federal funding are required by law to give the military names, addresses and phone numbers of students unless they have written requests to keep the information private.
Requests need to be sent to the Education Department as soon as possible to be processed before Nov. 1.
UH library offering all-nighters
Hamilton Library at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is now open 24 hours a day Monday through Friday in response to student requests, the university said in a news release.
Students, faculty and staff can enter the building after 11 p.m. with a valid UH ID. Patrons without a valid UH ID will be asked to leave the building from 11 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. for security reasons.
The service was approved by the Legislature for the 2006-07 school year.
Extended hours began last year at Sinclair Library.
Hamilton Library hours are now from noon Sunday to 7 p.m. Friday, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Police, Fire, Courts
Police arrest man in stolen vehicle
A 36-year-old man was arrested Friday afternoon after getting into a stolen vehicle.
At about 1:15 p.m., a patrol officer found a stolen vehicle parked in Kaimuki and unattended. The suspect allegedly got into the car and drove off. He was booked on suspicion of auto theft.
Girl allegedly had stolen plates, car
A 16-year-old girl was arrested after allegedly being caught with stolen plates and a stolen car.
Shortly after noon Friday, the suspect pulled into a handicap stall without a placard at a Waialae gas station.
Checks revealed the plates were stolen. When the suspect tried to leave the station, police pulled her over and further checks revealed the car itself also was stolen.
She was booked on suspicion of auto theft, driving without a license, fourth-degree theft and removal of identifying marks.
Off-duty officer reports truck theft
Police arrested a 33-year-old man for allegedly stealing a truck from an off-duty police officer.
At 8:10 a.m. Friday, the 57-year-old officer reported someone ringing his doorbell and walking away, possibly "casing" his Waianae home.
Police said the victim saw a man allegedly get into the passenger side of his truck and drive away. The truck was later found abandoned. The victim's neighbor recognized the driver. The suspect was located and booked on suspicion of auto theft.
Pair rescued from hiking trail in Laie
Firefighters rescued a couple last night that became lost on a trail above Brigham Young University in Laie.
Three firefighters hiked about a half-mile into the trail about 7:40 p.m. to reach the couple and lead them out.
They used their cell phone to call for help and firefighters reached them about 20 minutes later, said Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Terry Seelig. No one was injured in the incident, he said.