From StarAd: The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory released new photos and video of the Kilauea eruption as the lava lake in Kilauea began to rise again today and two new lava flows from Puu Oo continued to spread out.
2. Teacher exchange with Hiroshima
“We’re looking for opportunities for our students to be able to experience the world beyond Hawaii, and I think these are opportunities that students can feel really comfortable knowing there’s a history of this friendship,” said schools superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. Superintendents from the state Department of Education and Hiroshima prefecture signed Friday a Statement of Intent on Education Cooperation. KHON2: State strengthens ties with sister schools in Hiroshima.
- #ICYMI: Damien Memorial School honors first female valedictorian (KHON2)
- #ICYMI: Philanthropist and filmmaker visits, praises Hawaii schools (StarAd).
3. Remembering Honouliuli
“I think there’s a lot of work needed to educate the rest of the country, not only in Hawaii.” Premsak Phosi, a 2015 Kaimuki High School graduate, recalled how his political science professor at Creighton University had never heard of the Honouliuli internment camp, where hundreds of Japanese-Americans were confined during World War II. Opened on March 1, 1943, the 160-acre site surrounded by barbed wire was in a hidden gulch in West Oahu. Internees called the camp “jigoku dani,” which means “hell valley.” StarAd: Summit shares Honouliuli history.
4. Forget the “Project Grad” party
Project Grad parties started out as a way to keep kids from drinking, driving and crashing on the night of their graduation, and now involve such luxuries as live bands, offshore cruises, even renting out a movie theater or shopping mall. The members of the 2016 graduating class of Island Pacific Academy in Kapolei just weren’t into any of that. “They said things like, ‘I’d rather do something meaningful’ or ‘Why can’t we all just hang out together and do something to make our island a better place?’” said parent Diane Button. Island Pacific Academy’s graduates changed into casual clothes after their commencement ceremony Friday and headed to Target in Kapolei, where they formed teams and shopped for items to be donated to a local food pantry. The team that found the most items under budget — $300 — within the time limit was declared the winner. Lee Cataluna writes: Graduates’ fund for party helps community instead.
5. The story behind “Aloha Friday”
“The Aloha Friday thing really look back to Duke Kahanamoku. In the ’40s, he went to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and said ‘Hey instead of coats and ties and suits, lets wear long sleeve aloha shirts.’ It used to be called Aloha Shirt Friday, and then in 1966, fifty years ago, it actually became Aloha Friday.” KITV4: When did we first start celebrating Aloha Friday?
6. Not “poke” like the always awkward Facebook feature, but “POH-keh”
“Walk into virtually any supermarket in the Aloha State and you’ll find an entire counter devoted to the stuff. Each tray is filled with a different combination — and not all of them include raw fish.” HuffPost: Everything you need to know about Hawaii’s wildly popular poke bowls.
7. Discovery: Giants under the sea
“It appeared out of nowhere and completely bowled us over. It was astonishing.” Scientists exploring the depths around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands have discovered the world’s largest sponge, a creature the size of a minivan. StarAd: A mighty sponge lurks in the deep.
- #ICYMI: The Science Behind Expansion Of Papahanaumokuakea (CB).
- #ICYMI: Organism responsible for paralytic shellfish poisoning could affect fisheries in unexpected ways (UH).
8. Fighting words for solar industry
“Let’s change the conversation if we truly are working together. We have to understand that. I don’t think there’s an understanding of that.” PBN: The head of Hawaiian Electric Co., the state’s largest utility, had some choice words aimed at some in the solar photovoltaic industry, a sector that was once one of the fastest-growing industries in the state but has slowed since the ending of net energy metering.
- #ICYMI: $13M Hawaii wind farm nearly complete (PBN).
9. 50th State Fair
“The summer before my sophomore year in high school was spent working as a carnie. Actually more of a glorified balloon inflator and games operator. My first assignment was to spend four hours every day inflating balloons behind the games booth. I got pretty good at tying balloons in seconds. It’s a skill I’ve kept with me my entire life and looks great on my resume.” Frolic’s Eric Baranda shares images from this year’s 50th State Fair.
- #ICYMI: No more scrip: a switch to plastic at the 50th State Fair (HNN).
10. She’s running
Like there was any doubt. HNN: Former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa has committed to seek Congressman Mark Takai’s seat, sources confirm.