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Lava about 700 meters from park, boat ramp

Lava from Kilauea volcano’s lower East Rift Zone eruption continues to edge its way toward Isaac Hale Beach Park and Pohoiki boat ramp this morning, according to officials.

Brush fire closes Highway 11 in Ka‘u

Hawaii Police Department and Hawaii Fire Department are advising motorists to avoid Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) by Punaluu Black Sands Beach Park in Ka‘u because of a brush fire,

Rotarians support lava relief efforts

Rotarian’s from Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan, sister club of the Rotary Club of Hilo Bay, recently made a special presentation during the Hilo Bay club’s annual installation banquet and commemoration of its 30th anniversary. Higashi-Hiroshima President Takashi Shohara presented a check for $1,355 to Rotary Club of Hilo Bay President Dale Tokuuke. The monetary donation will go toward those who had their lives disrupted because of the lava flow in lower Puna. From left are Tokuuke, Shohara, District Gov. Win Schoneman and Rotary Club of Hilo Bay’s David DeLuz Jr.

Lava boat tours to continue after explosion, injuries

HONOLULU — Tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard’s revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel Monday, injuring 23 people.

Ige, Hanabusa, others at Hilo candidate forum Friday

A governor candidate forum featuring Sen. John Carroll, Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, Gov. David Ige, Ray L’Heureux and Rep. Andria Tupola is slated for 6 p.m. Friday (July 20) at The Arc of Hilo Event Center at 1099 Waianuenue Ave. in Hilo.

Trump dances to Putin’s choreography

The much-awaited summit in Helsinki between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin certainly had the stuff of spectacle. There they were, Vlad and the Dealmaker, dancing around questions of meddling, Ukraine and Syria like two Fred Astaires. It all went according to the program. Unfortunately, a program choreographed by Putin.

Obituaries for July 18

Peter Eseroma, 48, of Keaau died July 10 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a member of Koa Puna Motorcycle Club and Tihati Productions and worked as a plumber, cook and coach. Services 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Ballard Family Mortuary. Survived by spouse, Malania Nedina Kapika Eseroma of Hauula, Oahu; parents, Ieremia and Oliana Eseroma of Kaneohe, Oahu; sons, Junior Pekelo Tavu‘i Kapika Eseroma of Kaneohe and Keali‘i (Alexis) Keanu Sterling Kapika-Overturf of Hilo; hanai son, Manuel Wayne Castro of Hilo; daughters, Tabitha Oliana Maria Kapika Eseroma and Malania Fa‘atali Kapika Eseroma of Puna; hanai daughter, Tiana Sagapolutele-Silva of Kaneohe; brothers, Patrick (Sultana) Eseroma of Ewa Beach, Oahu, Ricky (Kalei) Pua‘a of Kalani Iki, Oahu, and Nolan (Moana) Waipa of Puna; sisters, Nuusina (Chris) Hall of Hawaii Kai, Oahu, and Sesilia Eseroma of Kaneohe. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.