Articles by Caleb Jones

M5.2 Quake on Hawaii’s Big Island Felt as Far Away as Kauai

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has hit off Hawaii’s Big Island. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit less than 3 miles offshore of the northwest coast of the Big Island Monday. The earthquake was about 17 miles below …

Hawaii Can Expect 2 to 5 Storms During Hurricane Season

The central Pacific basin including Hawaii can expect between two and five tropical depressions, tropical storms or hurricanes this year, federal forecasters said Wednesday. The annual National Weather Service prediction said there is about an 80% chance of a near …

Officials Release Details About Deadly Hawaii Skydiving Crash

Federal officials released documents this week that provide details about one of the deadliest civil aviation accidents of the past decade, including testimony from people who had varying accounts of the crash pilot’s flight habits. The public docket contains reports …

Molokai Homeowners Sue Maui Over Vacation Rental Permits

A vacation rental association and four homeowners have filed a federal lawsuit against the county of Maui claiming their rights have been violated by restrictions placed on short-term vacation rentals on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. In a statement released …

Pacific Hurricane Forecast Complicated by Coronavirus

The Central Pacific basin including Hawaii should expect to see between two and six tropical storms or hurricanes this year, federal forecasters said this week. The annual National Weather Service prediction came as wary Hawaii residents begin to emerge from …

Helicopter Tours Criticized After Deadly Hawaii Crash

Tour helicopter operations in Hawaii are under increased scrutiny after a deadly crash this week, one of several recent accidents in the state, with a congressman calling the trips unsafe and lacking proper oversight. A helicopter that was set to …

NTSB: 2 Skydivers Joined Doomed Hawaii Flight at Last Minute

The National Transportation Safety Board says two skydivers made a last-minute decision to board the Hawaii plane that crashed and killed 11 people last month. The NTSB’s preliminary report gave no cause for the crash, which is typical for preliminary …

Feds Probing Repairs Made on Plane in Hawaii Crash

Federal investigators will review repair and inspection records on the skydiving plane that became inverted before crashing shortly after takeoff on Oahu’s North Shore, killing all 11 people on board in the deadliest civil aviation accident since 2011. The same …

Hawaiian Volcano Slopes Offer Affordable Paradise, Risks

As lava crawled down Leilani Road in a hissing, popping mass, Cheryl Griffith stood in its path and placed a plant in a crack in the ground as an offering to the Native Hawaiian volcano goddess, Pele. Griffith lives in …

Hawaii Volcano Eruption Prompts Evacuations

Nearly 1,500 residents were ordered to evacuate from their volcano-side homes after Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano erupted, sending molten lava to chew its way through forest land and bubble up on paved streets. Volcano officials couldn’t predict how long eruption that …