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Fires, Earthquake and Hurricane! Poor Hawaii

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The earthquake that hit the Big Island on Monday was only a 5.4, and we didn't feel it this time (unlike those last October! Definitely felt those.) No tsunamis from the earthquake, either, thankfully.

The hurricane, Flossie, has been getting downgraded each day this week... and today I think it's a tropical storm. Lots of wind and weird rain from it, but that's it.

These brush fires, on the other hand, are out of control! They started on Sunday on the windward side of the Wai'anae mountain range... so they're on "my" side of the mountains, but the tradewinds are blowing the other way, so it's really strange to have the fires so close, and yet not be able to even smell it.

I spent some time yesterday, taking pictures of the area. All roads to the North Shore are closed except for one... so traffic is much heavier than normal around here, as well.

This is the view straight down the road out of the housing area that we live in.
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Same view, zoomed in closer.
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Then I went out at dusk... same from straight out the end of the road.
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And again at night. This one doesn't look like much, really, but the height of the flames really was amazing. That is still a good distance away, and the flames looked high.
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I had to turn the flash off on the camera, and consequently had to hold REALLY still to get any kind of a non-blurry shot. But the winds were so strong because of the hurricane! This was as steady as it got, last night. I think it kind of looks like a lava flow!
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Hopefully they're able to finally put that out soon. Too bad we're not getting MORE rain from Flossie to help. So far 7.8 square miles have burned, and it keeps getting closer and closer to the Army base that C works on. The Star Bulletin says that the fire has spread to the Army property, but that housing isn't in danger yet.

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On to the first day of school pictures... 8th grade for E, and 3rd grade for N
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A few soccer pics of The Boy... during this game, one of the referees told our coach that N shouldn't play with the mohawk anymore because "it is a safety hazard". !!!!! What the....?? Like, if some kid happened to fall on N's HEAD... they'd get cut and bleed out right there on the field?!? Come onnnnn...

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Here is he, making a great save as goalkeeper!
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Hawaiian Airlines is running a Hurricane Flossie sale right now... $19 per seat one way to any neighbor island. So for $38 round trip... I'm thinking of planning a quick little family trip to Kauai for next weekend. The travel window they give is pretty darn small, tho! I'm dying to see the other neighbor islands before we leave here!

Posted by Brazen 11:57 Archived in USA

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Hey.. where did you find out about the sale on the tickets?? I've actually been trying to find it because someone told me about it, but so far no luck on finding out how to get these $19 tickets??

by TxTrouble

Hawaiian Airlines website! www.hawaiianairlines.com

by Brazen

I just looked on there... damn stupid Hawaiian Air...

Ooo.. I found it in the paper.. Nevermind!! LOL

"It's Mesa Air Group Inc.'s new airline go!, which shook up the interisland market with its $39 one-way fares, sprung another surprise yesterday morning by offering a $19 one-way promotional fare.

The fare was available for purchase beginning at noon yesterday through 11:59 p.m. tomorrow -- the day it begins its new interisland service -- or until the special tickets are sold out.

Mesa said that the special tickets will be valid for travel from tomorrow through July 9 between Honolulu and Lihue, Kahului or Kona. They also will be usable between Honolulu and Hilo starting June 30, when Mesa begins service to that city, through July 9.

The $19 one-way fares do not include fees and taxes. The special tickets will be non-refundable, and no changes will be allowed with the special fare. Seats may not be available on all flights.

Tickets can be purchased on the airline's Web site, www.iflygo.com, or by calling 1-888-iflygo2 (1-888-435-9462.)"

by TxTrouble

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