Island Issues

Aloha to Island Issues

Island Issues with Sherry Bracken debuted on December 5, 2004, with an interview with then (and now) Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim.  Since then, I have posted more than 700 in-depth discussions ...Read more

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Geologist Frank Trusdell–the newest lava map

Hawaiian Volcano has published a preliminary “how thick is the lava” map showing the summer, 2018 lava flow in lower Puna.  It’s pretty interesting, and USGS HVO geologist Frank ...Read more

Dr. Drew Harvell, Ocean Health, Part 2 PLUS a new lava thickness map

Dr. Drew Harvell, professor at Cornell University and also working with the Big Island’s Kohala Center, was our guest last in 2016.  In 2019, she updates us on some of the infectious ...Read more

HELCO, the Big Island’s primary electric provider, with Pres Jay Ignacio and incoming Pres Sharon Suzuki

The summer 2018 lava flow took out 940 HELCO customers, destroyed facilities, and disrupted power formerly being provided by Puna Geothermal.  Where does HELCO stand relative to restoring power, ...Read more

Tiana Steinberg Community Cares PLUS Hawaii County Council Chair Aaron Chung and Vice Chair Karen Eoff

Island Issues host Sherry Bracken shares Part 2 of the discussion with County Council Chair Aaron Chung and Vice Chair Karen Eoff–about what should be done about a Council member who ...Read more