Big Isle surface lava flows pick up speed
HONOLULU - A webcam shows that surface lava flows from Kilauea Volcano have been picking up speed across the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision on the Big Island.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory the flows have progressed to within about a half-mile of the coast.
The observatory says the surface activity at the middle east rift zone vents comes during a period of relatively unremarkable activity at Kilauea's summit.
Inouye shows board Greenwood support
HONOLULU - U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye is showing his support for University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood in a letter to the school's Board of Regents.
Greenwood has been the target of criticism ever since the university was scammed out of $200,000 by someone falsely claiming to represent the singer Stevie Wonder.
The board met Wednesday and approved the administration's decision to give former athletic director Jim Donovan a communications position after the mishap.
Inouye's letter to the board is dated Tuesday.
The letter says that Greenwood is nationally well regarded in academia and research. He told the board he's had "a particularly successful" partnership with the university under Greenwood in attracting investments for the school in astronomy, oceans and other fields.
Applicants sought for school officials
HONOLULU - Hawaii is recruiting more applicants for its program to groom people with business, military and other noneducation backgrounds to become public school administrators.
The state Department of Education said recently that candidates should have a master's degree and have successfully served in a leadership, supervisory, or managerial position for three or more years.
Candidates must complete training sessions, seven university courses, a probation period and a one-year residency to become certified school administrators.
Candidates may apply for vacant vice principal positions at the end of the residency year.
The program is funded by the federal government's Race to the Top grant. Hawaii's program began last year with six candidates.
Sales of previously owned homes surge
HONOLULU - Home sales on Oahu soared last month.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says that data released Wednesday by the Honolulu Board of Realtors shows that sales of previously owned homes soared by around 30 percent in October.
Median prices also were up.
Data shows that the median price for single-family homes was $625,000, up 7.9 percent from a year earlier.
The median condo price in October was $325,000, up 6.6 percent from $305,000 a year earlier.