Lava Threatens Hawaiian Town of Pahoa

Pahoa in South East Hawaii is an eclectic mix of styles, cultures and ways of life. But life as they know it could soon change forever. Since June 27th, lava that once flowed south east from the volcanic vent, Pu’u O’o, has shifted north through forests toward Pahoa. Wildfire spreads out in the fields and forests west of Pahoa. The black and reddish flow creeps across the jungle terrain and at times in underground lava tubes beneath the tropical canopy. […]

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Hawaiians Prepare for Back to Back Hurricanes

For 22 years no hurricane has crossed the Hawaiian Island chain. Today, hurricane Iselle arrives, the first of two storms expected to hit Hawaii this week. Anticipating the storms, local residents are boarding up storefronts and shopping for last-minute supplies.

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Rivers Of Lava Escape New Vent In Hawaii

New fissures in the Pu’u o’o vent have spawned several outbreaks of lava flows since June 27, 2014. Paradise Helicopters flew filmmaker, Michael Lienau, visitors from Australia and GNI reporter, Jeff Rogers, to the new vent. The USGS says that though these are “vigorous” flows, no homes in Puna or Hilo are endangered.

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4 Years of Grassroots News International

In four years Grassroots News International (GNI) has leapt from vision to reality. Through ENG news reports, photojournalism and mobile media, our reporters have shed light on major news events like Japan’s Tsunami, the Phillipine Typhoon, Hawaii’s Iron Man triathlons and Rwanda’s Genocide Recovery. Some stories spread quickly when picked up for statewide, national and international broadcast. Other stories caught viral surges. Many quality stories still earn “long tail” viewership. Some GNI stories became movements for social reform. To date, […]

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A Day Without Shoes

Schools around the world are going a day without shoes to support Tom’s Shoes effort to raise awareness and help provide shoes for kids in developing nations. Students and teachers of the Learning Center international school in Kona, Hawaii gathered for a shoeless photo and to learn about the health and educational benefits of proper shoes for the 4 million people who lack proper shoes in 15 nations. Reporter: Jeff Rogers Creative Commons licensed soundtrack: Hogan Grip

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Mayor of Hawaii announces state film and media initiative

Mayor Billy Kenoi and representatives of the Hawaii County and State government gathered today for the “digital ribbon cutting” of Honua Studios in Kona and the state-wide GVS Transmedia Accelerator Program The Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation, The Creative Industries Department and The County of Hawaii are supporting the GVS Transmedia Accelerator in an effort to encourage film-makers and media producers to find funding and facilities without having to leave the state. The Global Virtual Studio or “GVS” Transmedia Accelerator will […]

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