By the Numbers: Big Island Eruptions and Surf Video Prizes

Image courtesy of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory


Year in which Hawaii enacted a three-strikes law for violent offenders


Number of people who have been sentenced under the law, which is set to expire in July


Prize money earned by Haiku’s Matt Meola, 21, for submitting the winning clip in a surf-video contest

80 feet

Maximum height of lava eruptions from a 1.4-mile fissure that opened last week in the Big Island’s Kilauea volcano

5 hours, 7 minutes

Time it took Australian marathon swimmer Penny Palfrey to cross the seven-mile Alalakeiki channel between Kahoolawe and Maui; Palfrey also plans to attempt the Kaiwi channel between Oahu and Molokai and the Kaluakahi channel between Kauai and Niihau

Sources: Hawaii Department of the Attorney General, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory,