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Big Island News

Ocean View Man Missing Since Thursday

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the department’s non-emergency line.

Kona Woman Faces Charges in Connection to Auto Thefts

A Kailua-Kona woman is facing charges in connection to two vehicle thefts, one in Waikoloa and the other in Hilo.

Hospitality Industry to Fund Big Island Post-Arrival COVID Tests For 3 Months

The program is currently under county contract and is slated to end on May 10, a day before the state transitions to its new interisland vaccine exemption program.

Pāhala Swimming Pool Closed Due to Pump Failure

The Pāhala Swimming Pool will be closed for the next three to four weeks due to a mechanical failure of the main circulation pump.

COVID Case Count in Hawai‘i Climbs Above 33K

The state’s two-week average is 93 new cases daily, with a test positivity rate of 1.6%.

Big Island Business

Olson Trust Purchases Pahala Shopping Center
Visitor Arrivals to Hawai´i Increase for First Time During Pandemic
Restaurant Revitalization Grants Open For Applications Friday
‘Voices of Business’ Podcast to Feature Local Success Stories
Agritourism Showcased in New Hawaii Farm Trails App
Hawai´i Hotel Performance Sees Meaningful March Uptick

Lifestyle

Know Your Risk, Prevent Diabetes: A Message From DOH
Hilo Community Players Announces Auditions for Romeo and Juliet
Drive-In Movie Night Opens in Kona
Merrie Monarch Festival Moves Forward

Hawaii Volcano Blog

Tiny Changes at Mauna Loa Summit Holds Big Clues
A Look Back: 3 Years Since Kīlauea Eruption Changed Hawai`i Forever
Volcano Watch: The Rise and Fall of Lava Lakes
Volcano Watch: How Measuring Gravity on Maunakea Helps Monitor Mauna Loa

Kapa Cafe

Kapa Café: Talk Story with Ana Vee
Kapa Café: Talk Story with Nalani Jenkins of Na Leo Pilimehana
Kapa Café: Hoku Award Winner Talks About Quarantine Life
Kapa Café: Kamehameha Schools Student Performers

Ocean Blog

State Issues Record Fines Against Aquarium Fishing Couple
VIDEO: Mother/Calf Humpback Pairs Abound in Hawaiʻi
Fishing Nets Likely Caused Monk Seal Drownings Off Kaua‘i, NOAA Says
Humpback Ocean Count Modified in 2021

Maui Now

Starting May 11, Inter-County Travelers Vaccinated in Hawaiʻi Can Skip COVID-19 Pre-Travel Testing

Gov. David Ige today signed the 20th proclamation on COVID-19 to allow inter-county travelers vaccinated in the State of Hawai‘i to bypass the pre-travel testing and/or quarantine requirement starting May 11.

Virtual Event Connects Maui Youth with Careers in Conservation, May 19

The Maui Huliau Foundation presents a virtual “Careers in Conservation” event for Maui youth interested in pursuing environmental careers on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. The event will feature more than 20 Maui professionals from a range of environmental career fields, who will share more about their jobs, their career paths and their inspiration for working to protect the ʻāina.

‘Soft-Launch’ of Maui’s New Post-Arrival Testing Program Underway at Kahului Airport

Four days into the “soft-launch” at Kahului Airport of Maui County’s new post-arrival testing program for unvaccinated trans-Pacific arrivals from the continental US, Dr. Alan Wu said the process is going “a lot smoother than we actually expected" and with no positive tests. Add title 'Soft-Launch' of Maui's New Post-Arrival Testing Program Underway at Kahului Airport Four days into the “soft-launch” at Kahului Airport of Maui County’s new post-arrival testing program for unvaccinated trans-Pacific arrivals from the continental US, Dr. Alan Wu said the process is going “a lot smoother than we actually expected" and with no positive tests.

Legislature Provides $78 Million for Native Hawaiian Caucus Priorities

The Hawaiʻi State Legislature appropriated over $78 million in funding to projects and initiatives that were prioritized by the Legislative Native Hawaiian Affairs Caucus. The funding was appropriated after the legislative session that adjourned on April 29.

KTA Super Stores President and COO Toby Taniguchi Appointed to Hawaiian Electric Board of Directors

Toby Taniguchi, president and chief operating officer of KTA Super Stores and a longtime business and community leader on Hawaiʻi Island has been appointed to the board of directors of Hawaiian Electric. Taniguchi's term on the Hawaiian Electric board begins on Friday, May 7, 2021.

Kauai Now

COVID Case Count in Hawai‘i Climbs Above 33K

The state’s two-week average is 93 new cases daily, with a test positivity rate of 1.6%.

4 New COVID Cases Reported on Kaua‘i

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported four new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, May 7.

Gov. Ige Approves Kawakami’s Request to Move to More Restrictive COVID Guidelines

Gov. David Ige approved Kaua‘i Mayor Derek SK Kawakami’s updated Business & Recreation Guidelines tier chart, and the county’s move to Tier 3 on Thursday, May 6.

Governor, Lawmakers Approve PVS Specialty License Plate

Gov. David Ige signed into law legislation allowing the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) to create and sell commemorative license plates to support its continuing mission to promote Mālama Honua.

Broadband Benefit Will Offer Cash Grants to Connect Hawai´i Families to Internet

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire has world embraced the capacity of the virtual to accomplish tasks normally completed in-person.