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Hawaiian Word of the Day: Heʻe

While tako is a common name for the octopus in the Aloha State, it is of Japanese origin. The Hawaiian word for octopus is he’e.

Big Island weekly lane closures: Feb. 4-10

Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice.

Hawaiʻi Community Lending receives $1.5 million to assist people in homeownership

Hawaiʻi Community Lending projects this funding will support 200 low-income families in their pursuit of housing in Hawaiʻi, with the potential to help more than 900 families over the next three years.

Kanaloa Octopus Farm in West Hawaiʻi receives cease and desist letter from state

On Jan. 6, Kanaloa Octopus Farm was sent the letter, which said the state’s Division of Aquatic Resources learned the facility “is propagating Octopus cyanea and attempting to rear juvenile individuals.” Without a permit, even the temporary possession of Octopus cyanea specimens less than one pound in weight (including newly hatched larvae) is unlawful.

Update: Armed Hilo man shot by police hospitalized; full recovery expected

A portion of Mohouli Street in Hilo is closed following an officer-involved shooting, Hawai‘i police confirms this afternoon.

Tourist gone missing in 2019 on Maui may be on Hawai‘i Island

San Diego tourist Khiara Lavina Henry went missing four years ago on Maui – but a tipster may have seen her on the Big Island last month.

Hawaiʻi Energy launches state’s incentive program for electric vehicle charging stations

Hawai’i Energy can award a total of $592,000 in rebates for eligible installation projects of electric vehicle charging stations completed between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

Volcano Watch: Deep electrical studies of Kīlauea complete circuit in 2023

The 2022-2023 magnetotelluric project will cover almost the entire surface of Kīlauea volcano and allow researchers to see more detail about the subsurface plumbing of the Southwest Rift Zone and the lower East Rift Zone that fed the 2018 Puna eruption on the Big Island.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: Ho‘olaule‘a

With thousands of people expected to attend Saturday’s Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival in Waimea on the Big Island, today’s “Hawaiian Word of the Day” is ho‘olaule‘a.

Gallery in West Hawai‘i makes ‘Splash’ with art auction

The gallery in Hōlualoa is free and open to the public starting Feb. 4. Attendees may bid online beginning later in the month.

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Think Pink: Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival celebrates 30th anniversary on Saturday
Ballet Folklórico of Sister City La Serena, Chile to perform twice on Big Island
60th Annual Merrie Monarch Hōʻike tickets go on sale later this month
Keauhou Shopping Center in Kona spreading the love with special Valentine’s Day events

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Keauhou Shopping Center in Kona spreading the love with special Valentine’s Day events
Webinar to give veterans leg up on competition when applying for farm start-up funds from Farmer Veteran Coalition
Regal Keauhou Stadium 7 in Kona on list to close due to Cineworld’s bankruptcy
Hawaiʻi’s Hannemann, Ingram appointed to US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board
Do you want an agricultural career? This Big Island residential program might be for you
Congressional spending bill has provisions to help Hawaiʻi small businesses, tourism
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Volcano Watch: Deep electrical studies of Kīlauea complete circuit in 2023
Federal funds sought for Mauna Loa eruption’s damage, expenses
Volcano Watch: Big Island volcano Kīlauea gets weighed using gravity measurements
Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Park hosting evening talk with geologist Frank Trusdell

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Hawaiian Word of the Day: Heʻe
Kanaloa Octopus Farm in West Hawaiʻi receives cease and desist letter from state
Sperm whale found dead on Kaua’i shoreline had marine debris in its stomach
Entangled young humpback whale freed in Big Island waters

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Maui Veterans Highway closure due to single vehicle accident

Maui Veterans Highway is closed south bound between Hansen Road and Mehameha Loop and north bound from Piʻilani Highway, due to a single motor vehicle accident.

Family of Maui firefighter, Tre’ Evans-Dumaran confirms his passing

"It is with a heavy heart that we offer news of firefighter Tre’ Evans-Dumaran. The ‘ohana of Tre’ Evans-Dumaran has confirmed the passing of Tre’ this morning."

Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement gets $200,000 for community programs

The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement has been awarded a $200,000 grant from The Hawai'i Pacific Foundation Inc. to expand the reach of the council's community-facing programs, as well as add to its endowment, a news release said.

Waiehu land dispute lingers as ʻohana group begins retrieval of removed items from MEO

More than a dozen people involved in a Waiehu land dispute with nonprofit Maui Economic Opportunity, showed up at the organization's Puʻunēnē baseyard Friday to retrieve items removed last week from the subject property.

Maui Weather Forecast for February 04, 2023

Unstable, wet trade wind weather expected through this weekend with locally heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms possible, mainly over the western...

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Volcano Watch: Why are researches studying subsurface conductivity beneath Kīlauea?

The study on Kīlauea is using a passive geophysical technique that measures tiny perturbations in the natural Earth magnetic and electric fields to map out how well the rocks beneath our feet conduct electricity in order to reveal the volcano's subsurface magmatic plumbing.

UPDATE: Flash flood advisory until 4 p.m. Saturday on Kauaʻi; landfill, road closures

A community-run shelter has been opened at Hale Halawai In Hanalei due to flooding on Kauaʻi. 

Kauai Weather Forecast for February 04, 2023

Unstable, wet trade wind weather expected through this weekend with locally heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms possible, mainly over the western...

Kauai Surf Forecast for February 04, 2023

The current northwest swell (310 degrees) will slowly fade, but additional medium-period north-westerly swells (320-350) are expected over the several days...

Public input sought on ways to improve roads in Kekaha

Kaua‘i County is holding a design workshop to discuss the ‘Akialoa Road Improvements Project in Kekaha.