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Big Island News

Motorcyclist Critically Injured in Puna Traffic Collision

A head-on traffic collision in Kea‘au involving a motorcycle and sedan resulted in the motorcyclist being critically injured.

Ige Keeps Current COVID Rules in Place

Gov. David Ige on Wednesday signed the latest COVID-19 emergency proclamation, keeping in place current restrictions and officially adding cruise ship passengers to the list of travelers who must abide by Safe Travels Hawaiʻi requirements.

All Lanes Open Again on Highway 11 After Puna Accident

Big Island police report that all lanes are now open on Highway 11 between Meaulu Street and ❛Ōla❛a Road.

Police Seek Suspect Who Used Counterfeit Bill

Big Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a person responsible for using a counterfeit bill to complete a transaction Tuesday, Jan. 25, at a store in Kea‘au.

Portion of Highway 11 in Puna Closed Due to Traffic Accident

Both lanes of Highway 11 between Meaulu Street (Keaʻau Ag Lots) and Olaʻa Road are closed for the next several hours due to a traffic accident.

Hawaiian Electric Launches Bill Credit Program

Hawaiian Electric will apply $2 million in bill credits for customers who have struggled to pay their electric bill during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DOH Reports 2,050 New COVID Cases Statewide

The state Department of Health reported 2,050 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 208,887.

Big Island Business

Hawaiian Airlines Offers Travel Waivers Due to Intense, Protracted Storms
HTA Issues RFP for MCI Marketing and Management Services
KCH Looks to Grow Staff Through Specialty Hires, New Accredited Program
American Job Center Hawaiʻi to Host Free, Virtual Job Fair Thursday
Kona Commons to Host Artisan Market in November
September Visitor Spending in Hawai´i Down 15% From Pre-Pandemic Total


Nearly 2,000 Trees Planted on Big Island as Part of ReTree Hawai‘i Project
Action 4 Animals to Host Adoption Event in February
Mass Transit Offers Free Bikeshare to Hele-On Riders
Par Hawai‘i Fueling Dreams for Special Olympics Athletes

Hawaii Volcano Blog

Volcano Watch: Deciphering Explosive Behavior at Mauna Loa
Lack of Trade Winds Shift Vog Over E. Hawaiʻi
Volcano Watch: The Legacy of Alexander Lancaster
Volcano Watch: Should Old Eruptions be Forgot? Increase Your Volcano Awareness This January

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

High Surf Advisory Extended for West-Facing Shores
High Surf Advisory for West-Facing Shores Goes Into Effect Wednesday Morning
Underwater Cleanup Set For Keauhou Bay Saturday
State Issues Record Fines Against Aquarium Fishing Couple

Maui Now

Lahaina fire results in $15,000 damage

Crews arrived on scene at 893 Kuhua Street to find a canopy-type shelter and miscellaneous items within, fully engulfed.

COVID-19 emergency proclamation, adds cruise ships to Safe Travels Hawaiʻi

Governor David Ige has signed the latest COVID-19 emergency proclamation, keeping in place current COVID restrictions and officially adding cruise ship passengers to the list of travelers who must abide by Safe Travels Hawaiʻi requirements.

Kula Hospital Appoints New Medical Director, Dr. Kenneth Scott

Maui Health and Kula Hospital announced the appointment of Kenneth Scott Jr. DO, CMD as the Kula Hospital Medical Director, effective Jan. 17, 2022.

Hawaiian Electric to issue $2M in one-time bill credits to past-due customers

The Kōkua Fund Bill Credit Program will automatically provide a one-time credit of $90 to past-due balances for about 22,000 residential and business customers by Jan. 31.

Hawai’i Congressional Democrats defend EPA’s Clean Air Act authority in US Supreme Court case

Today, Hawai'i Sen. Mazie Hirono, Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Kai Kahele, along with 189 other congressional Democrats, submitted an amicus brief to support the EPA's ability to regulate carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act in the Supreme Court case: West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency.  

Kauai Now

Nonprofit Fulfills Vision Supporting Hawaiian Business on Homestead Lands

Anahola Cafe opened at the end of October 2021. It's led by the Homestead Community Development Corporation, a Native Hawaiian nonprofit dedicated to creating jobs and affordable housing on or near Hawaiian Home Lands, and a handful of Anahola residents.

Ige Keeps Current COVID Rules in Place

This emergency proclamation will remain in effect through March 25, unless terminated or superseded by a separate proclamation.

Distribution of Home COVID Tests in Kapa‘a Moved in Anticipation of Large Turnout

Because of the anticipated large turnout, the distribution of home COVID test kits slated for Thursday, Jan. 27, in Kapa‘a has been moved to a different venue.

Coast Guard Spill Response Plan Tested in Nawiliwili Harbor

The Coast Guard's Geographic Response Strategy is a plan for spills in marine environments at deep-water commercial and small boat harbors. #KauaiNow #KauaiNews #HawaiiNews

159 New COVID Cases Confirmed on Kaua‘i

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office announced 159 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, Jan. 26.