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Unusual late season Kona low mostly fizzles on neighbor islands, drenches O‘ahu

Last week’s storm appears to be the latest kona low to directly affect the main Hawaiian Islands in at least the past 20 years.

Video: Surveillance footage captures armed robbery at Black Lava Vape Kona

Two Kailua-Kona men were arrested in connection to the incident.

Starting Thursday, drivers in Hawai‘i can get ‘shaka plates’ benefitting nonprofit

The Shaka License Plate Program is the culmination of a two-year statewide review process, according to Project Shaka.

UHERO factbook explains Hawai‘i housing crisis as home sales hit 25-year low

UHERO reported high interest rates, high prices and low supply have continued to keep housing extremely unaffordable.

Update: High surf advisory canceled after days of extensions

Includes touthern shorelines of North and South Kona, Kaʻū and Puna on the Big Island. Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should exercise caution when entering the water.

Governor issues proclamation celebrating Hawai‘i’s school nurses

Hawaiʻi Gov. Josh Green, M.D., issued a proclamation recognizing National School Nurse Day on May 8, 2024.

Michael Konowicz announces candidacy for Hawai‘i County representing Kohala Districts

He will be going up against incumbent Cindy Evans.

Business Monday: OUTRIGGER Kona Resort & Spa begins new era with $60M face-lift

The face-lift was guided and inspired by the concept of “kōī au,” symbolizing a flowing current and eloquence. Hawaiian culture and the historic significance of Keauhou Bay, the birthplace of King Kamehameha III, are also at the forefront of the resort’s new look.

Wind advisory issued for Big Island summits

High winds can forcefully open doors and damage hinges or slam doors shut, possibly causing injuries.

Eradicating invasive coconut rhinoceros beetle means protecting economy, ecosystem and Hawaiian culture

Hawai’i County Council joins the battle to push the pests back by supporting Hawai’i County Department of Environmental Management public awareness and outreach initiative aimed at minimizing breeding grounds on the Big Island.

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Support for Maui abounded during competition nights at the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival
Kaua‘i fills Līhu‘e Airport to welcome hālau hula home from Merrie Monarch Festival
O‘ahu hālau captures overall win in 61st annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival
Winning 2024 Miss Aloha Hula competition a dream come true for Oʻahu dancer
2024 Miss Aloha Hula from O‘ahu; Merrie Monarch Hula competition continues tonight with group performances in hula kahiko

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Top 10 things to do on Big Island for May 16-22: Honoka‘a Western Week, first ever Hala Festival, The Spirit of Kaloko-Honokōhau Day and more

The diversity of events and activities happening around the Big Island during the next week, as always, is as wide as the people who call the island home.

Get ready for the Ka‘ū Coffee Experience

The 14th Ka‘ū Coffee Festival returns in June providing a unique, interactive experience showcasing the diverse and award-winning coffees grown by coffee farmers in the sprawling, southern rural district of Hawai‘i Island.

Top 10 things to do on Big Island — and then some — for May 9-15: So much happening, especially for Mother’s Day, this week’s list is actually a Top 16

It shouldn’t be difficult to find something to do with Mom this weekend. The Big Island has plenty of events planned just for Mother’s Day, from brunch to parasailing.

Mix masters: Merriman’s Honolulu team wins 2024 Kings’ Shops Cocktail Contest

13 of Hawai‘i’s top bartenders showed off their creative energy as they competed head-to-head in three rounds April 28 on the Big Island.

Top 10 things to do on the Big Island for May 2-8: Kodomo No Matsuri, AstroDay, Mālama Healing Festival and more

Live music, hands-on educational science activities and demonstrations, Children’s Day celebrations, art displays, crafts and even a party for Cinco De Mayo are on tap this weekend.

Big Island Polls Chevron Forward

Big Island Now poll No. 54: Which of these bills should the Hawaiʻi Legislature have passed this year but didn’t?
Big Island Now poll No. 53 results: Hawai‘i’s most important contribution to the world seems to be itself
Big Island Now poll No. 53: What is Hawai‘i’s most important contribution to the world?
Big Island Now poll No. 52 results: Vote evenly spread for best place to spot humpback whales from island shores
Big Island Now poll No. 52: Which of these locations is best to watch humpback whales from Big Island shores?

Big Island Business Chevron Forward

Business Monday: OUTRIGGER Kona Resort & Spa begins new era with $60M face-lift
Business Monday: Accounting UH-Hilo grad enters the Big Island workforce
Educator externship held to advance creative technical skills for Hawai‘i teachers, enhance student workforce readiness
UHERO forecast: Counties poised for slower growth, inflation surpasses national average
Business Monday: Island Dermatology promotes preventative skin care
CU Hawaiʻi donates$20,000 with a matching grant to support affordable housing initiatives
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Hawai'i Volcano Blog Chevron Forward

Activity up slightly with increase in quakes under Kīlauea caldera, upper East Rift Zone
Volcano Watch: A fresh look at Kīlauea’s 1924 explosive deposits
Volcano Watch: The blast of the century at Kīlauea
Earthquakes continue beneath Kīlauea summit

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Rare sighting of Risso’s dolphins in Kona leave tour guides in awe
Researchers: Olympic tower construction could damage Tahiti reef ecosystem
Deaths of young dolphin, humpback calf highlight importance of responsible boating in Hawaiʻi waters
Citizen scientists collect valuable data that help continue humpback whale conservation

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Maui Surf Forecast for May 21, 2024

Surf along south-facing shores will continue to gradually decline over the next several days. No significant swells are expected along south facing shores...

Hui Aloha Playground at Keōpūolani Regional Park to be temporarily closed May 21 to May 24

Hui Aloha Playground at Keōpūolani Regional Park will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 21 to 24 while undergoing vandalism surfacing repair.  All adjacent facilities will remain open and accessible with other parking areas available to use. 

HTA: Maui hotels still impacted by wildfires, but led counties in April 2024 RevPAR due to higher daily rates

Maui County hotels continued to be impacted by the Aug. 8, 2023, wildfires, but still led the counties in April 2024 revenue per available room (RevPAR) due to comparatively higher average daily rate (ADR), according to the Hawaiʻi Hotel Performance Report, issued by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority.

Owners of grounded luxury yacht Nakoa seeking contested case over $1.8 million fine

The owners of the luxury yacht Nakoa want a formal contested case hearing to fight a $1.8 million fine assessed last month by the Board of Land and Natural Resources.

Home sales hit 25-year low, housing crisis explained in UHERO factbook

The past year has brought significant shocks to the housing market in Hawaiʻi. Per the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO), overall transactions in 2023 was only half of what it was in 2021, and fewer single family homes were transacted in Hawaiʻi last year than in any of the last 25 years.

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Zuckerberg settles lawsuit following 2019 death of security guard

The complaint, first filed in August 2021, accuses Zuckerberg's LLC and his property's head of security, Hank Barriga, of wrongful death, negligence, infliction of severe emotional distress, and punitive damages due to 70-year-old security guard Rodney Medeiros dying after being told to climb a muddy trail in rainy weather following his shift on Aug. 4, 2019.

Kekaha homes evacuated Sunday, as firefighters and more contained propane leak

Upon arrival, first responders from a distance observed a small cloud of gas vapor from a 120-gallon propane tank.

Injured hiker rescued in Kōke‘e on Sunday

The 43-year-old West Virginia woman was found on the Kukui Trail.

Home sales hit 25-year low, Hawai‘i housing crisis explained in UHERO factbook

UHERO reported high interest rates, high prices and low supply have continued to keep housing extremely unaffordable.

Kauai Weather Forecast for May 20, 2024

The low pressure system far north of the state will continue to drift slowly northward over the next few days. The high pressure ridge will build in north of...