New chainsaw drone attachment deployed to fight rapid ʻōhiʻa death

The device is now being put to the test, sampling tree branch samples for diagnostic laboratory testing and other purposes.

Public invited to briefing about proposed update to vacation rental regulations

The proposed amendments come nearly four years after the County adopted the initial short-term vacation rental ordinance in November 2018.

UH study: Reef halos could enable coral telehealth checkup worldwide

These bands of bare, sandy seafloor surrounding coral patch reefs could provide a window into reef health around the globe.

Hawaiʻi County Council passes first law in state regulating where firearms can be carried

After weeks of work and hours of discussion and testimony, the Hawai‘i County Council on Wednesday adopted Bill 220, detailing several “sensitive places” where carrying a licensed firearm, concealed or not, will be prohibited on the Big Island.

Big Island police urge safety on the roads during the holidays

So far this year there have been 33 traffic fatalities on the Big Island, according to the Hawai‘i Police Department.

UH study: No-fishing zones benefit ʻahi, other large fish species

The recovery is good news for the environment and the global tuna fishing industry, which generates $40 billion in revenues each year and supports millions of jobs around the world.

Public input sought for project at Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park

The National Park Service is in the early stages of project planning to remove and replace the existing maintenance facilities at the park that are no inappropriately occupying areas that contain historic and ancient archaeological resources.

County winding down Emergency Rental Assistance Program

All financial assistance approved moving forward will be prioritized, and funds will be disbursed to households facing eviction, utility shutoff or who have an unemployed adult and are at risk of homelessness.

Volcano Watch: Inflating volcanoes or cloudy data? Discerning deformation from noise with InSAR

Satellites orbiting the Earth can provide normal “pictures” of a place, but can also provide thermal images, measure amounts and types of gases, changes in gravity and topography.

Governor’s Race: Both candidates have served the state as lieutenant governor

The 2022 race for governor features two men who each have served the state as lieutenant governor.

Alert level for Mauna Loa erupting remains at yellow (advisory), despite the hype

There’s a whole lot of warning going on when no warnings have been issued.

County Council and housing office divided on how to use new funding for homeless problem

The county’s housing office says the way to deal with the problem is: housing, housing, housing. The County Council understands housing is a component of the solution but says it’s not the only one.

County Council passes first reading of gun bill with a few amendments

The bill proposes several “sensitive places” where carrying a licensed firearm, concealed or not, would be prohibited on the Big Island.

Six Big Island nonprofits recommended for $400,000 in County stewardship grants

The grant money would come from a special Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Maintenance Fund.

Date for next Puna Geothermal Venture quarterly community meeting changed

Those planning to attend the next quarterly community meeting to discuss plant operations at Puna Geothermal Venture will need to update their schedules.

The message Ocean View residents were told about Mauna Loa: Be prepared

Emotions ran high Saturday afternoon in Ocean View as residents living in the community on Mauna Loa’s Southwest Rift Zone got an update on the sleeping giant’s status and had a chance to speak with and ask questions.

Research reveals Tonga eruption spawned massive phytoplankton bloom

The deposition of volcanic ash following the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai eruption was likely the most important source of nutrients responsible for massive phytoplankton growth.

Search for Big Island’s next top cop narrows to 21; identities of applicants remain secret

After finalists are identified, the public will have the chance to comment on and engage with each of the applicants for the chief’s post.

Next Foodie Trek event with Mayor Roth this week

These monthly events are intended to encourage a healthy lifestyle while giving folks the chance to chat with the mayor about anything and everything Big Island.

Hawaiʻi County Council approves proposals and priorities for 2023 State Legislature

The Hawai‘i County Council is making sure its voice is heard during the upcoming session of the Hawai‘i State Legislature.
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