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Hawaiian Electric asking public to reduce electricity use to prevent outages

For the past several weeks, Hawaiian Electric has been asking customers to conserve electricity due to the unavailability of several large generators and cautioned that rolling outages might be needed if generation fell short of demand.

Police renew request for missing Pa‘auilo woman

Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information regarding 61-year-old Haunani Trask Gibson, of Pa‘auilo, who was reported missing in November 2023.  

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority launches dashboard to connect visitors with volunteer opportunities

“By integrating Kanu Hawai‘i’s system and their network of nonprofit organizations throughout the state, we are seamlessly connecting visitors with even more opportunities to improve our home for future generations,” said Daniel Nāho‘opi‘i, HTA’s interim president and CEO.

Big Island Now poll No. 53: What is Hawai‘i’s most important contribution to the world?

There Merrie Monarch Festival was recently named the top cultural festival in the United States in an online poll by USA Today’s 10Best. It’s just one of several examples during the past couple of years of the people, places, culture and things of Hawai‘i, including the Big Island, being nationally awarded or featured nationwide.

Hawaii County to hold free health fairs for National Public Heath Week

“The impacts of our public health providers are vital to the well-being of our residents,” said Mayor Mitch Roth in a statement. “It’s not just about treating illnesses; it’s about promoting wellness, preventing disease, and fostering a community where everyone can thrive. Our commitment to public health is a commitment to caring for each other and ensuring a healthier future for all.”

Big Island Now poll No. 52 results: Vote evenly spread for best place to spot humpback whales from island shores

Kapa‘a Beach Park received the most votes with 158. It was followed by Hualālai (Four Seasons Resort) with 142, Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach Park with 123 votes, Hawaiian Paradise Park with 115 and Old Coast Guard Road rounded out the top 5 with 110 votes.

Travelers to Big Island should plan ahead for Easter weekend and Merrie Monarch Hula Festival

The week-long Merrie Monarch cultural festival is expected to draw thousands of participants and enthusiasts to Hawai‘i Island, which could mean increased crowds and limited parking at Hawai‘i’s five busiest airports. The Hilo International Airport in particular is expected to be busy throughout the festival week, and travelers flying into and out of Hilo should plan accordingly.

Long-awaited dredging of Hilo’s Wailoa Small Boat Harbor could begin this summer

Initial funding for the project was released in January, a consultant has been hired and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers indicated it will fast-track the required permitting process.

Honolulu man cited for illegal take and possession of fish

The DLNR said an officer with its Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) responded to a complaint shortly after 10 p.m. on Mar. 21, and upon arriving at the scene, saw Moufa with dozens of fish in the back seat of a car.

Update: District Court judge maintains bail for Puna man accused of starving a toddler

The 31-year-old remains in police custody on $85,000 bail and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

Hawai‘i Police Department publicizes staff promotion

“Scott has been in the position of Area I Major for some time in an acting capacity,” said Deputy Police Chief Reed Mahuna in a statement. “He has done a terrific job and we are very excited to be able to make his promotion permanent.”

Merrie Monarch travelers reminded of ʻōhiʻa quarantine

Plant quarantine inspectors will be stationed at airports in Hilo and Kona to collect any ʻōhiʻa material which will be respectfully returned to the native forests on Hawai‘i Island. During last year’s Merrie Monarch travel period, PQB inspectors intercepted 31 lei poʻo (head lei) in Hilo and 12 lei poʻo in Kona.

Hawai‘i Police Department warns of phone scammers posing as officers

The scammers are calling with altered caller ID numbers displaying Hawai‘i Police Department phone numbers, posing as police officers telling victims that they have outstanding warrants. The individuals then ask the victims to divulge personal information or make payments.

Hawai‘i Island police seeking missing 16-year-old runaway

Police ask that anyone with information about Navarrete’s whereabouts to please call the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Officer Corey Kaneko at (808) 961-8843 or email:  corey.kaneko@hawaiicounty.gov.

Public asked to prepare for murky water following upcoming fire hydrant flow test

Waters in the affected areas might be slightly discolored and turbid water for several hours after the test.

Sen. Schatz announces passage of appropriations deal, securing billions in new federal funding for state

The U.S. Senate passed the first half of a bipartisan appropriations deal on Friday, Mar. 8, which aims to deliver billions in federal funding for critical programs that benefit Hawai‘i.

Hawai‘i Island police seek public help finding missing teen

Missing person Saysha Kaholo-Hiapo, 17, of Kailua-Kona, was reported as a runaway on Mar. 8, 2024.

Big Island Now poll No. 52: Which of these locations is best to watch humpback whales from Big Island shores?

With more whales in the water, that means more chances to spot them while they’re here, especially during the peak humpback season from January through March.

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Supports ‘Āina-based Training and Stewardship Program on Hawai‘i Island

Ten Kaʻū community residents were recently celebrated at a hō‘ike in Pāhala for completing “Ka‘ū Hoa Pili ‘Āina,” a four-month, ‘āina-based education training program as part of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s (HTA) destination management efforts and Hawai‘i Island Community-Based Action Stewardship Program. “The Ka‘ū community voiced the need to better manage tourism impacts on the […]

Kea‘au Man Arrested and Charged With Terroristic Threatening

Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged 31-year-old Dylan Jessen Gapp, of Kea‘au, with first-degree terroristic threatening. The charges stem from on a reported harassment incident on Feb. 25, when Gapp allegedly confronted a 28-year-old Kea‘au man and attempted to instigate a physical altercation. His bail has been set at $5,000.
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