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Have you seen 16-year-old Kaila Harris? Big Island police want to know

Harris was last seen at about midnight March 3 on 31st Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park, wearing a black shirt and blue shorts.

Police seek help identifying person of interest in theft from Kea‘au retail store

The unidentified man observed on video surveillance is described as possibly in his 20s, having a thin build and a fair complexion with dark colored hair. He was last seen wearing a pink hooded jacket.

Amid dismal rainy weather in East Hawai‘i beauty can be found

Mother Nature has teased many of us with a few breaks, psyching us out with sunny and blue skies, before 10 minutes later turning the faucet back on full blast. It’s been cold and windy. The weather has definitely been more than a bit dismal. That doesn’t mean, however, we have to be.

Boy Scouts of America ask court to dismiss wrongful death lawsuit of 11-year-old on Big Island

In its response to a wrongful death lawsuit, the Boy Scouts of America admits only that 11-year-old Manny Carvalho died Aug. 28, 2022, “due to a gunshot while attending a Boy Scout Troop 19 Family Fun Day at Camp Honokāia.”

Missing 11-year-old located in good health

Ryden Watson-Beck was located in Mountain View shortly after police issued an advisory seeking help finding him Tuesday, Feb. 28.

UPDATE: High wind warning for Kohala, high surf warning for east-facing Big Island shores

The high wind warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday, with a wind advisory for much of the rest of the island also in effect. The high surf warning will remain until 6 a.m. Thursday.

Clintons trek around Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park during Big Island visit

Turns out, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton weren’t just on the Big Island last week for the blessing of the Grace Parish Center at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish in Kailua-Kona. They also made a stop at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park with their daughter Chelsea and her family.

Update: 14-year-old runaway located in good health

Big Island police report that 14-year-old Serenity Salmo-Kāʻawa was found Feb. 25 in Hilo.

East Hawai’i finally sees the sun, after 10 days of rain — and snow on the summits

Beginning Feb. 16 in East Hawai’i, back-to-back Kona Lows followed by persistent showers ushered in by returning trade winds drenched places from Honomū to Pāhala, but the rain finally stopped long enough on Saturday to give the saturated ground a chance to dry out a little, at least in Hilo.

Reminder: Tickets for 60th Annual Merrie Monarch Hōʻike go on sale Sunday

Tickets for the non-competitive hula exhibition scheduled for Wednesday night, April 12, will be available in person from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until they are sold out, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium box office in Hilo.

Volcano Watch: The missing slow slip events on Kīlauea’s south flank

Over the past two decades, scientists and members of the public have anticipated the occurrence of slow slip events (SSEs) on Kīlauea’s south flank. These events are recorded by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s (HVO) continuous GPS network, which show as much as 2 cm (0.75 inches) of increased seaward motion of the flank over 2-3 days — equivalent to about a M6 earthquake.

Runaway last seen in 2022 located in good health

Big Island police report that Kayzlyn Grammer was located Feb. 21 in Hilo.

Rain, rain, go away: Eastern, southern portions of Big Island still getting wet

There is still at least a 50% chance of scattered showers on Wednesday afternoon with that chance increasing to 80% on Wednesday night for some locations in East Hawai‘i.

Informational meeting planned for Kīlauea Avenue/Keawe Street rehab project in Hilo

The purpose of the meeting is not only to provide details about the upcoming project but also to get feedback from the community about the planned work.

Kona Low Day 2: Flash flood warning for eastern half of Big Island extended into Sunday

At 9:51 p.m., radar and rain gauges indicated that rainfall rates have eased over the southeast flank of the Big Island. However, runoff levels were still high and rain continued in some locations, with heavy rainfall is still possible in the warning areas.

Celebrate Mardi Gras this weekend in Honoka‘a, rain or shine

The Honoka‘a Business Association is excited to invite everyone back for the Mardi Gras festivities, food and fun. This faire la fête promises another grand time fit for the French Quarter.

AARP Cupid Crew delivers Valentine’s Day roses to kūpuna throughout East Hawai‘i

The Cupid Crew is part of Wish of a Lifetime from AARP, a program that combats the negative effects of isolation and strengthens social ties and intergenerational connections of people 65 and older.

Firefighters extinguish Valentine’s Day structure fire

The Hawai‘i County Fire Department has not yet announced a probable cause of the fire or estimated the total cost of property damage.

Downtown Hilo to get much needed road upgrades, starting with Kino‘ole resurfacing

The Kino‘ole Street resurfacing project is just the beginning for roadway upgrades in Downtown Hilo on the Big Island.

Update: High surf advisory canceled for east-facing shores on Big Island

The National Weather Service has updated its forecast. A high surf advisory for east-facing shores of the Big Island is now in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday.
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