Lāhainā ‘Tree-covery Project’ more than famous banyan tree

The banyan is not the only tree receiving attention from a group of volunteer arborists and landscapers who have banded together as the Lāhainā Treescape Restoration Project.

New funding to focus on future prevention of wildfires, trauma-informed education

RAPID funding is used for proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural disasters.

Fentanyl crisis continues on Big Island; more funding needed for prevention

Hawaiʻi Island Fentanyl Task Force says having more funding would help address the issue of prevention and addiction on Hawai’i Island.

Police find wanted woman Kira Lazar

Lazar has been interviewed by detectives with the Hawai‘i Police Department’s Area II Criminal Investigation Section.

Police seeking endangered Hilo child

Eleven-year-old Kulia Uaiwa-Penn has black hair, brown eyes and weighs 130 pounds.

Hilo woman charged with attempted distribution of methamphetamine

On Sept. 27, VICE officers executed narcotics search warrants upon a vehicle and residence located on Kino‘ole Street in Hilo and recovered over 46 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

October is ‘Stop the Ant Month’ in Hawaiʻi

Little fire ants are considered among the world’s worst invasive species. Little fire ants are tiny ants, measuring 1/16 of an inch long, and orange in color. Little fire ants move slowly and stings tend to occur when the ants fall from trees or vegetation onto people, or when infestations become so large that the ants move into yards, homes, and businesses.

Couple suffer burns following structure fire in Ocean View

Hawai‘i Fire Department responded to the blaze, located at Keaka and Orchid Parkways, at 11:13 p.m. on Sunday.

Humanity Hale’s Fall Fest Fundraiser will benefit foster youth

Festivities will include chef-inspired cuisine, beverages, live music and art, DJ with dancing, vendors, face painting, games and a photo booth for keiki against a backdrop of Hualalai and panoramic views of the Kailua-Kona skyline.

Big Island Now Poll No. 30: Have you seen your concerns addressed after attending a Coffee with a Cop event?

The popular event provides the opportunity for community members and police to have candid conversations and ask questions over a simple cup of joe about topics ranging from sharing personal stories to discussing neighborhood issues.

Police seeking runaway Tristen Denis-Silva

Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Tristen Denis-Silva who was last seen in the Eden Roc Estates Subdivision in Mountain View on Saturday.

Hawaiʻi Statewide Outdoor Warning Siren System test scheduled for Monday

The monthly test of Hawaiʻi’s Statewide Outdoor Warning Siren System is scheduled for Oct. 2 at 11:45 a.m. This test will include a one-minute Attention Alert Signal.

Clarence and the colossal kalo: Big Island farmer grows world-record 50-pounder

South Kona farmer 71-year-old Clarence Medeiros Jr. has pulled up some large kalo before, but he — and it turns out the rest of the world — had never seen a taro corm that big until it came out of one of his parcels.

Big Island Now poll results: Emergency access to communities needs improvement islandwide

In looking at how emergency access can improve in communities, voters in the latest Big Island Now poll had one clear answer: build more roads.

Mountain View man dies in single-vehicle crash in Hilo

Speed appears to be the primary factor in this investigation. An autopsy was ordered to determine the exact cause of death. The man’s identity is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.

Big Island’s Subaru Telescope mentors 4 students as part of 2023 Akamai Workforce Initiative

For eight weeks during the summer, the interns received help from Subaru staff mentors to complete real-life science and technology projects in a professional setting and working on important projects that will help the telescope prepare for the future.

Grant applications open for wildfire risk reduction, landscape scale restoration

The opportunities include Landscape Scale Restoration grants, Community Wildfire Defense grants, and Wildland-Urban Interface grants. All three opportunities are funded by the US Forest Service and full details are available through the Hawaiʻi Awards and Notices Data System.

Big Island’s W. M. Keck Observatory captures images of cosmic web

New results from the Keck Cosmic Web Imager, or KCWI, which was designed by Caltech’s Edward C. Stone Professor of Physics Christopher Martin and his team, are the first to show direct light emitted by the largest and most hidden portion of the cosmic web: the crisscrossing wispy filaments that stretch across the darkest corners of space between galaxies. The KCWI instrument is based at the W. M. Keck Observatory atop Maunakea on the Big Island.

Top 1% in the world ranking for University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa research, teaching

The flagship campus of the 10-campus system placed No. 57 in the U.S. and in the No. 201–250 tier worldwide. That’s out of more than 25,000 colleges and universities in the world (top 250 qualifies as the world’s top 1%).

Police seeking public’s assistance with Kona robbery investigation

Upon arriving on scene near the intersection of Ma’a Way and Kaiwi Street at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, officers located a 70-year-old Kailua-Kona man with visible injuries to his head and facial area. The victim related that while sitting on rock wall, he was approached by a male party who demanded his backpack and cellphone. The suspect then told him, “Give me your backpack or I’m going to shoot you!”
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