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Update: Kīlauea erupting; confined to Halemaʻumaʻu crater with 200-foot fountain bursts
Halemaʻumaʻu Crater at the summit of Kilauea volcano is erupting, producing a burst of volcanic emissions starting at 4:44 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
Big Island man among victims identified in fentanyl deaths at Waikīkī hotel
A Big Island resident died during an incident over the weekend in which five people apparently suffered from fentanyl poisoning at a hotel in Waikīkī.
Houseless at Kona Aquatics Center dreading Wednesday’s Hawaiʻi County sweep
There was uneasiness among at least a dozen houseless adults who were camped in front of Hawaiʻi County’s Kona Aquatics Center on Tuesday as they awaited their inevitable so-called eviction the next day.
Hawaiian monk seal Malama dies of blunt force trauma on O’ahu; previously treated at Big Island facility
The endangered Hawaiian monk seal Malama, who was treated for malnutrition at Ke Kai Ola’s Marine Mammal Center on the Big Island and found dead on March 12 on O’ahu, was killed by blunt force trauma — and it was believed to be an intentional killing, according to NOAA Fisheries.
Big Island Magical Creatures Sanctuary celebrates National Animal Rights Day
At the Magical Creatures Sanctuary on the Big island, animal advocates celebrated National Animal Rights Day.
ACLU demands Hawaiʻi County homeless sweeps stop until adequate shelters, safe places
The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i issued a letter on June 2 to the County of Hawai’i demanding that it stop planned sweeps of houseless people and their possessions until there is a place for them to go.
3 boys hunkered in Mountain View forest overnight after getting lost tracking a pig
Three boys from the Big island — who were tracking a pig on Saturday afternoon and got lost — spent the night hunkered down in the dense forest of Mountain View before being rescued on Sunday morning.
Big Island Now Poll #14: What is your favorite creature that lives in the ocean around Hawaiʻi?
World Ocean Day is June 8. In Big Island Now Poll #14 we ask: What is your favorite creature that lives in the ocean around Hawaiʻi?
Gardening in Hawaiʻi with Tom Timmons: Is my tomato a hypochondriac? Or is it really sick?
In another gardening column by Master Gardener Tom Timmons, he writes: “Sadly, tomatoes are subject to so many diseases that I think they may have suicidal tendencies. But with a little TLC, they will survive nicely until you rip them from the plant and chop them up for salsa.”
Hawaiʻi Gov. Green signs laws prohibiting firearms in certain locations; mandating active shooting training in schools
Hawaiʻi Gov. Josh Green signed laws that prohibit firearms at a variety of places — including hospitals, beaches, stadiums, movie theaters and bars that serve alcohol — and mandates active shooting training at all public and charter schools in the state.
Residents vent concerns about ‘Repower Project’ at Puna geothermal plant on Big Island
Residents vented numerous concerns Thursday night during a public meeting to discuss the new draft Environmental Impact Statement for Puna Geothermal Venture’s proposed “Repower Project.”
Legendary voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa embarking on 4-year circumnavigation of Pacific
Hōkūleʻa, the legendary voyaging canoe that revived the lost art of Polynesian voyaging and navigation and sparked a cultural renaissance in Hawaiʻi, is preparing to embark on a four-year circumnavigation of the Pacific.
Mayor Roth’s town hall series begins in West Hawai’i; issues include vacation rentals, homelessness, feral cats, pickleball
West Hawai’i residents attended Hawai’i County Mayor Mitch Roth’s new town hall series, “Sustainable Horizons: Mayor Roth’s Community Impact Check-in,” at the Rodney Yano Memorial Hall in Captain Cook Tuesday.
Another tourist following GPS drives down same ramp into water at Big Island harbor
A tourist following GPS in Kailua-Kona did the same thing as another tourist one month earlier: driving down the same ramp directly into the water at Honōkohau Small Boat Harbor.
Live Like Treʻ Day to be held in Hilo to honor fallen firefighter and star Keaʻau athlete
Live Like Treʻ Day is being held to honor the legacy of Big Island star high school athlete and Maui firefighter Tre’ Evans-Dumaran who died at age 24 after he was swept 800 yards into the ocean through a storm drain.
County announces new islandwide town hall series to start in South Kona
The town hall series is aimed at providing updates and fostering engagement with communities across Hawaiʻi Island.
Cinder block moorings found resting on coral reef temporarily postpones canoe race in Kona
The Keauhou Canoe Club hosted the Founders Regatta on Saturday at the Kailua Pier on Ali‘i Drive. Teams from the Department Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Aquatic Resources looked at the placement of the 28 race markers when they discovered the 16 cinder blocks resting on coral structures.
Magic Sands bathroom, ramp 90% finished; La’aloa project behind schedule
The new ramp and comfort station is about 90% finished at Magic Sands Beach Park in Kona, but when they will be ready to open to the public is not known yet.
64 cats, kittens captured at Queens’ Marketplace; relocated to Big Island homes
In reaction to a ban on feeding feral cats at Queensʻ Marketplace in Waikōloa Village in order to protect endanered nēnē, two local animal rescue organizations conducted a relocation project. They captured 64 felines and delivered them to homes across the Big Island — after being spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.
Update: Dive tour boat heading to night trip grounds in Kona waters; 5 injured
Hawai‘i Fire Department was dispatched to Honōkohau Harbor at 10:12 p.m. When they arrived at the scene, crews found the boat was in tide waters and had sustained substantial front hull damage.
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