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Update: Evacuated O‘okala residents allowed to return home following brush fire

Limited evacuations are underway near O‘okala, 28 miles north of Hilo, as Hawai‘i Fire Department works to gain control of a brush fire.

Kona man dies following 2-vehicle crash near Kealakehe High School

A Kailua-Kona man dead following a two-vehicle crash Wednesday night near Kealakehe High School.

Hawai‘i Police Confirm Suspected Fentanyl Bust in Kona

One person was arrested in connection with a suspected fentanyl drug bust in Kona on Tuesday evening, according to the Hawaiʻi Police Department.

Retired Law Enforcement Officer Sentenced to 46 Months for Cruise Ship Assault

A Nevada man was sentenced to nearly four years imprisonment and one year of supervised release after he was found guilty for assaulting an elderly passenger while on a cruise ship in Hilo in 2018.

Department of Health Adds Reinfection Cases to Weekly COVID Case Count

The state Department of Health reported 12,755 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, Sept. 28, bringing the statewide total to 355,959.

Fentanyl Distributed in Hawai‘i Now Made to Look Like Rainbow-Colored Candies

Hawaii’s High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency issued a drug threat bulletin that a shipment of suspected powdered fentanyl was smuggled into and distributed on Hawaii Island along with a large amount of rainbow-colored counterfeit pills containing suspected fentanyl.

M 4.5 Quake Rumbles Near Kīlauea Volcano

A 4.5 magnitude earthquake rattled the southwest rift zone of Kīlauea volcano this afternoon.

Kidnapping Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in 3rd Circuit Court

A Hilo man accused of kidnapping a teenage girl pleaded not guilty in Kona’s 3rd Circuit on Monday and has requested a jury trial, which was set for Feb. 7, 2023.

University of Hawaiʻi Astronomers To Track Impact of Today’s NASA Asteroid Collision Test

NASA just crashed a spacecraft the size of a school bus into an asteroid about the size of a pyramid to assess if a deliberate impact can deflect objects on a collision course with Earth.

Pāhoa Community Garden Nourishes Families and Teaches Children about the Land

Black Sands Beach subdivision is expanding its community garden with the help of committed volunteers and education.

Watch: Waipi‘o Valley Home Burns to the Ground

A residential home burned to the ground in Waipi‘o Valley Friday, a scene to which firefighters had difficulty responding given the remote location.

It’s Beer and Breakfast for NFL Fans Watching Games in Hawai’i

A melting pot of fanbases, early morning kickoffs, beers with your eggs and afternoons free when games wrap up, Hawai’i’s NFL experience is truly one-of-a-kind.

Hunter targeting wild pigs at night instead kills momma horse still nursing her foal

A Honomu resident asked a friend who was a hunter to shoot wild pigs on his property at night, but the hunter instead shot his neighbor’s horse Onyx who had a nursing foal.

COVID Weekly Update: 145 New Cases Reported on Big Island

The state Department of Health reported 1,132 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, Sept. 21, bringing the statewide total to 343,204.

Roadmap For Homelessness And Housing Falls Short of Council’s Expectations

Hawai’i County Council members expected a roadmap for how to end homelessness on the Big Island, but were mostly disappointed with what was presented.

Watch: 4 Mariners Aboard Disabled Vessel Rescued 180 Miles Off Hawai‘i Island

Four mariners were rescued 180 nautical miles off Hawai‘i Island after their sailing vessel became disabled after its rudder was damaged.

3 Men Being Screened for Firearm Offenses Following Accidental Boy Scout Shooting

Three men are being screened for firearm offenses in connection to the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy at Camp Honokāia Boy Scout Camp, near Honokaʻa last month.

Protectors of Waipi‘o Valley Protest New Rules at Entrance to Dangerous Road

Around 100 protestors gathered at Waipi’o Valley Road in response to Hawai‘i Island Mayor Mitch Roth amending his emergency order to reopen the road to residential and tour operator vehicle traffic. They said the mayor’s sudden reversal disrespected the residents who have worked for years with the county to try and find a solution to fixing the overcrowded road.

Puna Man Faces Murder, Burglary, Other Charges in Connection With Death of Hilo Woman

A Big Island man faces several charges, including second-degree murder, in connection with the death of a woman last week.

State of Hawai’i Uses MAILE AMBER Alert for Only Second Time in 17 Years

The State of Hawaiʻi’s MAILE AMBER Alert system has been used only twice in 17 years, but both times it was successful, including on Saturday with the rescue of a 15-year-old on the Big Island.
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