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Think Pink: Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival celebrates 30th anniversary on Saturday

The Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year as it returns with in-person activities after a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic — and thousands are expected to descend on the North Hawai‘i community.

Big Island police seeking help finding missing 53-year-old last seen Nov. 23

Miriam Miller was reported missing on Jan. 31, 2023, but she was last seen on Nov. 23, 2022, in the Kona area of the Big Island.

Ballet Folklórico of Sister City La Serena, Chile to perform twice on Big Island

“This is the first group from La Serena in our almost 30-year sister city relationship to ever visit Hawai’i,” said Jane Clement, Hawai’i County’s Sister City protocol officer.

No Hawaiʻi County records available during business hours Feb. 4

No records on the County of Hawai’i website will be accessible on Feb. 4 during the day due to an infrastructure upgrade.

Hawaiʻi Land Trust announces new president and CEO

New Hawaiʻi Land Trust president and CEO ʻOlu Campbell previously worked as the community and government relations manager for Kamehameha Schools.

$3 million in federal funding announced for homelessness, housing on Hawai‘i Island

Hope Services Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i Island Home for Recovery will receive the funds.

Hawai‘i police encourage community to take Satisfaction Survey

The survey includes both multiple-choice questions and an opportunity to make individual comments.

Puna man gets 15-year prison term

Albert Kumia Jr. was on probation for felony property and drug crimes at the time of his last offense, according to prosecutors.

$10,500 donation goes to Big Island’s only diaper bank

Hawai‘i Diaper Bank serves more than 550 children per month on average.

Answer the call and attend the 7th Revitalize Puna activation

Revitalize Puna activations provide space for conversation, but the emphasis is on action and empowering community members to get engaged and make an impact.

Sperm whale found dead on Kaua’i shoreline had marine debris in its stomach

Researchers at the Health and Stranding Lab spent 15-hours trying to find clues about the death of a 56-foot-long sperm whale that washed up Friday on the reef in front of Lydgate Park on Kaua’i.

Hawaiian words of the day: hōkū welowelo

We picked today’s “Hawaiian words of the day” in honor of the rare green comet that last night flew by Earth at its closest distance in 50,000 years.

60th Annual Merrie Monarch Hōʻike tickets go on sale later this month

Hōʻike night of the 60th annual festival that showcases Hawaiian culture and hula is April 12 at Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium in Hilo.

Larry Rivera, who played with Elvis at Coco Palms, dies at 92

The legendary singer-songwriter, whose work was covered by Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole, performed throughout his life.

Look up! Rare green comet will make its closest flyby of Earth tonight

Some reports say the comet, named C/2022 E3 (ZTF), could be bright enough to see with the naked eye, and definitely with a telescope or even binoculars.

Fuel spill of 700 gallons at Maui Space Surveillance Complex atop Haleakalā

An estimated 700 gallons of diesel fuel spilled at the Maui Space Surveillance Complex located at the summit of Haleakalā. Authorities pointed toward a mechanical issue in which a diesel fuel pump for an onsite backup generator failed to shut off on Sunday night. The spill was identified on Monday morning.

Update: Issues accessing 911 telephone services in Hawaiian Paradise Park resolved

Big Island police report that Spectrum has restored access.

Entangled young humpback whale freed in Big Island waters

The whale, which is in poor condition, emaciated and suffering physical trauma, is thought to be fully disentangled with some non-wrapping embedded lines that will hopefully be shed with time.

Keauhou Shopping Center in Kona spreading the love with special Valentine’s Day events

There are many forms of love and the shopping center is highlighting them all this February.

Webinar to give veterans leg up on competition when applying for farm start-up funds from Farmer Veteran Coalition

Hoʻōla Farms is hosting a free webinar, “How to Apply for the Farmer Veteran Coalition Fellowship,” Feb. 7 online via Zoom.
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