From homeless to a Big Island police officer; Hope Services provided ‘break’ his family needed

Brandee Menino, executive director of Hope Services, said affordable housing is nearly non-existent on the Big Island, with a two-bedroom home now ranging from $1,800 to $2,500 a month.

Volcano Watch: What are the Volcano Alert Level and Aviation Color Code?

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory sets the two designations for volcanoes in Hawaii and American Samoa.

Fishpond access road to be closed at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park

Additionally, some area closures might occur at Ai‘opio fishtrap.

Applications being accepted for Waipiʻo Valley Emergency Road Closure advisory committee

The Waipiʻo Valley’s Emergency Road Closure advisory committee will consist of 13 individuals, representing various community sectors.

Beach parks in North Kohala and Hilo remain closed due to high surf

Beach parks in North Kohala and Hilo remain closed today due to high surf.

Puna man charged with terroristic threatening and firearms offenses

The charges against Rodney Kaʻahu, 45, stem from an incident that occurred on Nov. 21, 2022 in the Leilani Estates subdivision.  

Police: 16 motorists arrested for DUI

Two of the drivers were involved in traffic accidents. One of the drivers was younger than 21.

Pōhakuloa Training Area first responders honored for supporting Big Island community

Pōhakuloa Training Area provides emergency support within a 500-square-mile radius in the Saddle Road region and is often the first to arrive on scene for incidents on Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

Hilo Christmas parade returns in full glory on Nov. 26

A glorious glow of thousands of twinkling and steadily shining bright lights will again bathe Downtown Hilo in holiday spirit on Saturday with the return of a yuletide tradition.A glorious glow of thousands of twinkling and steadily shining bright lights will again bathe Downtown Hilo in holiday spirit on Saturday with the return of a yuletide tradition.

New set of short videos available to help prevent spread of garden pests and diseases

Topics covered include proper methods for sharing sweet potato, recognizing banana bunchy top virus and disposal of different kinds of contaminated plant materials.

Hoʻōla Farms in Hilo receives $750,000 USDA grant for veterans program

Hoʻōla Veteran Services — the nonprofit home of Hoʻōla Farms — has been awarded the 3-year USDA grant to support their “Groundwork to Grow: Agribusiness” pilot program.

Wastewater discharge into Puhi Bay in Hilo prompts advisory

The public is advised to remain out of waters from Puhi Bay to Onekahakaha until warning signs have been removed.

Keauhou Canoe Club inspires students with Hawaiian culture, paddling fun

A new monthly program born out of a partnership between the club and a West Hawai‘i school is getting eighth-graders out from behind their desks to learn in the real world.

Palani Road mural tells story of Kona’s famed love song about Kamehameha II

The mural and the song are reminders to the community to continue to love this place and to care for it as kūpuna before us have.

41st annual Christmas Treasures Art, Jewelry, Gift and Craft Fair scheduled in Kona

The event will be hosted by Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel on Nov. 25-26.

UPDATE: Dangerously large breaking waves of 20 to 30 feet now forecast through Saturday night for parts of Big Island

The dangerous surf coincides with strong to gale-force winds and spring high tide.

Tips to keep pets safe on Thanksgiving

One pet safety tip: Say no to table scraps. Too much rich, fatty food, or simply new, unfamiliar foods can upset a pet’s stomach—and even cause pancreatitis.

Kona shopkeepers excited for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday

After two years of in-person capacity restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kona businesses are banking on the return of in-person customers for the biggest holiday shopping weekends of the year.

Jackie Rey’s and Salvation Army team up again to deliver Thanksgiving meals to elderly

Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill in Kona, with help from volunteers and the Salvation Army Kona Corps, will deliver 500 to 600 meals to the elderly and shut-ins on Thanksgiving.

Dry October for Big Island ends with much needed precipitation and return of rainbow season

Despite the start of the wet season at the beginning of October, several locations on the Big Island remained dry for a good chunk of the month.
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