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Konawaena High students visit Hōlualoa Elementary for health-focused field day

Students from Konawaena High School collaborated with parents, fellow high schoolers, and community stakeholders to organize a health and fitness field day at Hōlualoa Elementary.

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.

Hawai‘i Gov. Josh Green helps trapped driver in Waikōloa rollover crash

The former longtime Big Island physician and his motorcade were on their way Thursday morning to the dedication ceremony for a new solar facility when they witnessed the crash happen

Portion of Highway 11 in Captain Cook previously closed because of vehicle crash now open

The highway is again open between Road F and Kinue Road.

Flash flood warning for parts of West Hawaiʻi canceled

The National Weather Service in Honolulu reports that heavy rain has ended over portions of the Big Island’s west side that triggered the warning earlier today.

Flood advisory for parts of the Big Island canceled

Weather radar shows that the heavy rain that had been impacting the area has diminished. 

Hawaiʻi County breaks ground on Kaloko Heights affordable housing development in Kona

The $54.4 million Kaloko Heights development in Kailua-Kona on the west side of the Big Island will feature 99 family units, including 58 three-bedroom units, 41 two-bedroom units and one three-bedroom manager’s unit.

West Hawai‘i boy missing since July 2022 located in Kona

Big Island police report that 15-year-old Kamali‘i M.K. Lawelawe, who was previously reported as a runaway and had been missing since last summer, was located April 26 in good health.

10th annual Big Island Chocolate Festival promises sweet, savory treats

The Big Island Chocolate Festival, hosted by the Kona Cacao Association, returns for its 10th annual installment April 28 and 29 at a new venue, Waikōloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

Traffic alert: Avoid Kaiminani Drive in Kona on Tuesday afternoon due to traffic accident

Kaiminani Drive is closed between Koikoi and Ala Kapua streets in Kona is closed on Tuesday afternoon due to a traffic crash.

Kona Community Hospital achieves international Baby-Friendly designation

Kona Community Hospital has achieved the highly prestigious international Baby-Friendly designation for adhering to the highest standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

New West Hawaiʻi Filipino Chamber of Commerce seeking members

The West Hawaiʻi Filipino Chamber of Commerce was established on Dec. 9, 2022, providing a platform for local Filipino-owned businesses and professionals to collaborate and gain access to resources that will help them thrive.

West Hawaiʻi Vietnam War Memorial to be dedicated on 50th anniversary of war’s end

The public is invited to attend the 11 a.m. ceremony to unveil the West Hawaiʻi Vietnam War Memorial on March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

Hāpuna claims top spot as favorite beach in Big Island Now weekly poll; see results

The half-mile white coral sand Hāpuna Beach, the largest white sand beach on the Big Island features crystal-clear water and also offers bodysurfing and sunbathing opportunities along other beach-related activities such as picnicking.

Update: Police found missing man from Captain Cook

The Hawai‘i Police Department reports that 59-year-old Jeffrey Clarkson was found in good health on March 16.

Annual Kauikeaouli Festival celebrates birthday of Kamehameha III

The 22nd annual Kauikeaouli Festival, which commemorates the monarch’s birthday, is planned for March 17-18 at the Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay in West Hawaiʻi on the Big Island, complete with a free ʻaha mele (concert) and cultural activities.

Optometrist joins Kaiser Permanente Kona Medical Office

Benjamin Tautges received his Doctor of Optometry from Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Optometry in Pomona, Calif.

Behind the scenes of ‘Tough of Nails’ with contestant Ilima Shim of Hawaiʻi

Ilima Shim, a mother of two who lives in Kapolei, O‘ahu, and grew up in Hōnaunau on the Big Island’s west side, finished in the top six of season four of the CBS reality TV competition show “Tough As Nails.”

Attempted murder suspect faces litany of charges following five-day manhunt

The Hawai‘i Police Department says 44-year old Ronald Kahihikolo of Ocean View was arrested just before 11 a.m. Saturday near the 39.5-mile marker on Highway 19 in Hāmākua, north of Hilo, after a five-day manhunt.

Yacht tales in Hawai‘i waters with pop star, Russian oligarch, coral wrecker and thief

The plight of the Nākoa, a 94-foot luxury yacht that spent nearly two weeks grounded in Honolua Bay on Maui only to be freed from the rocky shoreline and then sink in about 800 feet of water, is not the only yacht plot to unfold in Hawai‘i waters during the past decade.
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