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Wind advisory in effect for Big Island summits

The National Weather Service forecasts sustained east winds of 40 to 50 mph, with gusts of more than 60 mph.

670K gallons of wastewater spews into Hilo Bay

The Hawai‘i Department of Health was notified and issued a water quality advisory for the bay, outside of the Hilo breakwater.

Islandwide backpack drive for keiki in need in full swing

New and unfilled backpacks may be dropped off at any Hawai‘i Island police station.

2024 Primary Elections: Several state, federal races already decided

Another head-to-head matchup between former state Sen. Laura Acasio and incumbent state Sen. Lorraine Inouye, both of Hilo, is on the ballot, as well as a race for a new face to fill the seat being vacated by longtime legislator state Rep. Richard Onishi, who is retiring this year.

Big Island health care providers urge public to mask up, get vaccinated as COVID cases continue to climb

Hawai‘i County is seeing an average of 14 new cases a day throughout a week’s time, with a 6.6% test positivity rate. The state on the other hand is seeing an average of 175 new cases a day during a 7-day period, an increase of 3 from the prior week, and has a 16.7% test positivity rate.

Satellite built by University of Hawai‘i students chosen for NASA launch

The student-led mission aims to study solar energetic particle events and increase knowledge of the Sun.

Gov. Josh Green issues intent to veto 17 bills

This veto list reflects our need to prioritize Hawaiʻi’s crippling high cost of living, the state’s affordable housing crisis and Hawaiʻi’s families impacted by the Maui wildfires,” said Gov. JoshGreen.

Big Island weekly lane closures: June 22-28

Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice.

Kurtistown man caught driving truck with loaded gun granted supervised release

The defendant, Beau De Dier, was reportedly in possession of a loaded Ruger .357 caliber revolver while driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck on Kanoelehua Avenue in Hilo on June 13, 2024.

Section of work scheduled on Māmalahoa Highway in North Kona

Beginning June 24, the work schedule will be Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Merrie Monarch Chevron Forward

Support for Maui abounded during competition nights at the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival
Kaua‘i fills Līhu‘e Airport to welcome hālau hula home from Merrie Monarch Festival
O‘ahu hālau captures overall win in 61st annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival
Winning 2024 Miss Aloha Hula competition a dream come true for Oʻahu dancer
2024 Miss Aloha Hula from O‘ahu; Merrie Monarch Hula competition continues tonight with group performances in hula kahiko

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Top 10 things to do on Big Island for June 20-26: ‘The Gin Game,’ ‘Fun Home,’ Ladies That Rock, The Summer Slide, Over the Rainbow Drag Brunch and more

Get ready for a week filled with theater, music, comedy and just plain fun on the Big Island.

Top 10 things to do on Big Island for June 13-19: Father’s Day Blues Jam, The Mākaha Sons live, O-Bon Fest 2024 and much more

Also don’t miss three cultural events coming up at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, the opening of a new culinary market in Waikōloa and a slew of other events and activities.

King Kamehameha Day celebrations to close a portion of Ali‘i Drive all day

For the first time in the history of the festival, a portion of Ali‘i Drive will remain closed all day for the celebration.

Top 10 things to do on Big Island for June 6-12: 7th annual Hawai‘i Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival, Street Eats, lei hulu demonstration and more

There is plenty to do around the island during the next week. If you’re looking for something else, don’t miss Jeremy Enslow’s “Strength” art show at The Exhibit in Hilo in celebration of Pride Month or the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club’s 39th annual Show & Sale either. Plus, catch the live performance of Fourever Fab in honor of The Beatles.

Festivals, feasts and volunteer opportunities coming to Big Island throughout summer

Upcoming events and activities on the Big Island include a rodeo, a rubber duckie race, cultural festivals and more.

Big Island Polls Chevron Forward

Poll results: Legalizing cannabis gets most individual votes for what bills Hawai‘i lawmakers should have passed but didn’t
Big Island Now poll No. 54: Which of these bills should the Hawaiʻi Legislature have passed this year but didn’t?
Big Island Now poll No. 53 results: Hawai‘i’s most important contribution to the world seems to be itself
Big Island Now poll No. 53: What is Hawai‘i’s most important contribution to the world?
Big Island Now poll No. 52 results: Vote evenly spread for best place to spot humpback whales from island shores

Big Island Business Chevron Forward

Business Monday: Family-owned Big Island Toyota to be sold
Controversial Kaua‘i resort Coco Palms to be rebuilt by global firm; 2026 opening planned
 Hawaiʻi police lieutenant graduates from FBI National Academy
Police seek help with 2022 homicide case after finding decomposed body in Big Island residence
Maui-based company announces first Duke’s restaurant on Big Island
Business Monday: Punaluʻu Bakeshop helping fuel voyages with new energy bar
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Hawai'i Volcano Blog Chevron Forward

Volcano Watch: Petrologists gather to discuss challenges and goals in understanding Kīlauea chemistry
Volcano Watch – A decade later, remembering the Pāhoa lava flow crisis
Trails reopen within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park following brief Kīlauea eruption
Volcano Watch — Keeping up with Kīlauea

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Update: High bacteria count notification canceled for West Hawai‘i beach
Nearly 32 tons of marine debris removed from Kuaihelani, also known as Midway Atoll
Update: High surf warning issued for Big Island’s south-facing shores, replacing earlier advisory
Hawaiʻi Marine Animal Response plans to open sea turtle ER, rehab center

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Maui Surf Forecast for June 24, 2024

Surf along south facing shores will remain near or slightly below seasonal normals through midweek as a small, medium to long period, swell moves...

Maui OnStage announces free tickets for kids to see summer musical ‘Seussical’

Thanks to the Wave of Harmony Foundation's, kids 12 and under receive free entry to a Dr. Seuss extravaganza that performs at the Historic ‘Iao Theater in Wailuku from July 12 through Aug. 4.

Kaunoa Senior Services will offer free bingo for seniors June 27 in West Maui

Kaunoa Senior Services announced that it will offer free bingo for seniors from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, June 27, 2024, at Kaunoa Clubhouse in Royal Lahaina Resort’s Aliʻi Ballroom, 2780 Kekaʻa Drive, Kāʻanapali.

Volcano Watch — Petrologists gather to discuss challenges and goals in understanding Kīlauea chemistry

In May of this year, a group of volcano geochemists and petrologists (scientists who study the chemistry, textures, and origins of volcanic rocks) met in Hilo to discuss how to improve our understanding of magma storage and evolution at Kīlauea.

Lahaina Restoration Foundation to host Hawaiian music series, June 27

This month’s popular Hawaiian Music Series will be held at 6 p.m. June 27 at Maui Historical Society Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House Museum lawn in Wailuku. Local musician and singer Ron Kuala’au and Pelekila will perform.

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University of Hawai‘i student-built satellite selected for NASA launch

The student-led mission aims to study solar energetic particle events and increase knowledge of the Sun.

Kauai Weather Forecast for June 23, 2024

High pressure north of the state will maintain breezy trade winds the next few days. Showers will primarily favor windward coastal and mauka slopes. Trades will...

Kauai Surf Forecast for June 23, 2024

Surf along south facing shores will remain near or slightly below seasonal normals through midweek as a small, medium to long period, swell moves...

Primary elections 2024: State House races already decided, but ballot will have federal challenges

Voters should start seeing 2024 primary ballots arriving in their mailboxes beginning July 23.

‘Sky aglow with fire & death’ – Uncle of Kaua‘i man flew on D-Day 80 years ago, long-lost letter shows

Wailuā Homesteads resident Robin Gibson and his family read RAF pilot Gordon Gibson's handwritten account of D-Day every June.