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Prosecutors seek life in prison for woman charged in fatal Hilo hit-and-run

Sienna Tavares-Brown’s blood alcohol content was allegedly more than three times the legal limit.

3-foot long ball python found in O‘ahu home

The snake was discovered on April 13.

Hilo man struck by vehicle dies; driver charged

The accident occurred in Hilo, on Saturday evening on East Kawili Street just east of Manono Street.

Hawai‘i Island customers urged to continue conserving elctricity to avoid rolling blackouts

For the past several weeks, Hawaiian Electric has been asking residential and business customers to conserve electricity due to the unavailability of several large generators.

Glenwood Recycling and Transfer Station to reopen Friday

After a tree fell at the site, it was closed for repairs, according to the Department of Environmental Management.

Hilo home destroyed in early morning structure fire

When Hawai‘i Fire Department responded to the single-family dwelling on Kaumana Drive, it was engulfed in flames and the occupant of the residence had already evacuated.

Hawai‘i County general plan in final recommended draft stages following months of community outreach

The General Plan holds significant importance for every resident of Hawaiʻi Island, as it establishes the vision, policies, and actions necessary to enhance the overall quality of life.

UH study: Rising seas eating away at underground infrastructure in Hawaiʻi, globally

According to the study, led by UH coastal geologist Shellie Habel, cities with buried infrastructure are most at risk for corrosion and system failures due to interaction with this shallower and saltier groundwater.

Community meeting to address instream flow standards for Waikōloa

This report will serve as the primary reference for subsequent amendments to the interim instream flow standards for the Waikoloa, Kohākōhau, and Wai‘ula‘ula streams in the surface water hydrologic unit of Waikōloa.

Jr. Tupa‘i enters race for Hawai‘i County mayor

Tupa‘i is among several candidates hoping to unseat the incumbent, Mayor Mitch Roth who won the election against former Mayor Harry Kim in 2020.

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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Shaka documentary to debut at film festival in Los Angeles

The producer/writer of the film said his initial goal was to produce a 20-minute short for classroom use but the story turned out to be bigger than anyone could have imagined.

Top 10 things to do on Big Island plus 1: Hilo Cacao and Chocolate Expo, Celtic Electronic Dance Party, Kahilu Dance Night, Pokémon Day, Big Island Chocolate Festival and more

Several events during the next week also invite island residents and visitors alike to strut their stuff on the dance floor to a variety of music, including swing, funk, Motown and more.

Steep rent forces Hawai‘i Keiki Museum to shutter its doors in Kona

The museum, which operates as a nonprofit, opened its doors in 2022 and has been committed to inspiring curiosity, creativity, and innovation in young keiki through hands-on STEAM experiences.

Winning 2024 Miss Aloha Hula competition a dream come true for Oʻahu dancer

Kaʻōnohikaumakaakeawe Kananiokeakua Holokai Lopes is the fourth Miss Aloha winner in the past 4 consecutive years for hula hālau Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O Haʻehaʻe and the second daughter of the group’s nā kumu hula.

Top 10 things to do on Big Island for week of April 4-10: Merrie Monarch Festival continues; several other events abound

The Merrie Monarch Hawaiian Arts and Crafts Fair continues today through Saturday. The Merrie Monarch Royal Parade is Saturday. Here’s all the details.

Big Island Polls Chevron Forward

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 Now poll No. 52: Which of these locations is best to watch humpback whales from Big Island shores?
Big Island Now poll results: You can’t put a price on a healthy reef
Big Island Now poll no. 51: Is an insurance policy for Hawai‘i’s coral reef worth it?

Big Island Business Chevron Forward

Business Monday: Kona Village named among the best new resorts in North America and Europe in 2024
Matsuyama family celebrates official opening of third store with community
Business Monday: Hilo Burger Joint meets change head-on and adapts to continue serving Big Island
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority launches dashboard to connect visitors with volunteer opportunities
Foodland launches Project Keiki to support food banks on Big Island, beyond
Business Monday: Ah Lan’s Lei Stand in Hilo provides fresh handmade lei to Big Island and at annual Merrie Monarch Festival
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Hawai'i Volcano Blog Chevron Forward

Volcano Watch: Using acoustic signals to identify the start of the 2022 Mauna Loa eruption
Buildings in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park damaged during 2018 eruption set for dismantling
Volcano Watch — Establishing a Nascent Monitoring Program on Pico Basile Volcano, Equatorial Guinea
Volcano Watch — What was an emergency manager doing at a scientific conference?

Ocean Blog Chevron Forward

Researchers: Olympic tower construction could damage Tahiti reef ecosystem
Deaths of young dolphin, humpback calf highlight importance of responsible boating in Hawaiʻi waters
Citizen scientists collect valuable data that help continue humpback whale conservation
NOAA invests $17 million to protect Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary visitor center

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Maui Surf Forecast for April 17, 2024

Surf along S facing shores came in notably higher than anticipated warranting a modest upward adjustment earlier today. Small surf continues along S shores as a...

Sen. Angus Mckelvey thanks governor for release of funds to improve Māla Wharf and boat ramp

Sen. Angus L.K. McKelvey (District 6 – West Maui, Māʻalaea, Waikapū, South Maui) thanked Gov. Josh Green for releasing $3,2000,000 in capital improvement project funds to finance improvements at Māla Wharf and Ramp in West Maui, including resurfacing of the roadway and parking areas, drainage and comfort station improvements, and new lighting.

Slithering in Waipahu; police find live snake while checking residence

Honolulu police officers came across a live, non-venomous ball python in a Waipahu home on Saturday morning, while conducting a wellness check for a man who passed away, according to the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture.

No Lahaina community update meeting on Wednesday, April 17 due to county-sponsored housing and planning events this week

The County of Maui announced there will be no weekly Lahaina Disaster Recovery Community Update Meeting on Wednesday, April 17, due to County-sponsored events on Tuesday and Saturday this week.

Autonomous electric Miki shuttle joins Wiki Wiki bus at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport

The Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation has launched a new autonomous electric passenger shuttle that will augment the existing Wiki Wiki shuttle bus service at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The new fleet of shuttles, named Miki, the Hawaiian word for agile, will provide another option for airport users to travel between gates and terminals.

Kauai Now Chevron Forward

Damage assessments, clean-up continue on Kaua‘i; farmers, ranchers advised to document damages

You must notify the Farm Services Agency within 72 hours of a crop loss becoming apparent for hand-harvested crops and certain perishable crops.

Niumalu Bridge closed until further notice due to flood damage

Residents and businesses in the area will be advised to use Hulemalu Road as a detour.

Kaua‘i man accused of negligent homicide after reportedly hitting a man with his vehicle

On Monday, at approximately 3 p.m., police arrested Jacob Saylor, 43, of Kīlauea, in connection with the incident.

3-foot long ball python found in O‘ahu home

The snake was discovered on April 13.

Online registration for keiki, junior lifeguard programs begins May 1

The free programs offer ocean safety awareness and lifesaving skills instruction. Enrollment is limited.