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Woman in stolen car during police shooting in Kona indicted on 18 offenses

A Kona grand jury indicted Jacqueline Keanaaina, 26 of Kailua-Kona, for 18 offenses in relation to two incidents, including one on March 10 when she was in a stolen vehicle during an officer-involved shooting.

State of Hawaiʻi pursuing cases against 33 swimmers chasing dolphins in Hōnaunau Bay

During a routine patrol in the South Kona District, the officers took photographs and drone video showing the large group of swimmers appearing to be aggressively pursuing, corralling and harassing the pod in Hōnaunau Bay on Hawaiʻi Island.

Fire destroys only working bathrooms at Old Airport Beach Park in Kailua-Kona

The fire occurred just months after a public-private partnership with the Kona community worked on painting and replacing the roofing of the bathrooms facility at Old Airport Beach Park.

New report finds need for social workers growing in Hawaiʻi

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the demand for social workers will increase 12 percent in the next 10 years.

Hawaiʻi governor lowers flags to honor Nashville elementary school shooting victims

Hawaiʻi Gov. Josh Green has ordered the U.S. flag and the Hawaiʻi state flag to be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol, all state offices and agencies, and at the Hawaiʻi National Guard to honor the shooting victims at a Nashville elementary school.

Kauaʻi firefighters find missing hiker early Tuesday in Waimea Canyon

A 26-year-old male hiker from California who was reported missing in Waimea Canyon was found early Tuesday morning by Kauaʻi firefighters.

24 teachers learn ‘How to fold 5 ways’ at Pacific & Asian Affairs Council workshop

Public- and private-school teachers from the Big Island and O‘ahu explored the East-West Center’s Art Gallery exhibition “In the Folds,” which runs through April 16, 2023.

Hawaiʻi County’s audit finds most affordable housing credits not resulting in new units

While not in direct response to a corruption case involving a former employee of the housing agency and his co-conspirators, concerns about affordable housing development in the county have been expressed for decades.

High-altitude balloon flying over Big Island isn’t on spy mission; part of Project Aether

The aerial anomaly was no soaring cephalopod. It also wasn’t a Chinese spy balloon or Batman looking for his parking spot, as suggested in other social media posts and replies. The reality behind the object’s appearance that spurred all the chatter is far less imaginative than scientific.

Hele-On launches user-friendly website

The Hele-On’s new ADA-compliant site features a trip planner, real-time bus tracking, weather updates and accessible schedules.

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West Hawaiʻi County Band presents free Band in the Bay concert on April 2
First annual free Kona Steel Guitar Festival at Outrigger resort March 24 and 25
Kamuela Philharmonic plans ‘Brilliant’ finish to 2022-23 MasterWorks season
Tony nominated musical ‘The Prom’ playing at East Hawai’i Cultural Center in Hilo

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New West Hawaiʻi Filipino Chamber of Commerce seeking members
Big Island Poll #4 results: 60% say there are ‘too many’ tourists
Asian sauces sold in Hawai‘i recalled due to undeclared soy allergen
The county’s American Job Center Hawaiʻi reopens at new location
Hawaiʻi’s economy slowing but no recession, UH research report says
Greenwell Farms’ 100% Kona Coffee debuts new branding, package design

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Volcano Watch: Pele’s hairs — a beautiful hazard on the Island of Hawaiʻi
Volcano Watch: GeoSPACE program promotes geology for people with disabilities
2018 Kīlauea eruption destroyed Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s home; now its getting a new one in Hilo
Eruption of Big Island’s Kīlauea volcano no longer likely to resume

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State of Hawaiʻi pursuing cases against 33 swimmers chasing dolphins in Hōnaunau Bay
President Biden supports national marine sanctuary for Pacific Remote Islands
3 state projects underway to fix water problems at Hāpuna Beach on Big Island
High surf warning for west-facing shores of Big Island beginning Wednesday night

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130 students meet up with hospitality industry professionals on Maui

Hawaiʻi workforce development nonprofit ClimbHI partnered with dozens of Maui businesses and organizations to host its Leadership, Exploration, Inspiration (LEI) program on Maui today. The free daylong program was held at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, with participation from all major hotels in the Wailea-Mākena area, providing exposure to a variety of careers.

WATCH: Maui Health’s Cameron Rogers offers tips on how to cut back on drinking

MEDICAL MINUTE:  The effects of alcoholism on a person's health has long been studied, but health experts have also found that what many feel is "socially acceptable drinking" is actually "high risk drinking," and can lead to serious medical issues.

Registration open for PALS Program Summer 2023 session

Online registration for the County of Maui PALS Program Summer 2023 session will begin on April 1 and continue until April 15.

$400,000 in USDA Forest Service grants for wildfire impact on Hawaiʻi Island and Kauaʻi

Four Hawai‘i Island communities and and the Fire Department in Kaua‘i County are receiving more than $400,000 from the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, Community Wildfire Defense Grant Program. It helps communities, tribes, nonprofit organizations, state forestry agencies and Alaska Native corporations plan for and mitigate wildfire risks as the country faces an ongoing […]

Schatz urges Navy Secretary to stay on track with Red Hill defeuling timeline

US Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) pressed Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro during a Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee hearing today, calling on the Navy to stay on track with the defueling timeline for Red Hill.

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Kauaʻi’s sole electric provider seeking 9.4% rate increase; public hearing March 28

Tonight, Hawaiʻi’s Public Utility Commission will hold a public hearing about a proposed 9.4 percent electric rate increase at King Kaumuali’i Elementary School in Līhuʻe at 6 p.m.

New report finds social worker shortage while need growing in Hawaiʻi

Surveys done by the Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i found 60 open positions for social workers in healthcare settings.

Deadline looming to apply for federal disaster loans due to drought on Kauaʻi

The application deadline is April 17, 2023 to apply for the U.S. Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loans related to drought conditions in Kaua‘i County.

Gov. Green lowers flags to honor Nashville elementary school shooting victims

To honor the shooting victims at a Nashville elementary school, Hawaiʻi Gov. Josh Green has ordered the U.S. flag and the Hawaiʻi state flag to be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol, all state offices and agencies, and at the Hawaiʻi National Guard.

Flash flood watch issued for Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau

The watch goes into effect at noon today.