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DLNR documents first recorded monk seal birth at Sand Island

Hawaiian monk seal Rocky (RH58) gave birth to a pup overnight. Today, Rocky and her pup rested on a beach at Sand Island State Recreation Area (SRA) on O‘ahu.

5 Big Isle police personnel honored for their fight against impaired driving

Those honored were Traffic Services Manager Torey Keltner and officers Jason Miyashiro, Lawrence Kobayashi, John Harvey and Adam Roberg.

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 with these considerations in mind.

Report: 2 locations identified as potential sites for new Kona Community Hospital

The 50-year-old hospital — built in Kealakekua in 1974 — could potentially move to the old Kmart site or the Queen’s site in the West Hawai‘i business park next to Costco.

Update: High bacteria count notification canceled for West Hawai‘i beach

Results of water sample retesting at Puako Middle of Lot on the Kohala Coast showed that enterococci levels no longer exceed the acceptable threshold.

Youth-led constitutional climate case settled with bold commitment from Hawaiʻi Transportation Department

Thirteen youth from throughout the Hawaiian Islands brought the Navahine v. Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation constitutional climate case in June 2022, asserting their rights to a safe and healthy climate and asking the Hawaiʻi state government to act to meet the climate emergency and enable the state’s paradigm shift to a climate-safe, zero-emissions transportation system.

Big Island police investigate possible drowning off Kainaliu Beach

The unidentified 58-year-old O‘ahu man was seen swimming about 50 feet offshore when he began calling for help. He was not breathing and unresponsive when a friend got him to shore.

Called by the ‘Hilo Police Department Civil Processing Unit’? You were the target of a scam

Hawai‘i Police Department is the official name of the only police department on the Big Island. The department also does not have a ‘Civil Processing Unit.’

Update: High bacteria notification canceled for Kua Bay

State says water sample retesting results showed enterococci levels no longer exceed the threshold level.

Kalapana Transfer Station to extend hours following community feedback

Beginning July 17, the transfer station will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays during normal dump hours.

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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

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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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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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Scouting America, Aloha Council recognizes newest Eagle Scouts in Hawaiʻi

Scouting America, Aloha Council recently recognized a group of the 2023-2024 class of Eagle Scouts in Hawaii at the 72nd annual banquet. Matthew James Parker was honored with the Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Scholarship and Community Service Scholarship.

50 refurbished laptops available to income-qualifying families, individuals

Fifty refurbished laptops will be offered without charge to income qualifying Maui County residents with sign-ups beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, June 21, on a first-come, first-served basis, in a partnership with AT&T, human-i-t and Maui Economic Opportunity.

Hoʻokipa Maui event successfully reconnects guest service professionals with in-destination experiences

The Hoʻokipa Maui event brought together more than 100 guest service professionals and 80 local businesses at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa on May 23. The event aimed to strengthen connections within Maui's tourism industry.

Hilton Grand Vacations celebrates Kāʻanapali Beach Resort rebrand

Hilton Grand Vacations celebrated the rebranding of Hilton Vacations Club Kāʻanapali Beach on Maui. The now refreshed resort will enhance the existing offerings in Kāʻanapali, giving members, kamaʻāina and guests a new getaway option on Maui. 

Maui Weather Forecast for June 21, 2024

High pressure far north of the islands will maintain breezy and gusty trade winds through early next week. Passing showers will favor will favor windward...

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Kauai Weather Forecast for June 21, 2024

High pressure far north of the islands will maintain breezy and gusty trade winds through early next week. Passing showers will favor will favor windward...

Kauai Surf Forecast for June 21, 2024

Surf along east-facing shores will remain rough through early next week due to the strong trades. Surf along south-facing shores will trend up to around average...

DLNR documents first recorded monk seal birth at Sand Island

Hawaiian monk seal Rocky (RH58) gave birth to a pup overnight. Today, Rocky and her pup rested on a beach at Sand Island State Recreation Area (SRA) on O‘ahu.

The Grassroot Institute reflects on 2024 legislative session on Kauaʻi

“I always love getting a chance to go out to Kauaʻi and talk with people,” said Ted Kefalas, the organization's director of strategic campaigns, in an interview following the event.

Hawaiʻi Transportation Department’s bold commitment key to reaching settlement in youth-led constitutional climate case

Thirteen youth from throughout the Hawaiian Islands brought the Navahine v. Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation constitutional climate case in June 2022, asserting their rights to a safe and healthy climate and asking the Hawaiʻi state government to act to meet the climate emergency and enable the state's paradigm shift to a climate-safe, zero-emissions transportation system.