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Hawai‘i County finally nearing finish line to make all beach parks ADA compliant

Hawai‘i County started identifying and upgrading its parks facilities in 2000. After surveying 240 parks and recreation facilities, 35 were recognized as needing upgrades to provide equitable access.

WATCH: Big Island family helps reunite kidnapped baby nēnē with its parents

Lilinoe Kahalepauole-Bustamonte and her husband helped law enforcement retrieve a nēnē gosling that was abducted from a Hilo state park in an onion bag and have it reunited with its parents.

Hirono presses Pentagon about need for Hawai‘i unified missile defense plan

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono on Thursday during a meeting of the Senate Armed Services Committee questioned Gen. Glen VanHerck, commander of the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, about the need for a robust, unified plan for missile defense of Hawai‘i.

Big Island police host kick-off event for Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is aimed at raising awareness for people with intellectual disabilities. The Hawai‘i Police Department is sponsoring two runs this year: April 23 in Kailua-Kona and April 29 in Hilo.

U.S. Rep Jill Tokuda to hold first community town hall in Hilo

At an April 1 town hall in Hilo, U.S. Rep. Jill Tokuda will discuss her first three months in office, legislation she’s sponsored and her priorities for the 118th Congress.

Gardening in Hawaiʻi with Tom Timmons: Choosing a fertilizer for your lawn and plants

Master gardener Tom Timmons never realized that plants were fussy eaters until he was lollygagging in the garden shop rather than cleaning the garage like he promised his wife and discovered shelves piled with every imaginable kind of fertilizer.

Hilo author details night she cooked for Ruth Bader Ginsburg in memoir ‘Justice is Served’

Leslie Karst, now an author based in Hilo on the Big Island, writes about how the nine months of preparation for that one intimate meal changed the trajectory of her life in her sixth book, a memoir: “Justice is Served: A Tale of Scallops, the Law, & Cooking for RBG.”

Bold ideas by freshmen in state House Majority cross over to Senate

The freshmen class of the Hawaiʻi House of Representatives Majority came together Thursday to share their experiences since being elected. The group also shared highlights of several bills that crossed over to the state Senate and their personal experiences serving in office settling in at the Capitol in Honolulu.

Hawaiʻi County welcomes 5 new ambulances to fleet

Five new ambulances were welcomed to the County’s fleet during a ceremony Thursday morning at the County Building in Hilo. The ambulances will go into service immediately to replace older vehicles around the island and are equipped with additional safety features. They cost about $250,000 each.

Volcano Watch: Pele’s hairs — a beautiful hazard on the Island of Hawaiʻi

Don’t be fooled. While Pele’s hairs are shiny and elusive, featherlight and golden brown, they are strands of volcanic glass, and they can pose a serious hazard.

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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
Annual Kauikeaouli Festival celebrates birthday of Kamehameha III

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Asian sauces sold in Hawai‘i recalled due to undeclared soy allergen
The county’s American Job Center Hawaiʻi reopens at new location
Watch: Whale shark spotted off Kona Coast
Hawaiʻi’s economy slowing but no recession, UH research report says
Greenwell Farms’ 100% Kona Coffee debuts new branding, package design
Hawaiian Telcom invests $1.5 million to complete fiber ring in East Hawaiʻi

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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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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
Brown water advisory issued for Hilo Bay on Big Island

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Hawaiʻi State FCU announces free financial education offerings from April to June

Hawaiʻi State Federal Credit Union (Hawaiʻi State FCU) has announced its schedule of free financial education offerings from April to June. The webinars are free and open to the public and range in topics from navigating auto buying in today’s market to leveraging home equity.

Lānaʻi collection event for large appliances, metals and e-waste, April 8

The County of Maui Department of Environmental Management will hold a collection event for appliances, metals and e-waste on Lāna`i from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8 at the Pūlama Lānaʻi Fleet Yard.

Hawaiʻi joins in effort to improve Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services

Hawai‘i has joined the rest of the nation in implementing improved Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services for Hawai‘i’s vulnerable residents including those with disabilities and older adults.

Easter Scramble and Bunny Photos at QKC

The Queen Kaʻahumanu Center hosts an Easter Scramble on April 1, and Photos with the Easter Bunny from April 1-8, 2023.

House freshman class advances bold bills that have crossed over to the Senate

"HB 619 will benefit Hawaiʻi’s small farmers and those facing food insecurity in our state by providing tax relief to farmers and healthy nutritious foods to non-profit food banks. It is a win-win situation for everyone," said Representative Mahina Poepoe (D-13, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, Kaho‘olawe, portion of Kahului, Ha‘ikū, Pe‘ahi, Huelo, Nāhiku, Hāna, Kīpahulu).

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CPR robots help Kauaʻi firefighters save lives

The Lucas CPR robot is controlled electronically and designed to do high quality chest compressions for as long as needed, which in some cases at remote locations on Kauaʻi can be for 30 minutes or more.

VIDEO: Kidnapped baby nēnē reunited with parents with help from Big Island family

A nēnē gosling abducted from a Big Island state park in an onion bag is reunited with its parents due to the actions of a family that was enjoying the park.

County to host additional household hazardous waste collection events Sunday

The Kaua‘i County Public Works Solid Waste Division is hosting household hazardous waste collection events from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Anaina Hou Community Park behind the mini-golf course at 5-2723 Kūhiō Highway and the Kaua‘i Resource Center at 3460 Ahukini Road in front of the Līhu‘e refuse transfer station.

Hirono takes Pentagon to task about Hawai‘i’s need for a missile defense plan

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono on Thursday during a meeting of the Senate Armed Services Committee questioned Gen. Glen VanHerck, commander of the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, about the need for a robust, unified plan for missile defense of Hawai‘i.

Kauai Weather Forecast for March 25, 2023

Strengthening trade winds will bring more settled weather and lower humidity today, with just a few mainly windward showers expected. Winds will shift...