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$40,000 HTA grant supports Hawai‘i Forest Institute sites on Big Island and O‘ahu

The funding from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority benefits several sites on the Big Island and O‘ahu.

Lead contamination at Kolekole Gulch Park still an issue as Hawai‘i County readies to reopen it following accessibility upgrades

Remediation of the problem at the park in Kūhua, just north of Honomū on the Big Island’s Hāmākua Coast, is the responsibility of the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation since the lead likely came from paint on the Kolekole Stream Bridge overhead.

Shooting in Puna leaves man with multiple injuries; 1 man in custody

Shortly before 11 a.m. on Friday, Hawai‘i Island police responded to an unknown type of disturbance at a residence on 7th Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park.

High wind warning issued on Big Island summits

West winds 50 to 60 mph with localized gusts over 70 mph are forecast.

Hawai‘i Island man charged after reportedly found with dozens of fentanyl pills in Hilo warehouse

According to Hawai‘i County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, the amount of pills the suspect had in his possession was equivalent to approximately 3,980 lethal doses of the synthetic opioid.

Wind advisory issued for Big Island summits

West winds of 40 to 50 mph, with localized gusts of more than 60 mph, are forecast through Saturday evening atop the mountains.

Volcano Watch – Magnetics, magma and monitoring: New technology for old questions

Emerging technology in the field of “quantum” science may aid in the ability to forecast volcanic activity.

Rare sighting of Risso’s dolphins in Kona leave tour guides in awe

On Wednesday, Hawaiian Adventures Kona was about 10 miles offshore with 26 guests when Capt. Andrew Aggergaard and crew member Olivia Miller saw a pod of six Risso’s dolphins for the first time.

UH researchers: Could fishponds help with islands’ food sustainability?

The Indigenous aquaculture systems found in Hawaiʻi boast a design found nowhere else in the world.

Hilo International Airport runway work scheduled for April 22, 23

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation has scheduled this maintenance work at night.

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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

Press Here to Take the Poll

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Top 10 things to do on Big Island for April 18-24: Bruddah Kunz Youth Jamm, Springtime Showstoppers, Laupāhoehoe Music Festival and more

Other events during the next week include a journey to the World of Trolls, mocktails and talking story at the Kona library and a festival dedicated to all things cannabis.

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.

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

Hawai'i Volcano Blog Chevron Forward

Volcano Watch – Magnetics, magma and monitoring: New technology for old questions
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

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Rare sighting of Risso’s dolphins in Kona leave tour guides in awe
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

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Maui police release composite sketches of suspects in alleged pedestrian assault

Maui police released composite sketches (depicted above) on Friday of two suspects in an alleged pedestrian assault reported on March 31, 2024 in a van near Sugar Beach in Kīhei.

Maui Surf Forecast for April 20, 2024

The current south-southwest swell will gradually decline into Saturday. On Sunday, the first of a series of small south to south-southwest swells is...

County: 90-day report shows environmental compliance at Olowalu Temporary Disposal Site for wildfire debris

The County of Maui reports that findings from sampling and monitoring for the first 90 days of operation at the Olowalu Temporary Debris Storage site are in compliance with county, state and federal environmental regulations.

House passes law to increase penalties for driving without a license

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed House Bill 2526 HD2 SD1, which increases the statutory penalties for repeat offenders who drive without a license or while on a suspended license. Upon a third conviction within five years, the offense would become a Class C felony, carrying a maximum term of five years in prison.

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse makes its debut on Maui at The Shops at Wailea

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener made its long anticipated debut on Maui at The Shops at Wailea last week.

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Kaua‘i weekly lane closures: April 20-26

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

Kaukau 4 Keiki summer food program accepting applications, volunteers on Kaua‘i

Through Kaukau 4 Keiki, Mālama Kaua‘i will prepare and deliver 500 meal boxes once per week for nine weeks, from June 3 to July 29.

Brown water advisory issued at four Kaua‘i beaches

The Hawai‘i Department of Health advises beach users to stay out of waters that appear brown or murky, especially following heavy rains.

Seven lease-holds for state-owned cabins in Kaua‘i parks auctioned off to residents

The leases were awarded during a high-interest auction on Thursday.

Update: 16-year-old runaway from Puhi returns to his family safely

Akoni Bermoy was previously reported missing April 12.