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Save the date: Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Hawaiian Cultural Festival, July 20

A lineup of performers, hula performances and Hawaiian arts and craft demonstrations will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Required inspections of water service laterals scheduled in Puna

Inspections will begin in Kea‘au, followed by Kurtistown, Mountain View, Pāhoa, Nānāwale Estates and Kalapana.

Big Island lane closures for week of April 20 – April 26

A single lane closure on Volcano Highway is possible in either direction between mile post 13.6 to 14.4, beginning April 22 through April 26.

$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.

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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 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
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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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County’s new Recovery Permitting Center slated to open April 29 in Kahului

The County’s new Recovery Permitting Center is slated to open April 29, 2024, in Kahului, and a satellite location is in the works for Lahaina, the County of Maui announced Saturday.

Hawai‘i Energy announces new team members

Hawai‘i Energy, the state’s energy conservation program, last week announced the hiring of Dan Mestas as principal development engineer, and Travis Hiramoto and Melissa Onishi as energy advisors.

Firefighters battle blaze at Hammerhead Metals in Central Maui

Update: 1:28 p.m. 4.20.24: A pile of scrap metal and recyclables are on fire at Hammerhead Metals Recycling, located at 2000 Maui Veterans Highway in Puʻunēnē. The Maui Emergency Management Agency reports the fire is confined to the property and no structures are impacted. There are no road closures at this time.  The public is advised if they are being impacted by the smoke, to stay indoors and minimize smoke exposure. MEMA continues to monitor the situation and will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Lei Day Heritage Festival, May 1 at Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House

Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House hosts its annual celebration of Lei Day on May 1, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be filled with vibrant colors, fragrant flowers, and the spirit of aloha in honor of the rich tradition of lei-making in Hawaiian culture.

Sen. Schatz leads resolution highlighting importance of local news

US Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) led a group of 14 senators in introducing a resolution designating April 2024 as “Preserving and Protecting Local News Month.” The resolution recognizes local news as a public good that serves an essential function in American democracy.

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Kauai Weather Forecast for April 20, 2024

Moderate trade winds are forecast through the weekend with enhanced showers decreasing from west to east through this afternoon. Dry trade wind weather will...

Kauai Surf Forecast for April 20, 2024

The current south swell will hold today than steadily decline Sunday. A series of small, medium period swells will persist through the weekend keeping south...

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.