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Temporary closure of areas surrounding Mauna Kea scheduled for ungulate animal control

The removal of sheep, goats and mouflon is needed to protect the habitat for the native Hawaiian bird Palila.

State partners with DEA for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Anyone with expired or unused medications is encouraged to bring them to the collection sites located on Oʻahu, Maui, Kauaʻi and Hawaiʻi island on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Waikōloa restaurant ordered to shut down after state inspection reveals rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions

The Hawai‘i Department of Health Food Safety Branch issued a red “Closed” placard and immediately shut down Ocean Club at Haliʻi Kai on April 19 due to an active rodent infestation, contaminated food products and unsanitary conditions within the facility.

More than $62M heading to Hawai‘i to deliver solar power to homes

The grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will provide solar power to low-income households across the state.

Keiki islandwide participate in annual Heluhelu Quiz Bowl in Waimea

The quiz bowl was based on 30 award-winning middle grade books they have been reading over the past school year.

Hawaiian Electric to conduct inspections for overhead transmission lines on Big Island

The checks will start on April 29 and go through May 3.

Puna manʻs bail reduced following attempted murder charge

The 31-year-old also charged with carrying or use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony. His bail has been set at $1,100,000.

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.

YWCA Kaua‘i’s Wiwo‘ole Project to house domestic violence, sexual assault survivors

The six units on ‘Elua Street in Līhu‘e will serve as ‘bridge housing’ for YWCA Kaua‘i clients searching for long-term homes.

Business Monday: Ola Brew partners with Symbrosia to create low-methane burger in honor of Earth Day

Starting today, the taprooms in Hilo and Kona will offer the Smash Burger — Earth Day edition — while supplies last.

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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: Ola Brew partners with Symbrosia to create low-methane burger in honor of Earth Day
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

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

Maui Now Chevron Forward

Mayor Bissen’s Weekly Disaster Recovery Community Update Meetings resume Wednesday

Officials from US Army Corps of Engineers, state Department of Health and other agencies will discuss the status of debris clearing, how trees in the burn zone are determined to be hazardous and testing for shoreline water quality during this week’s meeting.

Lānaʻi Culture & Heritage Center to host 3rd Annual Kupulau Festival, April 27

The Lānaʻi Culture & Heritage Center hosts its 3rd Annual Kupulau Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the center in Lāna‘i City.

Governor renews commitment to house FEMA-ineligible Maui wildfire survivors with 450-unit Ka La‘i Ola project

Gov. Josh Green, M.D., has announced a new partnership with HomeAid Hawai‘i to build Ka La‘i Ola, a project that will create 450 units for wildfire survivors on Maui who were not eligible for FEMA assistance. Ka La‘i Ola is the largest interim housing development announced for Maui wildfire survivors to date. Groundbreaking will soon be announced. 

Bank of Hawai‘i’s Lahaina branch is under construction with grand opening set before the end of 2024

Lahaina will be the second Branch of Tomorrow on Maui. The first is Kīhei, which opened in 2017. Bank of Hawai‘i has served the people of Lahaina for nearly a century—beginning with its first branch in the area on Front Street in 1930. In addition to the new branch, Bank of Hawai‘i Foundation donated $100,000 to Hawai‘i Community Lending for the Lahaina Homeowner Recovery Program.

Nighttime single-lane closure on Keawe St. near Lahaina Bypass for water, electrical work

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation advises highway users of nighttime lane closures along the state-owned portion of Keawe St. adjacent to the Lahaina Bypass (Route 3000) beginning on Wednesday, April 24.

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Lifeguard shifts at select Kaua‘i beaches to expand hours

Kaua‘i will be the first county to have these full-time extended hours of coverage for its entire Ocean Safety Bureau program.

Kauai Weather Forecast for April 23, 2024

Breezy and showery trade wind conditions will continue through Thursday, with clouds and showers favoring windward and mauka locations. Trade winds may ease...

Kaua‘i community groups, old and new, throw Earth Day party at Anahola Beach Park

The newly-formed Mens Empowerment Gathering Alliance helmed the ocean conservation event featuring music, a cleanup and more.

Kauai Surf Forecast for April 23, 2024

A small, medium period northwest swell will arrive on Wednesday and continue through Saturday. Choppy, rough surf expected all week along east facing...

Real Property Assessments, Collections Office will close early on April 25

Normal hours of operation at the Real Property Assessment and Collections divisions are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.