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Hawai‘i Island police report runaway teen girl found in good health

The girl was found in Hilo.

Kona man charged in connection to reported robbery on Ali‘i Drive

The 21-year-old is accused of throwing a man to the ground, kicking his arms and legs and taking money from his wallet.

Rolling outages likely to continue on Hawai‘i Island due to generation shortfall

A rolling outage occurred Sunday night where the power company reported 21,557 customers around the island experienced a 30-minute outage starting at 8:54 p.m. and ending at 9:59 p.m.

Native Hawaiian snails now recognized by the state

Gov. Josh Green signed into law House Bill 1899, which recognizes nine native snail species as state snails. Hawai‘i Island’s snail is Hini hini kua mauna (Succinea konaensis).

Business Monday: Kona Village named among the best new resorts in North America and Europe in 2024

In a lifestyle article published in “Esquire” magazine on April 9, Kona Village, located nine miles north of Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport, was the only Hawai‘i hotel named among the 41 best new hotels in North America and Europe for 2024.

Generator shortfall results in rolling blackouts on Hawai‘i Island

Customers islandwide are experiencing outages.

Update: Hawai‘i Island police report finding 16-year-old girl

The teen was found in Kurtistown.

Update: Winter weather advisory on Hawai‘i Island summits extended

An additional one inch of snow is expected.

Photographer coming to Hawai‘i will capture islands’ roller derby culture with classic style

Brittany R. Bradley employs the wet-plate collodion process to create modern-day examples of ambrotypes and tintypes.

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.

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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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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.

Top 10 things to do on Big Island for week of April 4-10: Merrie Monarch Festival continues; several other events abound

The Merrie Monarch Hawaiian Arts and Crafts Fair continues today through Saturday. The Merrie Monarch Royal Parade is Saturday. Here’s all the details.

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: 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
Volcano Watch — What was an emergency manager doing at a scientific conference?

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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
NOAA invests $17 million to protect Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary visitor center

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Maria Zielinski appointed as director of Department of Finance

Mayor Richard Bissen has appointed Maria Zielinski as director of the Maui County Department of Finance, and her appointment has been submitted for approval to the Maui County Council.

Tax Day is also tax fraud awareness day

Pacific Resource Partnership and the Hawai‘i Regional Council of Carpenters is reminding workers on Tax Day, especially those in the construction industry, that it’s never okay for companies to pay employees under the table, deny them overtime pay and health benefits, or misclassify them as independent contractors.

Residents encouraged to provide feedback on draft Maui County wetlands map

The final wetlands map will serve as a public tool that will help reduce flood risk for human life and property while protecting and restoring Maui County’s important natural wetland ecosystems. Also, it will help property owners, land managers and county planners with important land-use decisions. 

KS Children’s Chorus draws nearly 1,000 people to free community concert on Maui

Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus hosted a free community concert Friday night at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The concert, He Leo Aloha No Maui, drew nearly a thousand people to “share the gift of mele to bring healing and hope to the people of Maui,” according to the organizers. Children from the Children's Chorus sang “O Lahaina, E Hoi Ka Nani” during the event.

Drivers reminded to “Put the Phone Away or Pay,” for distracted driver awareness month

According to NHTSA, “Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.”

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Kauai Weather Forecast for April 15, 2024

The wet pattern will continue over the eastern end of the state today as a cold front around Maui County continues eastward. Meanwhile, light to moderate...

Kauai Surf Forecast for April 15, 2024

Surf along north and west facing shores will trend up today as a northwest swell builds. Surf may flirt with low end advisory levels along north facing shores...

Native Hawaiian snails now recognized by the state

Gov. Josh Green signed into law House Bill 1899, which recognizes nine native snail species as state snails.

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.

Storm brings damages to Kaua‘i including a drill rig on the mauka Wailua River Bridge rail

The goal is to reopen the southbound bridge this morning and close for nightly debris removal from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the rest of the week.