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Nā Leo TV hosts awards ceremony for inaugural Youth Media Challenge

The initiative drew more than 250 Big Island youths between 11 and 24 years old and participation from 24 schools.

University of Hawai‘i to host intelligence summer program second year in a row

The program introduces students to a wide variety of concepts including power and contemporary world politics since 1945, with an emphasis on the U.S. role.

Gov. Green signs bills in an effort to unlock affordable housing in Hawaiʻi

Gov. Josh Green, M.D., highlighted the achievements of the 2024 legislative session to unlock more affordable housing across the state in a ceremony at the State Capitol. Green underscored the collaborative efforts behind several significant bills aimed at addressing the state’s housing crisis. 

COVID-19 cases on the rise in Hawai‘i

The state’s new Respiratory Disease Dashboard shows that COVID-19 is at the yellow, or medium activity level, meaning the virus is circulating at higher levels than would be expected based on historic trends.

Hawai‘i Island police renew request for information on 2022 traffic fatality

On Aug. 24, 2022, at approximately 6:20 a.m., South Hilo patrol officers responded to the Puainako Street extension near mile marker 3 for a report of a male who had reportedly been struck by a vehicle.

No signs of imminent eruption at Kīlauea despite continued unrest, experts say

According to HVO’s report Tuesday morning, the unrest is primarily in the form of intermittent low-frequency energy signals typical of magma movement. The number of individual earthquakes remained low, with less than 10 events detected.

Hawai‘i gender pay gap largely driven by motherhood, according to latest report

A new University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO) report, authored by UHERO Research Economist Rachel Inafuku, uses data from ACS to take a deeper look into Hawaiʻi’s gender pay gap to further understand the role of gender in the workforce.

Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations’ monthly Big Island meeting tonight

The SCHHA Hawai‘i Island & Kaua‘i Mokupuni Meeting is hosted every fourth Tuesday the month at 6 p.m.

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacifc Islander stories, cultures inextricably tied to that of US

U.S. Senate, unanimously adopting resolution introduced by Hawai’i Democrat Sen. Maie Hirono, and President Joe Biden mark May as Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Update: 45-year-old woman previously reported missing located in Kona

Angelique Bergmann was found in good health Friday morning. No one had seen nor heard from her since May 24.

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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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Illuminate the night in remembrance, honor for loved ones who’s lights were snuffed out

For one evening each year, at the end of May, thousands of Big Island community members gather at Reeds Bay Beach Park in Hilo during the annual Hawai‘i Care Choices Celebration of Life to launch lanterns to pay tribute to the lives lived by loved ones who passed away and how they touched the lives of others.

Top 10 things to do on Big Island for May 23-29: Celebration of Life, Robert Cazimero live, Ladies That Rock, Memorial Day Homelani and more

The long Memorial Day Weekend gives you an opportunity to check out all the events happening around the Big Island.

Top 10 things to do on Big Island for May 16-22: Honoka‘a Western Week, first ever Hala Festival, The Spirit of Kaloko-Honokōhau Day and more

The diversity of events and activities happening around the Big Island during the next week, as always, is as wide as the people who call the island home.

Get ready for the Ka‘ū Coffee Experience

The 14th Ka‘ū Coffee Festival returns in June providing a unique, interactive experience showcasing the diverse and award-winning coffees grown by coffee farmers in the sprawling, southern rural district of Hawai‘i Island.

Top 10 things to do on Big Island — and then some — for May 9-15: So much happening, especially for Mother’s Day, this week’s list is actually a Top 16

It shouldn’t be difficult to find something to do with Mom this weekend. The Big Island has plenty of events planned just for Mother’s Day, from brunch to parasailing.

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Poll results: Legalizing cannabis gets most individual votes for what bills Hawai‘i lawmakers should have passed but didn’t
Big Island Now poll No. 54: Which of these bills should the Hawaiʻi Legislature have passed this year but didn’t?
Big Island Now poll No. 53 results: Hawai‘i’s most important contribution to the world seems to be itself
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

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Business Monday: Street Eats event coming up on Kahamehameha Day
Business Monday: OUTRIGGER Kona Resort & Spa begins new era with $60M face-lift
Business Monday: Accounting UH-Hilo grad enters the Big Island workforce
Educator externship held to advance creative technical skills for Hawai‘i teachers, enhance student workforce readiness
UHERO forecast: Counties poised for slower growth, inflation surpasses national average
Business Monday: Island Dermatology promotes preventative skin care
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Pele stirring again as heightened unrest resumes beneath Kīlauea
Volcano Watch: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory depends on reliable and secure IT solutions
Activity slows further at Kīlauea, returning to near background levels
Activity up slightly with increase in quakes under Kīlauea caldera, upper East Rift Zone

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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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Eat Local, Shop Local, Live Local at Maui AgFest & 4- H Livestock Fair 2024

If you stop by the Haleakalā Creamery booth at Maui AgFest next weekend, don’t be startled if you’re greeted by a goat. Rebecca Woodburn-Rist, owner of Maui’s “Farm to Spoon” goat dairy, will be selling her delicious goat milk caramel sauces and “Goatlato” ice cream with a little help from the herd. 

Hawaiʻi announces readiness to host 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture, June 6-16, 2024

The 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FestPAC), the world’s largest celebration of indigenous Pacific Islanders convenes on O‘ahu from June 6-16, 2024. More than 2,200 delegates from 27 Pacific nations will gather for 10 days of cultural exchange, appreciation, and celebration at various venues across the island. More than 50 festival events, including the opening and closing ceremonies, Festival Village, heritage dance and contemporary music performances, heritage arts demonstrations, visual arts exhibits, and more, will be free and open to the public.

Maui Weather Forecast for May 29, 2024

High pressure northeast of the state will maintain moderate to breezy trade winds through early next week. Showers will favor windward slopes and coasts&#44...

Astronomers hope newly discovered exoplanet will help shed light on how life appeared on Earth

An international team of scientists, with the help of three observatories atop Maunakea on the Big Island, discovered the relatively close exoplanet dubbed Gliese 12 b in our galactic neighborhood.

Races for elected offices gel with candidate filing deadline less than a week away

With a June 4 deadline just a week away, there's been a flurry of activity in the past three weeks by candidates seeking Maui County political offices, with several checking out and/or filing their official nomination papers.

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Kauai Weather Forecast for May 29, 2024

High pressure northeast of the state will maintain moderate to breezy trade winds through early next week. Showers will favor windward slopes and coasts&#44...

Kauai Surf Forecast for May 29, 2024

Surf along exposed south-facing shores will remain small throughout the next few days, due to a combination of background south- southwest and southeast...

University of Hawai‘i to host intelligence summer program second year in a row

The program introduces students to a wide variety of concepts including power and contemporary world politics since 1945, with an emphasis on the U.S. role.

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacifc Islander stories, cultures inextricably tied to that of US

U.S. Senate, unanimously adopting resolution introduced by Hawai'i Democrat Sen. Maie Hirono, and President Joe Biden mark May as Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

COVID cases increasing throughout state

The state's new Respiratory Disease Dashboard shows that COVID-19 is at the yellow, or medium activity level, meaning the virus is circulating at higher levels than would be expected based on historic trends.