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State launches Pono campaign encouraging responsible behavior in Hawai‘i outdoors

The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife released a series of five 30-second videos that address a variety of topics.

Hawai‘i Island police seek female suspect in burglary case

The incident occurred on May 30. At approximately 1:25 a.m., South Kohala Patrol Officers responded to a burglary alarm at the business, located on Māmalahoa Highway.

Hawai‘i County participates in summer food service program

Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Hirono secures key priorities for Hawaiʻi and Pacific Region in Committee markup of annual defense bill

US Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) secured several key priorities for Hawaiʻi and the US military during the Committee’s markup of the Fiscal Year 2025 National Defense Authorization Act.

Aircraft come to Big Island as part of Hawai‘i Air National Guard fighter training exercise

This National Guard Bureau training event brought together more than 1,000 participants from nine states and four service branches throughout two weeks, providing combat training to joint and total-forces units.

Business Monday: Family-owned Big Island Toyota to be sold

Both the Big Island Toyota Hilo and Big Island Toyota Kona locations are included in the sale.

Election season is here: All but two 2024 Hawaiʻi County primary races feature multiple candidates

Primary Election Day is Aug. 10. Voters should receive their ballots in the mail by July 23.

Southwest flight bound for Līhuʻe plummets to within 400 feet of ocean surface off Kaua‘i

The Federal Aviation Administration, after inquiries from Bloomberg News, is investigating the April mishap that previously was unreported.

Big Island weekly lane closures for June 15-21

Closure schedules can change at any time, without notice. All projects also are weather permitting.

Big Island botanical artist’s endangered Hawaiian hibiscus featured in UK exhibition

Paula de la Cruz of Kapa‘au seeks ‘to communicate the beauty of the quiet world of botany.’

Merrie Monarch Chevron Forward

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 June 13-19: Father’s Day Blues Jam, The Mākaha Sons live, O-Bon Fest 2024 and much more

Also don’t miss three cultural events coming up at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, the opening of a new culinary market in Waikōloa and a slew of other events and activities.

King Kamehameha Day celebrations to close a portion of Ali‘i Drive all day

For the first time in the history of the festival, a portion of Ali‘i Drive will remain closed all day for the celebration.

Top 10 things to do on Big Island for June 6-12: 7th annual Hawai‘i Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival, Street Eats, lei hulu demonstration and more

There is plenty to do around the island during the next week. If you’re looking for something else, don’t miss Jeremy Enslow’s “Strength” art show at The Exhibit in Hilo in celebration of Pride Month or the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club’s 39th annual Show & Sale either. Plus, catch the live performance of Fourever Fab in honor of The Beatles.

Festivals, feasts and volunteer opportunities coming to Big Island throughout summer

Upcoming events and activities on the Big Island include a rodeo, a rubber duckie race, cultural festivals and more.

Top 10 things to do on Big Island for May 30-June 5: Kaʻū Coffee Festival, A Night of Island Stars, an all-inclusive canoe regatta and more

The Big Island certainly isn’t calming down heading into the summer months. In fact, it looks like the enterainment, festival, music and event scenes are heating up.

Big Island Polls Chevron Forward

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

Big Island Business Chevron Forward

Business Monday: Family-owned Big Island Toyota to be sold
Controversial Kaua‘i resort Coco Palms to be rebuilt by global firm; 2026 opening planned
 Hawaiʻi police lieutenant graduates from FBI National Academy
Police seek help with 2022 homicide case after finding decomposed body in Big Island residence
Maui-based company announces first Duke’s restaurant on Big Island
Business Monday: Punaluʻu Bakeshop helping fuel voyages with new energy bar
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Hawai'i Volcano Blog Chevron Forward

Volcano Watch – A decade later, remembering the Pāhoa lava flow crisis
Trails reopen within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park following brief Kīlauea eruption
Volcano Watch — Keeping up with Kīlauea
Be mindful of continuing gas emissions, including vog, from recent Kīlauea eruption

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Update: High surf warning issued for Big Island’s south-facing shores, replacing earlier advisory
Hawaiʻi Marine Animal Response plans to open sea turtle ER, rehab center
Rare sighting of Risso’s dolphins in Kona leave tour guides in awe
Researchers: Olympic tower construction could damage Tahiti reef ecosystem

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Get wildfire repair and rebuilding advice June 17-22 in Makawao

FEMA specialists will be available June 17-22, at Foodland in Pukalani from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday, except for Wednesday due to the observance of Juneteenth on June 19. Specialists will answer questions and offer home-improvement tips and proven methods to help reduce damage from disasters. Most information is aimed at general contractors or those who do the work on their own.

70,080 pounds of marine debris removed from Kuaihelani within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

A team of 12 from the Papahānaumokuākea Marine Debris Project, a Hawaiʻi-based nonprofit organization, returned to Honolulu, having conducted their first of three marine debris cleanups planned for 2024. The latest mission lasted 19 days, from April 15 to May 3, with crews removing a total of 70,080 pounds of marine debris and cleaning 10.7 miles of shoreline at Kuaihelani (Midway Atoll) in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

Graduate from UHMC’s Academy for Creative Media earns Bronze Pele Award

University of Hawaiʻi Maui College Academy for Creative Media Honors graduate Faith Christy Soliven earned a Bronze Pele Award. Her award-winning entry The Stay Series: Hawaiʻi is Home was honored in the Television Advertising Campaign category in the College Division.

New Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Specialist Certificate offered at UHMC

Starting this Fall, the University of Hawai'i Maui College will offer a new Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Specialist Certificate. It is a 24-credit certificate of competence that prepares students for a career in the wastewater industry, working to replace cesspools and converting them to more sustainable systems.

Maui Weather Forecast for June 17, 2024

A high pressure ridge will remain locked in place north of the Hawaii region through the rest of this week. A weak upper low drifting over the state into...

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Kauai Weather Forecast for June 17, 2024

A high pressure ridge will remain locked in place north of the Hawaii region through the rest of this week. A weak upper low drifting over the state into...

Kauai Surf Forecast for June 17, 2024

Surf along south facing shores will continue to slowly decline as the south swell fades today. For the rest of the week, expect only background small&#44...

Hirono secures key priorities for Hawaiʻi and Pacific Region in Committee markup of annual defense bill

US Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) secured several key priorities for Hawaiʻi and the US military during the Committee’s markup of the Fiscal Year 2025 National Defense Authorization Act.

Volcano Watch – A decade later, remembering the Pāhoa lava flow crisis

Ten years ago, inflation at Puʻuʻōʻō in May and June led to a new eruptive episode on the northeast flank of the cone.

New video teaches about floriculture, role of nurseries and farms in Hawaiʻi economy

Discover the vibrant world of Hawaiʻi's floriculture and the importance of supporting local nurseries and farms in a new one-hour video "Spirit of Hawaiʻi Neotropica," presented by the Hawaiʻi Floriculture and Nursery Association (HFNA).