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High surf advisory issued for south-facing shores on Hawai‘i Island

Surf is expected to be 6 to 8 feet and build to 7 to 10 feet by this afternoon.

Video shows Kona man rescue a pup out of a deep fissure in Big Island forest

Misty, a 10-month-old Catahoula dog, was trapped in the fissure for eight hours before her rescue.

Update: 17-year-old Big Island runaway located in good health

Isaiah Gravette was located Thursday morning in Hōlualoa.

Pedestrian involved in Volcano crash identified; death ruled a suicide

Multiple witnesses confirmed 44-year-old Collins Kaholo of Volcano was standing by a stop sign prior to running into the road and in front of the truck.

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.

Police investigating after body of 21-year-old is found in Volkswagen

The victim has been positively identified as 21-year-old Sachiko Myers of Ocean View.

Hawaiʻi Island police report 21 DUIs in one week

Hawaiʻi Island police provided an overview of the number of DUI arrests, major crashes, and fatal accidents this year, reporting 426 DUI arrests compared with 447 during the same period last year, a decrease of 4.7 percent.

Health officials report high COVID-19 cases statewide

The state released its weekly numbers for June 4-10 this afternoon which shows a total active of 1,330 active cases statewide.

Applicants sought for conservation leadership development program on Hawai‘i Island

Recent high school graduates, college graduates and young professionals looking to establish a career in conservation are strongly encouraged to apply by June 21.

Hawaiian monk seal pup born on Lei Day weaned, relocated to remote O‘ahu shoreline

NOAA has also revealed the sex of the pup to be a female, which they say is hopeful news for the continued recovery of the Hawaiian monk seal population.

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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 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

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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
Zonta Club of Hilo increases microgrants to Big Island women entrepreneurs to $10K total
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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
Update: Kīlauea eruption within Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park has paused

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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
Deaths of young dolphin, humpback calf highlight importance of responsible boating in Hawaiʻi waters

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Richard E. Mitchell appointed Director of new Maui Department of Housing

Mayor Richard Bissen today announced the appointment of Richard E. Mitchell as Director of the County of Maui’s newly created Department of Housing, which launches July 1, 2024. The new Housing Department was created when Maui County residents voted to pass a ballot measure in November 2022 that called for bifurcating the Department of Housing and Human Concerns.

Survey: 67% of community prefers original Front Street location as site for rebuild of Lahaina’s King Kamehameha III Elementary

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Education today released a report summarizing input and opinions from a series of community feedback opportunities on the rebuild plan for King Kamehameha III Elementary School. A total of 291 community members including faculty/staff, current school family members, alumni, and interested community members completed feedback surveys, delivered via three formats – at a staff/faculty meeting, at an open community meeting, or online. 

Hirono announces $18.9M to fund desalination facility in West Oʻahu

US Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) announced more than $18.9 million in funding for the Honolulu Board of Water Supply’s “Kalaeloa Seawater Desalination Project.” The funding for this project will go toward designing and building a desalination facility that will remove dissolved mineral salts in seawater to obtain fresh drinking water, creating a new sustainable water source on Oʻahu.

South Maui town hall set for June 27

South Maui Council Member Tom Cook will host a town hall meeting 6 p.m. June 27 at the Maui Economic Development Board’s Malcolm Center.

Maui Weather Forecast for June 14, 2024

A high pressure ridge will linger north of the Hawaiian Islands into next week producing moderate to breezy trade winds. Weak upper level troughing will keep...

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Kauai Weather Forecast for June 14, 2024

A high pressure ridge will linger north of the Hawaiian Islands into next week producing moderate to breezy trade winds. Weak upper level troughing will keep...

High surf advisory issued for south-facing shores for Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau

Surf is expected to be 6 to 8 feet and build to 7 to 10 feet by this afternoon.

Kauai Surf Forecast for June 14, 2024

A small, long period south swell is filling in quite nicely. This swell will continue to build surf along south facing shores well above advisory levels...

Hawaiian monk seal pup Paʻaki leaves Waikīkī beach to begin new phase of life

Pa‘aki was transported from bustling Kaimana Beach to a more remote O‘ahu shoreline.

Update: Fire crews hope to reach full containment of Hukipo Fire in Kōkeʻe today

First responders received a report of the brush fire at nearly 3 a.m. Thursday near Waimea Canyon Drive.