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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.’

Update: Victim of possible drowning in Kona identified

Police have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation to determine the exact cause of death. No foul play is suspected at this time.

Update: High surf warning issued for Big Island’s south-facing shores, replacing earlier advisory

Warning-level surf of 11 to 15 feet is the result of a medium, long-period south swell expected to impact the entire state through Saturday morning.

Magnitude 4.1 quake shakes Ka‘ū District

The tumbler occurred 9 miles east-southeast of Nāʻālehu at a depth of 23 miles below sea level at 1:43 p.m.

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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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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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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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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...

Chamber of Commerce Hawaiʻi to bring 85 local businesses to Hawaiʻi on the Hill in Washington D.C.

Chamber of Commerce Hawaiʻi, in partnership with US Sen. Mazie K. Hirono hosts the 8th Annual Hawaiʻi on the Hill from June 15 to 18. This four-day initiative in Washington D.C allows Hawaiʻi businesses and members of the community to travel to the nation's capital to meet with federal officials, tour D.C. and showcase our industries and products with members of congress over a series of nine events.

2023 Hawaiʻi Milken Educator Award recipients presented with $25,000 cash prize at national forum

Following their surprise notifications in April, 2023 Hawaii Milken Educator Award recipients Rory Inouye and Jade Pham received their unrestricted $25,000 cash prizes in Los Angeles during a national forum. Inouye is a math teacher at Waiākea High on the Big Island and Pham is a vice principal and Student Services coordinator at Prince David Kawānanakoa Middle School in Honolulu.

Kahului man reported missing; failed to return home from work on Saturday

The Maui Police Department is asking for the public’s help with any information on the whereabouts of Mark Jacinto, 37, of Kahului. Jacinto was reported missing on Sunday, June 16, 2024, by a family member after he failed to return home from work.  He was last seen leaving his place of employment in Kāʻanapali at around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2024.

Maui Surf Forecast for June 17, 2024

Surf along south facing shores will slowly decline as the south swell fades through Monday. Only background small, medium to long period, south to...

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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).