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Big Island high school seniors encouraged to apply for scholarship program

pplications are due on June 15 and awardees will be notified in early July.

Puna hitchhiker charged in alleged armed carjacking

40-year-old Kevin Torres of Pāhoa made his initial court appearance May 16 in Hilo District Court.

Big Island police investigating fatal motorcycle crash in Kaʻū

The 59-year-old Ocean View man riding a green 2022 Kawasaki was ejected from the motorcycle after it struck an embankment near the entrance to Manuka State Park.

Update: High surf advisory for Big Island’s south-facing shores extended

The advisory is now in effect until 6 p.m. May 18, with surf of 7 to 10 feet continued to be forecast.

Update: Wind advisory canceled for Big Island summits

Sustained winds of 45 to 55 mph, with localized gusts of up to about 60 mph, are forecast atop Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

Money gifted to University of Hawai‘i medical school to train physicans to treat liver diseases

The money from former Hawai‘i resident liver transplant recipient John C. Couch will establish the first-ever gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine that will train physicians to treat liver diseases.

Volcano Watch: A fresh look at Kīlauea’s 1924 explosive deposits

This week, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists dig a little deeper and share new discoveries they are making about the erupsions 100 years ago by examining the ash deposited during the events.

200 surveillance cameras to be installed in downtown Pāhoa

The Hawai‘i County Council on Wednesday adopted Resolution 487, which grants $65,000 to the Pāhoa Lava Zone Museum for the purchase, installation and maintenance of 25 new surveillance systems, each consisting of 8 cameras, meant to enhance public safety in the Big Island community.

Update: Flood advisory canceled for various portions of Big Island

Radar shows that heavy rain has diminished in the Ka‘ū, Hilo and Puna districts as well as the interior of the Big Island.

New federal funding to protect 2 million acres of land throughout Hawai‘i

Announced by the Trust for Public Land, or TPL, a national nonprofit that works to protect public land, the designation will ensure that under existing federal conservation and the Department of Defense Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration programs, funding for land conservation will include farming and ranch land, watershed protection, habitat restoration management, support military readiness and climate resiliency in Hawaiʻi.

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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 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.

Mix masters: Merriman’s Honolulu team wins 2024 Kings’ Shops Cocktail Contest

13 of Hawai‘i’s top bartenders showed off their creative energy as they competed head-to-head in three rounds April 28 on the Big Island.

Top 10 things to do on the Big Island for May 2-8: Kodomo No Matsuri, AstroDay, Mālama Healing Festival and more

Live music, hands-on educational science activities and demonstrations, Children’s Day celebrations, art displays, crafts and even a party for Cinco De Mayo are on tap this weekend.

Big Island Polls Chevron Forward

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 Now poll No. 52: Which of these locations is best to watch humpback whales from Big Island shores?

Big Island Business Chevron Forward

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
CU Hawaiʻi donates$20,000 with a matching grant to support affordable housing initiatives
Department of Health issues a recall alert for Gibson Farms bulk organic California shelled walnuts due to potential E. coli contamination
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Hawai'i Volcano Blog Chevron Forward

Volcano Watch: A fresh look at Kīlauea’s 1924 explosive deposits
Volcano Watch: The blast of the century at Kīlauea
Earthquakes continue beneath Kīlauea summit
About 230 earthquakes rattle Kīlauea with renewed uptick in unrest

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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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Maui Surf Forecast for May 18, 2024

Surf along south facing shores will remain up through early next week due to expected overlapping, long-period south-southwest swells. The first swell will...

Maui police start impaired driving enforcement campaign as graduations and Memorial Day weekend approach

The Maui Police Department kicked off its impaired driving enforcement campaign, which will run through the Memorial Day weekend. The MPD Traffic Division will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols as part of the increased enforcement effort. The public can also expect an increase in police presence utilizing unmarked vehicles. 

Maui Matsuri set for Children’s Festival at Queen Kaʻahumanu Center this Saturday

To kick off its 22nd annual Japanese Festival, Maui Matsuri plans to hold its Children's Festival portion of the celebration at the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

First emergency permit issued for Lahaina rebuilding after wildfire disaster

The first permit for rebuilding a Lahaina residence destroyed in the Aug. 8 wildfire disaster was issued on Wednesday, with another 40 applicants under active review, Department of Public Works Director Jordan Molina told members of the Maui County Council's Water and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday.

Mixed Plate Music Fest brings award-winning artists to South Maui Gardens this Saturday

The inaugural Mixed Plate Music Fest, presented by Smooth Moves Entertainment, will be happening at the South Maui Gardens in Kīhei from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

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Kauai Weather Forecast for May 17, 2024

A kona low north of the state will continue drawing unstable tropical moisture northward over the islands into Saturday. Bands of showers producing moderate to...

Kauai Surf Forecast for May 17, 2024

Surf along south facing shores will remain up through early next week due to expected overlapping, long-period south-southwest swells. The first swell will...

Update: Advisory level surf to continue through Saturday for southern shorelines

South-facing shores throughout the state, including those of Kaua‘i, will continue to see high surf of 7 to 10.

Healthcare community clinics coming to Garden Isle

Tropic Care is a mission of the Armed Forces Innovative Readiness Training program, designed to increase troop readiness while strengthening communities.

Heavy rains result in high bacteria levels at 8 beaches, streams

A Kona low storm has brought rain and flood advisories to the entire state. The bacteria, also known as enterococcus, is measured by the Surfrider Foundation Kaua‘i chapter at various streams and beaches on the island.