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Big Island launches webpage to recognize county’s exemplary employees

Nominations are open to all county employees, regardless of whether they provide direct service to the public or support their colleagues internally.

Big Island police ask public for help with locating missing 45-year-old woman

45-year-old Angelique Bergmann was last seen at about 1:45 p.m. Friday on Wainaku Street in Hilo.

Pauahi Street slated for temporarily closure

This closure is necessary to safely facilitate the delivery and installation of the bridge planks using a heavy equipment crane.

Siren sounding at Laupāhoehoe Point on Big Island because of malfunction

There is no emergency at this time.

Hawai‘i County breaks ground on restoration of Waikōloa park

The restoration and expansion is a public-private partnership with a price tag of $1 million.

US Post Office in Kona to relocate

A specific date for the relocation has not yet been determined.

‘Evil twin’ or not, newly discovered exoplanet will help get closer to answers about why life appeared on Earth

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

Decomposing body found on vacant lot in Puna

The remains, found at the 16-200 block of 36th Avenue at about 7 p.m. Thursday, are believed to be connected to a missing person investigation involving a 37-year-old Puna woman.

Kona psychologist sentenced to 20 years prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a minor

Reuben Lelah was president of the nonprofit Loving Service Foundation, which specialized in treating children and teenagers who were dying or are chronically ill, as well as youth with mental illness.

Keauhou man charged with abuse following incident that temporarily close Kuakini Highway

The 33-year-old is being held on $5,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in Kona District Court today.

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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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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?

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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
CU Hawaiʻi donates$20,000 with a matching grant to support affordable housing initiatives

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

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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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Battling invasive species topic of County sustainability series, May 30

The County of Maui Environmental Protection and Sustainability Division has announced the third installment of its Sustainability Together: Community-led Regenerative Action speaker series from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, at the Maui Ocean Center Sphere. This session, titled "Grassroots Guardians: Battling Invasives in Maui County," is being held during Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Awareness Month.

MEO begins accepting energy credit applications June 1

Applications for the annual federally funded energy credit assistance program for low-income residents, who require help to pay their heating and cooling bills, will be accepted beginning June 1 via mail or in-person drop-offs through the month.

Maui Weather Forecast for May 25, 2024

A high pressure ridge will remain in place north of the state through much of next week. Expect moderate to locally breezy trade winds with brief passing...

Ocean Exploration Trust launches 2024 expedition to map unknown areas of the Pacific Ocean 

An eight month-long exploration of unsurveyed seafloors across the Eastern, Central and Western Pacific, from Hawaiʻi to Canada, will bring views of never-before-seen seafloor to the world this year.

Council supports closures of Holomua Road for public safety in Pāʻia

Maui County members voted 9-0 on Tuesday to approve a bill on first reading to close the mauka portion Holomua Road above the entrance to old Maui High School to address concerns about brush fires and other public safety issues.

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Kauai Weather Forecast for May 25, 2024

A high pressure ridge will remain in place north of the state through much of next week. Expect moderate to locally breezy trade winds with brief passing...

Kauai Surf Forecast for May 25, 2024

South shore surf will remain small and below the summer average through the middle of next week, with only small pulses from the southwest and southeast...

State awards ambulance contracts to American Medical Response following protests

“We are disappointed that Falck was not selected by the Department of Health, who found us more qualified than the incumbent to provide emergency medical services to Maui and Kaua‘i counties just last year before canceling the request for proposals in response to a challenge," said Troy Hagen, chief commercial officer for Falck USA.

Volcano Watch — HVO depends on reliable and secure IT solutions

One of the primary duties of IT personnel at HVO is supporting existing and emerging volcano monitoring and science goals. The observatory uses a variety of instruments to collect data on volcanic activity—including seismometers, gas analyzers, ground deformation sensors, and cameras.

Kaua’i Fentanyl Task Force starts following rise in drug overdoses

“It's not picking on any particular island. So it's just spontaneous. It's everywhere. And we just gotta keep looking at the numbers and never, ever think about patting ourselves on the back.”