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Update: High surf advisory again extended for south-facing shores

Includes touthern shorelines of North and South Kona, Kaʻū and Puna on the Big Island. Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should exercise caution when entering the water.

Michael Konowicz announces candidacy for Hawai‘i County representing Kohala Districts

He will be going up against incumbent Cindy Evans.

Business Monday: OUTRIGGER Kona Resort & Spa begins new era with $60M face-lift

The face-lift was guided and inspired by the concept of “kōī au,” symbolizing a flowing current and eloquence. Hawaiian culture and the historic significance of Keauhou Bay, the birthplace of King Kamehameha III, are also at the forefront of the resort’s new look.

Wind advisory issued for Big Island summits

High winds can forcefully open doors and damage hinges or slam doors shut, possibly causing injuries.

Eradicating invasive coconut rhinoceros beetle means protecting economy, ecosystem and Hawaiian culture

Hawai’i County Council joins the battle to push the pests back by supporting Hawai’i County Department of Environmental Management public awareness and outreach initiative aimed at minimizing breeding grounds on the Big Island.

Activity up slightly with increase in quakes under Kīlauea caldera, upper East Rift Zone

Seismicity remains above background levels. Ground deformation also continues beneath Halemaʻumaʻu and the south caldera region. Magma has been pressurizing the system beneath Halemaʻumaʻu and Kīlauea’s south caldera region for several weeks.

Fire at Kailua-Kona laundromat put out Saturday morning

The depart estimated a loss of $750,000 as a result of the incident.

Long-awaited work on Hulihe‘e Palace seawall begins

Manu Powers, regent and president of Daughters of Hawaiʻi, an organization that takes care of the palace, said workers from Isemoto Contracting Co. were hired to do the wall and sidewalk work.

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: 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.

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.

Man charged in Ocean View standoff released from custody

32-year-old Kamren Forest Adams was ordered to return for a hearing at 1 p.m. June 19 in Kona District Court after an exam is completed to determine his fitness to proceed in the case.

Threats from Kona low shift west; governor declares emergency

Oʻahu and Maui County are in the crosshairs first, with Kauaʻi targeted into the weekend. The Big Island is being mostly spared.

No injuries reported following structure fire in Kawaihae

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

More than 250 Hawai‘i Community College graduates now on to their next chapters

155 grads were celebrated during the Manono campus spring commencement ceremony in Hilo; 99 walked across stage during the Pālamanui campus ceremony in Waikōloa.

Late Big Island state senator’s legacy honored with new sign at park bearing his name

The new signage is a testament to the life of Gilbert “Gil” Kahele and the contributions he made to the Hawaiʻi Island community.
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