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State House Maunakea Working Group Recommends Nine-Member Board to Oversee State-Managed Lands on Mauna

The state House of Representatives’ Maunakea Working Group has submitted its final report to Hose Speaker Scott K. Saiki and is recommending the formation of a new board to oversee state-managed lands on the mountain.

Fire Chief: No Connection in Weekend House Fires

A string of three house fires in the Kailua-Kona area in the span of 18 hours over the weekend was coincidental, The Hawai‘i Fire Chief confirmed.

HMC Emergency Department Reports Longer Than Usual Wait Times for People Seeking Medical Care

Hilo Medical Center continues to be full with COVID and non-COVID patients, officials reported Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Weekly DUI Stats: 19 Motorists Arrested for DUI on Big Island Roads

Nineteen motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicant during the week of Jan. 17-23.

HPD Seeks Public Help Finding Missing Pāhoa Man

Authorities seek the public’s help locating a Pāhoa man who was reported missing by his family.

Hawai‘i Hotel Revenues Continue to Close in on Pre-Pandemic Levels

Hawai‘i hotels statewide reported substantially higher revenue per available room, average daily rate, and occupancy in December 2021 compared to December 2020 when the state’s quarantine order for travelers due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in dramatic declines for the hotel industry, according to data provided by the Hawaii Tourism Authority

1,904 New Cases Reported Tuesday

The state Department of Health reported 1,904 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 206,837. No new fatalities were reported.

Big Island Business

Hawaiian Airlines Offers Travel Waivers Due to Intense, Protracted Storms
HTA Issues RFP for MCI Marketing and Management Services
KCH Looks to Grow Staff Through Specialty Hires, New Accredited Program
American Job Center Hawaiʻi to Host Free, Virtual Job Fair Thursday
Kona Commons to Host Artisan Market in November
September Visitor Spending in Hawai´i Down 15% From Pre-Pandemic Total

Lifestyle

Nearly 2,000 Trees Planted on Big Island as Part of ReTree Hawai‘i Project
Action 4 Animals to Host Adoption Event in February
Mass Transit Offers Free Bikeshare to Hele-On Riders
Par Hawai‘i Fueling Dreams for Special Olympics Athletes

Hawaii Volcano Blog

Volcano Watch: Deciphering Explosive Behavior at Mauna Loa
Lack of Trade Winds Shift Vog Over E. Hawaiʻi
Volcano Watch: The Legacy of Alexander Lancaster
Volcano Watch: Should Old Eruptions be Forgot? Increase Your Volcano Awareness This January

Kapa Cafe

Kapa Café: Talk Story with Ana Vee
Kapa Café: Talk Story with Nalani Jenkins of Na Leo Pilimehana
Kapa Café: Hoku Award Winner Talks About Quarantine Life
Kapa Café: Kamehameha Schools Student Performers

Ocean Blog

High Surf Advisory Extended for West-Facing Shores
High Surf Advisory for West-Facing Shores Goes Into Effect Wednesday Morning
Underwater Cleanup Set For Keauhou Bay Saturday
State Issues Record Fines Against Aquarium Fishing Couple

Maui Now

Maui Weather Forecast for January 26, 2022

West Side Today: Sunny and breezy. Highs 77 to 83. East winds up to 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Isolated showers after midnight. Lows 58 to 65. East winds up to 15 mph becoming around 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 20 percent. Thursday: Sunny with isolated showers. Highs 77 to 83. Southeast winds […]

State pitches $192M housing, civic center project for Kahului

About 5 acres of state land in Kahului would be transformed into affordable and market-rate housing, along with a civic center for state office space, if state agencies get the green light on a $192 million project. 

Maui Surf Forecast for January 26, 2022

Shores Today Thursday Surf Surf AM PM AM PM North Facing 8-12 8-12 5-7 4-6 West Facing 2-4 2-4 0-2 0-2 South Facing 1-3 1-3 1-3 1-3 East Facing 2-4 2-4 2-4 2-4 TODAY Weather Mostly sunny. Isolated showers. High Temperature In the lower 80s. Winds East winds around 15 mph. Tides Kahului High 1.3 […]

Council Member Mike Molina announces bid for Maui mayor

Known for his public school teaching and Maui County Council tenure, Mike Molina announced Tuesday evening he will leave his Makawao-Haʻikū-Pāʻia residency seat in a bid for mayor. 

Maui Mayor tests positive for COVID-19

Maui County's Office of the Mayor announced that Mayor Michael Victorino tested positive for COVID-19 today. All close contacts have been notified and the mayor is in isolation at home.

Kauai Now

Second Installment of 2021-22 Real Property Taxes Due Next Month

County officials are reminding Kaua‘i property owners that the second installment of real property taxes for the 2021-22 tax year are due Tuesday, Feb. 22. #KauaiNow #KauaiNews

Menehune Road Reopens to All Traffic

Because rock scaling work has been completed, Menehune Road in Waimea reopened to all traffic on Tuesday, Jan. 25. #KauaiNow #KauaiNews

Lane Closures Planned Along Portions of Ōma‘o Road

Ōma‘o Road will be closed at Kōloa Road to all northbound traffic. Only southbound traffic from Kaumuali‘i Highway will be allowed through the work zone. #KauaiNow #KauaiNews

186 New Cases Reported on Garden Isle

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office announced 186 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

High Levels of Bacteria Detected in Lydgate Park Waters

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health is retesting Lydgate Park waters after high levels of bacteria were detected this morning, Jan. 25, during routine beach monitoring.