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Big Island News

North Kona Water Restriction Downgraded to Voluntary 10%

Effective immediately, the 25% mandatory North Kona water restriction, that has been in effect since June 6, is officially downgraded to a 10% voluntary water conservation.

HPD Locates Teen Runaway

HPD locates teen runaway.

‘Unprecedented And Frankly Scary’: Food Basket Experiencing Severe Food Shortage

The Food Basket, Hawai‘i Island’s food bank, has never experienced the type of food shortages it is seeing now.

Man Charged With Second-Degree Murder in Connection to Death of Elderly Neighbor

A 33-year-old man was charged with murder following the discovery of a deceased elderly man in Puna.

Public Input Sought on HVNP Disaster Recovery Project

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and the U.S. Geological Survey seek community input on the environmental assessment, or EA, for the proposed action to move the Disaster Recovery Project forward following the 2018 volcanic eruption and summit collapse on Kīlauea volcano.

HPD Seeks Public Help Identifying Suspect in Vehicle Theft

Authorities seek the public’s help with identifying a man involved in a motor vehicle theft that took place in Pāhoa.

Hawai’i Kūpuna Softball League Standings as of July 1

Hawai’i Kūpuna Softball League games are normally played on Saturdays.

Big Island Business

Vibrant Hawaiʻi Announces Economic Development Strategy Micro-Investments
New Dining Options Open at Queens’ Marketplace Food Court
UHERO Economic Forecast For First Quarter of 2022 Optimistic
Big Island Businesses on Board With Decision to Lift COVID Restrictions
Artisan Market Sets up in The Brew Block This Sunday
Hawaiian Airlines Offers Travel Waivers Due to Intense, Protracted Storms

Lifestyle

‘Freedom of Expression’ : Drag Performers More Than Just Pride Month
Hundreds Turn Out For 10th Anniversary Pride Parade, Festival
Parade, Festival Highlight Packed Pride Weekend in Hilo
Police Launch Backpack Drive for Students in Need

Hawaii Volcano Blog

Volcano Watch: Volcano Scientists Roam the Streets in Heraklion, Greece
Report: HVNP Visitor Spending Contributes $117M to Big Island Economy
Volcano Watch: From Macro to Micro — How Hawaiian Rocks Tell Their Stories 
Volcano Watch: Forgotten Collapse of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater on June 5–7, 1916

Kapa Cafe

Tommy “Kahikina” Ching Returns to KAPA-FM as Afternoon DJ
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

Ocean Blog

UH to Develop Living Coastal-Protection System Inspired by Coral Reefs
Beach Restoration Project in Waikīkī Wins National Award
UH Research to Focus on How Tsunami Debris Increases Damages
Pacific Whale Foundation’s Online Ocean Camp Returns

Maui Now

30 Maui teens learn about budgeting, credit and saving in financial literary class

Maui Economic Opportunity's Business Development Center hosted a financial literacy class for 30 teenagers to learn about budgeting, credit, saving – and the cost of raising children.

Sen. Hirono visits construction site of the future Daniel Kahikina Akaka VA Clinic

Once finished the Daniel Kahikina Akaka VA Clinic will provide critical health care for veterans living not only in Hawaiʻi, but throughout the Pacific region, and will help expand Tripler Army Medical Center’s capacity to serve veterans as well.

Average daily census for Maui visitors in May is higher than pre-pandemic data

The number of visitors present on any given day last month on Maui increased nearly 2% from the same time in 2019, and overall arrivals were close to pre-pandemic totals for the same timeframe, according to a report released Thursday. 

Flags lowered in memory of former Senate President Richard “Dickie” Wong

Governor David Ige has ordered the lowering of flags as a mark of respect, acknowledging the passing of the late Richard “Dickie” Sung Hong Wong.

US Labor Department recovers $117,000 for 70 servers of Hawaiʻi restaurant group

A federal investigation recovered $117,710 in back wages and liquidated damages for 70 workers of the D.K. Restaurant Group in Hawaiʻi, which required servers to share their tips with managers after reducing managers’ salaries by at least 25%, according to a US Department of Labor news release.

Kauai Now

First Responders Rescue 3 Visitors in Po‘ipū waters Thursday

First responders conducted an ocean rescue involving three California visitors in Po‘ipū Thursday afternoon.

Feedback Sought on Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goal

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation is seeking comments on its proposed overall triennial goal for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation in contracts using federal funds.

Watch: Garden Isle COVID Cases Continue Decline, But Still Higher than State Averages

Kaua‘i COVID cases dropped again, according to the state's latest figures, but the Garden Isle still outpaces some state averages when it comes to infections.

Community Looks to Make Hanapēpē Pop-Up Skatepark Permanent Fixture

Last year after hundreds of west side residents gave testimony during the development of the county’s West Kaua’i Community Plan requesting more skateboarding facilities for youth in rural neighborhoods, county officials held a small blessing ceremony Friday, July 2, to begin the construction of a new “pop-up” skatepark situated behind the Hanapēpē fire station.

Sheriff Impersonator Scam Prompts Public Warning

A reoccurring Sheriff impersonator scam incident has prompted the Department of Public Safety Sheriff Division to put out another warning.