Majestic banyan falls along iconic Hilo road highlighting need for tree-saving plan.
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Today we’ve got stories about the need for a plan to save the majestic banyan trees along Hilo’s Banyan Drive for future generations, police urging the Hawai’i County Police Commission to select a chief by Jan. 1, 2023, and this weeks’ “Volcano Watch” takes a look at what scientists are learning from the impacts of Kilauea’s lower East Rift Zone lava flow in 2018.
In case you missed it, be sure to also check out the post-season honors being accumulated by the University of Hawai’i at Hilo men’s and women’s soccer teams, renovations planned at South Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor, the state releasing half a million dollars for improvements at the Kona airport and more available on our site.
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Majestic banyan collapses along iconic Hilo road highlighting need for tree-saving plan By Megan Moseley
A few months ago, the first large banyan on the east side of Hilo’s iconic Banyan Drive transformed from majestic tree to a collapsed mess.
“I was working every day, then one day I noticed it,” said Miki Malama, an employee at the nearby Naniloa Golf Course. “And we want to know what happened.”
For nearly six months, the Hawai‘i County Police Commission has been searching to fill the top cop position after Chief Paul Ferreira announced his retirement in June.
With a handful of high-ranking retirements coming up within the Hawai‘i Police Department, including interim chief Kenneth Bugado, commissioners are feeling the urgency to fill the position by the end of the year.
Volcano Watch is a weekly article and activity update written by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and affiliates. Today’s article was written by Elinor Meredith, a PhD candidate at the Earth Observatory of Singapore.
Lava flows erupted from the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea in 2018 and devastated lower Puna. In 2019, a team of scientists from the USGS, the Earth Observatory of Singapore, and GNS Science in New Zealand set out to document and assess the impacts to buildings and infrastructure to advance understanding of how lava flows impact the built environment.
The South Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor in West Hawai’i will be undergoing renovations beginning on Nov. 21.
The $792,590 project will include new asphalt pavement and striping at existing gravel parking areas, drainage improvements, new solar-powered streetlights, demolition work and new bull rails.
Hawaiʻi Gov. David Ige recently released $500,000 in state capital improvement project funds for the additional construction costs of the south ramp taxiway and ramp improvements at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport in Keāhole.
“I’d like to thank Governor Ige for following through on funding projects for Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport,” said Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye (District 1). “Financing improvements for the south ramp taxiway and ramp improvements is critical to ensure that the Kona Airport’s airplane ground traffic is well maintained.
Several University of Hawai‘i at Hilo men’s soccer players nabbed post-season academic honors.
Four Vulcans were named to the 2022 College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Men’s Soccer Team, honoring the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
Several members of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo women’s soccer squad have nabbed post-season honors for their performance on the field and in the classroom.
Goodwill Hawai‘i will be hosting a grand opening celebration Saturday for the new location of its Kona Store and Donation Center in the Luhia Center.
The event begins at 9:30 a.m. Free gift cards and tote bags will be given to the first 100 shoppers 18 years and older. There will also be complimentary refreshments and a live DJ. Goodwill Hawai‘i is set to open a fourth store and donation center on Hawai‘i Island at the Waikōloa Plaza next month.
The deadline is Dec. 8, 2022 to apply for U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loans related to drought conditions in Hawai‘i, Kalawao and Maui counties.
The Economic Injury Disaster Loans are intended to offset economic injury due to reduced revenues caused by the continuing drought.
Elizabeth “Jonesie” Medeiros laid the foundation for the nonprofit Community Action Program, first serving as administrator for what would become Maui Economic Opportunity.
Governor David Ige issued a fifth proclamation relating to the Maui County axis deer crisis, extending the disaster emergency relief period through Jan. 17, 2023.
An upper trough will exit east of the region today, while a surface trough northeast of the central islands weakens. Abundant moisture and some lingering…
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