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“Lava viewing area reopens after unexploded ordnance is detonated by county.”

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Good morning Big Island,

Today, we enter the second week of the eruption of Mauna Loa. Big Island Now will continue to have up-to-date information on what the volcano is doing and its impacts.

We have a story about an unexploded ordnance that was found near the lava viewing area along Old Saddle Road on military land. It is a reminder to not wander into the lava field to try to get a better view of the eruption.

Today, we also will have stories about the swearing-in ceremonies for the new Hawaiʻi County Council and new Hawaiʻi Governor Josh Green, who spent years on the Big Island practicing medicine.

And for lighter fare, we have an interview with multiple Grammy winner George Kahumoku, who has just received a Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Mahalo for your readership


UPDATE: Lava viewing area reopens after unexploded ordnance is detonated by county

The Mauna Loa eruption viewing area along Old Saddle Road on U.S. Pōhakuloa Training Area land reopened Sunday afternoon after being closed for several hours due to the discovery of an unexploded ordnance.





Mauna Loa Eruption Day 7: Lava moving slowly, ‘spreading out like a pancake’

The Mauna Loa lava flow was 2.25 miles from Daniel K. Inouye Highway as of Sunday and the leading edge is advancing at an average of 50 feet per hour. A new updated will be provided Monday morning.





New Hawai’i County Council to be sworn in Monday

The new Hawai‘i County Council will be officially sworn in during a special public event at noon Monday at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.

The Hawai‘i County Inaugural Ceremony will feature the swearing in of the incoming County Council members, including newcomers Cindy Evans, who will represent District 9; Jenn Kagiwada, who will represent District 2; and Michelle Galimba, who will take the District 6 seat.





Josh Green’s inauguration: Watch in person or online By Scott Yunker

Big Island doctor and former Lieutenant Governor Josh Green will be sworn into the Governor’s Office on Monday morning, in a free ceremony open to the public.

Green will be inaugurated alongside fellow Democrat and Lieutenant Governor-elect Sylvia Luke at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena in Honolulu on O‘ahu.





Grammy winner and Lifetime Achievement honoree Kahumoku talks about his future By Gary Kubota

Just how multiple Grammy winner George Kahumoku has run a successful music career and a farm seems a bit of a mystery, until he describes his daily routine and great ʻohana. Oh, and somewhere in there he’s managed to earn three Master’s degrees — one in sculpture, another in business administration and a third in fine arts.

For more than 50 years, Kahumoku has not only contributed to a growing interest and respect for Hawaiian music, especially in the revival of kī hōʻalu, slack key guitar. He’s also helped in institutional building by founding the Institute of Hawaiian Music at the University of Hawaiʻi-Maui College. The Institute helps to train the next wave of songwriters in Hawaiʻi.





Food Basket has four more ‘Ohana Food Drops in December

The Food Basket, Hawaiʻi Island’s food bank, will be having four more ʻOhana Food Drop distributions this month to help alleviate low food security during the holiday season.

The first distribution was Thursday in Waimea. The next scheduled food drop will be on Dec. 6 in Nāʻālehu. Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.





Bananarama Bakery in Pāhoa to host anniversary, grand opening celebration

A new Pāhoa bakery that boasts having the Big Island’s most extensive selection of gluten-free, plant-based and sugar-free tasty treats is hosting a grand opening and one-year anniversary celebration.

Bananarama Bakery in downtown Pāhoa will host the celebration from Dec. 10-12. Events start at 9 a.m. Dec. 10, with sales, giveaways and surprises planned. All in-stock items also will be 20% off Dec. 10 and 10% off Dec. 11-12.





Mauna Loa continues slow advance; hikers warned to stay out of closed area

Although the flow has slowed over flat land over the past several days, fissure 3 in the Northeast Rift Zone remains active with a continuous supply of lava. Hikers are also being warned to stay out of closed areas. 



Grammy winner Kahumoku receives award for ‘Lifetime Achievement,’ talks about future

This year, Kahumoku is among a handful of musical artist to receive the Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Artists’ 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award. In this interview, Kahumoku describes a Hawaiian culture that nurtured his life as a musician, his artistic routine, and the “accident” that made winning Grammys possible. Maui Now writer Gary Kubota interviews him. 




Kauai Weather Forecast for December 05, 2022

A developing low far northwest of the islands will move southward today, then shift west and away from the state thereafter. This low will shift our winds… 



Kauai Surf Forecast for December 05, 2022

Mid- to short-period NE swell continues to be the primary wave energy early this morning according to near shore PacIOOS buoy data, as the ongoing WNW swell… 



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Russ Roberts

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