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“Unexploded ordnance prompts hours-long closure of lava-viewing route.”

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Volcanic risk: 2020 report could be key in avoiding disaster

After the lava flows from the 2018 Kilauea eruption took out more than 700 homes and cost tens of millions of dollars in road reconstruction and land buyouts, the county spent more than $2 million on a consultant to conduct an islandwide volcanic risk assessment as well as a Kilauea recovery plan.

Legacy of lava

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory research geologist Frank Trusdell is considered an authority on Mauna Loa.

Lighting up the holidays

The holidays officially kicked off Friday night with the lighting of Parker Ranch’s 150-foot tall Cook Island Pine tree in Waimea.


County opens lava-viewing route

Lava watchers can get a closer and safer view of the Mauna Loa eruption through an alternate route intended to reduce parking on Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

Alleged hotel car thief is a 10-time felon

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for today in the case a 22-year-old Hilo man accused of posing as a parking valet at a Hilo hotel and stealing a family’s rental car.

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