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“High wind warning, high surf advisory for Big Island–multiple road closures for fallen debris.”

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Good morning Big Island,

The nasty weather continues today, with a high wind warning and high surf advisory. Stay with Big island Now for the latest about road closures, the storm forecast and other weather-related news.

If you have any videos or photos of the severe weather you would like to share, please send them to Please include a brief caption about where the video/photo was taken and whom to credit.

We also have a post about Gov. Josh Green requesting $50 million in his Executive Budget for the expansion of Hilo Medical Center; a Hilo man arrested for planting illegal coconut palms in a recreation area; and the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency holding a virtual public meeting today about updating its hazard mitigation plan — which is very timely considering all the severe weather the state has been enduring the past few days.

Stay safe, and mahalo for your readership.


High wind warning, high surf advisory for Big Island; multiple road closures for fallen debris

The National Weather Service also has issued a high wind warning for portions of the Big Island, including the interior of the island, the south and the southeast and north until 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20. There have been multiple road closures due to fallen debris and power lines.





Possible hydraulic fault forces Hawaiian flight to make emergency landing at Kona airport By Tiffany DeMasters

A Hawaiian Airlines flight inbound from Maui with 108 passengers onboard made an emergency landing at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport Monday evening due to a possible hydraulic fault.

Hawaiian Airlines spokesperson Alex DeSilva said the captain declared an emergency to obtain priority handling at Kona due to a possible hydraulic fault. The flight landed safely in Kona and there were no injuries.





What a storm: Rain, Hail, Snow, Wind, Flooding, Thunder & Lightning batter the Big Island

A cold front sweeping the Hawaiian Islands has brought with it a wide range of weather, from rain to hail to snow.

On Sunday night, the storm moved into parts of the Big Island with heavy rains, high winds and high surf continuing to batter the county.





Gov. Green’s executive budget includes $50 million for Hilo Medical Center expansion

On Monday, Hawaiʻi Gov. Josh Green, M.D., submitted the Executive Budget for 2023-2025 to the State Legislature and announced the release of nearly $50 million in grants to non-profit communities.

In the budget, one of his “high priority” items is $50 million for the expansion of the Intensive Care Unit and medical Surgical Unit at Hilo Medical Center.





Hawaiʻi Emergency Management holding virtual workshop for hazard mitigation plan

The Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency is holding a virtual workshop on Dec. 20, asking members of the public to help it build a safer Hawai‘i.

During the workshop, the agency will gather public input for the state’s update to its Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan, which was last published in 2018, is used to guide work in the years ahead to reduce or eliminate the harm caused to Hawai‘i and its communities by flooding, hurricanes, wildfires and other hazards.





Hilo man arrested after illegal planting of coconut palms in East Hawai‘i recreation area

A Hilo man was arrested on Sunday after attempting to plant 165 keiki coconut palms in the middle of the Wailoa River State Recreation Area.

This is the fourth time over the past nine years Gene Tamashiro has been cited or arrested for leading the planting of the so-called “Kanaka Garden.”





QKC welcomes new tenants: Tanoa, Football Fanatics, Ekolu shop and local apparel pop-up

The Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center has four new tenants featuring local and sports apparel in time for the holidays. 



Maui after the storm: Path of debris, uprooted trees, power outages and flooding

The storm left portions of South Kīhei Road covered in mud, uprooted trees in Maui Lani and South Maui, and knocked out power to an estimated 12,000 customers on the Valley Isle. It also resulted in hazardous traveling conditions along the Hāna Highway, and caused some flights to be diverted because of poor visibility. 




Kauai Weather Forecast for December 20, 2022

More stable conditions with breezy westerly winds are filling in across the Hawaii region today. Strong westerly winds with higher gusts are still expected… 



Kauai Surf Forecast for December 20, 2022

An extra large, long lived northwest swell continues to rise through the day today before declining Wednesday. There is high potential for wave run- up onto… 



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