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“It’s a winter wonderland on Big Island’s Maunakea, but roads are unsafe.’

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2022

Good morning Big Island,

It’s a Winter Wonderland on Maunakea, but the storm has left the roads unsafe for at least the next couple of days. Meanwhile, high surf will continue to pound Big Island shores today. We have galleries of the snow and the storm damage.

Today we also have posts about Hawai’i County asking residents with storm damage to fill out a survey; police seeking the public’s help in identifying a man involved in a theft at a business establishment in Kea‘au; the Salvation Army is struggling to meet its Red Kettle fundraising goals; and what should you know about the upcoming 32nd Hawai’i State Legislature session?

And, can you guess the 2022 Hawai’i “Word of the Year?” Hint: It has to do with the pandemic.

Stay safe and mahalo for your readership.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

It’s a Winter Wonderland on Big Island’s Maunakea; but roads are unsafe

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Center for Maunakea Stewardship expects the road to the summit will remain closed for at least the next couple of days.

The recent storm, with winds of more than 100 mph at the summit, sleet, freezing rain and heavy snow created a very hard covering of ice and icy snow along with snow drifts on the Maunakea Access Road. This makes it exceptionally difficult for staff to clear.

 

   

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NEWS

County wants Big Island residents to fill out survey about damage from storm system

Hawaiʻi County has released a Damage Assessment Survey for residents affected by the Kona Low weather system, which brought strong winds and heavy rains to the island through Dec. 20, 2022.

The survey helps to ensure that the county can send a damage assessor to assess the damage caused by the recent storm. Data collected from the survey will allow county officials to determine if our jurisdiction qualifies for any state or federal assistance, and to assist with hazard mitigation planning.

 

   

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NEWS

What is the 2022 ‘Word of the Year’ for Hawai’i?

The COVID-19 pandemic forced all of us to pivot our interactions into virtual formats, such as Zoom and Slack.

As pandemic restrictions eased in 2022, the return to face-to-face interactions increased. This is why the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of English chose what it did as its 2022 Word of the Year for Hawaiʻi.

 

   

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NEWS

Gallery: Big Island storm toppled trees, damaged county park structures

County, state and utility crews have spent the day working to restore power and clear roads after a cold front Monday swept the Big Island, bringing with it rain, wind and thunderstorms.

Video posted on the Hawai’i Department of Transportation Facebook page shows crews packing up after clearing fallen trees on Hawai’i Belt Road (Route 19) in the vicinity of mile marker 46.

 

   

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COMMUNITY

Gallery: Snow falls on Big Island summits

While several photos of storm damage are circulated on social media, photos of snow on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are also making an appearance.

According to the Center for Mauna Kea Stewardship, Mauna Kea received 6 inches of snow Monday night.

 

   

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NEWS

Do you recognize this man?

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man involved in a theft that took place at a business establishment in Kea‘au this week.

According to Hawai‘i police, the incident occurred on Monday at 3:44 p.m. when an unidentified male suspect was observed on video surveillance removing items from the business.

 

   

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COMMUNITY

Salvation Army’s Red Kettles campaign struggling to meet goal in Hawai’i

For the 2022 Christmas season, The Salvation Army’s iconic Christmas Red Kettle Campaign, now in its 131st year, is struggling to meet its fundraising goal in Hawai’i.

With just five bell-ringing days left before Christmas, donations in Hawaii are currently tracking at 67% of a $750,000 goal.

 

   

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HAWAII STATE NEWS

What to know about the upcoming 32nd Hawaiʻi State Legislature session

The first session of the 32nd Hawaii State Legislature begins at 10 a.m. on Jan. 18, 2023. As it approaches, here’s what you need to know.

The deadlines for the 2023 Regular Session have been established and the legislative calendar has been published.

 

   

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BIG ISLAND WEATHER
MAUI

Storm cleanup continues on South Kīhei Road, closures planned

South Kīhei Road will be closed from Ohukai to Uwapo Road for cleanup of trees and debris between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. 

   

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Documentary explores origins, spread of “shaka” sign, interviews kupuna

The documentary, “Shaka: A Story Of Aloha,” will be filming on Maui next week Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 28 and 29. A Maui Community Shaka Party takes place Thursday at 5 p.m. at Nalu’s South Shore Grill in Kīhei. 

   

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KAUAI

Kauai Weather Forecast for December 21, 2022

Westerly winds will continue to decrease today as our airmass dries and stabilizes. Expect light winds and limited showers into the weekend. A weak front… 

   

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Kauai Surf Forecast for December 21, 2022

The current northwest (310-320 degree) swell will quickly decline today and Thursday. A High Surf Warning (HSW) remains in effect this morning for most north… 

   

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For the latest Hawaii Island, West Hawaii, Hawaii State, and Hawaii Sports News, please check the “News Resources” link in the blog sidebar.  Thanks for joining us today.

Russ Roberts (https://hawaiinewsdigest.net and https://hawaiidigestscience.com).

 

 

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