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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2022

Good morning Big Island,

Today is Christmas Eve and we have a story about Santa and how to track his sleigh tonight.

We also have good news stories: the wildfire has been completely contained in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park; the Maunakea Access Road has been reopened for people to see the snow; and Hawaiian Electric has restored power to most of the homes on the Big Island that lost it during the storm.

A Kona man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for kidnapping and domestic violence; and the names were released of two of the three crew members who were aboard a Hawaiʻi Life Flight that apparently crashed in waters offshore of Maui. Both victims were parents of three children each.

We also have a story about an endangered bird named Christmas who is doing well in the forests of Mauna Loa.

Happy holidays and mahalo for your readership.

NEWS

Santa is coming tonight! All you need to know about the big guy and how to track his sleigh By Nathan Christophel

To deliver presents to the 43,000 keiki on the Big Island this Christmas Eve, Santa will have some snow left at the top of Maunakea to guide his sleigh.

But for the other 2.5 billion children on Earth, many who live where there is not snow — including the other Hawaiian islands, they need not fret. Santa’s sleigh has GPS. What else should you know about him?

 

   

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NEWS

Wildfire in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park completely contained

A five-acre wildfire sparked by lightning in a remote wilderness area of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park has been fully extinguished.

National Park Service fire fighters continued to mop up hot spots, patrol the fire edge, extinguish burning vegetation and backhaul equipment through Friday afternoon.

 

   

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NEWS

Kona man sentenced to 10 years in prison for domestic violence against two women

In Kona Circuit Court on Dec. 16, 2022, Bronson Derouin Loando, 25 of Kona, was sentenced to a 10-year prison term in relation to three separate Kona domestic violence incidents involving two young women, according to Hawaiʻi County Prosecuting Attorney Kelden Waltjen.

 

   

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NEWS

Hawaiian Electric restores power to most customers on Big Island

Hawaiian Electric has completed power restoration to most customers impacted by the Kona Low storm, according to the company.

Crews completed repairs and restored power to 392 customers in ʻĀhualoa and 245 customers in the Waipiʻo Valley Road-Honoka‘a area on Friday.

 

   

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Hawaiʻi Life Flight releases names of 2 of the 3 crew members in apparent helicopter crash

This morning, Hawaiʻi Life Flight posted on its social media the names of two of the three crew members who were aboard a medical transport aircraft that apparently crashed without a trace on Dec. 15 in waters off the ʻAlenuihāhā Channel between Maui and the Big Island.

 

   

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

A bird named Christmas highlights recovery of endangered Hawaiian honeycreeper

The fate of several types of Hawaiian honeycreepers hangs in the balance, with the possibility of at least two species going extinct in the very near future.

The endangered ʻAkiapōlāʻau, a Hawaiian honeycreeper endemic to Hawai‘i Island, have long, curved beaks evolved to fill the niche occupied by woodpeckers. They feed on insects from the branches of native trees and nectar from flowers shaped like their bills and also look for larvae on the forest floor. There are only around 1,900 left in the world, including one named Christmas.

 

   

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Road to Maunakea summit reopens after snow storm; but be informed if you go

The road to the summit of 13,796-foot Maunakea on the Big Island has reopened after crews cleared thick ice and heavy snow following the recent storm, according to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Center for Maunakea Stewardship.

But Maunakea Rangers warn that conditions on the mountain can change quickly and become dangerous.

 

   

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NEWS

Hawai’i Police outstanding warrants list for Dec. 23, 2022

The Hawai‘i Police Department’s list of outstanding warrants was current on Dec. 23, 2022.

 

   

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COMMUNITY

Waikōloa holiday drive collected 1,400 pounds of food for Christmas meals

The Waikōloa Foundation and its partners have gathered 1,400 pounds of food to put dinner on the Christmas table this year.

The second Waikōloa Holiday Food Drive resulted in the collection of enough food to fill Santa’s sleigh and $4,500 in additional monetary donations to support The Food Basket, Hawaiʻi Island’s Food Bank.

 

   

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BIG ISLAND WEATHER
MAUI

Legacy Maui mom-and-pop eatery Cupies will have new local owners by end of year

The Kahului drive-in, founded by Maui’s Yoshizawa family in the early 1960s, put breaded teriyaki on the map. More than a half century later, Cupies is still known for that sweet-and-savory plate lunch, along with its crinkle-cut fries, burgers, shakes and other old-school local favorites. 

   

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2023 Maui Songwriters Festival, Jan. 15-17 in Wailea

The Grand Wailea Maui-A Waldorf Astoria Resort and Sony Music Publishing Nashville presents an all-star lineup for the 2023 Maui Songwriters Festival, Jan. 15-17, 2023. 

   

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KAUAI

Kauai Weather Forecast for December 24, 2022

A dry weather pattern will continue for at least the next couple of days. Light to moderate south to southwest winds are expected over Kauai and Oahu today&#44… 

   

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Kauai Surf Forecast for December 24, 2022

Surf along north and west facing shores of the smaller islands will hold at high-end advisory levels through the weekend due to overlapping northwest swells. A… 

   

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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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