“What new Hawaii laws are taking effect on New Year’s Day?”
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It is the first of the year, so what new laws take effect? A wide variety of areas are covered, from car insurance for residents renting to visitors to tobacco taxes, fireworks, ranked-choice voting and even balloons.
What new Hawai’i laws are taking effect on New Year’s Day?
Several new State of Hawai’i laws are set to take effect on Jan. 1.
They cover a wide variety of areas, including car insurance for residents renting to visitors, tobacco taxes, catalytic converters, mandatory ethics training for state legislators and workers, fireworks, ranked-choice voting and even balloons.
Mauna Loa forests, natural area reserves dodged lava bullet By Nathan Christophel
When Mauna Loa began erupting late at night on Nov. 27 for the first time in 38 years, officials with the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources anxiously watched to see where the spewing lava would go.
In the potential path of the destructive lava were several state forest reserves and natural area reserves filled with endangered species, their native habitat and years and millions of dollars spent on restoration work.
3 family dogs die in blaze at ʻĀinaloa residence
Big Island firefighters and police officers responded to a structure fire shortly after 6:30 p.m. Friday in Puna that resulted in the deaths of three pets.
Upon their arrival at 6:39 p.m., first responders discovered a 30-by-40-foot single-story, single-family home at 16-2138 Hanalē Drive in ʻĀinaloa partially involved in fire. A total of 17 firefighters and 11 units from the Hawaiʻi Fire Department were dispatched to battle the blaze. Officers with the Hawaiʻi Police Department arrived first to provide a safe scene while firefighters worked to extinguish the fire.
Volcano Watch: ‘Your job sounds so cool! How does someone become a volcanologist?’
“Volcano Watch” is a weekly article and activity update written by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and affiliates.
What is a volcanologist, exactly? The short answer is a volcanologist is a person who studies volcanoes, but that’s not the whole story. There are as many different specialties within volcanology and as many paths you can take to get there as there are tools of the trade. What are these tools, you ask? Let’s have a look.
Big Island Year in review: 2022 started with tragedy and ended with erupting volcanoes
2022 is coming to a close. Reflecting on the past 12 months, the Big Island community experienced extreme weather, earthquakes, fires and two erupting volcanoes; mourned tragedies and the death of a revered kumu hula; and witnessed the loss of historic buildings, including the Hōlualoa Theater.
This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic more under control, events and gatherings that had been canceled have returned.
Hawaii County Weather Forecast for January 01, 2023
Today: Mostly sunny with chance of showers in the morning, then partly sunny with slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs around 80 near the shore to 64 to 71 at 4000 feet. Southeast winds up to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Maui Deputy directors named to Ag, Housing, Transportation, Environmental Management, Public Works and Finance
Mayor-elect Richard Bissen announced the appointments of: Kauanoe Batangan, Deputy Director of Department of Transportation; Koa Hewahewa, Deputy Director, Department of Agriculture; Saumalu Mataafa, Deputy Director of Department of Housing & Human Concerns; Robert Schmidt, Deputy Director, Department of Environmental Management; Wendy Taomoto, Deputy Director of Department of Public Works; and Steve Tesoro, Deputy Director of Department of Finance
DHHL plans new $75M Villages of Leialiʻi subdivision with up to 250 units in Lahaina
Saying that DHHL beneficiary demand for homesteading opportunities is “very high,” Villages of Leialiʻi 1-B units would go toward beneficiaries currently on the waitlist for a residential lease on Maui. Approximately 3,891 beneficiaries were on the wait list for a residential homestead as of June 30, 2021, the report said.
Kauai Weather Forecast for January 01, 2023
Moderate trade winds will will hold around the Big Island for the next couple of days, while a nearby surface ridge produces lighter and at times variable…
Kauai Surf Forecast for January 01, 2023
The ongoing moderate size, medium period west northwest swell that peaked Friday will be slowly declining through the day. A fetch of gale force winds far…