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Update:  Hawaii Island volcano Kilauea is erupting.

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Aloha Friday!

After a brief pause, Kīlauea volcano has begun erupting again. The lava is contained to the Halema’uma’u crater. Aviation levels are elevated to warning/red as experts determine how bad the gas emissions really are.

The 2023 year started with a lot of crime. An Oahu man was charged with assault on New Year’s Day. A Puna woman was arrested for domestic abuse.

And finally, Jan. 15 is the deadline to apply for affordable federal health insurance.

Have a great weekend!


Update: Big Island volcano Kīlauea is erupting

Update 8:09 p.m. Jan. 5: Multiple minor fountains are active in the central eastern portion of Halema‘uma‘u crater floor; the largest lava fountain is consistently about 32 feet high. Fountain bursts up to 98 feet high occurred around 7:45 p.m. and there were several bursts up to 164 feet high during the initial part of the eruption.

Lava flows have inundated much of the crater floor, which is nearly 300 acres. As of approximately 7:30 p.m. about 32 feet depth of new lava had been added to the crater floor. Summit tilt switched from inflation to deflation around 5 p.m. Following the eruption onset, summit earthquake activity greatly diminished and eruptive tremor (a signal associated with fluid movement) resumed.





O’ahu man charged with assault for New Year’s Day incident in Hilo

Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged K-One Howard, of Eva Beach, O’ahu, with assault following a New Year’s Day incident in Hilo.

On Jan. 1, shortly after 2:30 p.m., South Hilo patrol officers responded to the area of Lokahi Street in Hilo after receiving numerous reports of an unconscious male on the ground who had been assaulted.

The 21-year-old victim was transported via ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center Emergency Room in critical condition.

Responding officers quickly identified Howard as the suspect. He was located nearby at his mother-in-law’s apartment on Lokahi Circle and arrested without incident.

Howard, the victim and several other men were reportedly drinking at Lokahi Park prior to the assault. During that time several of the men had a verbal altercation. Witnesses stated that as the victim left, Howard followed him and then assaulted him by punching and kicking him numerous times.

Due to the severity of the victim’s injuries, Area I Criminal Investigation Section detectives responded to the scene.

A search warrant was later executed on the apartment where Howard was arrested, and detectives recovered the clothing Howard was wearing during the assault.

On Jan. 2, detectives charged Howard with second-degree assault. His bail was set at $10,000. He remained in police custody pending his initial court appearance on Jan. 3 in Hilo District Court.

The victim was released from Hilo Medical Center on Jan. 4.

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact Detective Paul Mangus of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at 808-961-2383 or email





Jan. 15 deadline to apply for affordable federal healthcare insurance; help available

The nonprofit Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i encourages uninsured Hawai‘i residents who do not qualify for Medicaid to enroll in federal marketplace healthcare insurance — which is affordable for most people after government subsidies — by the Jan. 15 deadline.

The society has staff ready to help consumers enroll at no cost.





Two urologists perform innovative procedures at Kona Community Hospital

Two Ali’i Health Center urologists perform two innovative and progressive urologic procedures at Kona Community Hospital.

In early 2022, Dr. Jeffrey Palmgren performed a procedure called jelmyto chemoablation of a kidney  tumor. The procedure specifically targets the tumor without removing the kidney. The procedure spares the patient from the systemic effects of chemotherapy and saves the patient from having to go into dialysis.





Five people arrested after large brawl in downtown Hilo

Two adults and three juveniles were arrested following the report of a large brawl in downtown Hilo.

The Hawai‘i Police Department’s central dispatch received multiple calls just before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday reporting an altercation in the area of the 100 block of Kino‘ole Street in which it was reported that people were yelling, throwing rocks and brandishing weapons, including a knife and possibly a rifle.





Report: COVID-19 booster vaccinations lag as negative impacts from virus widen

A new comprehensive report by researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization, or UHERO, finds more of the state’s residents are contracting COVID-19, fewer are getting COVID booster shots and the number of those impacted by long-COVID illnesses remains high.

The report was released Thursday and is based on responses from 1,627 adult Hawaiʻi residents to a survey administered in partnership with the Pacific Alliance Against COVID-19 during fall 2022. Researchers have a statewide cohort of more than 2,000 residents who are surveyed regularly.





State Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in Maui County Council election contest

Lawyers representing both sides hailed the opportunity for oral arguments in a case that questions the outcome of the Wailuku-Waiheʻe-Waikapū residency area seat race between incumbent Alice Lee and challenger Noelani Ahia. 



NTSB: witness from another aircraft observed plane impact water off Maui

Based on the NTSB report, the airplane wreckage sank in the “open ocean” in an area known as the Maui Channel, with an estimated water depth of 6,000 ft. “Deep water search and recovery efforts are pending,” according to the agency. 




Kauai Weather Forecast for January 06, 2023

Very dry air will shut down almost all shower activity through Tuesday. A weak front will approach Kauai and Oahu by the middle of next week. Trade winds will… 



Kauai Surf Forecast for January 06, 2023

The progressive, zonal flow pattern across the North Pacific will direct a series of NNW to WNW swells that will assist in maintaining above average surf… 



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