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Officers with the Hawai’i Police Department’s Vice Section in Kona are trying to re-establish a regular presence at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport in Kona in an effort to disrupt the flow of illicit drugs into the community.
Several advocates recently addressed lawmakers and others on Kaua‘i following the recent publication of a report about gender-based violence against Native Hawaiian women and girls.
If you’re looking for something to do in February, get outside and learn a few things while you’re at it. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park has several events planned for next month.
Also, Gov. Josh Green’s inaugural State of the State address is Monday. Keep an eye on Big Island Now later today to find out how you can watch.
Police presence may return to Kona airport to combat flow of dangerous drugs By Tiffany DeMasters
Only three weeks into the new year and Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Vice Section in Kona has recovered illicit drugs — including fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine — from several people arriving at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keāhole.
Vice Lt. Edwin Buyten said the majority of the illegal drugs trying to be smuggled onto the Big Island now is illegal fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more deadly than heroin.
What events are happening at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park in February?
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park features a variety of events in February, including a Hawaiian carving demonstration, talks about the rare and unique species and habitats the park protects, ranger-led programs and Kahuku coffee.
All events are free, but park entrance fees may apply. Some programs are co-sponsored by the Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Programs are subject to change or be canceled without notice. Check the park website and calendar for more information: www.nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes.
Lawmakers pressed to tackle sex trafficking by Native Hawaiian women, girls advocates By Scott Yunker
Tia Obrero and Michael Blackstad went missing on their home of Kaua‘i on Valentine’s Day 2019, two months after their marriage.
Obrero, 26, was later found dead at Kitchens Beach in Wailuā. The body of her killer — her husband — was found the next day at another beach. Blackstad had committed suicide, according to police. Left behind were the couple’s 4-year-old daughter and 8-month-old boy.
Stricker cruises to 6-shot victory at Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualālai
KA’UPULEHU-KONA — After shooting 23-under par to cruise to a 6-shot victory at the season-opening Mitsibushi Electric Championship at Hualālai on the Big Island, American Steve Stricker said: “It was a lot of fun.”
Stricker hadnʻt played for three months.
Aloha spirit felt strong during this year’s Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualālai
With Maunakea towering in the distance, 42 senior golfers took to Hualālai Resort’s lush golf course Saturday for the last day of the three-round Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualālai.
It was the first official tournament on the schedule of the 2023 PGA Tour Champions, which is for golfers 50 and older.
University of Hawaiʻi investigates coolant leak in Maunakea telescope
The University of Hawaiʻi has notified the Hawaiʻi Department of Health that it is investigating two fluid leaks from the chilling system of the UH 88 inch observatory on Maunakea, operated by the Institute for Astronomy, also known as IfA.
The leaks were detected on Jan. 10 when telescope staff were unable to restart the system after it had been turned off in mid December, ahead of a winter storm. IfA is not able to confirm at this time that the leak was contained within the facility.
List: Maui lane closures through Jan. 27, 2023
The state Department of Transportation will be conducting road work this week that will result in lane closures at various locations. Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice. All projects are weather permitting.
Maui County again tops the state when it comes to hotel average room rates, revenue
Maui County again topped other counties last month when it came to hotel average daily room rates and revenue per available room, according to data recently released by Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority.
Kauai Weather Forecast for January 22, 2023
Moisture associated with a stalled front will maintain cloudy skies over Kauai this morning, with showers gradually diminishing as the front dissipates…
Kauai Surf Forecast for January 22, 2023
An extra large, long period northwest (310-320 degree) swell is quickly filling in around the islands this morning. Swell observations at the northwest…