“Local health care leaders agree COVID-19 pandemic at transition point.”
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In 2012, the month of February was recognized as Mahina ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i, Hawaiian language month, to celebrate and encourage the use of the Hawaiian Language. Each day during the month, Big Island Now will have a new Hawaiian Word of the Day.
While all county emergency proclamations related to COVID were dropped several months ago and President Joe Biden informed Congress on Monday that he will end the twin national emergencies for addressing COVID-19 on May 11, the virus still is circulating on the Big Island and throughout the state, although at low levels, according to local hospital and Department of Health data.
Local health care leaders agree COVID-19 pandemic at transition point
The World Health Organization says the COVID-19 pandemic is approaching a transition point — and President Joe Biden informed Congress on Monday that he will end the twin national emergencies for addressing COVID-19 on May 11. All Hawaiʻi County emergency proclamations related to COVID were dropped several months ago.
But while the pandemic response might be over, the virus is still is circulating on the Big Island and throughout the state.
Body cam footage: Police officer charged by four dogs shoots and kills one of them
As a Hawai’i Police Department officer was walking across a lawn to his patrol car, body cam footage from his partner shows four pit bulls running in a beeline for the officer, jumping up on him and clawing at his legs.
The officer, who police say feared for his life, drew his service weapon and shot one of the dogs, who later died. The officer was uninjured.
Now, the Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards responded and opened a standard internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the firearm discharge.
‘Ghosts of War’ to be on exhibit through February and March at East Hawai‘i Cultural Center in Hilo
The consequences of armed conflict — and how they weave themselves into our lives — provide the backdrop for the latest exhibit at the East Hawai‘i Cultural Center in Downtown Hilo.
“Ghosts of War” opens at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 and features the work of five women artists in a range of mediums and narratives telling each of their stories. The work will be on exhibit until March 31.
Several flight operations scheduled in February at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park announces several flight operations for February.
Management of the park requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources and maintain backcountry facilities.
Hawaiian Word of the Day: ʻŌlelo
In 2012, the month of February was recognized as Mahina ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i, Hawaiian language month, to celebrate and encourage the use of the Hawaiian Language.
‘Ōlelo means language, speech, word, quotation, statement, utterance, term, tidings.
Search warrant turns up cocaine, marijuana; Honoka‘a man arrested, charged
A Honoka‘a man faces several drug charges after Big Island police found marijuana and cocaine while executing a search warrant last week.
According to the Hawai‘i Police Department, 36-year-old Omar Gonzales was arrested after a search warrant was executed the morning of Jan. 27 at a residence off Honoka‘a-Waipi‘o Road in Hāmākua. Gonzales was at the residence at the time.
Big Island detectives continue investigations into three Puna missing persons cases
Detectives with the Hawai‘i Police Department are continuing their investigations in three cases involving missing people from Puna during the past few years. Although not confirmed, police do suspect foul play might be involved in each of the cases.
The three missing people are:
Patrol car crash shows why motorists should obey the law and move over for emergency vehicles
Big Island police are reminding motorists to drive with caution and move over when they see emergency vehicles and first responders on the island’s roadways. The reminder comes after a recent incident during which a patrol car crashed after being forced off the road by another vehicle.
The crash involved a Hawaiʻi Police Department officer traveling in his patrol car with its lights and sirens activated. A driver failed to follow the state “Move Over Law” and cut in front of the officer’s vehicle. The officer was forced off the roadway and crashed his vehicle to avoid colliding with the driver who didn’t moved over.
Keck Observatory launches new electrician apprenticeship program for Hawaiʻi Community College students
W.M. Keck Observatory is offering a first-of-its-kind experience for budding electricians on the Big Island.
In collaboration with Hawaiʻi Community College, Keck has launched a new apprenticeship program for kamaʻāina students pursuing a career as licensed electricians. The three-year pilot program, developed by Keck Observatory lead electrician/infrastructure technician and HCC Electrical Installation and Maintenance Technology Program alumnus Jerez Tehero of Hilo, provides highly specialized technical training and commercial work experience to students enrolled in the college’s electrical program.
700 gallons of diesel fuel spilled at Maui Space Surveillance Complex at Haleakalā
An estimated 700 gallons of diesel fuel spilled at the Maui Space Surveillance Complex located at the summit of Haleakalā. Authorities pointed toward a mechanical issue in which a diesel fuel pump for an onsite backup generator failed to shut off on Sunday night. The spill was identified on Monday morning.
Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation blesses new firetruck for Kahului Airport fleet
The name given to the truck is Kauakiaweopu‘uohala, which reflects the area where the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighters station sits. Kauakiawe is a high arching rain known to occur in the area.
Hawaiian Word of the Day: ʻŌlelo
Like most indigenous languages throughout the world, the Hawaiian language faced a significant decline due to colonization.
Kauai Weather Forecast for February 01, 2023
Light winds will prevail for the next couple of days, with the island atmosphere somewhat unstable. Low clouds will generally clear over the islands during…