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THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2023

Aloha Big Island!

This weekʻs Top 20 things to do on the Big Island are dominated by Fourth of July celebrations, including a 5K run/walk, rodeo, rubber duckie race and, of course, fireworks.
A flock of birds flew over Kona nurse Jenny Decker’s liveaboard sailboat as she pulled out of Honokōhau Small Boat Harbor Wednesday morning to begin her long-awaited journey to circumnavigate the globe. It would not be an easy trip for anyone, but it will be especially challenging for the 38-year-old who is battling a rare and incurable neurological disease that ultimately will put her in a wheelchair. She said she is as prepared as she can be.
At the U.S. Army Garrison’s Pōhakuloa Training Area on Wednesday, the traditional and symbolic changing of the command ceremony took place with Lt. Col. Timothy L. Alvarado taking over for Lt. Col. Kevin Cronin.
Mahalo for your readership!
ACTIVITIES

Top 20 things to do on the Big Island June 29-July 5: Daily Pidgin comedy, rubber duckie race, July 4th celebrations with fireworks! By Megan Moseley

Also check out our Events Calendar, which features a more comprehensive listing of happenings for the upcoming week and beyond. It includes concerts, shows, entertainment, community events and outdoor/farmers markets.

 

   

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NEWS

Jenny Decker begins epic solo sail around the world from Kona while battling rare disease By Tiffany DeMasters

This will be Decker’s third attempt to sail solo around the world. She also will be attempting to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the first person to do so with the neurological disorder Charcot-Marie-Tooth, a hereditary disease that already has put her mother in a wheelchair.

 

   

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NEWS

Pōhakuloa Training Area changes command; Lt. Col. Alvarado replaces Lt. Col. Cronin

“I definitely feel sad to leave. It’s been an incredible experience,” Cronin said of his two-year assignment on the Big Island.

 

   

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HAWAII STATE NEWS

University of Hawaiʻi president calls Supreme Court’s ruling on affirmative action ‘beyond disappointing’

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down affirmative action in college admissions. This decision declares that race cannot be a factor and it forces institutions of higher learning to find new ways to create diverse student bodies.

 

   

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HAWAII STATE NEWS

UH Mānoa receives academic, research, sustainability honors

One of the top universities in the world for academic, research and sustainability excellence is the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, according to the 2024 edition of the QS World University Rankings by global higher educational analyst Quacquarelli Symonds.

 

   

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ASTRONOMY

Hawaiʻi astronomers on Maunakea discover death-defying planet

When our Sun reaches the end of its life, it will expand to 100 times its current size, enveloping the Earth.

 

   

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HAWAII STATE NEWS

Honolulu couple charged in Waikīkī fentanyl overdose that led to death of Big Island man

A Honolulu couple was charged in federal court this week in connection to a mass fentanyl overdose that hospitalized three people and killed two men — including a Hawai‘i Island resident.

 

   

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EAST HAWAII NEWS

U.S. Secretary of the Interior attends blessing at site of new Hawaiian Volcano Observatory By Nathan Christophel

If Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes, can shape the land and break down barriers, “so can we,” No‘el Ka‘iako Tagab-Cruz said Wednesday in Hilo as she welcomed a large crowd that included U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland.

 

   

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HAWAII STATE NEWS

Kiwanis Kūpuna Spelling Bee names preliminary winners; still time to compete

Over the past week, three preliminary events for the Kiwanis Kūpuna Spelling Bee were held throughout the state, with the most recent one held today at Arcadia.

 

   

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HAWAII STATE NEWS

$2.7M reinvested by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority to support natural resource preservation, Hawaiian culture

The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority today announced it is awarding $2.7 million in total funding statewide to support 53 community-based programs as part of its Aloha ‘Āina ($1.35 million) and Kūkulu Ola ($1.35 million) programs for fiscal year 2023-2024.

 

   

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HAWAII STATE NEWS

124-year-old nonprofit Child & Family Service announces leadership changes

Hawai‘i-based, family-centered nonprofit Child & Family Service today announced it has launched an executive search for a new CEO.

 

   

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NEWS

“Manu! Not Mosquitos:” free STEAM event for high school students July 8

“Manu! Not Mosquitos” is a free, one-day STEAM Intensive workshop for all high schoolers on Hawai’i Island on July 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.

 

   

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Mokulele Airlines suspending Hilo to Kahului daily service; but adding Kona to Maui night flight

Mokulele Airlines will suspend its daily flights between Hilo and Kahului beginning Aug. 1, 2023. Mokulele will redeploy those aircraft to add a new evening flight between Kona and Kahului and provide additional service to Molokaʻi.

 

   

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HAWAII STATE NEWS

Sen. Hirono secures priorities for Hawai‘i in committee markup of annual defense bill

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and chair of the Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, secured several priorities for Hawai‘i and the U.S. military during the committee’s markup of the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act.

 

   

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ASTRONOMY

Astronomers on Maunakea capture starlight images from 2 massive galaxies hosting growing black holes

An international team of scientists, including staff astronomer Chien-Hsiu Lee at W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea, has captured first time images of starlight from two massive galaxies hosting actively growing black holes, or quasars, from less than a billion years after the Big Bang.

 

   

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BIG ISLAND WEATHER
MAUI

Monique Ibarra resigns as director of Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers on Maui

Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers announced today that Executive Director Monique R. Ibarra has resigned to assume the position of chief executive officer of the Domestic Violence Action Center on Oahu. Ibarra will succeed Nanci Kreidman, DVAC CEO and co-founder, who announced her retirement, effective June 30. 

   

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History Theatre returns to Waiola Church, July 6-7

Lahaina Restoration Foundation in collaboration with Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives will debut a new production of History Theatre on July 6 and 7, 2023 at 6 p.m. The performances will be held at Waiola Church, 535 Waineʻe Street, Lahaina, HI 96761. 

   

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KAUAI

University of Hawaiʻi president calls Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision ‘beyond disappointing’

University of Hawai’i President David Lassner called the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down affirmative action in college admissions “beyond disappointing.” 

   

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AARP awards grants to 3 Hawai‘i groups, part of program to make communities more livable

Grantees will implement quick-action projects that help communities become more livable by improving public places; transportation; housing; digital connections; diversity, equity and inclusion; and more, with an emphasis on the needs of adults age 50 and older. 

   

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