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Russ Roberts (https://hawaiinewsdigest.net).
12:01 PM (2 hours ago)
Today, with windy and dry conditions due to Hurricane Dora, two brush fires broke out Tuesday morning — one in North Kohala and one in South Kohala. The one in the north has burned more than 500 acres and is threatening property, while the one in South Kohala burned about 20 acres and is contained. We will continue to provide updates.
Meanwhile, Dora remains a Category 4 hurricane as it passes more than 500 miles south of the Big Island today. But it is brining those high winds, high surf and hazardous fire conditions to parts of the island.
In other news, somebody has been stealing Polynesian Voyaging Society specialty license plates in Kona, a woman from Kona is wanted for questioning in three criminal cases and the speed limit has been reduced on Kalanianaʻole Street in Hilo to protect nēnē and pedestrians.
The Live Like Treʻ Foundation has been established to honor the fallen Maui firefighter who hailed from the Big Island. Hawaiʻi County Mayor Mitch Roth is soliciting residents to serve on a board or commission. And more.
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Update: Runaway brush fire in North Kohala burning on both sides of Highway 270; South Kohala brush fire scorches 20 acres
Two brush fires broke out Tuesday morning on the Big Island. A fire is South Kohala burned about 20 acres and is mostly contained, but a fire in North Kohala has burned more than 500 acres and is threatening property.
Fire fighters are dealing with the high winds and dry air that provide good conditions for the fire to continue spreading fast.
Dora remains Category 4 hurricane as passes south of Hawaiʻi Island, bringing high winds, surf, fire hazards
Hurricane Dora remains a Category 4 storm as it rapidly moves at 22 mph west across the Central Pacific with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph with higher gusts — and on a track well south of the Hawaiian Islands.
As of 5 a.m. on Tuesday, the center of Hurricane Dora was located 570 miles south of Hilo, according to the National Weather Center.
Speed limit reduced on Kalaniana‘ole Street in Hilo to protect nēnē — and pedestrians By Nathan Christophel
The speed limit on a a nearly 2-mile straightaway stretch of Kalaniana‘ole Street, from the entrance of James Kealoha Beach Park to Kings Landing was lowered from 30 mph to 25 mph by a recent action of the Hawai‘i County Council at the request of the community in an effort to help prevent endangered nēnē in the area from being killed in collisions with vehicles. It also makes the roadway safer for people.
A Puna teen was charged with a myriad of offenses, including robbery, after forcefully taking a 62-year-old man’s wallet while at the McDonald’s restaurant inside the Hilo Walmart.
A mandatory 25% water restriction has been issued for various communities in North Kona due to the failure of the Honokōhau Deepwell over the weekend.
Hawaiʻi’s iconic voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa arrived at Heritage Harbor at the Vancouver Maritime Museum on Monday, the last port for Leg 5 of Moananuiākea Voyage around the Pacific. The crew was received by Lamxacha Siyám Mike Billy, esteemed Squamish chief and respected canoe carver.
Hawai‘i Island police is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 43-year old Monique Wilson of Kailua-Kona. She is wanted for questioning for three criminal investigations.
The town hall series aims to establish a dialogue where residents can stay informed about local initiatives, express their concerns and actively contribute to shaping the future of their respective communities.
A number of Kauai-based breweries will double this year, and Nā Pali Brewing Company is one of them.
Kupu, Hawai‘i’s a conservation and environmental education nonprofit, is seeking applications for the Conservation Leadership Development Program. for recent high school graduates, college graduates and young professionals looking to establish a career in conservation. Click the story to learn more.
The newly established Live Like Tre’ Foundation in honor of Tre’ Evans-Dumaran, a fallen Maui firefighter who lost his life during a flash flooding emergency call in January, will be offering scholarships to Hawai‘i students.
The foundation will provide six $500 scholarships to eligible students, particularly those from single-parent households, student-athletes and individuals with aspirations of becoming a pilot.
On Aug. 5, police responded to nine theft reports in the Kona area of Polynesian Voyaging Society specialty license plates.
The thefts all occurred during the day.
The stolen license plates were taken from parking lots of various business establishments while the vehicles were parked and unattended.
The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association honored the 2022-23 recipients of the D2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards with 65 Hawai’i Hilo student-athletes receiving honors for finishing the school year with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
L&L Hawai‘i is offering an exclusive promotion to its “808” customers to honor National Spam Musubi Day on Aug. 8. Customers can secure a coupon for a complimentary Spam musubi by downloading the L&L Hawaiian Barbecue app.
Hawaiʻi County Mayor Mitch Roth is calling on kamaʻaina from across the island to consider serving on one of the many county boards and commissions to amplify community involvement in the County decision-making process. These volunteer bodies empower residents to actively shape decisions that impact the well-being and future of Hawaiʻi County.
Closures include Haleakalā Highway between Kula Highway and Lower Kimo Drive and Kealaloa Road from Hanamu Road to the Haleakalā Highway due to firefighting efforts in Kula; Honoapiʻilani Highway between Front Street and Hōkiokio Road, and between Aholo Road and Hōkiokio Road, due to downed utility poles; and Lahainaluna Road from the Lahaina Bypass to Kuialua Street due to a brush fire in West Maui.
The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center launches its exhibit of “One Puka-Puka: The Purple Heart Battalion,” at the center located at 665 Kahului Beach Road. The free exhibit is by appointment only, Monday through Saturday. To schedule a viewing, call the center at 808-244-6862.
Strong and potentially damaging easterly winds along with very dry conditions will persist into Wednesday as Hurricane Dora passes far to the south. A return of…