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Big Island News 

September 12, 2023 · 4:11 PM

One new Lāhainā wildfire victim identified by Maui, FBI authorities; death toll remains at 115

The death toll of the Aug. 8 blaze that devastated Lāhainā remains at 115 with 61 people now named.
September 12, 2023 · 1:38 PM

Hawai‘i Island police recover 132 grams of illicit fentanyl in August

Also in August, authorities made six fentanyl-related arrests and confiscated 36 fentanyl pills. No arrests were made and no pills were recovered in East Hawai‘i.
September 12, 2023 · 1:12 PM

Paul Scolari selected as superintendent of Kaloko-Honokōhau and Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Parks

Scolari is a 29-year veteran of the National Park Service and has worked at numerous parks, including completing a six-month detail as acting superintendent of War in the Pacific National Historical Park and American Memorial Park in Guam and Saipan. He most recently served as superintendent of Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Utah.
September 12, 2023 · 11:16 AM

Bail reduced to $10,000 for a Big Island man reportedly found in a stolen vehicle with drugs and loaded firearm

Daniel James Lemaire, 42, appeared before Judge Kimberly Taniyama on Monday where she reduced his bail from $288,250 to $10,000 over the prosecutor’s objection. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.
September 12, 2023 · 11:11 AM

Lava fountains diminishing in height since Kīlauea eruption began

The Kīlauea summit eruption that began on Sunday continues this morning. Eruptive activity is confined to the downdropped block and Halemaʻumaʻu crater within Kīlauea’s summit caldera at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Several lava fountains remain active on the western side of the downdropped block within Kīlauea’s summit caldera. Fountain heights have decreased since the eruption […]
September 12, 2023 · 4:00 AM

Scott Pauli named Executive Director for the Island of Hawai‘i Visitors Bureau

In his role, Pauli will oversee the Island of Hawai‘i Visitors Bureau’s destination marketing in the United States – and support international marketing partners in Canada, Japan, South Korea, China and Oceania – as contracted by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority and through collaborative efforts with island partners, government entities, and various sectors within the hospitality, group market and related industries.
September 12, 2023 · 2:00 AM

$5M to support Hawaiian, Pacific Island students in marine, environmental science

The grant was awarded from the U.S. National Science Foundation to a consortium of Pacific Island institutions of higher education. The grant will buoy students attending University of Hawai‘i Mānoa, Palau Community College, American Samoa Community College, the College of Micronesia – FSM, the College of the Marshall Islands and Northern Marianas College.
September 12, 2023 · 1:00 AM

State Health Department warns of poor air quality due to Kīlauea eruption

As of Sunday, permanent air quality monitoring stations across the state report that air quality levels are elevated at the Ocean View and Pāhala air quality monitoring stations.
September 12, 2023 · 1:00 AM

Waikōloa man captures fountaining lava hours after Kīlauea eruption began

Hawaiian Volcano Obersvatory’s Deputy Scientist-in-Charge David Phillips said the eruption started with at least six lava fountains extending nearly a mile long at heights of 130 to 150 feet.
September 11, 2023 · 4:46 PM

Hilo man arrested after hitting two police vehicles while driving stolen truck Monday

Gregory Douglas Kama, 33, of Hilo was arrested Monday on suspicion of three counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and three counts of second-degree criminal property damage.


What’s the best way to extend the life of the Big Island’s only remaining landfill?
  • Ban recyclables from entering the landfill.
  • Expand the landfill’s size.
  • Close the landfill and find a new space.
  • Ban green waste from entering the landfill.
  • Put in place an islandwide ban on single-use plastics.
  • Require large companies and organizations to implement best recycling practices.
  • Create additional opportunities to the public for recycling plastics, metals, paper, paperboard and glass.
  • Offer curbside pick up by Hawai‘i County of recyclables and rubbish.
  • All of the above.
  • None of the above (tell us your solution and why in the comments).
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September 6, 2023 · 4:16 PM HST

Top 20 things to do on Big Island Sept. 7-13: 24th annual Queen Lili‘uokalani Festival; Big Island Chocolate Festival Dip, Sip and Paint; Devin Saltiban meet and greet; and more

Whether it’s celebrating Queen Lili’uokalani’s birthday with a festival in the Hilo park that shares her name; getting an autograph from 2023 Hilo High grad Devin Saltiban, who was picked by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2023 Major League Baseball draft; watching pickleball matches to support Maui wildfire relief efforts; or supporting your favorite contestant in the next round of Hilo Idol, once again, there is plenty to do on the Big Island during the next week.
August 30, 2023 · 8:48 AM HST

Kona Dance and Performing Arts to host a weekend of dance classes with the pros

Kona Dance and Performing Arts presents a weekend of dance workshops with world-renowned teaching artists Roman Vasquez and Charlene Rose, offering a variety of classes for students aged 13 and up.
September 2, 2023 · 11:17 AM HST

Maui Ola Benefit Concert Series continues with performance by The Green

After raising over $1 million for Maui relief, Maui Ola will return with a series of benefit concerts- donating all proceeds to those impacted by Mauiʻs devastating wildfires.
August 31, 2023 · 4:56 PM HST

This is Hilo Idol: New singing competition opening doors for Big Island talent

Hilo Idol, is creating a platform — a literal stage — for exposure, cross-promotion and being part of reconnecting, re-establishing and reinvigorating the community in a still-waking post-COVID world.
August 30, 2023 · 4:04 PM HST

Top 20 things to do on Big Island Aug. 31-Sept. 6: Queen Lili‘uokalani Canoe Race, Maui Love Benefit Concert, Parker Ranch Labor Day Scholarship Rodeo and much more

Aside from the 50th annual Queen Lili‘uokalani Canoe Race, this week’s events include support for people impacted by the deadly wildfires on Maui comprising of a benefit concert and a vigil, to more live music.

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Big Island Polls 

Big Island Now poll No. 27: What’s the best way to extend the life of the Big Island’s only remaining landfill?
Big Island Now poll No. 26 results: No matter what you bring to a Labor Day BBQ, it’s sharing that counts
Big Island Now poll No. 26: What do you bring to a Labor Day cookout?
Big Island Now No. 25 poll results: Whether above or below the surf, poll reveals love for all forms of ocean recreation

Big Island Business 

Business Monday: Climb to new heights at Kona Cliffs
Business Monday: Gam3Escape in Hilo on the Big Island building community through gaming
Business Monday: Fall in love with treasures found at Hilo’s Knickknackery Antiques and Collectibles Hawaiiana
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park visitors contribute $149 million to Big Island economy in 2022
Blackstone giving $1.5 million to support employees, residents impacted by Maui wildfires
Business Monday: Founders of Island Jerky Crunchy Munchies bring flavor, love to every bag

Hawai’i Volcano Blog 

Waikōloa man captures fountaining lava hours after Kīlauea eruption began
State Health Department warns of poor air quality due to Kīlauea eruption
Lava fountains continue this morning within Kīlauea caldera

Ocean Blog 

NOAA invests $17 million to protect Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary visitor center
17-year-old from Kona dies while spearfishing
NOAA launches Hawaiian Islands survey of whales, dolphins and seabirds
Marine wildlife advocates, cultural practitioners urge closing of Kanaloa Octopus Farm in West Hawaiʻi

Maui Now 

County amends Unsafe Water Advisory for part of Upper Kula

Effective Sept. 12, 2023, the Department of Water Supply announces that the Unsafe Water Advisory for Upper Kula has been amended to remove Zone 1 from the affected area. Water serving homes and buildings in Zone 1 has been determined to be safe for unrestricted use. To determine if your address is in a specific zone, please refer to the interactive map at the following link:  Zone Map
September 12, 2023 · 7:17 PM HST

Hōʻike o Haleakalā environmental education teacher workshop, Oct. 12-13

The Maui Invasive Species Committee hosts a teacher development workshop for K-12 teachers and environmental educators on Oct. 12 and 13 featuring the place-based Hōʻike o Haleakalā curriculum.
September 12, 2023 · 5:00 PM HST

One more Lahaina wildfire disaster victim identified Tuesday, bringing the total to 61

The Maui Police Department released the name of one more victim from the Aug. 8 Lahaina fire. Police today confirmed the identity of: Buddy Carter, 85, of Lahaina.
September 12, 2023 · 4:04 PM HST

MACC presents Chenta Laury’s Adaptive Frameworks and Holly Wong’s Mending Body/Mind, Sept. 12 to Oct. 28, 2023

Maui Arts & Cultural Center will present two solo exhibitions in Schaefer International Gallery that activate spatial potential through fiber, sculpture, and immersive installations. Chenta Laury: Adaptive Frameworks and Holly Wong: Mending Body / Mending Mind will run concurrently from Sept. 12 to Oct. 28, 2023. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
September 12, 2023 · 3:01 PM HST

The Shops at Wailea’s inaugural Slack Key Festival draws musicians and enthusiasts

The Shops at Wailea hosted its inaugural Slack Key Festival last weekend. Proceeds raised during the festival are going toward the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund.
September 12, 2023 · 2:45 PM HST

Kauai Now 

Search continues for Kaua‘i homicide suspect

Chris Santos, 48, is wanted in this homicide investigation, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Santos is believed to still be on Kaua‘i.
September 12, 2023 · 3:59 PM HST

Kaua‘i Planning Department issues reminder for upcoming workshops, survey on carbon reduction strategies

A virtual workshop will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., via Zoom. Participants are asked to pre-register on the Kaua‘i CAP website,
September 12, 2023 · 2:43 PM HST

Kīlauea eruption continues on Hawai‘i Island

Eruptive activity is confined to the downdropped block and Halemaʻumaʻu crater within Kīlauea’s summit caldera at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.
September 12, 2023 · 1:27 PM HST

Kauai Weather Forecast for September 12, 2023

Breezy easterly trade winds will continue into midweek, with clouds and showers favoring windward and mauka locations as pockets of moisture move through…
September 12, 2023 · 7:30 AM HST

Kauai Surf Forecast for September 12, 2023

Relatively small, medium period east swell originating from former Tropical Cyclone Jova has been building into the local waters. This swell will hold above…
September 12, 2023 · 7:00 AM HST