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Flash Flood Warning for part of Hawaii Island, Winter Storm Warning for summits Customs facility reopens at Kona International Airport allowing direct foreign flights Volcano Watch: International gathering addresses best practices in volcano hazard assessment Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for December 1, 2016 Winter storm warning and other advisories as rough weather settles over Hawaii Island Rapid Ohia Death Summit held on Oahu, calls for $10M in funding
 
Mauna Loa looking north towards Mauna Kea. Photo courtesy of Mauna Loa, Hawaii Observatory

Flash Flood Warning for part of Hawaii Island, Winter Storm Warning for summits

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flash Flood Watch for all Hawaiian Islands through Sunday afternoon (Dec 4). The combination of deep tropical moisture and an unstable airmass will result in occasional rounds of heavy showers and thunderstorms across the state through the weekend.

Federal Inspection Service (FIS) facility at the Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA). Photo courtesy of Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Customs facility reopens at Kona International Airport allowing direct foreign flights

“The resumption of international flights to Kona will have a wide-ranging positive impact on Hawai‘i Island and the state as a whole by boosting tourism spending, creating jobs and generating millions of dollars for our economy,” said Gov. David Y. Ige.

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Volcano Watch: International gathering addresses best practices in volcano hazard assessment

In mid-November 2016, 70 representatives of volcano observatories from 20 volcanically active nations around the world came together at the Volcano Observatory Best Practices workshops.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for December 1, 2016

On Dec. 1, a new breakout from the 61g vent area on the flank of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō sent a small surface flow to the east, on top of existing 61g flows.

A view from the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope on Mauna Kea summit area, December 1, 2016

Winter storm warning and other advisories as rough weather settles over Hawaii Island

Heavy snow with accumulations in excess of 6-12 inches is possible on summits. There is also the potential for sleet and also ice accumulations on summit roadways.

Dying Ohia Trees from Rapid Ohia Death (ROD). Photo courtesy of DLNR.

Rapid Ohia Death Summit held on Oahu, calls for $10M in funding

The fungal disease has devastated more than 50,000 acres of native ʻōhiʻa, one of Hawaii’i’s most prized and culturally important forest trees.

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 16-year-old Hilo girl who was reported missing.

Mariah Gonsalves was last seen in Hilo on December 1.

She is described as part Hawaiian, 5-foot-7, 215 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

She was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt over a pink T-shirt, jeans and gray-and-pink shoes. She was carrying a neon pink/orange duffle bag.

Police are searching for a Hilo girl reported missing

December 2, 2016

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 16-year-old Hilo girl who was reported missing. Mariah Gonsalves was last seen in Hilo on December 1. She is described as part Hawaiian, 5-foot-7, 215 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt over a pink T-shirt, jeans and gray-and-pink shoes. […]

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The listed individuals are wanted by the Hawaii Police Department because of outstanding warrants. Persons who know a warrant is out for their arrest are advised to report to the nearest police station to avoid having an officer go to their home or workplace to arrest them.

Police warrants list for Friday, December 2, 2016

December 2, 2016

The listed individuals are wanted by the Hawaii Police Department because of outstanding warrants. Persons who know a warrant is out for their arrest are advised to report to the nearest police station to avoid having an officer go to their home or workplace to arrest them.

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A woman and a man died in a two-vehicle traffic crash Thursday afternoon (December 1) in Kona near the 31.5-mile marker of Highway 190.

They have been identified as 45-year-old Jeongah Hyun of Kailua-Kona and 46-year-old Iljung Nam of South Korea.

Responding to a 12:35 p.m. call Thursday, police determined that Hyun had been operating a silver 2006 Mazda multi-purpose vehicle on Highway 190 just north of the 31.5-mile marker, when she crossed left of center and was broadsided by a white 2013 Peterbilt dump truck that was heading south on Highway 190. The operator of the dump truck, a 46-year-old Honokaʻa man, was taken to Kona Community Hospital with minor injuries. Hyun and Nam, her passenger, were pronounced dead at the hospital at 6:10 p.m. and 6:11 p.m., respectively.

Woman and man dead after crash in Kona Thursday (Dec 1)

December 2, 2016

A woman and a man died in a two-vehicle traffic crash Thursday afternoon (December 1) in Kona near the 31.5-mile marker of Highway 190. They have been identified as 45-year-old Jeongah Hyun of Kailua-Kona and 46-year-old Iljung Nam of South Korea. Responding to a 12:35 p.m. call Thursday, police determined that Hyun had been operating […]

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Fire crews responded to a 9:08 a.m. alarm Thursday (Dec 1) to the Punaluu area of Ka‘u for a brushfire.

Fire crews responded to a 9:08 a.m. alarm Thursday (Dec 1) to the Punaluu area of Ka‘u for a brushfire.

Crews have been working to extinguish the fire. Fire dispatch noted three brushfires occurring within a 17 hour period of November 30-December 1, 2016. The three fires were along the roadside of Kamaoa Road (Naalehu), Kaalaiki Road (Naalehu) and Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) in Punaluu. So far 130 ares of open land have burned.

Multiple brushfires in Ka‘u keep firefighter busy and closed roadways

December 1, 2016

Fire crews responded to a 9:08 a.m. alarm Thursday (Dec 1) to the Punaluu area of Ka‘u for a brushfire. Fire crews responded to a 9:08 a.m. alarm Thursday (Dec 1) to the Punaluu area of Ka‘u for a brushfire. Crews have been working to extinguish the fire. Fire dispatch noted three brushfires occurring within […]

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The Hawai'i Police Department reports that Mamalahoa Highway (Route 190) near the 31 mile post in North Kona is now open. This roadway was previously closed due to an earlier traffic accident, which later involved several agencies due to the complexity of the accident which caused additional delays. The Hawai'i Police Department thanks the public for their patience and understanding. Please drive with aloha.

Crash closes Mamalahoa Highway (Route 190) in Kona

December 1, 2016

The Hawai’i Police Department reports that Mamalahoa Highway (Route 190) near the 31 mile post in North Kona is now open. This roadway was previously closed due to an earlier traffic accident, which later involved several agencies due to the complexity of the accident which caused additional delays. The Hawai’i Police Department thanks the public […]

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Remembrance ceremony and memorial service announced for Rep. Clift Tsuji

December 1, 2016

On Sunday, December 4, a memorial service for Representative Clift Tsuji will be held in Hilo at Dodo Mortuary, 199 Wainaku Street in Hilo. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. and the service at 4 p.m.

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard urges President to halt Dakota Access Pipeline

December 1, 2016

The impact of the Dakota Access Pipeline is clear. Energy Transfer Partners, the company constructing the Dakota Pipeline, has a history of serious pipeline explosions, which have caused injury, death, and significant property damage in the past decade. The future operator of the planned pipeline, Sunoco Logistics, has had over 200 environmentally damaging oil spills […]

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The Civil Defense monthly test of the statewide outdoor siren warning system, coordinated with the test of the live audio broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 11:45 a.m.

Civil Defense siren test today at 11:45 a.m.

December 1, 2016

The Civil Defense monthly test of the statewide outdoor siren warning system, coordinated with the test of the live audio broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 11:45 a.m.

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A High Surf Advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Friday (Dec 2) for Hawaii Island east facing shores along south, north and east coasts. Surf in the 6-10 foot range is forecast. The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Hawaii Island summits from Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon.

Multiple weather advisories issued for Hawaii Island

November 30, 2016

A High Surf Advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Friday (Dec 2) for Hawaii Island east facing shores along south, north and east coasts. Surf in the 6-10 foot range is forecast. The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Hawaii Island summits from Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon.

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Police warn about increase in counterfeit money being used

November 30, 2016

Hawaiʻi Island police are warning the public about an increase in counterfeit money in circulation. Kona police officers have been responding to numerous calls about fake $100 bills. The phony money looks, feels and appears to be real even after using the test pen, so police advise businesses and individuals to look for security features […]

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The Department of Public Works Traffic Division will be working on the new traffic signals at the Henry St. and Alahou St. intersection beginning on Thursday, December 1st and ending on Thursday, December 15th.  Daily work hours are from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., weather conditions permitting. There will be no work on the weekend.

Traffic signal installation on Henry Street in Kailua-Kona starting Thursday (Dec 1)

November 30, 2016

The Department of Public Works Traffic Division will be working on the new traffic signals at the Henry St. and Alahou St. intersection beginning on Thursday, December 1st and ending on Thursday, December 15th. Daily work hours are from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., weather conditions permitting. There will be no work on the weekend.

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The Hawaiʻi Police Department announces the return to West Hawaiʻi of the HI-PAL boxing program for boys and girls ages 8-17. Events will begin in February 2017.

For information on how to participate in the program—including registration details and information about scheduling pre-entry physical appointments—interested youth, parents and coaches may contact Community Police Officer Kapelieli Kauahikaua Jr. at 889-6540 or kapelieli.kauahikaua@hawaiicounty.gov.

Boxing makes a return to the HI-PAL sports program

November 30, 2016

The Hawaiʻi Police Department announces the return to West Hawaiʻi of the HI-PAL boxing program for boys and girls ages 8-17. Events will begin in February 2017. For information on how to participate in the program—including registration details and information about scheduling pre-entry physical appointments—interested youth, parents and coaches may contact Community Police Officer Kapelieli […]

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