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Kolekole Gulch Park closed due to widespread lead contamination in soil

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation (P&R) announces Kolekole Gulch Park will be closed until further notice due to the discovery of lead contaminated soil throughout much of the park.

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All areas of Hilo Bay reopen to public Wednesday afternoon (April 5)

The Department of Environmental Management reports that water quality levels in the spill area have returned to normal. The Department of Health confirmed that all Hilo Bayfront area beach parks can now be opened. The County is mobilizing to open up the area at this time.

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Wastewater spill closes Hilo Bay. Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

Hilo bay access remains closed Tuesday (April 4) due to wastewater spill

This is a Civil Defense sewage spill information update for Tuesday April 4 at 10 a.m. As a result of yesterday’s sewage spill that entered Wailuku River, Hilo Bay and all beach parks within the break wall area are closed.

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Wastewater spill closes Hilo Bay. Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

Sewage spill into Wailuku River leads to closing of Hilo Bay beach parks

The Dept. of Environmental Management reports a sewage spill occurred earlier today along Waianuenue Avenue and entered the Wailuku River in Hilo. Work crews have cleared the blockage and water quality testing is being conducted. At this time, Hilo Bay and all parks within the break wall area are closed. Residents and visitors in the […]

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Kahaluu Beach Park remains closed due to sewage spill

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation announces that Kahalu`u Beach Park in Kailua-Kona is closed until further notice, due to a broken sewer cleanout found late Friday afternoon that released sewage originating from the Park restroom facility.

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Lava flow visitors need to be prepared for health and safety

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) reports the active lava flow from Puʻu ʻŌʻō in the East Rift Zone is entering the ocean at Kamokuna located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Additional surface flows are active near Puʻu ʻŌʻō and more recently moving beyond the National Park eastern boundary onto private property near the abandoned Royal […]

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In the hearing today by the Senate Committee on Commerce Consumer Protection (CPH), SB1129 SD1 was passed with amendments that would establish a medical aid in dying act under which a terminally ill adult resident may obtain a prescription for medication to end the patient’s life.

Senate committee passes medical aid in dying bill

In the hearing today by the Senate Committee on Commerce Consumer Protection (CPH), SB1129 SD1 was passed with amendments that would establish a medical aid in dying act under which a terminally ill adult resident may obtain a prescription for medication to end the patient’s life.

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UH-Hilo adds Thailand university to list of collaborators

The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP) at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo will expand collaborative academic and research projects in Thailand with a new exchange program agreement, made effective February 8.

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Hawaii Island Food Basket begins ‘New Year, New Wheels’ campaign

Hawai`i Island’s Food Bank is seeking the community’s support during its “New Year, New Wheels” campaign, an effort to raises needed funds to replace worn out and unrepairable vehicles.

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U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company recalls certain smokeless tobacco products

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company initiated the recall after receiving eight consumer complaints of foreign metal objects, including sharp metal objects, found in select cans. In each case, the object was visible to the consumer and there have been no reports of consumer injury. Complaints have been received from consumers in Indiana, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee, […]

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Vog presentation at HPA in Waimea Wednesday (Jan 18)

Hawaii Preparatory Academy welcomes Tamar Elias, USGS/HVO scientist, who will present ‘Volcanic Air Pollution: The What, Where, and How of Vog in Hawaii’ at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

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Partnership aims to teach kids importance of dental hygiene

In an effort to provide oral health services for students who need it, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) and the Hawaii Dental Association (HDA) are joining forces. The agencies have established a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to promote oral health by teaching students proper dental hygiene techniques and providing information about access to […]

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