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Wind and Small Craft Advisories for the Big Island, gusts over 50 mph forecast

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Wind Advisory effective 10 a.m. Sunday through 6 p.m. Monday (April 21) for areas on the Big Island.

Winds are forecast to be from the Northeast at 20-35 mph with gusts over 50 mph. A Small Craft Advisory is also in effect until 6 p.m. Monday (April 21) for all Hawaiian waters.

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Police locate man who allegedly kidnapped a woman Saturday (April 19)

Police report Keahi Sale has been located and arrested in South Kohala. The woman who he allegedly kidnapped, Chelsea Waltjen, has also been located in South Kohala.

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Lane closure for transmission line upgrades (April 21-July 31)

MEDIA RELEASE Hawaii Electric Light Company announces a partial lane closure along sections of Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 190) from the Waikoloa Junction (11 mile marker) to Puuanahulu (19 mile marker) starting April 21 and continuing through July 31, 2014. One lane will be closed to traffic 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Motorists are advised [...]

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Very strong 7.5M earthquake in Papua New Guinea, no Pacific wide tsunami threat

Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated. It may have been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicenter. No tsunami threat exists for other coastal areas in the Pacific although some other areas may experience small sea level changes.

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Big Island lane closures for the week of April 19-25, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice. All projects are weather permitting. — HAWAII BELT ROAD— 1) VICINITY OF LAUPAHOEHOE GULCH Alternating single lane closures on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19) in both directions between Milepost Markers 26.0 and 27.0 in the vicinity of Laupahoehoe Gulch, on Monday, April [...]

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Fire destroys home in Hawaiian Acres Friday (April 18)

Firefighters answered a 5:23 p.m. alarm for a structure fire at 16-2000 Hopue Road in Hawaiian Acres Friday (April 18).

The East Keaau volunteer firefighters were first on the scent to fight the blaze which had engulfed the 16×10 foot cabin style home and nearby brush surrounding it. Firefighters had the fire under control 15 minutes after arriving on scene with the fire declared out at 5:50 p.m.

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Strong 6.9M quake in Papua New Guinea, no tsunami threat to Hawaii

No destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data. However – earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake epicenter. Authorities in the region of the epicenter should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action.

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Cargo truck crash closes Mamalahoa Hwy Thursday (April 17)

Fire/rescue crews responded to a 3:05 p.m. alarm Thursday (April 17) to a cargo truck crash near the 15 mile marker of the Mamalahoa Highway (Hwy 190).

Crews found a large International box truck, 33,000 GVW, rolled over onto its left side blocking both lanes of the highway with multiple fluids leaking. The driver had gotten out of the truck without injuries. Firefighters forced open the cargo area of the truck and removed 20 55-gallon drums and 12 30-gallon drums to prevent more leakage.

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Very strong 7.2 magnitude quake in Mexico, no tsunami threat to Hawaii

No destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data. However – earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake epicenter. Authorities in the region of the epicenter should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action.

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Nakamoto appointed district family court judge

MEDIA RELEASE Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald has appointed Henry T. Nakamoto as judge of the District Family Court of the Third Circuit. Nakamoto has been a partner in the Hilo firm of Nakamoto, Okamoto and Yamamoto since 1996. Prior to joining the firm in 1992 as an associate, he was an associate with the [...]

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Gabbard to join bipartisan delegation to Asia

MEDIA RELEASE Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has announced she will join congressional leaders on a bipartisan delegation to meet with key leaders in Japan, South Korea, and China. The meetings will focus on economic growth and trade, regional security challenges, and strengthening our alliances in the region. On Friday, April 18, the delegation will also visit [...]

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GAO to investigate Hawaii Health Connector

MEDIA RELEASE The federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) has confirmed it will investigate the Hawaii Health Connector’s use of $204 million of federal grant monies. In response to Hawaii State Sen. Sam Slom’s letter (dated March 27, 2014), David Lewis of the GAO, confirmed the GAO will include Hawaii in its investigations into the use [...]

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