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Mamalahoa Hwy (Route 11) in South Kona now OPEN, repairs to downed utility pole ongoing Winter Weather Advisory for Hawaii Island summits Hawaii County Inaugural Ceremonies in Hilo Monday (Dec 5) LavaTalk: Kilauea Volcano Coast Guard is searching for possibly two persons in the ocean after empty boat is found Winter Storm Warning for summits and other advisories for Hawaii Island
 
Mamalahoa Highway south (Route 11) at the 98 Mile Marker in South Kona.

Mamalahoa Hwy (Route 11) in South Kona now OPEN, repairs to downed utility pole ongoing

The Hawai’i Police Department reports that Mamalahoa Highway south (Route 11) near 98 mile marker in Captain Cook is now open with one contraflow lane of traffic.

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Winter Weather Advisory for Hawaii Island summits

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Friday (Dec 8) for Hawaii Island summits above 12,000 feet.

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Hawaii County Inaugural Ceremonies in Hilo Monday (Dec 5)

Photos from the inauguration ceremonies in Hilo. Alexandra Roth leads the newly sworn-in Mayor, Prosecuting Attorney and County Council members and audience in singing Hawaii Aloha to close inauguration ceremonies.

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LavaTalk: Kilauea Volcano’s update status for Monday, December 5, 2016

Over the past week, the average daily sulfur dioxide emission rate at the summit has ranged from about 2,300 to 5,000 metric tons/day.

The Coast Guard received a report of an unmanned, adrift dinghy found offshore of the Big Island, five miles north of Kawaihae and the Kohala district, Dec. 4, 2016. The dinghy has evidence of recent use with two fishing rods, tackle box and fresh fish in the cooler aboard. (Courtesy photo/Released)

Coast Guard is searching for possibly two persons in the ocean after empty boat is found

The Coast Guard is searching for two possible persons in the water off of the Big Island, five miles north of Kawaihae and the Kohala district, Sunday (Dec 4).

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Winter Storm Warning for summits and other advisories for Hawaii Island

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Hawaii Island summits through 6 a.m. Monday (Dec 5) for summits above 11,000 feet. Heavy snow, blowing and drifting snow, strong winds and low visibilities will exist on summits. An additional 6-12 inches of snow is forecast for today and tonight.

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Honokaa man wanted on bench warrants

December 2, 2016

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 24-year-old Honokaa man wanted on bench warrants. Randen K. Tabac is wanted on drug and theft charges and for contempt of court and violating terms of probation. He is also wanted for questioning in a forgery case. He is described as 6-foot-2, 210 pounds with brown eyes and […]

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Michael James Varize

Police seek man wanted on three bench warrants

December 2, 2016

Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about a 28-year-old man who is wanted on three bench warrants. Michael James Varize also known as Lawrence Fujioka, also known as Larry Fujioka, also known as “Mikey Boy”—is wanted for probation violation and two counts of contempt of court. He is also wanted for questioning […]

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Police continue to search for Hilo woman wanted on a warrant

December 2, 2016

Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for the public’s help in locating a 27-year-old Hilo woman wanted on an outstanding bench warrant. Leilani Torres is described as 5-foot-4, 135 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She has a butterfly tattoo on her left ankle, and “Lei” tattooed on her back. She is also […]

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Mauna Loa looking north towards Mauna Kea. Photo courtesy of Mauna Loa, Hawaii Observatory

Flash Flood watch for all Hawaiian Islands, Winter Storm Warning for summits

December 2, 2016

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has extended a Flash Flood Warning for portions of Hawaii Island until 5:15 p.m. today (Dec 2).

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The entrance to the Eden Roc subdivision in Puna is closed due to flooding. Motorists are advised to detour using Uahi Road in the Kapua Farm Lots subdivision.  The Pahoa-bound emergency shoulder lane on Highway 130 will be closed from 3-6 p.m. due to flooding along the shoulder.

Flooding causes closures of road to Eden Roc subdivision and other roadways

December 2, 2016

The entrance to the Eden Roc subdivision in Puna is closed due to flooding. Motorists are advised to detour using Uahi Road in the Kapua Farm Lots subdivision. The Pahoa-bound emergency shoulder lane on Highway 130 will be closed from 3-6 p.m. due to flooding along the shoulder.

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Rockfall into volcano causes explosive event Friday (Dec 2)

December 2, 2016

Rocks falling into the lava lake triggered a small explosive event that bombarded the rim of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater with spatter (fragments of molten lava), similar to Monday’s (Nov. 28) event.

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Due to storm conditions involving flash flooding and landslides along Highway 19, the Hāmākua Community Development Plan Steering Committee Meeting scheduled for tonight at Laupāhoehoe Library is canceled. This meeting will be rescheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please call the Planning Department at (808) 961-8288.

Hamakua Community Development Plan meeting cancelled due to flooding

December 2, 2016

Due to storm conditions involving flash flooding and landslides along Highway 19, the Hāmākua Community Development Plan Steering Committee Meeting scheduled for tonight at Laupāhoehoe Library is canceled. This meeting will be rescheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please call the Planning Department at (808) 961-8288.

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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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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

December 1, 2016

“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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