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State approves two medical marijuana dispensaries for Hawaii Island

After receiving more than 60 applications in January a four-member selection panel reviewed and scored applications. The Hawaii State Department of Health awarded two licenses for the County of Hawaii.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for April 28, 2016

Kīlauea continues to erupt at its summit and East Rift Zone. During the past week, the summit lava lake level varied between about 31.5 and 39 m (103–128 ft) below the vent rim.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira at a community meeting at Pahoa High School on September 18, 2014 regarding the June 27th Lava Flow threatening the community. Hawaii 24/7 File Photo

Volcano Watch: Right person at the right time for the right job—Mahalo nui loa, Darryl Oliveira!

This past week was Darryl Oliveira’s last as the Administrator of Hawai‘i County CD, a position he has held since early 2013. He retires effective May 1, 2016.

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Ching Nagata is confirmed as district court judge

Members of the State Senate today confirmed Darien W.L. Ching Nagata to serve as a district court judge of the Third Circuit, State of Hawai‘i.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for April 21, 2016

Scattered lava flow activity remained within about 3.5 miles northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō and was not threatening nearby communities.

A comparison of the 1946 Stearns and MacDonald map (left) and the 1996 BIMP map, digitized in 2005 (right), shows how the understanding of Hawai‘i Island’s geology advanced over half a century. The Geologic Map of the Island of Hawaii is available online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/2005/144/. Paper copies can be ordered from the USGS Publications Warehouse: https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/i2524A (geologic map and explanatory pamphlet) and https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/i2524B (sample map and explanatory pamphlet). Graphic from USGS General Interest Product 135.

Volcano Watch: Happy birthday to the Hawai‘i Island geologic map!

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Geologic Map of the Island of Hawaii, known affectionately to local volcanologists as the BIMP (Big Island Mapping Project).

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, April 29, 2016

April 29, 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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Kailua-Kona woman wanted for abuse and contempt of court

April 29, 2016

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 32-year-old Kailua-Kona woman wanted for abuse and contempt of court. Charita Lopez is described as 5-foot-3, 120 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may […]

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Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying one or more persons involved in recent reports of criminal property damage at the Pāhoa Post Office.

Between Tuesday and Wednesday (April 26 and April 27), locking mechanisms were pried open on three post office boxes, causing damage. The monetary value of the damage is still pending.

Police seeking info on Pahoa Post Office boxes pried open

April 29, 2016

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying one or more persons involved in recent reports of criminal property damage at the Pāhoa Post Office. Between Tuesday and Wednesday (April 26 and April 27), locking mechanisms were pried open on three post office boxes, causing damage. The monetary value of the damage […]

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Firefighters responded to a 10:35 alarm Thursday (April 28) to an area near Hualalai Road and Kuakini Highway in Kailua-Kona for a brush fire.

Arriving crews found about 1.5 acres burning with 5 mph winds blowing from the west pushing the fire mauka.

Fire consumes 3 acres in Kailua-Kona, may have started from a homeless campfire

April 28, 2016

Firefighters responded to a 10:35 alarm Thursday (April 28) to an area near Hualalai Road and Kuakini Highway in Kailua-Kona for a brush fire. Arriving crews found about 1.5 acres burning with 5 mph winds blowing from the west pushing the fire mauka.

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Murder charges filed against ‘Peter Boy’ Kema’s parents

April 28, 2016

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a Pāhoa couple with murder in connection with the disappearance of their son 19 years ago. Forty-five-year-old Peter Kema Sr. and his 46-year-old wife, Jaylin Kema, were arrested Thursday afternoon (April 28) on the strength of a Grand Jury indictment for the death of Peter Kema Jr.

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Strong 6.8M quake in Pacific south of Mexico, no tsunami threat

April 28, 2016

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 occurred near the northern East Pacific Rise at 3:34 p.m. HST on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Based on all available data there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake.

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Officers Kuwabara and Horton are East Hawaii’s Officers of the Month

April 28, 2016

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi on Thursday (April 28) recognized Hilo Patrol Officer Daniel Kuwabara as the East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” for March and Puna Patrol Officer Gregory Horton as the East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” for April.

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Hawaii Police Department reports that Hualalai Road from Alii Drive to the Queen Kaahumanu Hwy Extension (Route 11) is now open. It was previously closed due to a brushfire. Motorists are urged to exercise caution in the area as emergency crews are still on scene.

Police report road re-opens in Kailua-Kona after a brush fire

April 28, 2016

Hawaii Police Department reports that Hualalai Road from Alii Drive to the Queen Kaahumanu Hwy Extension (Route 11) is now open. It was previously closed due to a brushfire. Motorists are urged to exercise caution in the area as emergency crews are still on scene.

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Very strong 7.0 magnitude quake in Vanuatu Islands, no tsunami threat to Hawaii

April 28, 2016

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 occurred in the Vanuatu islands at 9:33 a.m. HST on Thursday, April 28, 2016. There is no tsunami threat to any coastal regions as the timing for the threat has passed. Areas near the eipcenter may notice sea level fluctuations.

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Hilo man faces theft charge after being found with county two-way radio

April 27, 2016

A Hilo man faces a theft charge after being found in possession of property belonging to Hawaiʻi County. On Wednesday morning (April 27), police arrested 26-year-old Winson Reiong of Hilo on a bench warrant for contempt of court. He was in possession of a two-way radio belonging to a county agency. Police determined that the […]

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Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the theft of three U.S. government vehicles from Hilo.

Early Tuesday morning (April 26), a gray 2011 Ford pickup truck, a white 2014 Ford flatbed truck and a black 2013 Ford Explorer were removed from the 600 block of Aohoku Place in Hilo. All three vehicles had federal license plates.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Officer Donovan Kohara at 961-2272 or donovan.kohara@hawaiicounty.gov

Three government vehicles stolen in Hilo

April 27, 2016

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the theft of three U.S. government vehicles from Hilo. Early Tuesday morning (April 26), a gray 2011 Ford pickup truck, a white 2014 Ford flatbed truck and a black 2013 Ford Explorer were removed from the 600 block of Aohoku Place in Hilo. All three vehicles had federal license plates. […]

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Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the theft of weapons during a burglary in Hilo.

Sometime between April 15 and April 20, personal items, including numerous firearms, were removed from a house on the 800 block of Kaumana Drive.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Officer Donovan Kohara at 961-2272 or donovan.kohara@hawaiicounty.gov

Police are investigating a theft of items including firearms in Hilo

April 27, 2016

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the theft of weapons during a burglary in Hilo. Sometime between April 15 and April 20, personal items, including numerous firearms, were removed from a house on the 800 block of Kaumana Drive. Police ask anyone with information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 […]

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