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‘Imiloa Astronomy Center hosts free family day celebrating Hawaiian Language Sunday (Feb 25) Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for February 15, 2018 Volcano Watch: Why are HVO scientists talking so much about Mauna Loa? Nature Conservancy transfers 222-acre parcel in Ka‘ū  to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Volcano Watch: Sounds we can’t hear teach us about lava lakes Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for February 8, 2018
 
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‘Imiloa Astronomy Center hosts free family day celebrating Hawaiian Language Sunday (Feb 25)

This year’s theme, Celebrating ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i, will feature exciting outdoor and indoor activities for the entire ‘ohana centered around the theme of Hawaiian Language.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for February 15, 2018

This past week, Kīlauea Volcano’s summit lava lake level fluctuated with summit inflation and deflation, ranging about 36.5–40.5 m (120–133 ft) below the vent rim.

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Volcano Watch: Why are HVO scientists talking so much about Mauna Loa?

So, we take this opportunity to explain why HVO is talking so much about a volcano that hasn’t erupted in more than three decades, and to clarify a few facts.

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Nature Conservancy transfers 222-acre parcel in Ka‘ū to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

A 222-acre property at the southern end of Hawaiʻi Island has been transferred from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. TNC purchased the property to preserve it for conservation.

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Volcano Watch: Sounds we can’t hear teach us about lava lakes

While some lava lake sounds are audible, most of them are at frequencies below what humans can hear, called infrasound.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for February 8, 2018

On the East Rift Zone, the 61g lava flow remained active downslope of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, with scattered breakouts on the pali and coastal plain, but no ocean entry.

Woman walking on roadway killed after being struck by car Tuesday night (Feb 20)

February 21, 2018

An adult female pedestrian died following a vehicle/pedestrian crash Tuesday night, (February 20), in Pāhoa. Her name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of her family. Responding to a 9:40 p.m. call, police determined that a 2006 Ford sedan was traveling southbound on Highway 130 near Launahele Road when it struck the female […]

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Police step-up presence at Pahoa and Keaau high schools after gun threat

February 21, 2018

In response to social media posts on, (January 29), which were brought to school official’s attention yesterday, (February 20), police were summoned to the Pāhoa High School campus. It was reported that during a back and forth Instagram text between two female teenagers in which insults were exchanged, a 16-year-old female made a comment referencing […]

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U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Alan Aleman with Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, uses the top of a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) as a vantage point during Spartan Fury at the Pohakuloa Training Area, on the big island of Hawaii, March 21, 2017. Spartan Fury is a Battalion level pre-deployment training exercise designed to improve sustainment training for future deployments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alex Kouns/Released)

Military convoys between Hilo and PTA February 22, 23, and 25

February 21, 2018

Soldiers from the 871st Engineer Company are scheduled to convoy from the Hilo Army Reserve Forces Center to Pōhakuloa Training Area (PTA) on Feb. 22-23; convoys begin at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 22 and at 8 a.m. on Feb. 23, 2018.

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Police to station officers at Konawaena and Pahoa schools after threats

February 20, 2018

On February 20, 2018 at about 11:30 a.m., police received a report of a social media posting from a male party, the posting made a reference to “shooting up local schools”. Investigation into this posting reveal it was posted by a 17 year old male juvenile.

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Police DUI stats for the week of February 12-18, 2018

February 20, 2018

During the week of February 12, through February 18, 2018, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 19 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. One of the drivers was involved in a traffic accident. Two of the drivers were under the age of 21. So far this year, there have been 142 DUI arrests compared […]

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Waiohinu recycling and transfer station damaged by rainstorm

February 20, 2018

Recent heavy rains that fell over the Ka’ū District has caused damage to the Solid Waste Transfer Station in Wai’ōhinu. A portion of the retaining wall adjacent to the disposal chute was impacted, and as a result, the Solid Waste Division has taken steps to prevent further damage to the disposal area.

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Police find body of man in coffee shack blown 150 feet from its foundation

February 20, 2018

Hawaiʻi Island police responded to a reported coroners inquest on Monday, (February 19), at about 6:30 a.m., in the Hōlualoa area. Upon arrival, officers discovered the body of a 74-year-old man who reportedly was a seasonal coffee farm worker. Upon investigation at the scene, it appeared that the shack-like structure containing no walls in which […]

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Lightning strike knocks HPR off the air in Kona

February 20, 2018

For listeners to 88.7 FM (HPR-1) and 95.7 FM (HPR-2) in Kailua-Kona: These stations, located on Hualalai, are off the air due to equipment damage from a lightning strike Sunday night. Our engineer is flying to Hawaiʻi Island Tuesday (Feb 20) to evaluate the damage.

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Public input sought on spending possible $8M Volkswagen settlement

February 20, 2018

The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) is seeking public input as it develops a non-binding plan to spend up to $8.125 million from a settlement with German automaker Volkswagen to promote the reduction of vehicle emissions in Hawaii. The funds represent Hawaii’s share of a $2.925 billion Environmental Mitigation Trust established as […]

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Police identify Kapaau man killed in North Kohala crash

February 20, 2018

A 66-year-old Kapaau man died following a single-vehicle crash Monday afternoon, (February 19), on Keokea Beach Road, at Kapaau. He was identified as Myron Okubo. Responding to a 3:25 p.m., call police determined that a 2000 Dodge pickup truck had been traveling north on the Keokea Beach Road while the operator and sole occupant (Okubo) […]

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Police are searching for a Kona man wanted on a warrant

February 20, 2018

The Area II Special Enforcement Unit is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Jason Bradberry, a 42-year-old who resides in the Kona district. He is wanted on a no bail warrant for violation of parole. Bradberry is described as 6-feet-3-inches, approximately 200 pounds, bald, multiple tattoos the most visible being on the neck and […]

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Average gas prices in Hawaii rise 2 cents per gallon the past week

February 19, 2018

Average retail gasoline prices in Hawaii have risen 2.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.68/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 gas outlets in Hawaii. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.51/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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Smoke from Kona International Airport emergency training exercises is seen Tuesday, Feb. 24 from Queen Kaahumanu Highway. (Photo courtesy of Scott Stanton)

Firefighting exercises at airport in Kona to produce smoke February 20-22, 2018

February 19, 2018

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) notifies the public that there will be fire training exercises at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA) for the Hawaii District Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF) on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, and Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Gov. David Ige proclaimed 2018 as the Year of the Hawaiian. Photo via the office of the Governor.

Governor Ige proclaims 2018 as the Year of the Hawaiian

February 19, 2018

Gov. David Ige on Friday (Feb 16) proclaimed 2018 as the Year of the Hawaiian with a proclamation signing ceremony at Washington Place.

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