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Twenty-three injured on tour boat hit with lava explosion Monday (July 16) Volcano Watch: How does the current activity at Kīlauea caldera stack up against those of other volcanoes worldwide? Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for July 5, 2018 Hilo Orchid Show Preview Party is July 12, 2018 Fourth of July celebration at Waikoloa Beach Resort West Hawaii candidates forum set for July 3
 
Tour boat damage from lava explosion off the Puna coast Monday, July 16, 2018. Photo courtesy of DLNR

Twenty-three injured on tour boat hit with lava explosion Monday (July 16)

A 20-year-old woman has major leg trauma. The other passengers suffered burns and scrapes.

The active lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u crater about 3 weeks before magma began to withdraw from beneath the crater. Visible in the middle left of the photo behind the plume, is the old Overlook parking area, closed since 2008. The parking area slumped into the crater by June 21. View is toward the southwest. USGS photo on April 13, 2018, by Lil DeSmither.

Volcano Watch: How does the current activity at Kīlauea caldera stack up against those of other volcanoes worldwide?

We are currently witnessing extraordinary events at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano.

Fissure 8 in Leilani Estates. Photo taken Friday, July 6, 2018 courtesy of Hawaii County Fire Department.

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for July 5, 2018

On Kilauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone, lava from the fissure 8 spatter cone continues to flow in an established channel to the Kapoho coastline. Minor overflows from the channel occur periodically.

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Hilo Orchid Show Preview Party is July 12, 2018

The public is cordially invited to the Hilo Orchid Show Gala Preview Party, a “fun”-raiser that kicks off the 66th-anniversary Orchid Show and Sale in Hilo… and raises funds for peace and lava evacuees. Held from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 at the Edith Kanaka’ole Stadium, the evening gala features drinks, food, music, and […]

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Fourth of July celebration at Waikoloa Beach Resort

A fantastic fireworks finale caps off the ‘Family Fourth’ celebration at Waikoloa Beach Resort on July 4, 2018. The free, all-day event features nonstop entertainment, balloon art, carnival games and treats for all ages, from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Kings’ Shops, Queens’ MarketPlace and Waikoloa Bowl.

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West Hawaii candidates forum set for July 3 & 10, 2018

Candidates for State Senator District 3 and County Council District 7 will be held in West Hawaii in July.

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Reward of $30K offered for suspect who murdered police officer

July 19, 2018

Hawaiʻi Island police are continuing the search for Justin Waiki for the murder of Officer Bonson K. Kaliloa, who was fatally shot while on a traffic stop on a vehicle on Highway 11, in Mt. View on Tuesday evening, (July 17).

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Police seek suspect who killed officer

July 18, 2018

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the murder of a police officer who was fatally shot while on a traffic stop on a vehicle on Highway 11, in the area of Kukui Camp Road, Mt. View, Hawaiʻi.

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Keikiland Playground closed for resurfacing and repairs beginning Monday (July 30)

July 17, 2018

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation announces the temporary closure of Keikiland playground effective July 30, 2018 through September 4, 2018, for resurfacing and repairs. The project consists of resurfacing the playground safety surface with new synthetic turf safety surfacing, along with other repairs to the playground equipment area only. The playground equipment […]

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Coast Guard investigating report of incident aboard lava tour boat off Hawaii Island

July 16, 2018

The Coast Guard is investigating a report of 12 people injured aboard a lava tour boat in Kapoho Bay, Big Island Monday. A Coast Guard investigator from Sector Honolulu is en route to investigate the incident. The safety zone currently stands at 300-meters (984 feet) with no exclusions.

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This image is from a temporary research camera positioned near Kapoho looking southwest. From left to right, one can see the eruptive fissures, with Fissure 15 on the far left, and Fissure 8 near the center. Webcam image taken Monday, July 9, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Kilauea Eruption: Lava flow continues, higher SO2 levels may occur Monday night (July 9)

July 9, 2018

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to be very active and is feeding a lava channel to the ocean at Kapoho. The flow is producing a broad ocean entry along the shoreline and continues to expand into Kapoho Beach Lots and north of Four Corners intersection. There is no immediate threat at this […]

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Hawaii 24/7 on hiatus until the end of July 2018

July 9, 2018

Hawaii 24/7 will be on hiatus for the remainder of the month of July 2018. Our community calendar will continue to be updated during this time. Should a large event happen (earthquake, tsunami alert, hurricane) we will update sooner than August.

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Average gas prices in Hawaii rise 1.8 cents per gallon the past week

July 9, 2018

Gasoline prices in Hawaii have risen 1.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.92/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 stations in Hawaii. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.3 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.85/g, according to GasBuddy.

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AARP sponsors investment education expert to speak at free Hilo workshop Sunday (July 15)

July 9, 2018

One of the nation’s top financial educators is coming to Hilo to help Big Island residents save and invest for their future. Geri Walsh is in charge of investor education for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to protect America’s investors.

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Fissure 8 (lower right) and open lava channel leading to the northeast. Geologists noted small lava-level fluctuations in the open channel overnight, which indicates intermittent variations in lava discharge from fissure 8. An increase in lava levels was noted about 1.5 hours after the collapse-explosion event at the volcano's summit at 02:55 a.m. HST. Evidence of a couple of recent, short-lived channel overflows were observed early this morning, but they had not reached the edge of the flow field. The small steam plumes in distance mark locations of fissures that erupted in early May at the beginning of the ongoing eruption. Photo taken Sunday, July 8, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Kilauea Eruption: Lava flow continues and is spreading in the Kapoho area Sunday (July 8)

July 8, 2018

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to be very active and is feeding a lava channel to the ocean at Kapoho. The flow is producing a broad ocean entry along the shoreline and continues to expand into Kapoho Beach Lots and north of Four Corners intersection.

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HELCO utility work in Volcano subdivision starting July 9, 2018

July 8, 2018

Hawai‘i Electric Light Company announces construction work in the Volcano area from July 9 to September 30, 2018, weather permitting. Work will be performed in phases along Old Volcano Road, Kalanikoa Road, Kilauea Road, and Wright Road from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Crews will replace 1.25 miles of overhead transmission lines […]

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Election officials hold drive-thru voter registration in Hilo, Kona and Puna

July 7, 2018

Individuals may visit any of the listed locations where election officials will be on hand to assist voters in registering from the convenience of their vehicle. Voters who have moved or changed their name since the last election will need to update their registration. Additionally, voters are welcomed to drop-off completed voter registration forms to […]

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Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea, sovereignty restoration day to be celebrated in Paauilo Saturday (July 28)

July 7, 2018

On Saturday, July 28, 2018, Hui Mālama i ke Ala ʻŪlili (huiMAU), a grassroots organization based in Paʻauilo, Hāmākua, will host a community event in celebration of the 175th anniversary of Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea, at the Paʻauilo School Field.

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This image is from a temporary research camera positioned near Kapoho looking southwest. From left to right, one can see the eruptive fissures, with Fissure 15 on the far left, and Fissure 8 near the center. Webcam image taken Saturday, July 7, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Kilauea Eruption: Lava flows in lower east rift zone continue Saturday (July 7)

July 7, 2018

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to be very active and is feeding a lava channel to the ocean at Kapoho. The flow is producing a broad ocean entry along the shoreline, and continues to expand into Kapoho Beach Lots and the Four Corners intersection.

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Ohana Shoreline Fishing Tournament registration deadline July 13, 2018

July 7, 2018

The Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation invites anglers to register for the 22nd Annual ‘Ohana Shoreline Fishing Tournament that will be held August 17-19, 2018. Completed registration forms must be turned in to the Recreation Division office at 799 Pi’ilani Street in Hilo or postmarked by Friday, July 13, 2018. Registration forms received […]

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