Archive | May, 2018

HELCO sets-up customer care services in Pahoa starting Thursday (May 24)

Hawai‘i Electric Light invites the lower Puna community to visit its Customer Care team at the Pāhoa County Council Office located at 15-2879 Pāhoa Village Road every Thursday starting May 24, 2018. Company representatives will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays to provide information on electrical safety, emergency preparedness, restoration, and […]

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Fire burns bedroom in Hawaiian Beaches home Wednesday (May 23)

Fire/rescue crews responded to a 10:25 p.m. alarm Wednesday (May 23) to Honu Street in Hawaiian Beaches subdivision for a structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found a single-story post and pier home with heavy smoke throughout the home and coming out of the eves, doorway and windows. The fire was contained to a bedroom. Crews […]

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Creative Lab Hawaii

Music and transmedia program set for Hawaii Island’s this Summer 2018

nder the Direction of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) and its Creative Industries Division, Creative Lab Hawaii (CLH) is set to begin its summer program for music and transmedia. CLH is welcoming songwriters and storytellers to join the program on the Big Island this summer.

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Kahuku Unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park now open five days a week

The Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, located about an hour’s drive south of the park’s main entrance, is now open to visitors five days a week starting Wed., May 23. The new schedule is Wednesday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

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Kilauea Eruption: Lower East Rift Zone still active with lava flows Wednesday (May 23)

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a new lava flow is expected to enter the ocean east of MacKenzie State Park tonight.

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Structure fire in Hawaiian Paradise Park Wednesday (May 23)

Fire/rescue crews responded to a 3:36 a.m. alarm Wednesday (May 23) to 15-1610 4th Avenue (Awapuhi Avenue) in Hawaiian Paradise Park for a structure fire. Crews arrived to find an 800 square-foot home engulfed in flames with a propane tank venting. Firefighters had the blaze under control by 4:16 a.m. and it was declared out […]

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Mayor Harry Kim

Mayor Kim diagnosed with walking pneumonia

In the interest of avoiding misinformation or rumors about his health, Mayor Harry Kim wants it made known that he is being treated for walking pneumonia, and is awaiting the results of medical tests, Managing Director Wil Okabe said. The Mayor is taking antibiotics to the address the symptoms, Okabe said.

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Ash masks to be distributed May 23-26 in Pahala, Volcano, Naalehu, HOVE and Keaau

To protect yourself from breathing volcanic ash, free N95 masks will be distributed as follows: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, May 23-25, 2018 from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. Cooper Center, Volcano Pahala Community Center, Pahala Naalehu Community Center, Naalehu Hawaiian Ocean View Community Center, HOVE Shipman Gym, Keaau Saturday, May 26, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at all locations. Free masks will […]

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Joseph Paul 'JP' Branco

Puna man charged with offenses after being stopped by police with gunfire

Officers gave the suspect verbal commands so they could take him into custody when he got into the stolen truck and drove at a high rate of speed toward two officers who were on the roadway bordered on both sides by thick brush and debris such as used car parts and old tires. The two […]

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Cherie Roer

Police are searching for a Puna woman wanted on warrants

Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Puna woman wanted on multiple warrants. Police are looking for 33-year old Cherie Roer, described as 5-foot-9, 220 pounds, heavy build with dyed red hair and brown eyes. Roer is known to frequent the Hilo and Puna areas. These warrants are for offenses […]

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Updated: Man killed in Kalapana crash Monday (May 21) is identified

Police have identified the man who died in a 1-vehicle traffic crash Monday (May 21) on Highway 130 near the 21-mile marker in the Puna District. He was identified as 59-year-old Kenneth “Key” Mepham Jr. of Kalapana. This was the 11th traffic fatality this year compared with 15 at the same time last year. Police […]

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Kilauea Eruption: Fissures continue to supply lava to ocean entry Tuesday (May 22)

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor highly active vents and lava flows. County, state, and federal partners are working together to monitor the situation at Puna Geothermal Venture.

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EPA installing air monitoring equipment at Kapoho Verizon Tower location. Photo courtesy of EPA

EPA monitoring emissions from volcanic fissures in Puna

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Pacific Southwest Region continues to support efforts to analyze public health threats from volcanic gas emissions, including managing technical data and enhancing multi-agency air monitoring of the emissions. EPA’s work is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) federal response to the Kilauea volcanic eruption on Hawaii Island.

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Police fire 13 shots at suspect driving stolen vehicle at them in Puna Sunday (May 20)

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred Sunday (May 20), in upper Puna. There were no injuries sustained by the officers or the suspect. At about 8:55 a.m., police were looking for a suspect said to be in possession of a stolen 2002 Toyota Tacoma when they found the truck and a […]

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