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An aerial view of Halema‘uma‘u at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano captured from an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) overflight video on May 31, 2018. Limited UAS flights into this hazardous area are conducted with permission and coordination with Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park to collect visual information on this changing eruption site. Scientists will examine the video footage in detail to understand the evolution of the expanding collapse area and assess hazards at Kīlauea’s summit. Credit: U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Aviation Services, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Community meetings on volcanic ash and vog in West Hawaii (June 20 & 21)

Two community meetings on volcanic ash and vog will be held this week in West Hawaii. Wednesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. at Konawaena Elementary School cafeteria (81-901 Onouli Rd. in Kealakekua) Thursday, June 21 at 6 p.m. at Waikoloa Elementary & Middle School cafeteria (68-1730 Hooko St. in Waikoloa Village) Residents will have their […]

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Status of proposed Nā‘ālehu wastewater treatment plant

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requiring the County of Hawai‛i to close Large Capacity Cesspools (LCC) in Pāhala and Nā‛ālehu. The County Department of Environmental Management (DEM) currently operates three LCCs in Nā‛ālehu. Untreated wastewater from Nā’ālehu cesspools is currently disposed of directly into the ground. This disposal method is a potential health […]

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Office of Maunakea Management

Maulama Maunakea campaign seek volunteers to eradicate invasive species from the mountain Saturday (June 30)

The Office of Maunakea Management’s (OMKM) is seeking community volunteers to participate in its Malama Maunakea campaign to protect the mountain’s fragile resources on Saturday, June 30. The Saturday volunteer efforts will concentrate on eradicating the invasive fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis) and other invasive plant species from the area surrounding Halepohaku and the Visitor Information Station […]

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Pu‘u Nene Cinder cone. DLNR Photo

DLNR allows cinder harvesting from site once used to gather simulated Martian soil

Recent volcanic eruptions on the Big Island have forced the sole source of black cinder to vacate its harvesting plant, jeopardizing the island’s tropical floral business, a major economic industry in East Hawaiʻi. These businesses provide plants and flowers to flower and lei shops and stores for sale statewide and out-of-state exports.

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Dept. of Water Supply reminds North Kona customers to cut back 10 percent on water usage

North Kona customers are reminded to continue their 10% Voluntary Water Conservation efforts by using water as efficiently as possible. Please make adjustments to irrigation and sprinkler systems to ensure they do not waste water. Palani, Honokōhau, Hualālai and Waiʻaha Wells remain offline. Water tank levels are being monitored on a routine basis, however, the […]

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Hawaii to ban pesticides containing chlorpyrifos

Gov. David Ige signed SB3095 Wednesday, which completely bans the use of pesticides containing the potentially harmful chemical chlorpyrifos starting in 2023. Hawai‘i becomes the first state in the country to prohibit the chemical. Starting Jan. 1, 2019, users of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos or other restricted use pesticides will be required to report annually to […]

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Free residential household hazardous waste collection in Hilo Saturday (June 16)

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event will occur: 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 16, 2018, at the Hilo Recycling and Transfer Station. These events are for household-generated and self-hauled waste only. Business, government agency, non-profit agency or farm wastes are not allowed. NO electronic waste and no tires will be accepted. The County of Hawai‘i […]

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World Oceans Day at Hapuna Beach Recreation Area. DLNR Photo

Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet day event set for Hapuna Beach Friday (June 8)

Celebrate the third annual World Oceans Day, “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area on June 8, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free to the public, except for a $5 parking fee at Hapuna Beach for non-Hawai‘i residents.

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Free residential hazardous waste collection in Kona and Hilo

Acceptable household hazardous waste includes automotive fluids, used batteries, fluorescent lights, and pesticides. Latex paint will be accepted at the Hilo and Kona events for reuse. For a more complete list of acceptable or unacceptable household hazardous waste, please visit our website

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Kilauea caldera drops three feet, and quakes create cracks on Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11)

The floor of Kilauea caldera has dropped approximately 3 feet (90 cm). This movement is stressing faults around the caldera of Kilauea, causing them to move and resulting in strong earthquakes of up to magnitude 4.4 thus far.

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At 11:43 HST, Civil Air Patrol flight CAP20 reported plume tops at 9,500' with the dispersed plume up to 11,000'. The CAP mission was launched from Hilo in support of Hawai'i County Civil Defense and USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory response to the ongoing eruption. Ashfall from this plume has been reported falling on communities downwind. Photo courtesy of Civil Air Patrol

Aviation warning as Halemaumau ash cloud reaches over 10,000 feet

National Weather Service radar and pilot reports indicate the top of the ash cloud is as high as 10,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level, but this may be expected to vary depending on the vigor of activity and wind conditions.

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Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) leaks from Kilauea Volcano have increased during the eruption

Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983, but in late April and early May 2018, the volcanic eruption took a dangerous new turn.

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Hawaii Island streams where Tahitian Prawns are found. Photo courtesy of DLNR

DLNR warns public about Tahitian Prawns being harvested with poisons

Tahitian prawns, caught in Hawai‘i streams, are a popular treat at graduation and other spring-time parties and get-togethers. The DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) is encouraging people to know the source of their prawns. Evidence has suggested that poisons used to kill garden and household pests has been used not only to […]

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DLNR officers arrest man at Kauai beach killing Green Sea Turtle Wednesday (May 9)

DOCARE officers are still asking for help in identifying the person or persons who killed a turtle at Onekahakaha County Beach Park in South Hilo last weekend. This turtle was also spotted by witnesses floating belly-up in a cove at the park. Its two front flippers had been amputated.

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