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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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Police are searching for a man wanted on warrants

July 6, 2018

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 36-year-old Kainoa Andaya-Visser who is wanted on outstanding warrants. He is described as being 6-feet, 240 pounds with brown eyes and short black hair, medium complexion with numerous tattoos. He is known to frequent the Hilo and Kona areas. If you have any information […]

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Jelsma is East Hawaii’s Officer of the Month for April

July 6, 2018

The Aloha Exchange Club has named Officer Tyler Jelsma as the Officer of the Month of April 2018. Officer Jelsma has been a Police Officer with the Hawaii Police Department for about five years and is currently assigned to South Hilo Patrol. This award is as a result of his investigation of a Terror Threat […]

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Police warrants list for Friday, July 6, 2018

July 6, 2018

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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Pahoa Post Office resumes mail delivery on reopened roads

July 6, 2018

In response to the recent reopening of Pahoa-Kalapana Road (Route 130), the Pahoa Post Office today resumed mail delivery to customers residing on Highway 130 and in the Blacksands, Kalapana Shores, Kehena, Puna Palisades and Seaview subdivisions. Mail delivery to the above areas will continue as long as conditions permit.

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The Fissure 8 lava flow through Leilani Estates. Photo taken Thursday, July 5, 2018 courtesy of Hawaii County Fire Department.

Kilauea Eruption: Fissure 8 flow still very active Friday (July 6)

July 6, 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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15 people from Hawaii charged and 13 firearms seized as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods

July 5, 2018

In the past three months, 15 people from Hawaii were charged with drug or violent crimes in the U.S. District Court in Honolulu, and 13 firearms, 543 rounds of ammunition, approximately 13 pounds of methamphetamine, and over $35,000 were seized, as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (“PSN”). Due to these prosecutions and others, the U.S. […]

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Police seek two men involved with an Orchidland robbery case

July 5, 2018

Big Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating two males in conjunction with the investigation into a home invasion robbery that occurred in the Orchidland subdivision in Puna early Tuesday morning, (July 3). Detectives are looking for brothers, 30-year-old Wesley K. Brooks and 33-year-old Kalei K. Brooks, of no known permanent address […]

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Police are searching for a boy reported missing, last seen in Kailua-Kona

July 5, 2018

Hawaiʻi Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Jacob Mead who has been reported as missing. Mead was last seen in the Kailua-Kona area on, (February 17), wearing a blue hoodie, sweatpants with a multi-colored backpack. He is described as being 5-feet-6-inches, 160 pounds, blue eyes and brown hair with a fair […]

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A sinkhole opened on Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) near the Volcano golf course. Photo courtesy of NPS

Sinkhole opens up on Mamalahoa Hwy (Route 11) near Volcano golf course

July 5, 2018

Hawaii Police Department reports that Highway 11 is restricted to one lane vicinity of the 30-mile marker near Volcano Country Club due to damage to the roadway. Motorists in the affected area are advised to drive with caution as State Highways and National Park personnel are on scene. Work to fill the 15′ X 20′ […]

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This animated GIF shows a sequence of radar amplitude images that were acquired by the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana CosmoSkyMed satellite system. The images illustrate changes to the caldera area of Kīlauea Volcano that occurred between May 5 and July 4 at about 6:00 a.m. HST. The satellite transmits a radar signal at the surface and measures the strength of the return, with bright areas indicating a strong return and dark areas a weak return. Strong returns indicate rough surfaces or slopes that point back at the radar, while weak returns come from smooth surfaces or slopes angled away from the radar. Over time, expansion of the summit eruptive vent within Halema‘uma‘u crater and the widening of Halema‘uma‘u itself are obvious. Starting in late May, the development of several cracks outside Halema‘uma‘u is clear, and inward slumping of a large portion of the western, southwestern, and northern crater rim begins. Much of this motion appears to be coincident with the small explosions from the summit that have taken place on a near daily basis since early June. The most recent radar scene, from July 4, shows continued motion along cracks over a broader area of the caldera floor, extending east of Halema‘uma‘u (these cracks are the scarps seen in recent photographs from the Keanakākoʻi overlook area). We expect this slumping to continue as long as the collapse events and overall subsidence persist.

Kilauea Eruption: Lava flow continues, community meeting at Cooper Center tonight Thursday (July 5)

July 5, 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 is also oozing fresh lava at Kapoho Beach Lots and a flow near the Four Corners area.

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2018 Richardson Rough Water Swim to be held July 29, 2018

July 5, 2018

The Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 31st Annual Richardson Rough Water Swim which will be held at 8:00 a.m. on July 29, 2018, at Richardson Ocean Park. Early Registration: $20 (must be received or postmarked by July 20, 2018).

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Tropic Care 2018 – Eye Glasses Pick Up

July 4, 2018

Hilo State Building front Lobby 75 Aupuni Street Hilo, Hawaii 96720 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thursday, July 5 Friday, July 6 Monday, July 9 Tuesday, July 10 Questions? call 974-6025

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Governor David Ige signs bill making Hawai‘i first in the world to ban certain sunscreens

July 4, 2018

Gov. David Ige signed SB 2571, Act 104 — prohibiting the sale, offer of sale, and distribution of sunscreens that contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate in Hawai‘i, beginning Jan. 1, 2021. The purpose of this law is to preserve marine ecosystems, including coral reefs. Scientific studies have shows that oxybenzone and octinoxate are toxic […]

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SBA tops $5M in disaster assistance loans for Kilauea Eruption victims

July 4, 2018

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West announced today that SBA has approved more than $5 million in federal disaster loans for Hawaii businesses and residents impacted by the Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes that began May 3, 2018. According to Garfield, SBA has approved $73,700 for businesses […]

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