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The Jammin’ Banana: Kaua‘i family builds café around daughter’s baking prowess

Doug Szurgot was an electrician. Then his daughter found success selling banana bread. He thought, “We only live once” – and The Jammin’ Banana Bakery & Café was born.

Arson reported at multiple Kaua‘i parks; officials advise public to be vigilant

Trees at Lydgate Beach Park, ‘Anini Beach Park and Anahola Beach Park were recently found burned. Police reports have been made.

Olokele overpass undergoing emergency repair Thursday morning, following accident

A recent accident has loosened concrete on Girder 2 above the inbound lane, restricting movement in that lane and the use of the Olokele overpass.

Kīlauea man killed in blast caused by homemade explosives, police report

Jasper Gunsell, a 37-year-old North Shore resident, died Feb. 12. Authorities’ subsequent investigation culminated in an autopsy conducted Wednesday.

Emme Tomimbang, trailblazer in Hawai‘i radio and television dies at 73

A University of Hawaiʻi alumna, Tomimbang, passed away at Queen’s Medical Center during emergency aortic surgery, according to the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Governor signs exective order declaring Hawai‘i a trauma-informed state

The declaration is meant to help mitigate the impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma and build resilience in families, communities and state workforce.

170 Hawaiian monk seal pups born in Northern Hawaiian Islands last year, NOAA reports

Along with counting the new pups, NOAA also intervened on 27 monk seals to improve their survival.

Man forced to abandon his boat when it caught fire in waters off Kaua‘i

According to the U.S. Coast Guard Station Kaua‘i, the man was traveling to O‘ahu on his 35-foot fishing boat to sell the vessel.

State relaunches campaign to combat epidemic of youth vaping in Hawai‘i

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health and the Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute relaunched a campaign to combat the epidemic of youth vaping.

New study shows 70% of future Hawai‘i jobs will require postsecondary education

According to the report, the number of jobs in Hawaiʻi will increase from 591,000 in 2021 to 624,000 in 2031, with an average of 72,000 job openings annually, from new jobs and jobs that open for other reasons, most frequently retirement.

Firefighters statewide gather on Kaua‘i to practice wildfire suppression using flames

Firefighters practiced controlled burning in invasive grasses, the most common fuel for wildfire in Hawai‘i.

Salvation Army ARC monthly donation event scheduled for March 1 on Kaua‘i

Residents, businesses, and other organizations can bring in unwanted or unneeded items for reuse, including clothing, small furniture, children’s toys, books and shoes.

Don’t let your fur fly: Relax with a bevy of 4-legged friends at the only cat café on Kaua‘i

All cats at TropiCats – located at Harbor Mall in Nāwiliwili – are up for adoption. Some have found their “forever homes” on the mainland United States.

Report: 58% of UH community college transfer students in 2015 earned bachelor’s degree within 6 years

The University of Hawaiʻi also had a 57% completion rate for transfer students from low-income families, 5% above the national average.

Volcano Watch: Dear Valentine, will you be my lab partner?

The U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on the Big Island “lavas” working with our partners at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, and for Valentine’s Day we wanted to highlight some of the things we appreciate about this relationship.

Stockholders vote to adopt merger between Hawaiian and Alaska Airlines

Alaska reached the deal in December to purchase Hawaiian Airlines for approximately $1.9 billion.

Kaua‘i police warn community of fundraising phone scam

The Kaua‘i Police Department does not call private citizens requesting money. Never respond to unsolicited requests for personal information from unknown callers.

Proposals for specialty crop grants being accepted by state Ag Department

Eligible applicants include nonprofit and for-profit organizations, universities, individuals and , local, state and federal government entities. Applicants must reside in or their business or educational affiliation must be registered in Hawai‘i.

Help reforest the Makauwahi Cave Reserve this Saturday

Attendees should bring gloves, closed-toe shoes, water and sun-tan lotion.

Law enforcement seizes 24 tons of illegal fireworks in Honolulu

This seizure of fireworks occurred during a routine inspection of goods entering Hawaiʻi. The investigation into the discovery of these fireworks, as well as the investigations of previously seized fireworks, are continuing.
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