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State and local nonprofits gather on Big Island to plant coral in Kealakua Bay

The event was the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources second collaborative coral community-led restoration project Kanu Ko‘a where Hawaiian cultural practices and protocols were practiced as part of the planting.

Update: High surf advisory for Kaua‘i’s east-facing shores extended

Surf is expected to be 8 to 12 feet.

Kaua‘i firefighters extinguish structure fire in ‘Ele‘ele Sunday

The Kaua‘i Police Department and the Kaua‘i Fire Department are conducting a joint investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

Volunteers observe thousands of humpbacks in latest statewide whale count of 2024

A grand total of 2,141 whales were counted throughout the main Hawaiian Islands. This number may represent duplicate sightings of the same whale by different observers or at different time periods or different locations throughout the day.

The Nature Conservancy unveils expanded insurance policy for Hawai‘i coral reefs

The Nature Conservancy first purchased statewide coral reef insurance in 2022. The new policy doubles the area covered – as well as the minimum payout following a damaging hurricane or tropical storm.

55-year-old pedestrian dies following Po‘ipū traffic incident

A multi-purpose vehicle was traveling westbound on Po‘ipū Road in the vicinity of Kiahuna Shopping Center. The vehicle veered off the roadway and struck a 55-year-old male resident of Kalāheo as he was walking along the westbound shoulder.

Pandemic recovery ending, construction up for 2024, according to UHERO report

The UHERO report lists several key takeaways for the upcoming year.

Applications for Lānaʻi mouflon sheep hunting season available in March

The Lānaʻi mouflon sheep season consists of four hunts: an archery hunt, a youth hunt, a muzzleloader hunt, and a general rifle hunt.

Update: High surf advisory canceled on Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau

Along north facing shores, surf is 10 to 15 feet. Along west facing shores, surf is eight to 12 feet.

The best in Hawai‘i roller derby have formed Aloha Skate – a team ready to take their sport ‘to the next level’

Aloha Skate’s players are ready to improve their game, as roller derby in Hawai‘i continues to rebuild in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.
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