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Amended legislation to support female Native Hawaiian survivors passed US Senate

Native Hawaiian women have been unable to access critical resources included in the Violence Against Women Act, but a recently passed amendment to the law will make it possible.

New videos provide tips to fight back against garden pests and diseases

Topics covered include proper methods for sharing sweet potato, recognizing banana bunchy top virus and disposal of different kinds of contaminated plant materials.

Work continues on Kapa‘a roundabout project; additional closures scheduled

Intermittent one-lane closures are planned during the week to allow road reconstruction at the roundabout. Other portions of the three roadways also will be closed and detours will be in place.

High surf warning issued for portions of Kaua‘i, Ni‘ihau; wind advisory also in effect

Dangerous surf of 20 to 25 feet is forecast along north-facing shores.

National Weather Service advises against hosting outdoor Thanksgiving dinners due to severe weather

A severe weather forecast has been issued for the entire state starting tonight through Thanksgiving Day.

Governor-elect Green announces appointments of 8 women to his administration

For his chief of staff, Hawaiʻi Governor-elect Josh Green selected Brooke Wilson, who had served in the same position when he was Hawaiʻi’s lieutenant governor.

Strong northeast winds, significant north swell possible on Thanksgiving

You might want to change any plans you have outside on Turkey Day.

Brush fire on Big Island continues to burn with high winds hindering firefighters

Fire crews continue to battle a brush fire in Pāhala that is not contained and has now reached nearly 100 acres.

Firefighters to resume battling growing brush fire on Big Island Monday morning

Capt. Chris Carvalho with the Hawaiʻi Fire Department said about 30 volunteers arrived to help battle the brush fire.

State honors two volunteers posthumously who helped start Big Island’s Waimea Nature Park

Leningrad Elarionoff and Carol Hendricks were posthumously awarded the DLNR & YOU Citizen Conservationist Award during an event Friday at the Waimea Nature Park on the Big Island.

New chainsaw drone device being put to the test in fight against rapid ʻōhiʻa death

The device is now being put to the test, sampling tree branch samples for diagnostic laboratory testing and other purposes.

Majestic banyan collapses along Hilo’s iconic road adorned with celebrity-planted trees

Invasive wasps are killing the decades-old banyans along the iconic road in Hilo on the Big Island.

Short documentary on saving forest birds released by Haleakalā National Park

Haleakalā National Park released a new film, Heart of Maui.  This 7.5 minute documentary follows two biologists working to save Hawaiʻi’s critically endangered forest birds. The film describes the cause of the birds’ catastrophic decline and what is at risk if action is not taken soon. 

UH study shows reef halos could be key to remote checkup of coral health worldwide

These bands of bare, sandy seafloor surrounding coral patch reefs could provide a window into reef health around the globe.

Video shows how parasitic wasps saved native Wiliwili trees in Hawai’i from extinction

“Wiliwili is a keystone species in our dry forests, and nearly every part of this special tree is used by cultural practitioners. The impact of losing this species would have been profound.” — Chipper Wichman, President of the National Tropical Botanical Garden

Volcano Watch: Scientists learn impacts of Kīlauea’s 2018 lava flows

More than 8,000 photographs taken before, during and after the 2018 Kīlauea eruption, along with satellite imagery, make up the largest available dataset of lava flow impacts in the world.

High surf advisory for north-facing shores extended statewide

The north swell causing the advisory level surf is expected to begin falling later today.

Two Maui men found guilty of federal hate crimes for racially motivated attack

After a two-week jury trial, a federal jury today found defendants Kaulana Alo-Kaonohi, 32, and Levi Aki, Jr., 33, each guilty of a hate crime for “racially motivated attacks” on a white man who had bought a home in their Maui neighborhood.

Photo captures rarity on Big Island: a likely waterspout

A photo of swirling cloud in dark skies over over West Hawai‘i generates a whirlwind of interest on social media because the weather phenomena are rare in Hawaiʻi.

Low pay for early childhood educators in Hawaiʻi addressed in UH Mānoa project

“As we redesign the early educator preparation programs through higher education, we also need to close the compensation gaps to recruit and retain more highly qualified early educators,” said Theresa Lock, an early childhood instructor who directs the UH early education project.
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