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Volcano Watch: Where’s That Lava Headed and When Will it Get There?

Volcano Watch is a weekly article and activity update written by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and affiliates. This week’s article was written by Postdoctoral Researcher David Hyman. When lava flows break out on the flanks of Kīlauea or Mauna Loa, Hawaiʻi residents and emergency management agencies...
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Future Puna Wastewater Service EISPN Notice Issued

PUNA, Hawaiʻi - The County of Hawai‘i does not provide any wastewater collection and treatment facilities in the Puna area, but plans are being made to change that. UPDATE – (Saturday, September 24) An environmental impact statement preparation notice (EISPN) has been issued concerning plans for future...
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Weekly Road Closures: Sept. 24-30

The weekly list of road and lane closures for Sept. 24-30 is out. Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice. All projects are weather permitting. Shoulder closure on Māmalahoa Highway (Route 11) possible in either direction between Oshiro Road and Ali‘i Koa Street, on Monday, Sept. 24, through Friday, Sept. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for surveying.

14 years after a mom’s disappearance, her family continues search for answers

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It has been 14 years since the disappearance of Big Island resident Marlo Moku and her family is still looking for any sign of her. When Marlo Moku’s youngest sister, Kawehi Moku, received an MAILE AMBER alert about a missing teenager last Friday, it took her back 14 years ago ― when Marlo Moku didn’t come home.

Hawai’i Police Seek Help Finding Missing Pāhoa Man

Authorities seek the public’s help locating a Pāhoa man who was last seen five days ago. Fifty-one-year-old Paul Hernandez was last seen Monday in the Kapoho area. He is described as Caucasian, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 150 pounds, fair skin, with light brown and gray hair and green eyes.

Stainback Highway Road Work Begins September 27

HILO, Hawaiʻi - County officials say repairs to Stainback Highway will occur in three phases from the Panaʻewa Zoo to North Kūlani Road. UPDATE – (4 p.m. on Thursday, September 22) Road work on Stainback Highway, from the Panaʻewa Zoo to North Kūlani Road, will begin...

Hurricane Lane Damage Repairs Slated For Laupāhoehoe Gulch Bridge

LAUPĀHOEHOE, Hawaiʻi - The County plans to restore damaged concrete bridge railings, slope embankments, and guardrails, as well as improve erosion control. Hurricane Lane Damage Repairs will continue with the Laupāhoehoe Gulch Bridge project from approximately October 3 to March 7, 2023. From the County of Hawaiʻi:...

Search Continues For Man Reported Missing in 2020

Big Island police are again asking the public to help with finding a man who’s been missing for more than two years. The Hawai‘i Police Department says 47-year-old Derek Lee Kalani Aiona was reported missing in August 2020. He is thought to reside in the Puna district; however, he has no known permanent address.

Good Samaritans help rescue Hawaiian girl shackled on school bus, forced to smoke meth

A Hawaiian man and repeat offender is accused of kidnapping a girl at knifepoint and keeping her captive in a school bus before she escaped, according to court documents. On Sept. 16, Duncan Mahi, 52, allegedly approached the 15-year-old victim and her boyfriend, also 15, on Anaehoomalu Beach; robbed the couple at knifepoint; forced the girl to tie up her boyfriend using zip-ties while threatening to kill her if he got loose; and then kidnapped the girl, according to a police report.

Man indicted for kidnapping girl, forcing her to smoke meth

HONOLULU (AP) — A 52-year-old Hawaii man was indicted this week on multiple counts after he allegedly forced a 15-year-old girl to tie up her boyfriend, then kidnapped and sexually assaulted her, as well as forced her to smoke meth. Authorities say Duncan Mahi walked up to the girl and her boyfriend at Anaehoomalu Beach on the Kona side of the Big Island on Friday, put a knife to her throat, took the girl’s money and her boyfriend’s cellphone. Court documents allege Mahi told the girl to tie her boyfriend’s legs and hands together using zip-ties and tape that he provided. He forced her to put the boyfriend’s shirt in his mouth, cover his head with a towel and secure both items with the tape, the police booking sheet said. Mahi told the girl she would die if her boyfriend got loose, according to the police account.

Signs Stolen: Nene Crossing, Tsunami Route, Scenic Byways

HAWAIʻI ISLAND - Police say the unique Hawaiʻi signs are being removed along Mamalahoa Highway in the areas of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and the district of Kaʻū. UPDATE – (9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21) This past month, police say numerous road signs...

State official calls for overhaul of HCCC, describing facility as ‘terrible mess’

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A state Oversight Commission official is calling for the complete overhaul of the Hawaii Community Correctional Center in Hilo. After a recent tour of the facility, Commissioner Ted Sakai called the facility a “terrible mess,” saying HCCC lacked adequate medical and recreational facilities. Newly-appointed Oversight...
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Public input sought on UH Hilo’s proposed teaching telescope

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) on its proposal to locate the school’s 28-inch educational telescope at Halepōhaku, the mid-level facility on Maunakea, is available for public review and comment. The proposed project includes a 14-foot high, 18-foot diameter dome that will...

Kidnapping Suspect Indicted by Grand Jury in East Hawaiʻi

A grand jury indicted a Hilo man this morning for kidnapping a 15-year-old girl. Duncan Kealoha Mahi was indicted in 3rd Circuit Court on these charges: two counts of kidnapping, three counts of terroristic threatening, first-degree robbery, two counts of methamphetamine trafficking and four counts of sexual assault. With the...

'Ride of a lifetime': Pahoa man reels in massive marlin off his kayak

The state is confident red light cameras are legal. They’ll likely face legal challenges anyway. Several lawyers say they expect to file legal challenges to the state’s new red light safety camera program. Updated: 10 hours ago. |. The plan is in the very early stages, and has...