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GET Tax Increase Approved

A one-quarter percent surcharge will be added to the general excise tax in Hawaii County starting Jan. 1, following action Friday by the County Council. After teetering on the winning and losing side of a 5-4 vote for months, the bill passed 7-2 just one day before the state-imposed deadline. Voting no were Kona Councilman Dru Kanuha and Puna Councilwoman Jen Ruggles. Almost all the council members were unhappy with […]

todayJune 30, 2018 3


Volcano Update

Lava destroyed three more houses in Kapoho Beach Lots this week, according to Hawaii County. Two were destroyed Thursday and one was lost Friday. The county confirmed 668 homes have been destroyed by the eruption since May 3. That number does not include the three most recent homes lost. A few homes remain near the edge of the flow. The lava flow from fissure 8 in Leilani Estates continues to […]

todayJune 30, 2018 6


Fireworks Guidelines For July 4

Knowing state law as it pertains to fireworks can save you from more than just criminal charges and hefty fines — it might well aid in keeping all your appendages in tact over this Fourth of July celebration. It’s against the law for residents to import fireworks to Hawaii Island without a license from the Hawaii Fire Department. The only fireworks approved by HFD and legally sold in West Hawaii […]

todayJune 29, 2018 22


Local Efforts for Displaced Puna Residents

While federal individual assistance programs were approved for Kilauea victims last Thursday, North Hawaii residents began pitching in more than a month ago. Dozens of individuals in Kawaihae, Waimea, Waikoloa Village and Hawi have led grassroots efforts beginning in early May to raise money and gather nonperishable foods, toiletries, tarps and other basic items for displaced families. Rhonda Bell, who spearheads The Big Island Giving Tree — a nonprofit organization […]

todayJune 19, 2018 10


6am Civil Defense Message Including New Disaster Assistance Info & Scam Info

This is a Civil Defense Message for Friday, June 15 at 6 in the morning. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues with little change in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. Expect heavier vog to blanket the interior and southern parts of the island, wrapping around […]

todayJune 15, 2018 11


11 square miles of lava now

The lava flow field from the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea volcano is now 11-plus square miles in area, according to Janet Snyder, spokeswoman for Mayor Harry Kim. “We may be looking at the new normal here,” Snyder said this morning, referring to Civil Defense Director Talmadge Magno’s note that the Pu‘u O‘o eruption has been ongoing for 35 years. According to Snyder, Magno said, “We have a few […]

todayJune 12, 2018 12


High VOG Levels in Saddle Area

The National Weather Service reports high levels of vog and sulfur dioxide from the fissure system are moving north and wedging in the Saddle area, creating poor visibility on the roads. Drive with caution. The Big Island interior and south are expected to have increased levels of vog until tonight. Due to volcanic emissions and changing wind conditions, the following guidance is given: • The Department of Health recommends limiting […]

todayJune 8, 2018 12


Monty Richards Dies at 88

Monty Richards, a fifth-generation kamaaina and guiding force of Kahua Ranch who was known for his leadership in the community, died Monday in San Francisco. He was 88. Herbert “Monty” Montague Richards Jr. succumbed to complications from a stroke, his wife, Eleanore “Elly” Atherton Chong said Thursday. The pair, who had resided in Honolulu and at the ranch, had been on the mainland visiting family when Monty suffered the stroke […]

todayJune 8, 2018 5


10am Volcano Eruption Update

UPDATE: 10 a.m. In just three days, lava has destroyed close to 500 homes at Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots in Pahoa. “It hurts like hell,” said Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim at a briefing with emergency responders at the Hawaii County Civil Defense building early today. “What we lost is the most beautiful place on earth.” Lava has overrun all of Vacationland where there were approximately 150 to 160 […]

todayJune 7, 2018 4