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KAILUA-KONA — Nearly 10% of tsunami warning sirens on Hawaii Island were found to be inoperable during a recent test, officials said.

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Hawaii Island has a new courthouse in Kona. It’s been a long wait — and the state’s chief justice was on hand for the opening.

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HILO — As a short-term rental application deadline nears, some owners are shutting down their Hawaii rental properties, a report said.

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According to federal figures, most businesses in the country are small businesses. On Hawaii Island, about four out of five businesses have fewer than 20 employees. But small businesses often need some assistance to succeed. And that's where an entrepreneur from Kona is helping. 

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A helicopter pilot flying over Kilauea recently found something unusual. There was water in the main crater, and that discovery has sparked a lot of questions.

DJ Mermaid comes back to us from a weekend spent in Waimea, on Hawaiʻi island, also known as the "Moku o Keawe" or the "Island of Keawe", for its famed chief.

For tonight's show she pays tribute to Hawaiʻi island in song, taking us all on a musical huakaʻi (journey) from Kona, to Hilo, with a nod to some of the famed ʻohana paniolo of Waimea.

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Hawaii Island has more public charter schools than any other island in the state. Most charter schools do not get funding from the state for physical facilities. But as the new school year gets underway, students and faculty at one Big Island charter school are looking forward to getting brand new facilities. And in this case, those are paid for by the state.

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Though not in the news every day, the 2018 Kīlauea eruption continues to reverberate in people’s lives. Currently, at the East Hawai‘i Cultural Center, an artist’s experience of total devastation has given rise to an installation that reflects on roots.

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HONOLULU — Federal officials are expected to meet with Kīlauea disaster aid recipients who have been told to return the relief funds, a report said.

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One consistent challenge across all islands in the state is drug abuse. Treatment centers are in short supply and opioid abuse has been on the rise. But local law enforcement officials agree with a finding from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency last year that a particularly severe problem for Hawaiʻi remains crystal methamphetamine.

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Mauna Loa Volcano last erupted in 1984.  Since then, it’s had some restless times, but for the past year, has been at the normal, lowest, alert level. But recently things have been changing. 

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A new medical marijuana dispensary plans to begin sales in Kailua-Kona on Sunday. Hawaiian Ethos is the eighth and final licensed medical cannabis dispensary to receive approval from the state Department of Health.

 

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A panel of Big Island business leaders recently talked about challenges and transitions across multiple industries. One of the key sectors: the hospitality business.

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In discussions about homelessness in Hawai’i, much of the attention is often focused on O’ahu. But it’s a statewide issue — with different situations on each island. That includes Hawai’i Island.

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When you think of elections in 2020, you might think first of the presidential election. But there are others — including a number of important county races across the islands. One of them is Hawaii County — where the mayor’s race is drawing interest from someone who’s already a public official.

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Kohala Kamehameha Day Celebration Committee

Today is Kamehameha Day, a state holiday honoring the chief who first unified the Hawaiian Islands. Some say the most heartfelt celebrations happen on Hawai‘i island, in Kohala, where Kamehameha was born.

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Two former Hawaiʻi County police officers have been indicted on a variety of charges involving cases from drugs to gambling.

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Hawaii County is part of a nation- and state-wide effort to keep opioids and other powerful pain medications from being misused. 

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It's been nearly a year since Kīlauea erupted on the Big Island's lower East Rift Zone. The event destroyed more than 700 structures and displaced hundreds, if not thousands, of residents. Scientists are still studying the eruption, but they think they know what did, and didn't, cause it.

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HILO, Hawaii — Scientists in Hawaii are monitoring increasing activity surrounding one of the Big Island's volcanoes.

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State officials say a 75-year-old man sustained an apparent shark bite on his leg while paddling an outrigger canoe in an isolated area off Hawaiʻi's Big Island.

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On Hawai‘i Island, the County Charter serves as the local “constitution” — setting the basic framework for how Hawaii County operates.  Once every ten years, it’s reviewed, and the Charter Commission members are now asking for public input.

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A Big Island composer has created several musical works highlighting events and people in Hawaiian history. This weekend, he is premiering a symphonic suite that recalls one of the most significant battles in Hawaiian history.

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It’s been more than ten months since a lava flow devastated parts of lower Puna on Hawaiʻi Island. More than 700 structures were lost, and the event disrupted other parts of life for many residents. And that includes small businesses in the area – which are now getting some help from a unique combination of organizations.

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A new webpage will connect Big Island residents affected by last year's Kīlauea eruption with recovery resources.

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Hawaiʻi County Mayor Harry Kim last Friday submitted his proposed budget of nearly $574 million for the next fiscal year, which begins in July. 

Kim’s proposed budget is more than $55 million or nearly 11 percent larger than the current budget. Kim attributes nearly half the increase, or $26 million, to employee salaries and benefits plus the addition of 35 new employees for Hawaiʻi County police. 

The budget is a first cut.  The Hawaiʻi County Council will now do its analysis, and has scheduled  departmental budget reviews for April.      

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Hawaiian Volcano Observatory recently put out a preliminary lava thickness map, based on last summer’s Kilauea lava flow. They’ve created similar maps before, but mostly for official publications. Now this map is on the HVO web site.

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Some Big Island residents are asking how they will be able to afford sewer systems connections after large-capacity cesspools are shut down.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

The East Hawai‘i Cultural Center is in a stately stucco building, white with green roof, that used to house Hilo’s police headquarters.  On the Wailuku River side of Hilo, this active community art center now offers art classes, a gallery, plus a theatre and café.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, over the past couple of years, a slow regeneration has been underway.

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Garbage disposal is a huge issue for our entire state. On Hawai’i Island there are two landfills, and one is running out of space. Recycling has become more complicated with China’s decision to stop accepting recycled materials. And that’s left many community members wondering what’s happening with their trash.

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