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Friday, November 11, 2022

Aloha Friday!

If you live or are headed to North or South Kohala today be prepared for some wind as the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory starting at noon.

Hawaii Police Department seeks public locating three wanted men. 

Money was released for the demolition of the Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel. The demolition is expected to occur next year.

Don't miss the return of the Hawai'i Island Veterans Day Parade live in downtown Hilo this weekend.

Mahalo for your readership.


No tsunami threat issued after powerful earthquake hits Tonga

There is no tsunami threat following a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in near Tonga in the south pacific that occurred early this morning.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the tumbler struck at around 1 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time and was centered 132 miles east-southeast of Neiafu, Tonga, at a depth of 15 miles. It was followed by several aftershocks.



National Weather Service issues wind advisory for Big Island

A wind advisory is in effect from noon to 6 a.m. tomorrow for portions of Lanai, Maui and the Big Island.

According to the National Weather Service, the north side of Hawaii Island will see 20 to 30 mph winds with localized gusts up to 50 mph. Winds this strong can knock down tree branches, blow away tents and unsecured objects, and make it difficult to drive, especially for high-profile vehicles.



Once iconic Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Hotel to be demolished next year

A condemned four-story building, which used to be the iconic Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Hotel on touristy Banyan Drive, is one step closer to being demolished.

The Hawai’i State Department of Land and Natural Resources plans to release $1 million in special funds to finance the plans and designs for the demolition of the old hotel, which is slated to take place sometime next year.



Laupāhoehoe Point Road to be closed for repairs

An East Hawai‘i roadway that was damaged by Hurricane Lane in 2018 will be closed later this month for repairs.

Laupāhoehoe Point Road will be closed daily from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 28-Dec. 2 to all traffic. Work will include repairing/restoring damaged concrete bridge railings and roadway improvements.



Police seek three wanted Puna men

Big Island police are seeking three men from Puna who are wanted for outstanding warrants and questioning in several ongoing investigations.

The three men are:



Have you seen this missing Honolulu man?

Big Island police are asking for help from the public with locating a 22-year-old man from Honolulu who has been missing since September.

Donald James Sniffin, a resident of Honolulu who is originally from Hilo, reportedly flew to Hilo in late September. The Hawai‘i Police Department reports that his family has not seen or heard from him since and he has not returned to his Honolulu home.



Hawai’i Island Veterans Day Parade returns live this weekend By Nathan Christophel

A giant U.S. flag will once again fly over Kamehameha Avenue this weekend as one of Hawai‘i’s largest Veterans Day parades marches live throughout downtown Hilo for the first time since 2019 — and its organizers and the veterans it salutes are excited for its return.

“You can’t do everything on Zoom,” Col. Deb Lewis (ret.), chairwoman of the Hawai‘i Island Veterans Day Parade committee, said. “You have to experience a parade to understand it, and the enthusiasm of the crowd helps a lot.”



Kona restaurant’s Keiki Food Fund helps families struggling to climb back from pandemic

A West Hawai‘i restaurant is helping families struggling to climb back from the COVID-19 pandemic and it needs the community’s help to continue providing meals for Big Island keiki.

The Keiki Food Fund is the brainchild of Celeste and Taylor Cline, owners of Poi Dog Deli in Kailua-Kona. The program provides free meals from the restaurant’s Keiki Menu to any family in need.



Military convoys headed from Pōhakuloa Training Area to Kawaihae Harbor

The public is advised that military convoys are departing Pōhakuloa Training Area following the end of the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center exercise this week.

Convoys are scheduled Nov. 10-11 and 17-18 from Pōhakuloa Training Area to Kawaihae Harbor along Daniel K. Inouye Highway, Waikōloa Road and Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway.



Respiratory virus rates in Hawaiʻi are increasing early in the season

The Hawai‘i Department of Health is reporting that cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus and influenza are increasing in Hawaiʻi, in line with trends observed across the country.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common and contagious respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but children under the age of five and in particularly infants are at highest risk for severe RSV infections.



Keck Planet Finder on Maunakea captures first data in ‘exciting chapter’ for astronomy

On Wednesday night, a new planet-hunting instrument at the W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea achieved “first light,” capturing its first data from the sky, a spectrum of the planet Jupiter.

When the images were captured, team members popped champagne to celebrate the beginning of an “exciting chapter” in the search for Earth-sized planets around other stars, which are extraordinarily difficult to detect due to their small size, according to a news release from the observatory.



Waikōloa teacher raising funds for trip to Bishop Museum for 14 Global Scholar students

Waikōloa Middle School teacher Sylvie Bright is on a mission to help her 14 Global Scholar students go to the Bishop Museum on Oʻahu to learn about the way ancient Hawaiians used the Ahupua’a system of watersheds — and how that system is still relevant today.

The students’ focus this year is water sustainability. Bright hopes by taking her students to the museum they will foster a love of learning and understanding that looking at the past will help them navigate future sustainable decisions, especially while living on an island.


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Hawaiʻi congressional leaders thank service members on Veterans Day

Members of Hawaiʻi's congressional delegation thanked the US Armed forces for their service as the nation honors them on Veterans Day.


Six Maui police Sergeants promoted to rank of Lieutenant

The Maui Police Department today announced the promotion of six Sergeants to the rank of Lieutenant.  All promotions are scheduled to take effect on Nov. 16, 2022.



Kauai Weather Forecast for November 11, 2022

A cold front will continue to move southward through the islands today, bringing a brief band of showers with it. Behind the front cooler, drier and...


Dilapidated Uncle Billy’s Hotel in Hilo to be demolished next year

A condemned four-story building, which used to be Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel on touristy Banyan Drive, is one step closer to being demolished.


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