After a less than glowing county audit of the Hawaii Fire Department last month, Fire Chief Kazuo Todd hopes to turn the department around over the next several years.
Traffic was slowed to a crawl Wednesday afternoon on Queen Kaahumanu Highway in Kailua-Kona after a brush fire broke out makai of the major thoroughfare near the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority. The fire, reported about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, scorched about 5 acres before firefighters could get the blaze under control. County firefighters were assisted by volunteer firefighters and Chopper 2 in dousing the flames. No injuries were reported. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
HONOLULU — Three years after the eruption of Kilauea volcano, Big Island residents are still waiting for some roads and services to be repaired.
New requirements will be in place at Hawaii’s hurricane evacuation shelters, should they need to be used amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Forecasters are calling for normal to below-normal tropical cyclone activity within the Central Pacific this hurricane season.
KAILUA-KONA — The 2018 Central Pacific hurricane season officially ends today. However, a developing El Niño could potentially fuel some offseason action.
HONOLULU — Maui was hit with heavy rain and powerful winds Wednesday as a gradually weakening tropical storm neared Hawaii, with forecasters predicting Tropical Storm Olivia could dump 5 to 10 inches (12 to 25 centimeters). Some places could get as much as 15 inches.
HILO — As Tropical Storm Olivia made its way to the islands Tuesday, the focus turned mostly away from the Big Island and more toward Maui as it appeared the worst effects of the cyclone would be felt well to the north of Hilo.
KAILUA-KONA — Tropical Storm Olivia continues to weaken as it approaches Hawaii Island and Maui County, forecasters said early Tuesday evening.
KAILUA-KONA — Big Islanders could begin to feel the effects of Hurricane Olivia as early as Tuesday night, forecasters with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said Monday evening.
HONOLULU — One hurricane is on course to bypass Hawaii to the northeast, while another appears set to weaken before it gets closer to the island state.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center reported that as of 11 a.m. today, Hurricane Norman was 690 miles east of Hilo with sustained winds of 80 mph moving west at 14 mph.