Hawaiʻi County monitors Hurricane Dora and related weather patterns

Hawaii County is closely monitoring the development of Hurricane Dora and other related weather patterns as the hurricane makes its way into the Central Pacific. The storm is expected to pass well South of Hawaii Island, and no significant impacts resulting from the hurricane are expected. However, related weather patterns are expected to cause strong tradewinds and dry conditions beginning on Monday, August 7, and strengthening through Tuesday, August 8.

Scout camp teaches Keiki new skills

Scouts from three West Hawaii troops spent three days camping at Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook June 26-29 learning Hawaiian culture and new skills.

Fire snarls traffic

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)

Heavy rains hit Maui as Olivia approaches Hawaii

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.