|Da Braddahs, above, along with Primetime Pipi and Kaleo Pilanca, will perform free at Ocean View|
Community Center on Saturday, at the health event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See more below.
PUNALUʻU AND HONUʻAPO BEACH PARKS ARE CLOSED for the weekend, with the arrival of high surf expected to create wave heights of up to 20 feet along the southern coast of the island, according to county Civil Defense. Not only are numerous beach parks on south-facing shores closed all the way into Kailua-Kona, but also camping is prohibited, with all permits cancelled.
Large swells from the South Pacific were expected to hit shores Friday evening and strengthen through Saturday. Waves are expected to be between 15-20’ at their peak and hold through Sunday. The Beach Parks will be reassessed on Sunday, but with the swell continuing through Sunday and the possibility of debris in the parks, there is a chance they will remain closed until Monday, said a Civil Defense statement.
Parks affected by the closure, besides the two in Kaʻū are: Miloliʻi Beach Park and Hoʻokena in South Kona; Manini Point/Nāpoʻopoʻo; Honaunau Boat Ramp; Kahaluʻu; Magic Sands/Laʻaloa; Pāhoehoe;
Mayor Mitch Roth said, “We're asking residents, particularly our surfers, boaters, and ocean gatherers, to exercise extreme caution along Southern shores this weekend. The swells accompanied by the remnants of Hurricane Darby may cause unpredictable ocean conditions that could lead to serious harm. We don’t want to lose any of our loved ones and ask that folks don’t go out when in doubt.”
Visit the Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Hazard Map live updated information through the weekend: https://hawaii-county-civil-defense-agency-hawaiicountygis.hub.arcgis.com/
DARBY IS STILL A TROPICAL STORM with winds of 74 mph at 5 p.m. Friday. She is expected to weaken overnight and become a Depression by the time she tracks west, well below South Point tomorrow at about 8 a.m. Winds are expected to come ahead of Darby but the Central Pacific Hurricane Center predicts a less than 5 percent chance of them clipping South Point.
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|Da Braddahs will perform at Ocean|
View Community Center on Saturday.
The event, which also offers Covid tests
and vaccines is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Also offered are free $50 gas cards for those who attend and receive a Covid-19 vaccination or booster, while supplies last.
A team of Pacific Islanders from Department of Health flew in from Oʻahu to help with education and translation. They will talk with the community in the languages of Pacific Islanders.
|A stand of koa trees with trunks charred and a blackened, scorched|
understory. NPS Photo by M.Wasser
The statement noted a chance for significant rainfall Saturday as Tropical Storm Darby approaches south of Hawaiʻi Island, according to the National Weather Service.
Mauna Loa Road remains closed to the public from the gate at the Kīpukapuaulu parking lot. Only authorized vehicles are allowed past the gate until further notice.
The Power Line Fire was first reported at 6:09 p.m. on Monday, July 11 and started near a power line road at around 4,800-ft. elevation in the park. The cause of the fire is under investigation.No homes or other structures have been damaged. The burn has impacted habitat for native birds, and a 1,760-foot section of ungulate-proof fence that protects native forest from non-native hooved animals was damaged.
Cooperating agencies that assisted the National Park Service through the initial attack include the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), County of Hawaiʻi Fire Department, and the U.S. Army's Pōhakuloa Training Area.
Most of Hawaiʻi is experiencing dry conditions, ranging from abnormally dry to extreme drought. "Most wildfires in Hawaiʻi are started by people. Help protect the ʻāina and learn how to be fire safe by visiting https://www.hawaiiwildfire.org/lookout/," advises the statement from the Park .
The next fire update will be Monday, July 18.