Maren Purves



Joined July 2019

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August is Pedestrian Safety Month

This message was released by the Hawaii County Police Department (with a few notes from me at the end): August is Pedestrian Safety Month and as part of a statewide effort to increase awareness about pedestrian safety, Hawai‘i Police Department is offering safety tips to motorists and pedestrians. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but at one time or another everyone is a pedestrian. When drivers maintain safe speeds and practice other safe driving behaviors, safer walking environments are created for you, your loved ones, and others in our community. ...

After the Kona Low - please report damages and/or file claims

For those of us living on the island many have suffered damages and outages. Hawaii County are or were collecting damage reports here https://hawaii-county-civil-defense-agency-hawaiicountygis.hub.arcgis.com/. This is just for assessment, hopefully to prevent at least some further occurrences - at least that is my hope. Hawaiian Electric, however, are providing a link to file claims for e.g. food lost due to power outages here: https://www.hawaiianelectric.com/documents/safety_and_outages/power_outages/damage_claim_hawaii_island.pdf With thanks to Shannon Matson who posted this in the Hawaiian Acres group.

75 years ago today - as the Hawaii Tribune Herald says "A Wall of Water"

Today is the 75th anniversary of the 1946 Tsunami. An earthquake between 7.8 and 8.6 in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska happened during the night and the first wave made it to Hilo by about 7 a.m.. People who started working early were already at work, like fishermen and sugar plantation workers, a lot of the rest were getting ready for work or school. That first wave was estimated by eyewitnesses as 35-50 feet high. It destroyed the Hilo waterfront and low lying areas including the 'new town' Shinmachi and 159 people died, 25 of those in Laupahoehoe. The tsunami destroyed several railroad ...

Find your COVID vaccine in Hawaii County

Being 65 I was a bit taken aback when comorbidities were completely eliminated from category 1b in Hawaii and ages were sliced into smaller pieces. Eventually vaccination opened up for 65+ and so I started looking. As at least Hilo Medical Center has opened up pre-registration further this looks like a good time to share the information I found. Hawaii County has a long list of places where you can get vaccinated here: https://coronavirus-response-county-of-hawaiihawaiicountygis.hub.arcgis.com/pages/vaccine-information. Starting with Hilo Medical Center (aka Hilo Hospital, HMC) I found it...


As I had time to check: as of this morning (3/24) the Pfizer vaccine is out of stock at all the pharmacies covered by vaccinefinder, Moderna is available at Downtown Hilo Longs, and possibly at KTA in Waimea and Waikoloa (both of these have 2 entries and one shows it in stock and one out of stock for each of them). J&J is available at Longs Ponahawai, Target, Puainako, Pahoa and Pahala.

Mar 24, 2021

Flash Flood Advisory for South Hilo and Puna districts (canceled as of 4:30 pm)

Updates below ... From National Weather Service: 221 PM HST Sun Mar 14 2021 The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a * Flood Advisory for... The island of Hawaii in Hawaii County * Until 530 PM HST. * At 221 PM HST, radar indicated heavy rain over the greater Hilo area. Rain was falling at a rate of 1 to 3 inches per hour. * Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to... Hilo, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Keaau, Mountain View, Hawaiian Acres, Orchidland Estates, Glenwood, Papaikou, Kurtistown, Wainaku, Fern Acres, Paukaa, Eden Roc, Ainaloa...

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The island-wide flash flood watch has been extended to 6 pm Monday 3/15/21. Also, HPD reports that East Kawailani Street between Kanoelehua Ave and Ahuna Road in Hilo closed due to flooding. Please use alternate route - https://local.nixle.com/alert/8596618/

Mar 15, 2021