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HVO back to being fully operational

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said in a written statement Tuesday it became fully operational Aug. 13. The federally operated observatory had been less than fully operational since the previous Friday morning after Tropical Storm Iselle directly hit the Big Island on Aug. 7.

Cross stolen from Hilo church

The cross is Christianity’s most prominent and cherished symbol, so the pastor and parishioners of a Hilo church were stunned when a 7-foot-tall cross was stolen last week from the front lawn of their house of worship.