The 5.3-magnitude temblor occurred about 2:12 p.m. local time Tuesday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. It was centered 34 miles southeast of Pahala and 31 miles south of Kalapana at a depth of about 25 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach said no tsunami was generated but "some areas may have experienced strong shaking," the newspaper said.
"It was a pretty significant jolt," said Darryl Oliveira, director of the Hawaii County Civil Defense, adding there were no immediate reports of structural damage.
The USGS said people reported feeling the rumbling nearly 400 miles away from the epicenter.