Winter wind causes minor damage to Big Island observatories
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Strong winds from a winter storm caused minor damage to at least two observatories on Hawaii’s tallest peak, officials said.
The Big Island summit of Mauna Kea recorded wind gusts of 191 mph (307 kph) late Sunday, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Hawaii bankruptcy filings skyrocketed 40 pct last month
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The number of bankruptcy filings in Hawaii increased by more than 40 percent to 149 cases last month, marking the highest level for January in seven years, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court records.
Last year’s 1,490 bankruptcy cases brought an end to the state’s ...
Opponents speak out at spaceport meeting on Big Island
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Opponents of a proposed spaceport on the Big Island attended an open house this week as part of the project’s environmental assessment process.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii court has ordered the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism to follow the state law requiring all new single-family homes to have solar water heaters.
First Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Crabtree ruled this week that the law allows the ...
Public meeting planned for launch facility on Big Island
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A public meeting has been scheduled for the satellite launch facility proposed by the Alaska-owned aerospace corporation for a site on the east side of the Big Island.
The meeting Wednesday in Hilo is part of the ongoing environmental assessment process for the project ...
Hawaii lawmaker proposes practical ban on cigarettes sales
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island lawmaker has proposed incrementally increasing the minimum age to buy cigarettes, leading to a practical ban across Hawaii.
Democratic state Rep. Richard Creagan proposed legislation aimed at making the state the first in the country to ban the sale of ...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii state senator plans to run for the U.S. House seat held by Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
Democrat Kai Kahele announced his plans Monday. Kahele, a Native Hawaiian, is the Hawaii Senate’s majority floor leader and a major in the Hawaii Air National ...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Kilauea volcano eruption did not critically damage sea turtle populations on the Big Island, according to a survey conducted by a Hawaii wildlife conservation group.
The Hawaii Wildlife Fund determined this month that lava did not harm turtle populations despite the ...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The number of prescriptions written for opioid painkillers has declined over the last four years in Hawaii, a state health official said.
Dr. Daniel Galanis told state lawmakers last week that the average number of monthly opioid prescriptions has decreased from about ...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island company is looking to open the first medical marijuana dispensary on the island this week.
Big Island Grown aims to open three locations on the island within the next month, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Huge trash-collecting boom heads to the Big Island for fix
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A trash collection device that broke apart while deployed in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii was scheduled to arrive to the Big Island on Sunday.
The 2,000-foot (600-meter) long floating boom was being towed to Hilo after its support crew discovered that ...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health says a Big Island infant who fell ill in December has been confirmed as 2018′s eighth case of rat lungworm disease in the state.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island dairy farm agreed to end its operations by April 30 in a settlement reached with a community group and an environmental organization.
Kupale Ookala and the Center for Food Safety filed a lawsuit against Big Island Dairy in 2017, alleging violations of the ...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island prosecutors may take more punitive action against perpetrators of domestic strangulation after more than 50 cases were recorded last year, authorities said.
Domestic strangulation is a felony crime in Hawaii punishable by up to five years in prison, but ...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A new Hawaii law prevents employers from asking job applicants about their salary histories.
The law that went into effect New Year’s Day aims to address wage gaps among different demographics in the state, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Police arrest 7 in sweep of Big Island neighborhood
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Police have arrested seven people following a sweep targeting squatters occupying residences in a Big Island neighborhood hit by lava flows during the Kilauea volcano eruption.
Police Capt. Kenneth Quiocho
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Tourists are still visiting Kilauea volcano despite the partial closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park amid the ongoing government shutdown.
Services in the national park have been curtailed due the shutdown, but the Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Alaska Aerospace Corporation proposes Hawaii launch site
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An Alaska-owned aerospace corporation wants to build a satellite launch site in Hawaii.
An environmental assessment is being drafted for a proposed small satellite launch facility on the east side of the Big Island because the Alaska Aerospace Corporation wants to build ...
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Milan Acquaah had 29 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to help California Baptist rout Division III La Verne 97-46 on Saturday night.
The Lancers 51-point margin of victory is a program best, surpassing a 41-point win over Hawaii Hilo on Jan. 30, 2017. Cal ...
Waste discharge from Big Island dairy farm concerns locals
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The latest in a string of wastewater discharges from a Big Island dairy farm has residents wondering how it will handle its planned closure next year.
A Monday discharge from Big Island Dairy was just one of several such spills and discharges that have occurred at the ...
Container house for lava evacuees remains in Honolulu
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A company in China that offered to help those displaced by the recent eruption of Kilauea volcano has sent its first prefabricated container home to the state. But the home remains in storage in Honolulu because it does not meet local regulations.
The Hawaii Tribune ...
Hawaiian crow released last year found dead on Big Island
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An endangered Hawaiian crow was found dead on the Big Island after it had been released from captivity last year.
The male alala was found with severe wounds on its body on Dec. 6, possibly a victim of predation, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Big Island utility proposes increase to electric base rates
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island utility proposed raising base rates by 3.4 percent to generate $13.4 million in additional revenue.
Hawaii Electric Light Co. announced last week the proposal that aims to fund grid modernization efforts, repairs to facilities damaged by the Kilauea volcano ...
Former attorney receives life sentence in mother’s death
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A former attorney convicted of killing his mother on the Big Island delivered a bizarre, rambling statement to the court during sentencing, telling the judge he had “attained immortality” and is the Antichrist.
Sean Alan Rutledge, 43, was sentenced this week to life in ...
Work under way to restore access to lava-locked power plant
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The operators of a Hawaii geothermal power plant have started restoring road access to the property cut off by lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption.
Big Island Mayor Harry Kim authorized a vegetation removal and grading permit for Puna Geothermal Venture to clear lava ...
University of Hawaii at Hilo plans aeronautical program
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The University of Hawaii at Hilo has been cleared to launch a four-year degree program in aeronautical science.
The university’s board of regents approved last month the provisional Bachelor of Science in two new concentrations: Commercial professional pilot training ...
The Latest: Woman shot, killed by Hawaii police identified
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on a fatal Big Island police shooting (all times local):
The woman shot and killed by Big Island police has been identified.
Police say 30-year-old Tori Kaneshiro of Pahoa was pronounced dead after an officer fired his gun when she ...
HONOLULU (AP) — Eddie Stansberry hit 5 of 10 from 3-point range and finished with 19 points, Drew Buggs had 16 points and seven assists, and Hawaii beat Division II Hawaii Hilo 82-75 Saturday night.
Zigmars Raimo scored 13 on 6-of-8 shooting, Brocke Stepteau added 11 points and Jack ...
Hawaii panel begins process of naming Big Island lava cone
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Board of Geographic Names has begun taking recommendations to name the Big Island’s new 60-foot (18-meter) lava cone.
The state board is planning to take suggestions from the public and Hawaiian cultural practitioners to find a moniker for fissure 8, which ...
Hawaii high court lets ruling stand on giant telescope
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court is letting stand its decision that upholds the construction permit for a giant telescope planned for the state’s tallest mountain.
The court filed an order last week denying opponents’ motion for it to reconsider the ruling on the telescope ...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii officials are trying to come up with solutions for feral pig problems at some Big Island state parks.
Officials have been working with surrounding land owners and other agencies on finding solutions, said Dean Takabayashi, the Hawaii island superintendent for the ...
Big Island officials pass bill regulating vacation rentals
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island officials have passed a bill prohibiting short-term vacation rentals in residential and agricultural zones.
The Hawaii County Council voted 6-1 Tuesday in favor of the measure, sending it to the county Planning Department to draft rules, West Hawaii Today
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii is giving a $10 million grant to the Big Island to help jump-start recovery efforts following the Kilauea volcano eruption.
The Hawaii County Council adopted a resolution Tuesday to accept the funding, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Big Island Dairy plans to cease operations next year
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island Dairy said it will cease operations and lay off its 24 employees next year, citing financial and regulatory reasons.
The owners of the facility in Ookala said in a statement that it will take months to close up shop.
“The milk processing will end, and ...
Big Island cooperative aims to grow specialty tea in Hawaii
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island cooperative is hoping to establish a specialty tea industry in Hawaii.
The Hawaii Medicinal Tea and Herb Cooperative is seeking up to $500,000 in investments for a 5-acre (2-hectare) tea plot in Mountain View. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island officials expect a wastewater treatment plant planned for Naalehu to cost $40.5 million, nearly double the previous price tag.
The project planned for a site on the side of town toward the sea was previously estimated at $20.3 million, the Hawaii ...
Displaced USGS scientists monitoring Hawaii volcanoes
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Geologists who monitor Hawaii’s volcanoes are still among those displaced by the recent eruption of Kilauea.
The Big Island eruption began on May 3 and destroyed more than 700 homes and started a series of collapse events at the volcano’s summit.
The activity ...
Former Big island inmate files lawsuit over late release
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A former inmate of a state correctional facility on the Big Island is suing the Hawaii Department of Public Safety, claiming he was locked up for 20 days beyond his scheduled release date.
Michael Kaonohi Perry Jr., 44, filed the lawsuit in mid-October after he was ...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A neighborhood hit by lava flows following the Kilauea volcano eruption is planning to sue Big Island officials over possible uncontrolled access to the area.
The Leilani Estates Community Association expects to file a federal lawsuit this week, seeking a preliminary ...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A restaurant operating at a hotel in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has resumed kitchen service after shutting down when the park closed in May.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reports ‘on par’ visitation
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — About 2,000 people have visited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park each day since it partially reopened last month, park officials said.
Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane said the visitation last month was “about on par” with September 2017, a typically slower month for ...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A survey of Big Island farmers has found that they suffered nearly $28 million in damages because of the months-long eruption earlier this year of the Kilauea volcano, the Hawaii Tribune Herald reported.
The survey of 46 farmers by University of Hawaii’s College of ...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island councilwoman introduced a resolution this week to recognize animals as “sentient beings,” but quickly withdrew it because of a lack of support.
Puna councilwoman Eileen O’Hara says she wanted to “set the tone” for how the county deals with animal welfare, ...
Puna photographer hopes her eruption pictures help others
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island photographer who lost her home in Kilauea volcano’s latest eruption hopes her photographs can help others affected by the disaster.
Melissa Schelling had planned an October photography exhibit in Hilo called “Year of the Dog,” a personal project where she ...
Big Island officials reject property tax relief measure
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island officials rejected a proposal that would have sought tax relief for commercial properties in the communities of Pahoa and Volcano.
The Hawaii County Council voted 7-1 Wednesday against the resolution requesting the county administration to impose the minimum ...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island panel has advanced a measure that would prohibit short-term vacation rentals in residential and agricultural zones.
The Hawaii County Council Planning Committee approved the measure’s fifth draft Tuesday after the ordinance has been in the works for over a ...
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Police on the Big Island say officers have shot and killed a woman who rammed a stolen vehicle into them.
Police say Puna patrol officers were conducting routine beat checks early Friday when they saw a Toyota 4-Runner parked on a dirt trail near the ocean.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Honolulu prosecutors have declined to file charges against a former Big Island police detective who authorities believed was involved in the theft of drug evidence.
Honolulu prosecutors found that the evidence did not support criminal charges, West Hawaii Today ...