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.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald
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 ...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii County Council is asking the Mass Transit Administration to quit accepting used buses from other counties.
West Hawaii Today reports the ...
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park records 15K visitors
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — More than 15,000 people have visited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park since it partially reopened last month, according to the National Park Service.
The park reopened on National Public Lands Day — when admission was free — after closing in May because of the Kilauea ...
Big Island officials plan partnership for lava-viewing site
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island officials are working on a public-private partnership to create a viewing platform for people to see the new fissure and lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption.
West Hawaii Today
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An electric utility on the Big Island has restored power to nearly all active customers in a neighborhood that was evacuated when the Kilauea volcano began erupting.
Power has been restored to all customers who requested reconnections to their homes in Leilani Estates ...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Conservationists have released five more Hawaiian crows into the wild a year after 11 were released on the Big Island.
The two females and three males were released last week in the Puu Makaala Forest Reserve, bringing the total number of known in the wild up to 16, the ...
Lawsuit seeks to limit helicopter traffic over Big Island
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island group has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration seeking to limit helicopter traffic over the island.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Campaign calls on Hawaii island tourists to be respectful
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Big Island visitors bureau and Hawaii County have launched a campaign that aims to create a more conscientious tourism industry on the Big Island.
The Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau Executive Director Ross Birch and county Managing Director Will Okabe presented ...
Big Island road projects cut after Hurricane Lane expenses
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island officials have delayed two road projects and a bus route expansion following the expenses created by Hurricane Lane.
The Hawaii County Council approved a revised budget Wednesday, reallocating the $10 million expected next year from the new surcharge on the ...
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park buys ‘Great Crack’ property
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The National Park Service has acquired a nearly 2,000-acre (800-hectare) Big Island property containing a chasm known as “The Great Crack.”
The oceanfront property adjacent to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was purchased for $1.95 million in a recent foreclosure sale, ...
Housing units for families displaced by lava nearly finished
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Transitional housing units for people who were displaced by Kilauea volcano eruptions are nearly finished.
The Hale Iki Village, a development of 11 micro units built on property owned by a Big Island church, was expected to be completed last month, but its completion ...
Hurricane damage to county infrastructure totals about $20M
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The damage to Hawaii County facilities from the flooding caused by Hurricane Lane’s torrential rains totaled about $20 million, an official said.
The figure is only for county infrastructure and doesn’t include damage to state infrastructure such as schools and ...
Big Island considers adding honesty policy to ethics code
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island officials are considering adding language to the county’s ethics code requiring officers and employees to provide the public with information that is accurate and factual.
The county council voted last week in support of the measure, requiring county ...
Big Island proposes Keaau site for composting facility
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The new proposed site for a Big Island composting facility is away from housing and will cause less of a disruption on the community, officials said.
The $10.3 million facility has been proposed for a site at the upper end of the W.H. Shipman Business Park in Keaau, the ...
Tropical Storm Olivia approaches Hawaii with wind, rain
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials urged residents and visitors to be prepared as a strong tropical storm approached the island state.
Olivia was a few hundred miles east of Hilo late Monday with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (115 kph). It was downgraded from a hurricane earlier in the ...
The Latest: Olivia downgraded to tropical storm near Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Olivia heading toward Hawaii (all times local):
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center is downgrading Olivia to a tropical storm from a hurricane as it gets closer to Hawaii.
Meteorologists said Monday the storm had maximum ...
Gas emissions drop to lowest level in decade at Kilauea
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Gas emissions from Kilauea volcano have reached their lowest level in more than a decade as the Big Island sees a lull in volcanic activity.
Sulfur dioxide emission rates have dropped to less than 1,000 tons per day between Kilauea’s summit and its lower east rift zone, ...
Hawaii volcanoes park could reopen several areas soon
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is on track to reopen several areas later this month after closing in May because of the Kilauea volcano eruption, park officials said.
The National Park Service is planning to reopen several trails, roads and popular sites at the Big ...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii County officials say they need $800 million to recover from the Kilauea volcano disaster.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Managing Director Wil Okabe said ...
Big Island councilwoman maintains decision to not vote
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island officials are at a stalemate with a councilwoman who announced she would refrain from voting and sponsoring legislation because of fears of violating international law and committing war crimes against the Hawaiian Kingdom.
West Hawaii Today
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Police officers responding to a burglary report at a Big Island home arrested the resident after finding a number of criminal offenses, including a stolen vehicle.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Hurricane Lane secured its place in the history books before it quickly dissipated into a tropical storm and moved off from Hawaii. The storm caused damage, mostly on the Big Island, where rivers raged near Hilo and nearly 40 people had to be rescued from homes.
There were no deaths from ...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island man beat his girlfriend and a 77-year-old man with a meat cleaver and also bit off a part of the woman’s ear, police said.
Puna patrol officers received a report Tuesday of a woman being assaulted with a knife at Kalapana Seaview Estates, the Honolulu ...
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Lane (all times local):
The National Weather Service is downgrading a hurricane that has been threatening Hawaii for most of this week to a tropical storm.
But meteorologists warned Friday that heavy rains from Tropical Storm Lane ...
HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Lane unleashed torrents of rain and landslides that blocked roads on Hawaii’s mostly rural Big Island on Thursday as residents and tourists in the state’s biggest city braced for the dangerous storm to come their way.
Emergency workers rescued five people from a ...