HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii state Legislature committee has recommended passage of a bill that would pay a $3 million settlement to an injured couple.
Big Island waste station evacuated after grenade found
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A waste transfer station on the Big Island was shut down for nearly an hour last week after an explosive device was found.
Hawaii County Council puts Civil Defense on hot seat
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii County Council members grilled Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno about communication lapses during recent disasters.
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Scientists in Hawaii are monitoring increasing activity surrounding one of the Big Island's volcanoes.
The Hawaii Volcano Observatory is closely monitoring Mauna Loa...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii County has joined a multi-state lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies over opioid addiction and overdoses, according to officials.
Black hole named ‘Powehi’ by Hawaii university professor
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A language professor has given a Hawaiian name — Powehi — to the black hole depicted in an image produced in a landmark experiment.
Big Island police officer accused of domestic violence
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Police Department says one of its patrol officers has been arrested and accused of domestic violence.
Police say Puna patrol Officer Daniel Ulrich is charged...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The former vice chairman of the Hawaii state Real Estate Commission has been sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years of court supervision, according to...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Some have voiced concerns about the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory potentially moving off of the Big Island to Oahu.
The Observatory confirmed last week that Oahu is one...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — One of Hawaii's newest volcanic fissures is in need of a name and the state is asking for suggestions.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Thursday that the state Board of...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey is looking for a new home for the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory after it became displaced because of the Kilauea volcano eruption last year.
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Scientists have downgraded the alert level for Hawaii's Kilauea volcano in response to reduced activity, saying the next eruption is likely a few years away.
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An updated draft of rules for short-term vacation rentals has been published by Hawaii County's planning department.
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — State lawmakers have determined widespread cuts at the University of Hawaii will not be necessary.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports State Democratic Sen. Donna Mercado...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Survivors of the Kilauea eruption have said they want to return to their homes despite incomplete restoration work in the area.
Hawaii council seeks details of disaster recovery funds
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — County councilors in Hawaii are seeking details about how administrators plan to spend millions in disaster funds resulting from the volcanic eruption last year.
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Maui farmer has been convicted of sexually assaulting four girls on the Big Island between 1998 and 2007.
Michael Martin Zelko pleaded no contest Friday to 11 counts of...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Officials at the University of Hawaii at Hilo expect freshman enrollment to increase this fall after seeing growth in the number of student applicants and...
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The owner of a Hawaii geothermal plant that had to close during last year's eruption of Kilauea volcano plans to bring the plant back online by the end of the year.
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Some Big Island residents are asking how they will be able to afford sewer systems connections after large-capacity cesspools are shut down.
Passengers injured during Hawaii lava boat tour file suit
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A group of sightseers injured by a "lava bomb" during a boat tour in Hawaii have filed a lawsuit.
The suit was filed on the Big Island against Lava Ocean Tours Inc. and...
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park plans reopening of lava tube
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Officials say they plan to reopen a popular cave-like attraction in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park later this year.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the Thurston Lava...
Scientists measure thickness of Kilauea lava flows in Hawaii
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Scientists measuring the thickness of Kilauea volcano's newest lava flows have said molten rock added as much as 180 feet (55 meters) of lava to parts of the Big Island last...
Bills aim to create housing vouchers for Hawaii teachers
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Two proposed bills are intended at creating a housing voucher program for full-time teachers employed by the Hawaii Department of Education or at public charter...
Lead cleanup planned for beach parks on Big Island
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Two beach parks on the Big Island could reopen this summer after being closed in 2017 because of contamination, officials said.
Lead was found at Hakalau and Kolekole beach parks, which are located in gulches under state Highway 19 north of Hilo, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Saturday.
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 reported .
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 seven-year streak of declining filings, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday.
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 reported Friday that some protesters sang songs, played the ukulele and circulated with a microphone seeking to put project representatives on the spot.
Court orders Hawaii agency to follow water heater mandate
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.
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 by the Alaska Aerospace Corp, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported .
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 cigarettes for everyone except people age 100 and over, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday.
State senator to seek US House seat held by Hawaii’s Gabbard
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 Guard.
Report: Sea turtles populations OK after Big Island eruption
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.
Hawaii opioid prescriptions on downward trend, official says
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 69,000 in 2015 to 54,500 last year, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported .
Marijuana dispensary hopes to open on Big Island this week
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 reported Monday.
The company is one of only two businesses licensed to sell medical marijuana products on the Big Island.
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.
Big Island infant diagnosed with brain parasite
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 reported Friday that the department said in a statement that the East Hawaii child was transported to Oahu for treatment.
Big Island Dairy agrees to shutdown timeline in settlement
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 federal Clean Water Act, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported .
Prosecutors consider upping charges in strangulation cases
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 prosecutors could pursue higher charges, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported this week.
New Hawaii law bars employers from asking about past pay
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 reported .
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.
Tourists visit Hawaii volcano park despite federal shutdown
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 reported Monday that businesses are still seeing plenty of visitors.
Alaska Aerospace Corporation proposes Hawaii launch site
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An Alaska-owned aerospace corporation wants to build a satellite launch site in Hawaii.
Cal Baptist routs D-III La Verne 97-46
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 Baptist (8-5) has won four straight and opens Western Athletic Conference play hosting New Mexico State on Thursday.
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 farm this year.
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.
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 reported Wednesday.
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 eruption and other improvements to the electric system, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported .
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.