KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Members of a Big Island community are discussing ways to deal with problems associated with its homeless population, a report said.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Vacation rental registrations have been coming in to Hawaii County faster than workers can process them as the county implements a new law.
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Contractors digging new sewer lines for a Kailua-Kona neighborhood discovered human remains in a lava tube.
Hawaii County Environmental Management Director Bill Kucharski...
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii county has closed a bay to prevent disruption of coral spawning that scientists predicted would occur over two days.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A CT scan performed on a Hawaiian monk seal at a hospital has shown that the animal is suffering from muscle inflammation and infection, officials said.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A grand jury has indicted two retired Hawaii Police Department officers in a case involving stolen drug evidence, according to court records.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Legislation meant to protect Hawaii's shark population was altered at the 11th hour to remove the apex predators from the bill amid concerns from the scientific...
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health issued a statement Wednesday reiterating that cannabidiol has never been permitted for sale in any form in the state except for people...
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The parent company of a Hawaii brewery agreed on a tentative settlement with the plaintiffs in a lawsuit over allegations that the company's packaging and advertising...
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Officials have found high levels of a chemical commonly used in sunscreen that is believed to harm coral reefs in bay waters off Hawaii's Big Island.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii health officials say a resident on the Big Island's east side has contracted rat lungworm disease.
West Hawaii Today reports the state Department of Health...
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A critically ill Hawaiian monk seal has undergone a CT scan in the hopes of determining the cause of its illness.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Transportation has removed occupants of a roadside homeless encampment, officials said.
Magnitude 5.3 earthquake hits Hawaii; no risk of tsunami
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The parents of a child who died in foster care have filed a lawsuit accusing the caregivers and associated agencies of negligence, according to court...
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's Kona crab fishery is healthy enough to expand the catch brought to market, according to an assessment by a federal marine science agency.
Hawaiian monk seal born in North Kona on Big Island
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaiian monk seal gave birth on the Big Island's North Kona coast last week.
Claire Simeone, the director of the Ke Kai Ola Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital, told...
Group plans Hawaii veterans center on Big Island
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A nonprofit group has launched plans to construct a West Hawaii Community Veterans Center on the Big Island.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island hospital has received a $500,000 state grant to expand its emergency room serving the mostly rural northern part of the island.
Man pleads guilty in shooting in lava evacuation zone
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island man who fired a gun during an encounter with lava evacuees during the Kilauea volcano eruption last year has pleaded guilty to felony charges.
Hawaiian seeks additional flights to Tokyo’s Haneda airport
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines wants to more than double its daily service from Tokyo's Haneda airport to Hawaii.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the airline applied to the U.S....
Hawaii County preps for ban on polystyrene food containers
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii Island's ban on polystyrene — or Styrofoam — food containers goes into effect in less than five months.
The Hawaii County Council on Tuesday got an update...
Big Island man ordered to pay $800K for hitting pedestrian
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island man has been ordered to pay more than $800,000 after he was convicted of hitting a runner while driving under the influence twice within a 24-hour period.
A judge determined Nicholas Martin, 70, was responsible for Robert LaMarca's medical expenses during a restitution hearing Friday, West Hawaii Today reported .
Big Island man gets 20-year sentence for rape, kidnapping
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island man convicted in the 2016 rape of a woman has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.
Samuel Latrik, 19, was sentenced Monday in 3rd Circuit Court after pleading guilty in November to charges that included sexual assault, assault and kidnapping, West Hawaii Today reported .
Big Island man to serve 11 years in prison for 2016 rape
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — An 18-year-old Big Island man convicted in the 2016 rape of a woman will spend at least 11 years in prison.
The Hawaii Paroling Authority set the term limit last month for Tyron Sigrah, who pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual assault, second-degree assault, kidnapping and second-degree robbery, West Hawaii Today reported .
Big Island resort damaged by tsunami plans 2022 reopening
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island resort known for its Polynesian-style, thatched-roof bungalows plans to reopen in 2022 after it closed because of tsunami damage.
Real estate investment firm Kennedy Wilson has brought on Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to manage Kona Village.
Rosewood announced Wednesday that the renovated property about 19 miles (30 kilometers) north of Kailua-Kona will have 150 stand-alone guest hales.
Lawmakers consider funding for 2 Big Island ambulances
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers will consider legislation that would fund putting two more ambulances into service on the Big Island.
The measure would seek $100,000 in the 2019-20 fiscal year and another $100,000 in the next fiscal year to fund the ambulances, equipment and personnel costs, West Hawaii Today reported Wednesday.
Hawaii coral reefs stabilizing following bleaching event
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Coral reefs off the Big Island are stabilizing nearly four years after Hawaii's worst bleaching event, an environmental organization said.
Warm ocean water temperatures caused the first statewide bleaching event in 2015, damaging delicate coral reefs, West Hawaii Today reported Wednesday.
No parking zone created near popular Big Island lava tube
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii transportation crews are installing no parking signs and moving in concrete barriers to prevent cars from stopping along a Big Island highway to see a lava tube.
Tom Lehman rallies to win PGA Tour Champions opener
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Tom Lehman rallied to win the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship on Saturday, taking advantage of David Toms' closing three-putt bogey.
The 59-year-old Lehman closed with his second straight 7-under 65 for a one-stroke victory over Toms.
David Toms takes 4-shot lead in PGA Tour Champions opener
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — David Toms shot his second straight 7-under 65 on Friday to take a four-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.
The 52-year-old Toms had eight birdies and a bogey on another windy day at Hualalai.
Lamb stolen from Big Island animal shelter
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A lamb named Loa was stolen from a Big Island animal shelter and another sheep injured in the theft had to be euthanized, officials said.
Hawaii Island Humane Society staff discovered the months-old lamb was missing from the Waimea shelter Monday, West Hawaii Today reported .
Toms, Durant share lead in PGA Tour Champions opener
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — David Toms and Joe Durant each shot 7-under 65 in windy conditions Thursday to share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
The 52-year-old Toms closed his bogey-free round with a 2-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th. He won the U.S. Senior Open last year for his first Champions title after winning 13 times on the PGA Tour.
Hawaii’s humpback whales to be counted despite fed shutdown
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — An annual humpback whale count in Hawaii will take place despite the federal government shutdown.
West Hawaii Today reported Friday that volunteers from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will coordinate this season's Ocean Count, a community citizen science project that occurs during the peak of whale season.
Hawaii avocado industry expects growth as exports begin
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Shipments of Sharwil avocados from Hawaii and their resulting profits could expand exponentially in coming years, industry officials said.
Big Island hospital treats staff after scabies outbreak
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — All staff members at a Big Island hospital have been treated for scabies following an outbreak of the contagious skin disease, officials said.
Hawaii seeks local beef vendor for Oahu, Big Island schools
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Education is looking for a vendor to provide beef to schools as it continues efforts to locally source food for student lunches.
Hawaii importing invasive snakes to train dogs to find them
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is importing four brown tree snakes to be used to train dogs to detect the dangerously invasive species and hopefully prevent the snakes from establishing themselves in the islands.
Big Island man pleads guilty to kidnapping, raping woman
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A 19-year-old Big Island man accused of holding a woman against her will and beating and raping her has pleaded guilty to the charges two days into his trial.
Samuel Latrik pleaded guilty to charges that included first-degree sexual assault, second-degree assault and kidnapping, West Hawaii Today reported Thursday.
Big Island hospital struck by outbreak of scabies
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — An outbreak of scabies has been confirmed at a Big Island hospital, affecting a number of employees, officials said.
The outbreak of the contagious skin disease caused by parasitic mites was officially identified at the Kona Community Hospital last week, hospital officials said.
The hospital has not said how many people have been infected, but officials said more cases are likely to appear.
Public meetings set for Hawaii fishing regulations proposal
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Public meetings are being held this week to discuss the feasibility of a regulatory system for noncommercial fishing in Hawaii.
Kona coffee farmer’s portraits go on display
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii photographer and coffee farmer is capturing portraits of other coffee farmers and hand-dying each picture with coffee from each individual's farm.
Firefighters rescue students trapped behind raging waterfall
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island firefighters who saved hikers trapped behind a raging waterfall say they thought it would be a recovery mission and not a successful rescue.
Hawaii neighbors want justice for boy killed on Halloween
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Residents of a Kailua-Kona apartment complex want justice for a 6-year-old boy killed on Halloween.
Julian Nedlic has lived at Lailani Apartments for 12 years. He told West Hawaii Today this was the first time anything like this happened on the property.
Authorities rule death of 6-year-old boy as homicide
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The medical examiner's office has ruled the death of a 6-year-old boy on the Big Island as a homicide.
Family members had taken the boy to the Kailua Fire Station on Halloween after he became unconscious, Big Island police said.
He was then transported to a Kona hospital where he died about an hour later.
Panda Express worker suffers burns after explosion
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — An employee at a Hawaii Panda Express was taken to the hospital for burn injuries following a suspected gas explosion at the restaurant.
Several businesses in the Kona Commons shopping center were evacuated Monday because of the explosion, West Hawaii Today reported .
Police arrived at 11:38 a.m. Fire crews were already on scene.
Coffee profits down, prices up after coffee season cut short
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Coffee season ended abruptly, some two months earlier than usual, for farmers on the west side of Hawaii's Big Island.
West Hawaii Today reported that while the cause is likely multi-faceted, the results are becoming clear.
Yield for 2018 will drop significantly from average levels, which will create a seller's market and push prices upward.
Big Island man sentenced for sexually exploiting teen, child
HONOLULU (AP) — A Big Island man convicted of recording sexually explicit images of a 15-year-old girl and her 2-year-old daughter has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.
Hawaii News Now reports 46-year-old Michael Patrakis was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Hawaii after pleading guilty in March to two counts of sexually exploiting a minor.