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.
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 for a road to its site, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Wednesday.
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 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 refused to let go of a rifle.
Police say officers were checking on a car parked on a Hawaiian Beaches road with hazard lights flashing Tuesday morning.
The officers determined the woman in the car had an outstanding bench warrant.
Stansberry hits 5 3s, scores 19; Hawaii beats Hawaii Hilo
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 Purchase had 10 and nine rebounds for Hawaii. The Rainbow Warriors (5-4) snapped a three-game skid.
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.
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 project planned for the Big Island, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported .
Officials seek for solutions for feral pigs in Hawaii parks
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 state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of State Park.
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 reported .
The rules, which will go through a public hearing after drafting, are expected to be finalized by April.
Big Island accepts $10M in state funding for lava recovery
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 reported .
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.
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 reports the cooperative hopes to cultivate 100 acres (40 hectares) of tea in 10 years.
Price tag doubles for Big Island wastewater treatment plant
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 Tribune-Herald reported Sunday.
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 prompted a months-long closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the evacuation of scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory headquarters.