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.
Hawaii jury convicts former Big Island officer in death
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii jury has convicted a former Big Island police officer in the 2015 death of bicyclist.
Jody Buddemeyer was found guilty last week of misdemeanor negligent homicide after prosecutors said he struck and killed 63-year-old Jeffrey Surnow.
Surnow, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, was riding his bike on the Big Island in March 2015 when Buddemeyer's car hit him from behind, authorities said.
Prosecutors decline charges in Big Island stolen drug case
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 reported Wednesday.
Rescued monk seals recover at Big Island animal hospital
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Two Hawaiian monk seal pups found malnourished on Laysan Island are recovering at an animal hospital on the Big Island.
A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration team surveying the endangered monk seal populations last month in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands found the male and female pups were undersized and underweight.
US agency says cauliflower coral may need federal protection
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A species of coral that environmentalists say is at risk from climate change could need U.S. protections across its entire range — not just in Hawaii, federal officials have found.
Big Island teen sentenced to 20 years in sexual assault case
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island teenager accused of holding a woman against her will and beating and raping her was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Tyron Sigrah, 17, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to counts of first-degree sexual assault, second-degree assault, kidnapping and robbery.
Officials unable to find cause of Big Island horse deaths
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Veterinarians have been unable to determine the cause of a mysterious disease linked to the deaths of more than a dozen wild horses on the Big Island, officials said.
Reward increases to $8K for info on Big Island cat shootings
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The reward has increased to $8,250 for information leading authorities to the people responsible for shooting three cats with arrows on the Big Island.
The West Hawaii Humane Society added $1,000 to the reward Monday, hoping it will prompt someone to come forward with information, West Hawaii Today reported .
Big Island couple legally marries 36 years after wedding
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island couple who believed they were married 36 years ago officially tied the knot after learning of a documentation mix-up.
Randy and Leigh Mitchell were legally married at the Kealakekua courthouse last week, though their wedding was in February 1982, West Hawaii Today reported .
Police: Big Island woman tried to take child from classroom
HONOLULU (AP) — Police say a Kailua-Kona woman has been arrested after she tried to take a child from a Big Island classroom.
KHON-TV reports police were called to Kealakehe Elementary School in Kailua-Kona after the woman showed up while school was in session Monday morning.
Hawaii County police in need of funding for body cam program
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii County is now the only police department in the state not to have body cameras.
Hawaii County Police Chief Paul Ferreira stated in an email last week that body cams are a priority for the department but funding remains an issue, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported .
Hawaii officials assess traffic safety concerns at lava tube
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii transportation officials are assessing safety concerns at a Big Island lava tube, which residents say has become an increasingly popular tourist destination.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii investigators are closing in on the cause of a mysterious disease linked to the deaths of about a dozen wild horses over past two months on the Big Island.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A mysterious disease affecting wild horses in Waipio Valley on the Big Island has prompted an investigation by Hawaii agencies and veterinarians.
The disease is makes the animals unable to walk, resulting in a number of wild horse deaths, West Hawaii Today reported Monday.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii has canceled a grant funding the Big Island government's purchase of a land parcel that was to serve as a buffer between development and the Waiopae tide pools.
State Department of Land and Natural Resources Chairwoman Suzanne Case notified Big Island Mayor Harry Kim last week of the state's termination of the grant agreement, which would have provided $1.33 million in matching funds through the Legacy Land Conservation Program.
Hawaiian monk seal pup rescued from Molokai
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaiian monk seal pup found malnourished on Molokai is now in the care of the Marine Mammal Center's hospital on the Big Island.
The pup named Sole is in stable condition at the Ke Kai Ola facility in Kailua-Kona after it was rescued last week.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Macadamia nut production and farm value in Hawaii increased during the 2017-18 season, according to figures from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
First quilt museum in Hawaii opens in Kona
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The only Hawaiian quilt museum in the state is officially open for business.
West Hawaii Today reports the Kona Hawaiian Quilt Museum and Gallery opened Saturday, two years after museum founder Karen Barry started with the concept in 2016.
The museum displays nearly 60 Hawaiian quilts, some more than 100 years old. There are also pieces available for sale.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim is hoping the county will be able to back out of an ongoing land purchase that was started before the land was made worthless by lava inundation.
The county was looking to purchase a $2.7 million Vacationland parcel owned by a politically connected family to gain ocean access, Kim said.