Hawaii Island News, Sunday, 22 April 2018

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Here are today’s top Hawaii Island news stories from the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, published in Hilo, Hawaii.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

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$300K allocated for rat lungworm research at UH-Hilo

The state Legislature announced Friday that a $300,000 allocation will be made in the state budget to fund rat lungworm disease research at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

State briefs for April 22

Former officer pleads guilty to witness tampering

Airbnb hits record Merrie Monarch high

KAILUA-KONA — This year’s 55th annual Merrie Monarch Festival drew a surge of visitors to the Big Island using the home sharing website Airbnb.

Hawaii National Guard unit to deploy to Afghanistan

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii National Guard unit will be deploying to Afghanistan — the first of about 1,000 guardsmen from the state that will be sent to the Middle East and Europe over the next year.

Dialed in on Earth Day: Schools participating in phone book recycling contest

In observance of Earth Day today, students on the Big Island are competing to see who can help the environment more by collecting and recycling outdated phone books.

Council committee to hear vacation rental bill

It’s now the public’s turn to weigh in on the vacation rental issue.

Evictions planned at iconic church

Thirteen families living on Mauna Ziona Church property in North Kona are likely to be evicted in the coming weeks, more than two years after the property was purchased at county tax auction by the Free Church of Tonga-Kona.

Glenwood Park restrooms to remain closed as precaution

Hawaii County park administrators say they are keeping the Glenwood Park restrooms closed at least until next week following the theft of a catchment cover because they are concerned about the water being contaminated.

Puna aviation noise bill fails to pass committee

Puna residents hoping for regulation of helicopter tours headed to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will have to settle for resolutions instead.

Software problems hold up building permits

Hawaii County has not been accepting new building permit applications since Monday due to a software snafu.

Hawaii Innovation Center tenants squeezed out

Nine tenants at the downtown Hawaii Innovation Center need to relocate by this summer because the University of Hawaii at Hilo is moving university-affiliated programs into the building.

Small-business matters: ‘Tips, insight and data’ shared during luncheon, expo in Hilo

Growing up in Hakalau, Duane Kurisu can’t remember a single house in his neighborhood that wasn’t “swept and mopped clean and tidy,” or a yard where the grass wasn’t cut.

Man charged in connection with slew of break-ins

KAILUA-KONA — A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft and burglary charges in connection to a slew of break-ins at businesses and a residence within the past week, police confirmed Friday.

Man suspected of demanding money from Hawaii flood victims

LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — Hawaii authorities have arrested a man suspected of demanding money from people who needed help during severe flooding on Kauai island.

Police: Beware of ‘spoofing’ scam

Police say a “spoofing scam” is currently targeting the Big Island. By definition, “spoofing” is receiving a call from the 808 area code designed to make you believe it’s a local call, when in fact the call is automatically generated from elsewhere.

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts

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