Welcome to the New Year’s Day edition of “Hawaii News Digest”–a Hawaii Island blog focusing on Hawaii State, Hawaii Island, West Hawaii, and Hawaii Sports News. Views expressed in this post are those of the reporters and correspondents. In today’s post, we examine some of the top West Hawaii News stories from “West Hawaii Today.”
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Happy 2019! It’s a new year to toast and taste with incredible international wine selections available throughout the island. Here are a few standouts that have crossed my palate recently.
KAILUA-KONA — Kona was bustling with activity with last-minute trips to the fireworks stands and stores as people made preparations to ring in 2019. Traditionally, the new year brings the New Year’s resolution — the recommitment to improve an aspect one’s life or a renewed hope that the next 12 months will be better than the last.
Kona Hongwanji held annual fundraiser on Sunday
— If you’re carrying a balance on a high interest credit card or are looking to make a big purchase in the coming months, it’s time to switch cards and save money.
HILO — The owner of the Hilo Farmers Market submitted plans last month for permanent canopies over the open-air market in an attempt to comply with the county’s fire, building and zoning codes.
Volunteers pick up trash along the highway in Hanalo
HILO — In the new year, motorcyclists in Hawaii might have their travel time reduced by a law that will designate the shoulders of some roads as traversable by motorcycle.
HILO — Seven people, including one wanted for robbery, were arrested Friday in Leilani Estates as part of a sweep aimed specifically at squatters illegally occupying residences in the lava-ravaged lower Puna subdivision.
Hawaii Island Police in the Puna District continued with enforcement efforts in the Leilani Estates area on Friday and arrested and charged seven people wanted for outstanding warrants, the department said in a press release.
HILO — The Hawaii County Council is being asked to add projects related to damage caused by recent disasters to the capital budget and accept funds for a recovery plan for Puna.
HILO — The partial closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park does not appear to be keeping tourists away from Volcano, to the relief of businesses that depend on them.