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HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii land officials have started to arrange a property exchange to aid construction of a multibillion-dollar rail transit line, but Native Hawaiians have raised concerns about the trade.
KAILUA-KONA A combination of above-average rainfall and vog-free skies appears to have set up Kona coffee farmers for a better season this year, but a couple challenges are cropping up.
August was a very wet month for the Kona coffee belt.
Mass Transit Administrator Brenda Carreira is asking the County Council to fast-track approval for a three-year contract for Hele-On bus service, although she doesnt plan to disclose the vendor or the contract amount until after the matter is approved.
WAILUKU, Maui (AP) County officials have recommended settling with environmental groups that sued over the use of injection wells.
Richard Basque, 84, of Hilo died Sept. 3 at home. Born in Hilo, he was a retired truck driver for the former Keaau Sugar, Hilo Coast Processing, Hamakua Sugar, and Kau Sugar companies and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 14) at House Hilo Assembly of God Church, 2282 Kanoelehua Ave. Celebration of life will at 11 a.m. Inurnment service noon Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Online condolences: homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by daughters, Deborah Mercado of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Kathleen Basque of Oklahoma, Donna Mae (Byron Sr.) Smith of Hilo and Mary (Andre) Randall of Menifee, Calif.; sons, Clifford (Mary) Basque of Oklahoma, Richard Maldonado, Anthony Tony Maldonado and Rodney Maldonado of Hilo; sisters, Lorinda Dolly Abis of Keaau, Leonora LaVoie of Hilo and June Hernkind of Washington; brother, Joe Basque of Oahu; sister-in-law, Rita Basque of Keaau; 26 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.
KAILUA-KONA A doctor who changed his mind about a mental evaluation for a man indicted on six counts of sexual assault involving a minor stalled proceedings for another two months.
According to court documents, video surveillance led to the arrest of a Honokaa couple in a four-month investigation of a break-in and truck theft that occurred in April.
Sherrie Miyuki Hokomoto Berido, 50, of Hilo died Aug. 28 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was an invoice clerk for Hilo Walmart and former sales associate for Kona Walmart. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Dodo Mortuary chapel. Memorial service at 6 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Hilton Berido of Hilo; son, Chance (Sharene) Berido of Waipahu, Oahu; daughters, Tiana (Colton) Wong and Kelcey (John) Figueroa of Hilo; mother, Pauline Hokomoto of Hilo; brother, Kevin Hokomoto of Hilo; five grandchildren; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Authorities are in the process this morning of tearing down an unpermitted structure along Daniel K. Inouye Highway near Puuhuluhulu.
KAILUA-KONA The family of a hiker who has been missing since Friday continues to search for the 27-year-old.
Tropical Storm Akoni has formed in the Central Pacific but is still a very disorganized storm, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu.