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HILO A fast-tracked bill to buy land owned by a distant relative of Puna Councilwoman Ashley Kierkiewicz is raising questions after her relationship was disclosed when the County Council was asked to approve a $1.45 million appropriation for the purchase and construction of a bus depot there.
KAILUA-KONA The West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery Association received a generous donation from the estate of Dr. Earl Bakken earlier this month.
HONOLULU Months of frustration on the part of Native Hawaiian activists at Maunakea, Kahuku and Waimanalo coalesced in a passionate rally at the state Capitol on Wednesday for the opening day of the 2020 Legislature, but key lawmakers said they were unclear about the rallys message.
HONOLULU Reports of a ghost net floating off the coast of Hawaii have mariners, pilots and residents on the lookout for the large array of netting that poses a threat to sea life.
HILO A $25 increase in vehicle registration fees to pay for removing abandoned vehicles, a charge to drive on certain roads during peak hours and a surcharge on ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are three of a largely transportation-related package the Hawaii Council of Mayors presented Wednesday to legislative money committees.
HONOLULU Lawmakers opened a new session of the Hawaii Legislature on Wednesday with vows to address the states punishingly high cost of living so families dont have to abandon the islands for cheaper places.
HONOLULU A person who was near a remote Kaui site where a tour helicopter crashed and killed seven people last month told investigators that visibility was only about 20 feet at the time because of fog and rain, according to a preliminary accident report released Wednesday.
HONOLULU A live mortar round was found in a vehicle at a gate to the sprawling Pearl Harbor military base, shutting down the base for hours and leading three people to be taken into custody, military officials said Wednesday.
HILO As the Hawaii Legislature gears up for the 2020 session, leaders from the state House and Senate, along with Gov. David Ige, announced on Tuesday a legislation package to tackle critical economic issues that have long-plagued Hawaiis residents: income inequality, affordable housing and early education.
HONOLULU The sprawling Pearl Harbor military base was shut down to incoming and outgoing traffic while a bomb squad investigated a car that appeared at the base without authorization to enter, the Navy said in a statement.
HILO Crews continued to work Tuesday to repair and clear the Maunakea Access Road, which has been closed to the public since Friday because of the first snowfall of the decade.
KAILUA-KONA Nearly 40 years after it began, the gathering has grown, but the message remains the same.
HILO Big Island Dairy has met all of the state Department of Healths enforcement actions to address the dairys water pollution violations that began two years ago, the DOH announced Monday.