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Hawaii Island keiki participated in the Hawaii Youth Rodeo Ohana in Honokaa on Saturday.

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Extension of lease for Hilo mall in question

A 40-year lease extension sought by Prince Kuhio Plaza is in a legal quagmire between the state and federal governments, and most who testified last week at the Hawaiian Homes Commission’s monthly meeting opposed extending the lease for almost 39 acres of homestead land.

Kona man fit to stand trial for sex assault of student

A 21-year-old Kona man indicted in 2019 for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor on the grounds of a South Kona public school and subsequently indicted in connection with two later, unrelated sex assaults was found fit to stand trial after spending over two years at the Hawaii State Hospital.

USS Daniel Inouye anchors in Kailua Bay

The USS Daniel Inouye dropped anchor Friday in Kailua Bay. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer of the U.S. Navy is named after the late-Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. The vessel will remain in Kailua Bay through Sunday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Bring fall color to your garden with flowering plants and trees

The weather is a bit crazy now. Temperatures remain warm but things are about to change. Fall has officially arrived in the northern hemisphere since the sun has moved south of the equator. The autumnal equinox for us is spring for those south of the equator. As the sun moves further from us, days are shorter and plants tend to slow their growth.

Planning commission OKs zoning time extension bill

The Leeward Planning Commission on Thursday agreed with a bill requiring County Council authorization of time extensions to zoning ordinances, a measure that would replace the current practice of administrative time extensions approved by the Planning Department.

New fire code on hold

A bill updating the county fire code was temporarily set aside Wednesday to allow officials time to figure out a way to make an important component of the code compatible with the county’s online EPIC building permit system.

Water main break impacts water service in Puako

Customers along Puako Beach Drive will experience no or intermittent water service while Hawaii County Department of Water Supply crews work to repair two water main breaks. Repairs are underway and estimated to be completed within 6 to 8 hours.

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