Bill to help reduce backlog of building permit applications deferred.
Views expressed in this Hawaii Island News summary are those of the reporters and correspondents. Accessed on 16 November 2022, 1348 UTC.
Content provided by email subscription to “Hawaii Tribune-Herald.”
Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.
Bill to help reduce backlog of building permit applications deferred
A bill that would temporarily suspend the requirement that the Department of Public Works review plans submitted for building permit applications was met with mixed reactions Tuesday.
Water Department contingency plans cleared by auditor
The Department of Water Supply has successfully addressed three issues identified in a 2020 audit that found the department lacked sufficient contingency plans to ensure the public had dependable access to water when equipment breaks down, the county auditor told the County Council inane Committee on Tuesday.
Course helps teachers spread the word about perils of rat lungworm
Rat lungworm experts like Franny Brewer of the Big Island Invasive Species Committee believe education and awareness are key in preventing the disease.
Lawsuit: Hawaii County, cops culpable in shooting death
Trial has been set in a civil lawsuit brought against Hawaii County, two Hawaii Police Department officers, and the man who allegedly shot and killed a 59-year-old Volcano resident in 2021.
Police: Missing child Kainoha Nowell found
UPDATE: Kainoha Nowell has been located in good health in Hilo. The Hawaii Police Department thanks the public for its assistance.
Armed robbery suspect makes initial appearance
A Kona District Court judge Monday maintained bail at $1.455 million for a Kailua-Kona man facing two dozen charges stemming from an alleged armed robbery that was followed by a car crash and the man reportedly shooting at a police officer.
Hawaii Radiologic Associates reopens after cyberattack
After experiencing a cyberattack on Oct. 20, Hawaii Radiologic Associates announced on Monday it is officially open with limited imaging services at its three Big Island locations.
Hilo election machine foils ballot tampering attempt
An apparent attempt to tamper with Hawaii’s election was foiled last week when a machine in the state’s Hilo counting center rejected 11 ballots bearing the same bar code, indicating they had probably been photocopied.
Food Basket hopes Turkey Trot fundraiser will help fill shelves
As a food shortage at Food Basket Hawaii continues into the holiday season, the return of the food bank’s Turkey Trot fundraiser after two years of COVID cancellations may help turn the tide.
Officials alarmed about uptick in traffic deaths
With the holiday season fast approaching, the Hawaii Department of Transportation expressed alarm Monday over the statewide number of fatalities on Hawaii’s roadways this year.
Council to vote on legislative priorities
Changes to special management area permit exemptions, county control over tobacco products and a younger retirement age for police are among nine priorities Hawaii’s four counties plan to present to the state Legislature.
October was mostly dry on the windward side
October is officially the start of the wet season for most Hawaii locations — especially windward locations — but one might not know that based on the National Weather Services’ official rainfall totals.
Remote undersea volcano likely erupting in Pacific Ocean
HONOLULU — A volcano is likely erupting deep beneath the Pacific Ocean in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, but scientists don’t know for sure because it’s so inaccessible.
Laupahoehoe ramp restoration a county priority
After a decade of disrepair, the Laupahoehoe Boat Ramp soon could be restored.
Documentary shares stories of rat lungworm patients
Esperanza “Espie” Hilton, a 25-year nurse at Hilo Medical Center, started experiencing headaches back in 2015.
Portuguese center groundbreaking slated for Saturday
Groundbreaking for the Hawaii Island Portuguese Chamber of Commerce Cultural and Educational is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday.
County bills would reduce requirements for director positions
Hawaii County’s hiring criteria for directors of the departments of Public Works and Environmental Management could be loosened by a pair of bills to be discussed at County Council committee meetings this week.
Green: ‘I’m incredibly honored’: Only one Hawaii Island precinct favored Aiona
The Big Island was the best island for Gov.-elect Josh Green, delivering the largest percentage of its votes and helping propel the former Kona Democrat to the state’s highest office with a solid victory over his Republican opponent, James “Duke” Aiona.
Ceremony honors veterans
About 100 U.S. military veterans, their families and supporters gathered Friday at East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 1 in Hilo to celebrate Veterans Day in a ceremony presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3830 in Pahoa.
820 seek lava buyouts: Final application phase for county’s Kilauea disaster recovery program closes
More than 800 victims of the 2018 Kilauea eruption are hoping Hawaii County will buy their properties after the final application phase for the Voluntary Housing Buyout Program ended last month.
For the latest Hawaii Island, West Hawaii, Hawaii State, and Hawaii Sports News, please check the blog sidebar and links. Thanks for joining us today.