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The number of candidates for Hawaii Island police chief is down to five.

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Flu, RSV cases on the rise

Virus season hit Hawaii early this year, with cases of flu and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, increasing in October and November.

Kaloko property in ‘zoning limbo’ gets another chance

A 21-acre Kaloko Drive parcel that had been approved for rezoning 24 years ago got a new lease on life recently, when the Leeward Planning Commission agreed to a five-year time extension for the new owners to complete the conditions of the rezoning.

Battling ROD from above

Drones with claws and chainsaws are flying over Big Island forests, thanks to the invention of a University of Hawaii professor.

‘We are doing our best’

The Hawaii County Police Commission met Thursday to address the selection of a new chief, but the panel isn’t any closer to choosing the new head of the island’s law enforcement following Paul Ferriera’s retirement on Sept. 1.

HPD officers undergo crisis training

About 20 Hawaii Police Department officers underwent a 40-hour training program in Hilo this past week aimed at de-escalating the potential for danger in encounters with people experiencing mental health or addiction problems.

Kealakehe Elementary School students makahiki

“Lonoikamakahiki! Lonoikamakahiki!” reverberated along the Kona shoreline Thursday morning as dozens of children chanted for Lono, the Hawaiian god of fertility, agriculture and peace, to join them in makahiki festivities.

Stopgap gun bill passes

The County Council on Wednesday passed a controversial bill limiting where people can carry guns on the Big Island.

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Russ Roberts


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