“Mauna Loa begins to erupt: Ashfall advisory posted, shelters open in Ka’u, Kona.”
Views expressed in this West Hawaii News update are those of the reporters and correspondents. Accessed on 28 November 2022, 1415 UTC.
Content provided by “West Hawaii Today.” Full access requires subscription to “West Hawaii Today.” Article summaries are available for all readers.
Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.
Mauna Loa begins to erupt: Ashfall advisory posted, shelters open in Ka‘u, Kona
Ige looks back on coronavirus, tourism shutdown
HONOLULU — As Hawaii’s governor, David Ige faced a volcanic eruption that destroyed 700 homes, protests blocking construction of a cutting-edge multibillion-dollar telescope and a false alert about an incoming ballistic missile. During the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism shut down and Hawaii’s unemployment rate soared to 22.4%.
Pride of Hawaii: Konawaena Wildcats football team gets a grand homecoming after winning school’s first state championship
The Konawaena Wildcats received a grand homecoming Sunday morning, just hours after the undefeated BIIF champs shut down the Waipahu Marauders to bring home the school’s first state football title.
$14.4M bond funding approved for Kaloko Heights affordable housing
The county could be posting the paperwork as early as this week to sell $14.4 million in bonds to provide sewer service to a 100-unit affordable housing project at Kaloko Heights.
Forecaster: Stay prepared despite another mild hurricane season
For the third consecutive year, Hawaii experienced a milder-than-average hurricane season. However, it’s not a record-setting year for the fewest named storms in the Central Pacific.
‘The kids deserve this’
The Leeward Steelers Pop Warner Youth Football and Cheer teams are headed to the mainland this week to represent Kona on the big stage.
Rental regulations: New rules — and fees — proposed for hosted and non-hosted transient rentals
A proposed revamp of the county’s vacation rental law includes registration — for the first time — of hosted accommodations and new regulations and fees for both hosted and non-hosted rentals.
Hawaii gun permit ruling sides with ‘homesick’ Navy officer
HONOLULU — A U.S. Navy officer stationed in Hawaii cannot be denied a firearms permit solely because he sought counseling for feeling depressed and homesick, a federal judge ruled.
Let’s go Wildcats!
The Konawaena High School Wildcats received a spirited send off Friday as the football team headed to Oahu to take on the Waipahu Marauders in the state championship.
GET petition effort finds support
A petition urging the state Legislature to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax, or GET, has collected more than 1,100 signatures, according to Joe Kent, vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.
Keauhou Canoe Club and WHEA partner to inspire students
Hawaiian culture, fitness and fun are shared through the sport of outrigger canoe paddling in a unique educational partnership between Keauhou Canoe Club and West Hawaii Explorations Academy.
Feds sentence Hilo man for COVID fraud scam
A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a Hilo man to 42 months in prison for a COVID-19 fraud scam.
Big Island reports 128 new COVID cases
Hawaii Island reported 128 new COVID-19 cases and one new coronavirus-related death between Nov. 15 and Monday.
Top cop search down to five
The number of candidates in the running to become Hawaii County’s top cop is down to five.
Public input sought regarding tourism
The Hawaii Tourism Authority is inviting Big Island residents to share their mana‘o about tourism next week.
Solar projects to benefit low- and moderate-income electric customers
A trio of solar projects slated for West Hawaii will be the first on Hawaii Island to offer Hawaiian Electric’s shared solar program.
County to partner with two ‘mentor’ cities to explore hydrogen energy opportunities
Hawaii County is partnering with cities in California and Japan to develop hydrogen energy technology as the state transitions toward carbon neutrality.
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.
Council will not discuss hiring bills until next year
A pair of proposed bills that would loosen Hawaii County’s hiring criteria for the directors of certain departments will not be discussed until next year.
For the latest West Hawaii, Hawaii Island, Hawaii State, and Hawaii Sports News, please check the “News Resources” link in the blog sidebar. Thanks for joining us today.
Russ Roberts (https://hawaiinewsdigest.net)