Hawaii County agencies, business groups, and police say there are no easy answers to homelessness on Hawaii Island.
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No easy fix
Hawaii County agencies, the police department and business associations all seem to be waiting for one another to propose solutions to alleviate complaints about the homeless on Hawaii Island.
Mauna Loa spews lava for first time since 1984; flows headed in ‘best possible direction’
Officials and residents are cautiously optimistic that Mauna Loa’s first eruption in nearly 40 years will be minimally disruptive.
Mauna Loa eruption: Two of three lava fingers appear to have stalled; third remains near 10,000-foot elevation
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.