The state’s DLNR will dig a “deep monitoring well to monitor groundwater conditions in Waimea.”
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‘Deep monitor well’ planned for Waimea
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources will dig a nearly 2,000-foot well to monitor groundwater conditions in Waimea.
Report: Native Hawaiians hit by missing and murdered scourge
A study released Wednesday found that Native Hawaiian women and girls “experience violence at rates disproportionate to their population size.”
Ethics complaints filed against two county planners
Two island residents have filed ethics complaints against Planning Department staffers, saying they were laughed at and disrespected when they opposed developments in Pepeekeo and Keaukaha.
HFD on target to meet budget
The Hawaii Fire Department remained on target to its annual budget as of November, just under halfway through the fiscal year.
Residents, officers speak up on next police chief
West Hawaii residents and police officers took to the mic Tuesday to offer their recommendations and critiques on the four finalists for Hawaii Island’s top cop.
HVO: Mauna Loa, Kilauea take a break at nearly the same time
Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes almost simultaneously have stopped erupting.
Finalist for police chief criticized for accepting free hotel stay worth $1,953
A retired Hawaii Police Department assistant chief said Tuesday that a major in the running for police chief and a captain who answers directly to her shouldn’t have accepted four nights in a Kailua-Kona hotel paid for by the Ironman Triathlon.
Alleged bank robber indicted
A Kona grand jury on Monday indicted a 52-year-old Pahoa man accused of robbing a Hilo bank on Dec. 6.
Waikoloa man hospitalized after apparent shark attack
A 68-year-old Waikoloa man was hospitalized Tuesday following a reported shark attack in waters off Anaehoomalu Bay.
Scientists declare 2 Hawaii volcanoes have stopped erupting
HONOLULU — U.S. scientists declared Tuesday that two active Hawaii volcanoes — one where lava destroyed hundreds of homes in 2018 and another where lava recently stalled before reaching a crucial Big Island highway — have stopped erupting.
Shark warning signs go up for 2nd time in a week following encounter off South Kohala
WAIKOLOA — For the second time in less than a week, Hawaii officials put up shark warning signs Tuesday after a man was apparently injured in a shark encounter.
Police chief finalists talk leadership, service
The public had its first opportunity Monday to testify about the four finalists to vying to become Hawaii County police chief and see them answer questions from the Police Commission in Hilo.
Bivalent boosters headed to Hawaii for keiki as young as 6 months old
The Hawaii Department of Health has ordered 9,200 doses of bivalent COVID-19 vaccination boosters for children as young as 6 months old, with 1,500 being shipped directly to Hawaii Island.
Kawānanakoa, ‘last Hawaiian princess’ dies at 96
HONOLULU — Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanakoa, the so-called last Hawaiian princess whose lineage included the royal family that once ruled the islands and an Irish businessman who became one of Hawaii’s largest landowners, died on Sunday. She was 96.
Board of Appeals rules against neighbors in short-term rental case
The county Board of Appeals has determined that laws governing state and county agriculture project districts don’t prohibit landowners from using their farm dwellings for short-term rentals, as long as they also live on the property.
Volunteers help remove trash from Saddle
Volunteers and members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I teamed up Friday to clean trash from the side of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway.
Scientists say eruption of Mauna Loa volcano continues to ease
HONOLULU — The eruption of the Mauna Loa volcano continues to ease, scientists said Sunday, reinforcing an earlier pronouncement that the mountain’s first flare-up in nearly 40 years might soon end.
Mormon Church plans expansion, renovation of Kona Hawaii Temple
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is moving forward with plans to renovate and expand its Kona temple.
Factory-built housing not quite a reality: Affordable housing options still working through the process
More than two years after the County Council passed building code revisions increasing bureaucratic hurdles for locally constructed factory-built housing, a project that would have mass-produced such housing has stalled, as the county Building Division works to streamline a process that regulates the new requirements.
Police search turns up more than 2 pounds of narcotics at home
A 69-year-old Hilo man facing drug and firearms charges after police found more than 2 pounds of narcotics in his home admitted ownership of the drugs, according to court documents filed by police.