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Practice makes perfect: First responders train for humpback whale disentanglements
A dozen or more times each season humpback whales are spotted entangled in fishing gear or marine debris while in their principal breeding and calving grounds within the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and nearby waters.
Hilo man accused of forcibly raping woman
A 33-year-old Hilo man has been charged with forcibly raping a woman after she refused to have sex with him.
A new state agency has begun the process of eventually taking over management of Maunakea’s summit area.
Burned body that of one-time award-winning coffee farmer
A 59-year-old homeless woman police say burned to death Jan. 2 in a large banyan tree on Banyan Drive in Hilo was, in better times, an award-winning coffee farmer.
Hawaii stops prosecuting elders who protested telescope
HONOLULU — Hawaii’s new attorney general said Tuesday more than two dozen elders won’t be subject to another round of prosecutions for blocking a road three years ago to prevent the construction of a new telescope on a mountain summit many Native Hawaiians consider sacred.
Coffee hit by ‘perfect storm’
If you love a good cup of Kona coffee, be prepared to pay more for it in 2023 — that is, if you can find it.
County to open application process for rental assistance program
Applications for a state-funded rental assistance program will open next week for the first time in five years.
Hilo siren taken offline after 2 false alarms
An emergency siren on Kanoelehua Avenue in Hilo has been taken offline after a malfunction caused it to sound twice on Monday.
Trial again set in 2009 homicide of rodeo rider
On Monday, Patricia Wong pleaded not guilty for a second time to charges relating to the 2009 shooting death of Kaycee Smith.
BLNR to consider bag limit increases for feral pigs
New hunting regulations that would double the amount of feral pigs a hunter could take each day in certain Puna forest reserves will once again be considered by the state Board of Land and Natural Resources Friday.
Waimea man crrested for threatening police officer
A 31-year-old Waimea man released on bail for recent fireworks and drug offenses, was recently charged threatening a Hawaii Police Department officer.
Man killed in Honokaa crash
A 77-year-old man died in a single-vehicle crash Friday afternoon in Honokaa.
Judge reduces bail for drug bust suspects
Two men are due back in court later this month to enter pleas to a slew of drug offenses filed after a search warrant earlier this month on a vehicle turned up ounces of fentanyl, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.
Institute seeks to erect satellite array in Ka‘u
A Taiwanese science institute is once again seeking to build a small satellite receiver array in Ka‘u.
Annual Point-In-Time Count slated Jan. 23 to 27
The annual Point-In-Time Count will take place later this month on the Big Island with volunteers and advocates working to provide a snapshot of all those experiencing homelessness in the community.
Inspectors assess Mauna Loa damage
State and federal emergency management workers on Thursday inspected damage caused by the recent Mauna Loa eruption.
Puna man charged with attempted murder for Christmas Day incident
A Christmas morning confrontation in Leilani Estates ended without physical injuries despite two shotgun blasts and an intentional auto collision, according to court document filed by police.
Man who leaped to death off bridge political candidate, co-writer of famous song
The 71-year-old Hilo man who jumped to his death Wednesday from the Puueo Bridge in downtown Hilo was a colorful character who pulled off an upset win in the GOP primary election for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District in 2012 — while homeless — and co-wrote one of Hawaii’s most beloved songs.
Two indicted in 2009 murder of Kaycee Smith
A Hilo grand jury late last month indicted a 60-year-old Naalehu woman and a 55-year-old Ocean View man for the shooting death of a 21-year-old Puna woman more than 13 years ago.
Saving ʻiʻiwi: Feds propose critical habitat for threatened bird
Nearly a quarter million acres on Hawaii Island are proposed to be designated as critical habitat for the federally threatened ‘i‘iwi, or scarlet honeycreeper.