Brewing Controversy

KAILUA-KONA — The arrival of a new player in the Kona coffee game has stirred more than milk and sugar into the region’s proverbial drink.

Homeless Villages bill dies

KAILUA-KONA — A bill to fund two Big Island homeless villages died in the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Tuesday after clearing its first two committees.

West Hawaii residents chime in on proposed GET hike

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim and Finance Director Deanna Sako fielded questions and heard statements Tuesday night from West Hawaii residents sharing their voices on a proposal to raise the county’s general excise tax by one-half percent.

Homeless Villages proposal up against deadline

KAILUA-KONA — An African proverb contends raising a child “takes a village.” Hawaii County contends in a new bill moving through the state House of Representatives that the same concept must be applied to address the Big Island’s homelessness crisis.

Schatz pushes for federal control of missile threat alert systems

KAILUA-KONA — Gov. David Ige and the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency have assured the public that its newly implemented emergency protocols should guard against a repeat of the false missile alert that sent waves of terror and confusion rippling out across the islands in January.

Legislating labels

KAILUA-KONA — The Kona Coffee Farmers Association is seeing red — KonaRed, in fact.