Ethics Board clears Richards on vacation rental bill

HILO — The county Board of Ethics made quick work Monday agreeing that Kohala Councilman Tim Richards doesn’t have a conflict of interest voting on a vacation rental bill, even though he and his wife operate a vacation rental themselves.

Kamehameha statue to get state help

HILO — The state plans to take over maintenance of the statue of King Kamehameha the Great, which has been cared for by a North Kohala community group since 1883.

Richards discloses vacation rental income

HILO — Kohala Councilman Tim Richards said he will recuse himself from voting on a bill regulating vacation rentals until the Board of Ethics clears him of a potential conflict of interest.

Mayor Harry Kim in stable condition

HILO — Mayor Harry Kim has been medevaced to Oahu after driving himself to the hospital early Thursday morning, Hawaii County officials confirmed Thursday morning.