Kim: Travis the right man for the job

Mayor Harry Kim thinks Gov. David Ige made the right call by appointing former Hawaii Island resident Thomas Travis to lead the beleaguered Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

One trip, 417 parks

HILO — The Big Island marked the 300th stop on one Nebraska native’s hopefully historic three-year odyssey across the country.

Petition seeks protection for cauliflower coral

KAILUA-KONA — Following a three-year stretch of the worst bleaching events in recorded history that decimated roughly half of Hawaii’s corals, one species nearly extinct across the islands may be about to receive an improved chance at new life.

Natural highs = best highs

In 2013, Kawika Singson decided he needed a new cover photo for his Facebook page. So the Honokaa native and extreme adventurer hiked to the active lava flow with his buddy to snap what he hoped would be a crowd-pleasing shot: a photo of his feet and tripod engulfed in flames.

Officer suspected of stealing drug evidence

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii County police released information about an investigation into missing drug evidence and identified a former police officer as a person of interest, but have no further comment.

A bigger piece of the TAT pie

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii Island Mayor Harry Kim was taken aback after he received a call Tuesday night from House Speaker Scott Saiki asking him to testify on a measure to increase Hawaii County’s share of the Transient Accommodations Tax by more than $12 million annually for at least the next dozen years.