Puna man charged with 9 sex offenses

KAILUA-KONA — A 37-year-old Puna man was charged Friday with nine sexual offenses in connection with a sexual assault reported in Hilo last week, authorities confirmed Monday.

Police seek public’s help locating 3 Puna men

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii Island police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating three Puna men who are wanted for outstanding bench warrants and for questioning in connection with numerous other crimes.

$300K allocated for rat lungworm research

HILO — The state Legislature announced Friday that a $300,000 allocation will be made in the state budget to fund rat lungworm disease research at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Attorneys for South Kohala developer seek $725K

KAILUA-KONA — Attorneys for a South Kohala developer are seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars for their work after recently prevailing over the state in a federal takings claim case.

IT CAME FROM SPACE

Students and enthusiasts alike gathered Friday at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center for a presentation by a University of Hawaii at Manoa astronomer about preventing asteroids from striking the Earth.