Fire damages Hilo home

KAILUA-KONA — Fire officials are investigating the cause of a Sunday morning structure fire that damaged a two-story home in Hilo.

Bad blood in Puna: Ousted councilwoman cries foul

HILO — When the dust settled on the Hawaii County Council District 4 primary election race, the final returns showed a political newcomer winning a 20-point landslide as a result of what she called an “aloha-driven, clean, positive campaign” and the ousted incumbent saying it “was anything but that.”

Procession honors Hilo native Brian Hughes who died battling California blaze

HILO — Dozens of local and federal firefighters and other emergency responders gathered Sunday on the Hilo Bayfront to pay respect to a fallen brother — Brian Hughes, a Hilo native and captain of the Arrowhead Interagency Hotshots based in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks. Hughes died on the fire line July 29, two days shy of his 34th birthday.

Lane closures planned islandwide

KAILUA-KONA — Motorists should expect delays this week on Mamalahoa Highway in Ka‘u as the state Department of Transportation paves a section of roadway near Manuka.

Sirens to be tested Tuesday through Thursday

KAILUA-KONA — The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and Hawaii County Civil Defense will conduct siren testing starting Tuesday and continuing through Thursday at various locations on Hawaii Island

Kanuha wins Senate seat

KAILUA-KONA — Dru Kanuha defeated Brenda Ford in a hotly contested case Saturday for the Democratic nomination for the state’s 3rd Senate District.

David overcomes two challengers

HILO — Incumbent Councilwoman Maile David easily held her District 6 seat against two challengers Saturday, winning a third term without being forced to a runoff in the general election.