Kai Eats and Drinks to open at former Bubba Gump space

KAILUA-KONA — Months after Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. closed its doors at Waterfront Row, the company behind Huggo’s and Lava Lava Beach Club is making plans to open a new restaurant there, bringing a new local restaurant to Kailua Village.

Torch Run raises funds for Special Olympics

KAILUA-KONA — With a torch held high, Special Olympics West Hawaii athlete Byron Pabre, joined by state law enforcement Torch Run director Tom Billins, led a group of volunteers, officers and athletes into Old Kona Airport Park Saturday morning to the sounds of cheers and applause from volunteers and spectators ready for the day’s event.

NHCH nurses, Queen’s in contract talks

KAILUA-KONA — As negotiations continue for a new contract between The Queen’s Health Systems and the nurses of North Hawaii Community Hospital, the president of the Hawaii Nurses Association says there are still some issues that need resolving, even as management is preparing to come back with its final offer.

Design commission clears Holiday Inn signage resolution

KAILUA-KONA — The Kailua Village Design Commission on Tuesday cleared a County Council resolution on signs for the local Holiday Inn Express and Suites, moving forward an application that turned 5 years old that day.

New distillery in Kailua-Kona prepares to kick off sales

KAILUA-KONA — From Hawaii Island honey to local sweet potatoes to Kona’s famous coffee, Dave Puckett — founder and owner of Big Island Distillers — finds inspiration for his new line of spirits in the bounty grown and produced right here on the island he calls home.

Residents speak out on possible road usage charge

KAILUA-KONA — While some residents say they could see how an idea for a road usage charge could work as a “revenue neutral replacement” for the existing state fuel tax that helps fund state road projects, not all of them are so confident in the state’s ability to manage such a switch.