Retreat expansion headed to contested case hearing
A proposal to more than double the number of rooms at a North Kohala retreat is headed to a contested case hearing after three neighbors successfully petitioned the Leeward Planning Commission.
Renovation planned for Kona hotel
The iconic Kona Bay Hotel in Kailua Village is set for a multi-million renovation and rebranding.
Hospital operating at capacity but COVID, RSV and the flu aren’t to blame
Kona Community Hospital is running at or near capacity daily — but COVID, RSV and the flu aren’t to blame.
Judge reduces bail for drug bust suspects
Two men are due back in court later this month to enter pleas to a slew of drug offenses filed after a search warrant earlier this month on a vehicle turned up ounces of fentanyl, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.
Saving ʻiʻiwi: Feds propose critical habitat for threatened bird
Nearly a quarter million acres on Hawaii Island are proposed to be designated as critical habitat for the federally threatened ‘i‘iwi, or scarlet honeycreeper.
Brazen heist: Stolen truck used in theft of ATM from Kona gas station
Two thieves were caught on video using a stolen government vehicle and tow harness to make off with an ATM early Sunday from a gas station in Kailua Village.
Back in play: West Hawaii golf subsidy program returns
Hawaii County’s subsidized golf program continues in 2023 at two West Hawaii locations.
Change of Heart pilot program ends after just $300 diverted from panhandlers
A Hawaii County pilot program to divert spare change from panhandlers to nonprofits is coming to an end.
Got a bucket? Speed up the composting process with bokashi
It’s no secret that the key to healthy plants is healthy soil, and the best way to improve soil is by incorporating compost, which can take up to a year to make.
Winter walloping: Strong cold front brings heavy rains, thunderstorms to Big Island
Severe thunderstorms packing torrential rain and even hail walloped areas of the Big Island on Monday as a strong cold front moved over the Aloha State.
Parker Ranch sued over 2021 fire
A group of Hawaiian Homestead leaseholders is suing Parker Ranch for losses suffered as a result of a 2021 fire ignited by work on the private ranch’s land that ultimately grew to become the largest wildland fire in state history.
Mormon Church plans expansion, renovation of Kona Hawaii Temple
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is moving forward with plans to renovate and expand its Kona temple.
Parole board sets new minimum term for ex-cop who murdered wife
A former Hawaii Police Department officer imprisoned since fatally shooting his wife in 2002 will spend at least nine more years behind bars before becoming eligible for parole under a new minimum term set by the Hawaii Paroling Authority.
Mauna Loa eruption: Two of three lava fingers appear to have stalled; third remains near 10,000-foot elevation
Pride of Hawaii: Konawaena Wildcats football team gets a grand homecoming after winning school’s first state championship
The Konawaena Wildcats received a grand homecoming Sunday morning, just hours after the undefeated BIIF champs shut down the Waipahu Marauders to bring home the school’s first state football title.
‘The kids deserve this’
The Leeward Steelers Pop Warner Youth Football and Cheer teams are headed to the mainland this week to represent Kona on the big stage.
Auger-Aliassime leads Canada past Italy into Davis Cup final
MÁLAGA, Spain — Felix Auger-Aliassime led Canada to its second ever Davis Cup final after winning both his singles and doubles rubbers in a 2-1 fightback over Italy on Saturday.
Kealakehe Elementary School students makahiki
“Lonoikamakahiki! Lonoikamakahiki!” reverberated along the Kona shoreline Thursday morning as dozens of children chanted for Lono, the Hawaiian god of fertility, agriculture and peace, to join them in makahiki festivities.
Armed robbery suspect makes initial appearance
A Kona District Court judge Monday maintained bail at $1.455 million for a Kailua-Kona man facing two dozen charges stemming from an alleged armed robbery that was followed by a car crash and the man reportedly shooting at a police officer.
Judge modifies sentence for ex-cop who murdered wife in ‘02
A new minimum term will be set for a former Hawaii Police Department officer behind bars since his January 2002 arrest for fatally shooting his 42-year-old wife in Waikoloa Village.