Water Board approves rate hike

Big Island households will see a water rate increase beginning Jan. 1, but the approximately 8% hike in the basic rate is expected to be tempered by a decrease in the power cost charge in the near future.

Kailua-Kona company wins HIplan award

Mermaid Mushrooms, a Kailua-Kona company developing a business producing gourmet mushrooms for local consumption, was awarded the $25,000 HIplan 2020 Grand Prize on Saturday.

County almost halfway through coronavirus relief money

Hawaii County spent almost half of its $80 million federal coronavirus relief money in the first seven months of the program, and with three months to go before the money has to be spent or returned, Mayor Harry Kim is confident returning it won’t be an option.

Puakea Ranch expansion approved

A special permit to expand the uses of a historical ranch near Hawi was approved Thursday on a 6-0 vote by the Leeward Planning Commission.