Unpermitted gym gets more time to prove it’s safe

A gym that’s been operating without permits in an agricultural shed for almost two years got a reprieve Thursday on an after-the-fact permit after the Leeward Planning Commission asked for inspections.

Ethics Board retracts Van Pernis vote

Now that Mark Van Pernis is no longer a commissioner on the Leeward Planning Commission, the Board of Ethics on Monday retracted a prior finding that he violated the ethics code.

Low-income apartments approved for Kealakehe

A 111-unit subsidized rental apartment project is slated to be constructed on 5.4 acres near the intersection of Kealakaa and Uluaoa streets in Kealakehe, following unanimous approval last week by the County Council.

Sister City program survives pandemic

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has put pause to the customary travel among sister cities, but Hawaii County and local organizations have found workarounds to keep the relationships alive until officials can return to the skies.

Lowen to continue pushing producer responsibility

State Rep. Nicole Lowen said she’ll continue pursuing increased producer responsibility for the waste their products produce, despite the failure to get her colleagues’ support of a bill she sponsored this year.

County and Justice Department settle Hele-On ADA complaint

Disabled riders on Hawaii County’s Hele-On bus system should have an easier time of it following improvements made in a settlement agreement in response to an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.