Consultant hired to help fix EPIC

Hawaii County has hired a consultant to troubleshoot its building permit process in hopes of streamlining a critical government function analysts have called the most cumbersome in the nation.

Telecommunications issues in West Hawaii resolved

Update: Police said about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday that Hawaiian Telecom had successfully repaired its fiber line and that cell and landline phone service to the west side of the island is now fully restored.

Keauhou development on hold for cultural review

Developers of a planned 65-lot single home project on 11 acres in Kapalaalaea were given an extra assignment Thursday, as the Leeward Planning Commission deferred the oft-delayed project until an updated cultural impact assessment could be produced.

Big Island lawmakers react to campaign fundraiser ban

Coronavirus pandemic protocols, a bribery scandal and debate over a bill to make fundraisers illegal during the legislative session all combined this year to keep Big Island lawmakers from holding the Honolulu fundraisers that historically added big boosts to their reelection campaigns.

Leeward Planning Commission gives Bolton neighbors legal standing

A group of owners of homes surrounding a North Kona rock-crushing operation now have standing in a future contested case hearing over whether the work being done there exceeds what was allowed by a permit application that was subsequently withdrawn by the applicant.

Council wants details on homeless program

A skeptical council Finance Committee on Tuesday advanced a no-bid $10 a year lease for a homeless shelter in Kona’s Old Industrial Area after officials with the county Housing Office and the nonprofit holding the contract assured council members they would provide more details about the program at the final reading of the measure Aug. 3.

Council seeks answers about homeless program

The county Housing Office and representatives of an island nonprofit are being asked to justify programs at a Kailua-Kona homeless shelter after several West Hawaii council members balked at extending a lease arrangement for up to five more years.