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.