WHEA graduates Class of 2022

West Hawaii Explorations Academy graduated the Class of 2022 during a commencement exercise Friday morning at the Kailua-Kona school.

Council takes first stab at budget

Hawaii County Council members seem to prefer a cautious approach to county spending, despite a budget windfall that has Mayor Mitch Roth proposing a $779.7 million spending plan, a 27.8% increase over the current year.

UH regents OK amendments to Maunakea plan

The University of Hawaii’s Board of Regents on Thursday approved a supplement to UH’s management plan for Maunakea, despite potentially losing jurisdiction over the mountain before the end of the decade.

Kona man found guilty of unlawful imprisonment of a minor

A verdict was rendered Wednesday for 48-year-old South Kona man charged with first-degree unlawful imprisonment and persistent nonsupport in connection to allegations of keeping a minor under the age of 16 chained to a floor after an April bench trial.

Sniffing out COVID

Three Hawaii Island public charter schools have a new tool for detecting COVID-19 on campus — an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois named Cobra.

QNHCH nurses ratify contract

Nurses at Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital have voted to ratify a new contract, averting a possible strike at the Waimea facility.

Keiki booster shots could begin soon

Booster shots for keiki ages 5-11 could be coming to the Big Island as early as next week, pending approval by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.