Ka‘u brush fire burns 3,500 acres

Firefighters battling a brush fire that scorched thousands of acres in Ka‘u this weekend managed to save dozens of horses and cattle from the flames.

Virus prompts more changes for Big Island courts

In-person hearings have been discontinued in Hawaii Island courts and criminal jury trials have been postponed through Nov. 13, per an emergency order issued by Third Circuit Chief Judge Robert D.S. Kim.

Hawaii Supreme Court hears case on legality of foreign fishing labor

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments Friday on the legality of issuing licenses to foreign workers in Hawaii’s longline commercial fishing fleet, which for years has been under scrutiny after an Associated Press investigation revealed claims of human trafficking and questionable labor practices.

State unveils metrics for school reopening

There is still no set reopening date for classrooms in Hawaii, but the state health and education departments on Thursday provided metrics for how they plan to handle instruction based on the COVID-19 infection rate on each island.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, liberal lioness of the Supreme Court, dies

WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who championed women’s rights — first as a trailblazing civil rights attorney who methodically chipped away at discriminatory practices, then as the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, and finally as an unlikely pop culture icon — has died at her home in the nation’s capital.