Crowds gather on Maunakea prior to TMT project start

PUU HULUHULU — With less than 24 hours before the Maunakea summit access road was expected to close in anticipation of the start of construction on the Thirty Meter Telescope, hundreds gathered here over the weekend offering oli, mele and prayers as part of a peaceful yet determined demonstration at the base of Maunakea.

FilAm serves up support

KEAUHOU — Using tennis, authentic Filipino food, raffles and impressive sponsors, FilAm Tennis Hawaii once again served up its fun-filled charity tennis tournament.

Home sales down but prices up

HILO — Home sales continue to lag behind last year’s sales on the Big Island, while home prices remain ahead — although the gap for both is shrinking.

State waiting on feds to start review for Saddle Road extension

KAILUA-KONA — The Department of Land and Natural Resources said Thursday that the State Historic Preservation Division has yet to receive word from the federal government that would allow it to move forward with its review for the proposed Saddle Road extension project.

Comments on police? Call in

KAILUA-KONA — The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies will be visiting Hawaii Island as part of re-accreditation process for the Hawaii Police Department.

Maui fires mostly contained

HONOLULU — The Maui Fire Department continued battling two large brush fires with water drops from helicopters just shortly after sunrise today.

Sex assault case turned over to Honolulu

KAILUA-KONA — Honolulu prosecutors are now handling the case of an 18-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a 78-year-old woman last month at a county campground in South Kohala.

Ag theft bills become law

HILO — Legislation recently signed by Gov. David Ige aims to address agricultural theft and vandalism on Hawaii Island and Maui.

So-called ‘sound cannon’ weapon draws concerns

HILO — Gov. David Ige said Wednesday concerns expressed in a Tuesday letter by the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii that a long-range acoustic device will be used as a “sound cannon” against Thirty Meter Telescope protesters on Maunakea is based on “a lot of misinformation on that equipment.”