14 arrested for suspected DUI

Hawaii Police Department officers arrested 14 motorists for suspected drunken driving between June 13 and Sunday. Six of the drivers was involved in a traffic crash.

Senate confirms three judicial appointments

The state Senate voted Tuesday to confirm the Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald’s appointments of Jill M. Hasegawa and Joanna E. Sokolow to the District Family Court of the Third Circuit (Hawaii Island) and Gregory H. Meyers to the District Court of the Fifth Circuit (Kauai).

Sentencing delayed in Pohoiki shootout case

Sentencing was postponed Monday for a Pahoa man accused of the nonfatal shootings of two men during a gun battle almost five years ago at Pohoiki to allow him to testify for the prosecution, if need be, during trial in a companion case.

New succulent business growing in Waimea

Arriving in her new home in the Luala’i neighborhood in Waimea seven years ago, Iolani Fredericks and her family found a yard full of neglected succulents. She soon discovered a new passion as she cared for the succulents and found herself seeking new specimens to add to a thriving succulent garden.

Volcano Watch: A forgotten collapse of Halema‘uma‘u crater on June 5-7, 1916

Last month, a “Volcano Watch” article highlighted a lesser-known Mauna Loa eruption that ended May 31, 1916. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) staff had to make a quick turnaround a week later when Kilauea Volcano’s Halema‘uma‘u crater began to subside. A series of collapse events took place from June 5-7, 1916, and observers described it as one of the most spectacular occurrences they had ever witnessed at Kilauea.

Documents: Dispute over tequila led to stabbing

A 25-year-old woman told officers her refusal to give a bottle of tequila to an acquaintance she described as highly intoxicated led to the man stabbing her early Tuesday morning, according to court documents filed by police.

Police seek South Kona woman for questioning

Hawaii Island police are asking for the public’s assistance with locating 44-year-old Janeal McCullough of South Kona, who is wanted for questioning in connection with several financial criminal investigations.

Big Island Groove’s Blue Dragon debut

For the past few weeks, music has been making a slow but steady comeback at the Blue Dragon Tavern. The popular Kawaihae Harbor venue has been closed since 2020 and is re-establishing itself as an entertainment location, removing “restaurant” from its blue-painted exterior and offering cocktails. However, you can still get meals from a rotating list of island chefs who prepare in a food truck in the parking lot.

Wong joins Hawaii’s state arts agency

Allison Wong will join the team at the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) as Executive Director, effective Aug. 1. A leader in Hawaii’s arts community for over a decade, Wong has a passion for championing the power of culture and art to promote connection, enrich the human experience, and transform lives and communities.

La‘i‘opua 2020 celebrates Kona in a musical video

Celebrate the mele and hula of Kona on July 3 with the live launch of “Kona Mele,” a music video honoring Kona and the area’s celebrated practitioners of mele and hula. The event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Makaeo Pavilion at Old Kona Airport Park.