Red Cross: Be prepared for any disaster

In light of Saturday’s false ballistic missile alert, the American Red Cross on Monday reminded Hawaii residents to remain prepared for any disaster, natural or man-made. Although the chances of a nuclear attack are low, the chances of a hurricane or tsunami striking Hawaii are significantly greater, and require similar preparations, said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO of the American Red Cross’ Hawaii chapter.

Mayor’s lobbyist will not need to register with the state

A state Ethics Commission attorney has cleared Mayor Harry Kim’s contracted lobbyist to perform his duties without registering as a lobbyist, according to county Corporation Counsel Joe Kamelamela. Kamelamela asked for the opinion after County Council members questioned why contracted employee Andy Levin wasn’t registered with the state as is required of lobbyists lobbying on behalf of third parties. Registered lobbyists are required to submit regular reports detailing how much they spend on lobbying activities.

Crews free entangled humpback whale near Maui

WAILUKU, Maui — A humpback whale spotted near Maui has been freed of braided line caught in its mouth. A joint statement from state and federal agencies says the entangled whale was freed on Friday.

2017 a robust year for Big Island real estate

The Big Island real estate market ended 2017 in a strong position after residential sales increased islandwide from 2016. Not only did the final quarter of 2017 see residential property sales on Hawaii Island rise slightly — from 2,307 in 2016 to 2,494 — the median residential sales price increased by about 6 percent to $350,000, according to listing service sales data.

Shin: Purchase of Hilo Lanes property could close ‘soon’

A Hilo businesswoman said she hopes to purchase Hilo Lanes soon, despite her ongoing lawsuit claiming its owners reneged on a 2015 agreement to sell her the long-vacant bowling alley and a countersuit Hilo Lanes filed in response. Lorraine Shin, owner of M.S. Petroleum Corp., said Monday that negotiations have led to “a meeting of the minds” among the parties.

Photo ID project finding success

Community members have helped identify “several thousand” faces, locations and events captured in images by the late Hilo photographer John Howard Pierce, Lyman Museum officials said this week.

Missile-alert mistake feeds doubts about a real emergency

HONOLULU — A blunder that caused more than a million people in Hawaii to fear that they were about to be struck by a nuclear missile fed skepticism Sunday about the government’s ability to keep them informed in a real emergency.