Commission favors plan to expand business park without new road

KAILUA-KONA — The Leeward Planning Commission on Thursday voted to send a favorable recommendation to the Hawaii County Council on a proposal to expand the space in which the West Hawaii Business Park could develop without triggering a requirement to build a new road in the area.

Eruption has little effect on turnout

Despite displacement of residents because of the Kilauea eruption, and longer wait times on election day, voter turnout in lower Puna saw little change during Saturday’s primary.

Jury selection underway in murder trial

Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of a 43-year-old man accused stabbing his mother to death almost three years ago in an area of lower Puna covered by lava from Kilauea volcano earlier this year.

Big Island prefers Hanabusa

The Big Island, especially West Hawaii and some areas in Puna, preferred U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa over incumbent Gov. David Ige in Saturday’s Democratic primary election.