In Brief

  • Tony Dias

VA home loan seminar offered

VA home loan limits for Hawaii County have gone up to $679,650, an increase of $43,500 for 2018, thus increasing the purchasing power for veterans who want to purchase or refinance using their VA home loan benefit.


VA home loan specialist Tony Dias will host a free VA home loan seminar from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo.

Veterans can learn how to use their VA home loan benefit to purchase or refinance a home up to $679,650 with no money down and no private mortgage insurance or have more than one VA loan at a time.

Veterans also can learn how to refinance into a VA home loan from other loan programs to lower their monthly payments.

Refreshments and snacks will be served during the seminar. Space is limited. Preregister by calling 224-5767.

Rural South Hilo meeting scheduled

The Rural South Hilo Community Association will be hosting its general membership meeting from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Kula‘imano Community Center in Pepeekeo with a lineup of great significance of happenings in the area.

Scheduled to appear and on the agenda are Warren Lee of Hu Honua, Richard Ha of Lau Ola, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands staff with information about the Subsistence Ag Plan in Honomu, public officials, and a discussion of potential community actions from the pending Community Development Plan.

Also on the agenda will be a slate of officers for the term 2018-20. Come mingle with neighbors and “get in the know” of what’s going on in East Hawaii.

For more information, call 895-1907 or email

Hunting licenses, stamps available

Effective Friday, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources district and administrative offices will begin issuing hunting licenses and stamps for the new hunting season, July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

A valid hunting license is required for hunting on public and private lands. All game mammal hunting is regulated by Hawaii Administrative Rules Title 13, Chapter 123, and all game bird hunting is regulated by Hawaii Administrative Rules Title 13, Chapter 122 (visit “Administrative Rules” for all legal hunting days).


Hunters also can purchase their hunting licenses and stamps by credit card via the state of Hawaii website at

For more information, call the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Hilo office at 974-4221, Waimea office at 887-6063 or the DOFAW administration office in Honolulu at 587-0166.