Man makes home out of cave near protesters’ camp

While the borders of the Pu‘uhonua o Pu‘uhuluhulu are ever-changing, they do not extend to one of the more curious developments near the Maunakea Access Road: a partially-collapsed lava tube where one man has made a home.

Police: Flags on cars not a problem

KAILUA-KONA — The Hawaii Police Department has been upfront about its law enforcement efforts around the Maunakea protests since the demonstration began in July.

Obituaries for November 17

Richard Haruto Esaki, 84, of Kaneohe, Oahu, died Oct. 31. Born in Hilo, he was a retired civil engineer for the state Department of Transportation-Harbors Division. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary in Honolulu. Service at 10 a.m. No flowers. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Alice Nakaji Esaki of Kaneohe; son, Evan (Judy) Esaki of Kaneohe; daughter, Evelyn Esaki of Sammamish, Wash.; brother, Lloyd (Yukiko) Esaki of Pearl City, Oahu; sister, Ruth Miyahira of Hilo; three grandsons and a granddaughter. Arrangements by Hosoi Garden Mortuary.

Transcripts highlight Sondland’s role in pressuring Ukraine

WASHINGTON — Transcripts released Saturday in the impeachment inquiry show Ambassador Gordon Sondland playing a central role in President Donald Trump’s effort to push Ukraine to conduct political investigations as a condition for receiving needed military aid.

Why the impeachment inquiry matters

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives started the public phase of the impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Donald Trump. That marks Nov. 13 as a somber day — the fourth time in our history that the House of Representatives has taken this step toward indicting and possibly removing a president.

Protests grip major Iran cities over gas prices; 1 killed

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Protesters angered by Iran raising government-set gasoline prices by 50% blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire, in violence that reportedly killed at least one person.

State reiterates call for everyone to stop vaping

A Big Island businessman whose stores sell vaping supplies said legitimate vape manufacturers and retailers are being scapegoated for a recent rash of lung injuries reportedly caused by the use of e-cigarettes or vaping products.

Ousted ambassador ‘shocked’ at Trump; he assails her anew

WASHINGTON — In chilling detail, ousted U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch described to Trump impeachment investigators Friday how she felt threatened upon learning President Donald Trump promised Ukraine’s leader she was “going to go through some things.”