Bus hubbub: New interim administrator, big changes in the works

  • A Polynesian Adventure Tours shuttle substitutes a Hele-On bus Tuesday on the Hele-On intra-Kona route headed toward a stop at Kona Community Hospital. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Hawaii County bought these smaller buses earlier this year. The four new 25-passenger buses are currently getting only limited use as social distancing rules allow for only seven passengers at a time. (Hawaii County/Courtesy photo)

Mayor Mitch Roth’s administration has officially ruled out land owned by a politically connected Pahoa resident as the site for a bus hub, overturning steps taken by the previous administration.