Kaohimaunu found not guilty of murder

After a three-week trial, a jury of seven women and five men on Friday found 40-year-old Kalani Lono Kaohimaunu not guilty of second-degree murder for the Thanksgiving 2015 shotgun slaying of 39-year-old Keola Penovaroff in Hilo.

Fate of alleged killer now in the hands of jurors

The prosecution’s closing arguments in the murder trial of Kalani Kaohimaunu went as expected — with Deputy Prosecutor Joseph Lee saying Venus Mitchell recognized Kaohimaunu as the man who fatally shot her boyfriend, Keola Penovaroff, on Thanksgiving Day 2015.

Hilo murder case heads to the jury today

The maternal uncle of a man accused of a fatal shooting on Nov. 26, 2015, said Wednesday his nephew was at a Thanksgiving party the uncle hosted at his Kalapana home and couldn’t have been in Hilo when the shooting took place.

Cruise ship COVID reporting program ending

The recent discontinuation of a program by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that tracked COVID-19 cases aboard cruise ships and reported findings to the public has no effect on how state agencies deal with the virus on cruise ships.

Housing case broadens: Two Hilo attorneys, Pahoa businessman charged

Federal court documents outlining charges against two Hilo attorneys and a Pahoa businessman claim the trio, and a county official who has already pleaded to wrongdoing, fraudulently obtained almost $11 million in land and affordable housing credits over a six-year-plus period — without building any affordable housing.

Seismic activity at seamount subsides

A spike in seismic activity detected last weekend beneath Kama‘ehuakanaloa seamount — an undersea volcano south of Hawaii Island formerly known as Lo‘ihi — had subsided as of Thursday.