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.

Ready for voting by mail?

Hawaii County Clerk Jon Henricks told state legislators Wednesday that the county will have a high-speed ballot sorting machine by February, which he said will give Hawaii Island elections workers “plenty of time” to prepare for the new voting-by-mail system that will be in place for the 2020 primary and general elections.

Honoring the legacies of those who served

The ranking full-time National Guard member on Hawaii Island told about 100 people during a Veterans Day ceremony Monday in Hilo that leaders have an obligation to honor with dignity the legacies of those who served, both living and dead.

Remaining Bade defendants plead guilty

All four former employees of a Hilo physician raided by authorities in October 2018 for overprescription and illegal distribution of opioid prescription painkillers and other narcotics have pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in the case.

Stolen park fence recovered

The county’s Department of Parks and Recreation caught a break after discovering Monday thieves had stolen the top rail and more than 100 feet of chain-link fence from the baseball field at Hawaiian Beaches Park in Pahoa.

Piilani’s appeal now in judge’s hands

An attorney representing a company appealing the county’s denial of a Special Management Area permit to drill for and bottle water in Hilo argued in court Tuesday that the Windward Planning Commission’s decision was based on “speculation about things that could potentially happen.”

Aloha, Barry

As a businessman, community leader, volunteer and philanthropist, Barry Taniguchi led a life that touched thousands.

Trial starts for marijuana activist

A 62-year-old Mountain View man authorities say ran an unlicensed medical marijuana dispensary told potential jurors Wednesday he is being prosecuted for providing sick people with an “uninterrupted supply” of medical-grade cannabis for “compassionate use” — something he said the state failed to do when it passed a medical cannabis law in 2000.