The prosecutor in the murder trial of a man accused of the fatal stabbing of his mother three years ago in lower Puna told jurors that the defendant, Sean Rutledge, “made good on his threats” to kill her, while the defense attorney said witnesses saw “the real killer” and the real killer was not Sean Rutledge.
On Sept. 30, 1878, the S.S. Priscilla, a three-masted wooden sailing ship, arrived in Honolulu Harbor from Funchal, Madeira, after 116 days at sea. The Priscilla, a German barque, carried precious cargo — Hawaii’s first Portuguese immigrant families, who came to work on the sugar plantations as contract laborers.
A decision on a whether there will be a special session of the state Legislature to consider disaster relief funding appropriation, especially for Puna communities impacted by lava from Kilauea volcano’s lower East Rift Zone eruption, needs to be made soon.
Damage to county facilities from the flooding late last month caused by torrential downpours from Hurricane Lane totaled about $20 million, Managing Director Wil Okabe said Thursday.
The National Park Service has acquired a 1,952-acre oceanfront property in Ka‘u from a Florida real estate developer.
A 40-year-old Hilo man accused of making a threat of gun violence Monday on the University of Hawaii at Hilo campus said he’s being “followed by satellites” and made other bizarre statements Wednesday during his initial court appearance.