End of an icon? Cafe 100 building put up for sale
Hilo’s historic “Home of the Loco Moco” likely is going on an indefinite hiatus.
National park releases draft air tour management plan
The National Park Service and Federal Aviation Administration on Monday released a draft Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) and an associated draft Environmental Assessment mandated by a 2000 law and ordered by a federal appeals judge in 2020 in response to a lawsuit by a community group.
Kona’s coffee belt gets an early wet season
April showers visited the Big Island, but they were far more plentiful in usually dry West Hawaii and in Ka‘u than they were in the windward areas of East Hawaii.
Central Fire Station operations to move as building plagued by mold, structural issues
The Hawaii Fire Department will move operations this summer from its Central Fire Station in downtown Hilo to a midtown building on Kilauea Avenue so the 90-year-old station can undergo long-overdue repairs.
Community mourns death of UH-Hilo student
Family, friends and fellow students are mourning a 19-year-old University of Hawaii at Hilo student who — apparently accidentally — fell to her death last month from the balcony of her sixth-floor apartment in Hilo.
Report: Hawaii likely to avoid mild downturn that is expected to hit mainland
Economists at the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization are predicting a mild recession for the continental U.S. later this year, but think that Hawaii — while affected — will keep its economic head above recessionary water.
County officials, union work to solve dispatcher shortage
Representatives of the Hawaii Government Employees Association met Tuesday with Hawaii Fire Chief Kazuo Todd and other members of Mayor Mitch Roth’s administration to come up with a plan to rectify a severe shortage of fire dispatchers.
Charges stack up for self-storage standoff suspect
An almost six-hour standoff between a 36-year-old Hilo man and police at a Kalanikoa Street self-storage facility was the culmination of an almost two-week crime spree, according to court documents filed by police.
Staffing shortage prompts move of Hawaii Fire’s dispatch center
“We look at it more as an exercise and an opportunity to work together and test our technology.”
‘He killed my mom’: Spouse of murder suspect files for TRO
The spouse of a 52-year-old Orchidland Estates man accused of the fatal slashing of his mother-in-law with what police describe as a large sword has filed a petition for a temporary restraining order against the murder suspect.
Sprawling UFC Gym BJ Penn set to open Saturday in Hilo
Grand opening for the brand-new UFC Gym BJ Penn in Hilo is set for 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
‘They get to be kids’: HPP couple has housed nearly two-dozen foster youths
Over the past three years, foster parents Michelle and Aaron Omerod have welcomed 21 youths into their Hawaiian Paradise Park home.
Volcano man faces drug charges
A 42-year-old Volcano man pleaded not guilty Monday to four drug-related felonies related to attempted distribution of methamphetamine.
Hilo-born author lands first novel on Oprah’s, Elle’s reading lists
Seldom has the first novel by an author from Hawaii been as eagerly anticipated as “Hula” by Jasmin ‘Iolani Hakes.
Leed wants public apology from Prince Kuhio Plaza
Notable singer Melveen Leed wants a public apology from management of Prince Kuhio Plaza for cutting off her impromptu performance at the mall’s craft fair earlier this month during the Merrie Monarch Festival.
Documents ID officers shot at in crime spree
Court documents identified the three Kona patrol officers police say were endangered by a Kailua-Kona couple apprehended Thursday in Volcano after an early morning crime spree culminated in a cross-island manhunt.
Green weighs in on feral cats: Governor sending DLNR chief to the Big Island following protest in Waikoloa
Gov. Josh Green said Monday he’s dispatching Department of Land and Natural Resources Director Dawn Chang to the Big Island today “to work out a peaceful solution” between DLNR, owners and mangers of the Queen’s Marketplace, and feral cat advocates who feed the felines behind the Waikoloa Beach shopping center.
Lawyers in Boy Scout shooting case express frustration
Lawyers for the family of an 11-year-old Boy Scout killed last August when an AK-47 semi-automatic rifle was accidentally discharged at a shooting range wrangled in court Friday with lawyers for the Boy Scouts of America and its Aloha Council.
Tally of homeless up nearly 20% in Hawaii County
The number of homeless people on Hawaii Island increased by almost one-fifth in a year, fueled by a sharp uptick in unsheltered individuals.
Volleyball legend, two-time Olympian Pete Velasco dies at 85
When Pedro “Pete” Velasco Jr. assisted coaches Eddie Kalima in volleyball and Larry Manliguis in basketball at Hilo High School in the mid-1990s, many probably had no idea he was a two-time Olympian.