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.

Public lewdness lands man in jail

KAILUA-KONA — A 64-year-old man was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Thursday for masturbating in broad daylight on a pathway leading to a popular keiki swimming spot earlier this month.

No special tax class for vacation rentals

There will be no special property tax classification for short-term vacation rentals under recommendations proposed by a panel tasked with revamping the county property tax code, but some people currently getting tax breaks for agriculture could take a hit.

Hilo baker exits Food Network show but lauds the experience

Maria Short, owner of Hilo’s Short N Sweet Bakery and Cafe — and one of 10 bakers competing for the $25,000 top prize on the sixth season of Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship” — was eliminated during the season’s second episode earlier this week.

Handicapped lifts vandalized at Hilo county pools

Pool chair lifts used by disabled people to access Kawamoto Swim Stadium and NAS Swimming Pool in Hilo are out of service until further notice because of vandalism, the county Department of Parks and Recreation said Thursday.

No HELCO rate hike for now

The state Public Utilities Commission has declined a proposed rate hike for Hawaiian Electric Light Co. customers — for now.