Hawaii Island

Reports from Sherry Bracken

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A Hawaii man has been charged with the death of an acclaimed artist who was found beaten near his home on the Big Island.

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Governments in every county across the state are cutting back on plastic. On Hawaii Island, the county is no longer recycling plastic, and that’s where one woman has turned a problem into a business.

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The National Park Service has announced an increase in visitor entrance fees at Haleakala National Park on Maui and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. The two parks are among the national parks across the country rolling out higher fees to help pay for infrastructure and maintenance.

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Updated: Dec. 6, 9:19 a.m.

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim says he’s concerned about the safety of protesters at Mauna Kea after the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Big Island summits. The notice is posted until at least 6 p.m. Friday afternoon. 

 

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HILO — Hawaii state officials have announced plans to expand the Big Island’s only jail by adding a new $12.8 million medium-security building amid concerns about overcrowding.

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HILO — A highway that was cut off by lava flow from an eruption on Hawaii’s Big Island has reopened, officials said.

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HILO — The state of Hawaii received a $6.5 million grant from a federal transportation agency to purchase new buses for Kauai and Hawaii Island, agency officials said.

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KAILUA-KONA — The Hawaii County Council has become the first local government in the state to ban the use of herbicides on public property, officials said.

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The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents on Wednesday approved the latest draft of rules governing activities on Mauna Kea and a resolution that calls for a plan to improve management of the mountain.

 

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A Hawaii landowner has decided not to go forward with a satellite launch facility.

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There are several Native Hawaiian Chambers of Commerce in the State.  The island with the largest population of Native Hawaiians — the Big Island — is now joining by forming its own Native Hawaiian Chamber.  

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Federal geologists are examining samples of water from a growing pond in a Hawaii volcano's crater.

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Starting Wednesday, Hawaii County will no longer accept some traditionally recyclable materials at its collection sites. The change comes as global market forces roil the recycling industry.

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KAILUA-KONA — The Hawaii Police Department plans to have officers outfitted with body cameras early next year, officials said.

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KAILUA-KONA — Nearly 10% of tsunami warning sirens on Hawaii Island were found to be inoperable during a recent test, officials said.

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The state’s commitment to remove five existing telescopes on Mauna Kea to build the Thirty-Meter Telescope remains part of the effort to resolve the protest on the mountain. But most of these telescopes are still operating and even TMT opponents see the value of keeping them online until their lease expires.

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Hawaii Island has a new courthouse in Kona. It’s been a long wait — and the state’s chief justice was on hand for the opening.

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Hawaii’s only geothermal power plant is still on track to resume operations before the end of the year. Puna Geothermal Venture has been shuttered since the 2018 Kilauea volcanic eruption.

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HILO — As a short-term rental application deadline nears, some owners are shutting down their Hawaii rental properties, a report said.

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According to federal figures, most businesses in the country are small businesses. On Hawaii Island, about four out of five businesses have fewer than 20 employees. But small businesses often need some assistance to succeed. And that's where an entrepreneur from Kona is helping. 

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A helicopter pilot flying over Kilauea recently found something unusual. There was water in the main crater, and that discovery has sparked a lot of questions.

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A lot has changed in astronomy since Hawaiʻi astronomer Doug Simons began his career more than 30 ago. And a lot has changed on the mountain. Now he’s working to ensure the next generation has the same opportunities that he had. 

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Macadamia nuts are one of Hawaii’s most valuable agricultural products. This year’s harvest is estimated at more than 42 million dollars,  a 22 percent decline from the previous year.

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Hawaii Island has more public charter schools than any other island in the state. Most charter schools do not get funding from the state for physical facilities. But as the new school year gets underway, students and faculty at one Big Island charter school are looking forward to getting brand new facilities. And in this case, those are paid for by the state.

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HONOLULU — Federal officials are expected to meet with Kīlauea disaster aid recipients who have been told to return the relief funds, a report said.

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One consistent challenge across all islands in the state is drug abuse. Treatment centers are in short supply and opioid abuse has been on the rise. But local law enforcement officials agree with a finding from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency last year that a particularly severe problem for Hawaiʻi remains crystal methamphetamine.

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Mauna Loa Volcano last erupted in 1984.  Since then, it’s had some restless times, but for the past year, has been at the normal, lowest, alert level. But recently things have been changing. 

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A panel of Big Island business leaders recently talked about challenges and transitions across multiple industries. One of the key sectors: the hospitality business.

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In discussions about homelessness in Hawai’i, much of the attention is often focused on O’ahu. But it’s a statewide issue — with different situations on each island. That includes Hawai’i Island.

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When you think of elections in 2020, you might think first of the presidential election. But there are others — including a number of important county races across the islands. One of them is Hawaii County — where the mayor’s race is drawing interest from someone who’s already a public official.

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