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Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Preventing the Next Foster Care Disaster--Bills Mandate Court-Appointed Attorneys for Biological Parents
By Andrew Walden @ 3:36 AM :: 352 Views :: Hawaii County , Family

... Could Fabian’s death have been prevented if the biological parents had an attorney to investigate the fitness of these foster parents prior to Fabian’s placement? ....

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Schweitzer Exonerated of Dana Ireland Murder After 25 Years
By News Release @ 12:34 AM :: 341 Views :: Hawaii County , Law Enforcement, Police

... REALLY OBVIOUS QUESTION: Will Hawaii County Police or Prosecutor now search federal databases for a match to the DNA from 'Unknown Male #1'? ....

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Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Applicants Sought for Hawaiʻi Elections Commission
By News Release @ 10:32 PM :: 571 Views :: Hawaii County , Office of Elections

... to fill the unexpired term of William Dean (County of Hawaiʻi) that will expire on June 30, 2024 ....

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Saturday, January 7, 2023
Optimism About Astronomy on Mauna Kea
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 PM :: 719 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

“...A year ago I would have been pessimistic….”  …but … Recent developments make John O’Meara “optimistic about astronomy on Mauna Kea whether or not TMT is part of it....”

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Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Applicants Sought for District Family and/or District Court of the Third Circuit (Hawaii Island) Per Diem Judges
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 836 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary

... Applications for consideration should be submitted by February 01, 2023 .... 

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Saturday, December 17, 2022
Why We Left Hawaii: Police Misconduct Threatens My Wife and Daughter
By Andrew Walden @ 9:37 PM :: 4786 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Police

... building contractor Chris Kagawa lived on the Big Island his entire life until he was forced to relocate to the mainland in June, 2022 due to the actions of the Hawaii County PD ....

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Thursday, December 15, 2022
DoI Announces Avian Malaria Plan for Maui, Big Island
By News Release @ 5:49 PM :: 785 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Environment

... Haleakalā National Park is the first site where novel mosquito control technologies will be implemented. Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park will follow in subsequent years ....

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Friday, December 9, 2022
Law Of The Lava - Who Owns New "Accreted" Land?
By Robert Thomas @ 10:08 PM :: 957 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

... who owns "accreted" lava ....

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Hawaii County Police Chief Finalists Named
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 873 Views :: Hawaii County , Police

... 1 Hawaii Co, 1 Kauai Co, 1 HPD, 1 FBI ....

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Friday, December 2, 2022
Hilo Housing Cost Half of Statewide Median
By Selected News Articles @ 10:01 PM :: 852 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii Statistics

... in Hilo, the typical home is worth $341,500 - compared to the typical home in Hawaii, which is worth $636,400 ....

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Thursday, December 1, 2022
Hawaii County Rules Make it Easy to Build Mansions
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:42 PM :: 967 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

... Ever wonder why so many mansions are being built on Hawaii Island? It’s because they don’t involve a lot of red tape or public opposition ....

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022
VIDEO: Mauna Loa Erupts, Flow Aims for Saddle Road
By Video @ 8:43 PM :: 2367 Views :: Hawaii County

... Mauna Loa eruption live cam from USGS ....

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Hawaii County PD Sergeants Start Wearing Body Cameras
By News Release @ 2:00 AM :: 506 Views :: Hawaii County , Police

... starting Thursday, December 1, 2022, 40 patrol sergeants will be outfitted with Body Worn Cameras (BWC) in all districts across the island ....

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Friday, November 25, 2022
Third Circuit (Hawaii Island) Seeking Applicants for Independent Grand Jury Counsel
By News Release @ 1:15 PM :: 768 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary

... Article I, Section 11 of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii establishes that whenever a grand jury is impaneled an independent counsel shall be appointed, as provided by law, to advise the members of the grand jury regarding matters brought before it ....

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022
'Low Wind Resources': Another Conservation Alert for Big Island
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 784 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

... wind resources are forecast to be lower than usual and electricity demand has been unusually high since last week due to humid weather ....

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Friday, November 18, 2022
Lack of Wind Threatens Rolling Blackouts on Big Island (again)
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 1169 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

... wind resources are forecast to be lower than usual ....

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Monday, November 7, 2022
Hawaii County could use ‘Konno’ exceptions to address permit backlog
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:26 AM :: 853 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Labor

... “Konno” has a provision that has an exemption for special or unique services that are essential to the public and cannot be filled by civil servants ....

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Saturday, November 5, 2022
Hawaii Supreme Court: Hawaii MDs Eligible for Enhanced Medicaid Payments
By Andrew Walden @ 9:00 PM :: 1637 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care

...  the Hawaii Department of Human Services spent seven years litigating against an honest doctor in Hilo.  They lost ....

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Friday, October 21, 2022
EPA ordering closure of three illegal cesspools
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 795 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Small Business

... two illegal large capacity cesspools at the Wailuku Professional Plaza in Hilo and one cesspool at the SKS Management LLC self-storage business in Kailua-Kona .... 

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Friday, October 21, 2022
Two Nights in a Row -- Lack of Wind Threatens Rolling Blackouts for Big Island
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 1536 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

... but, on the bright side, the lack of wind will save bats' lives ....

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Saturday, October 1, 2022
Hawaii County Bill 220 - Gun Carry Ban in “Sensitive Places”
By News Release @ 6:39 PM :: 1219 Views :: Hawaii County , Second Amendment

... hearing October 4th, 2022 at 9am ....

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Friday, September 30, 2022
Concealed Carry: Blangiardi Proposes New Gun Regulations
By News Release @ 3:14 AM :: 1209 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Second Amendment

... it creates a default rule for private businesses and charitable organizations, to make it clear that the property owner gets to decide whether firearms are allowed on the premises ....

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Monday, September 12, 2022
Ige Names Eight to Mauna Kea Stewardship Authority
By News Release @ 11:18 PM :: 1446 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

“...I want to thank these individuals for stepping forward. Through this new stewardship model, I believe we can find a way for science and culture to coexist on Mauna Kea in a mutually beneficial way,” said Gov. Ige....

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Friday, September 2, 2022
Legislature Paves Way for Issuance of SPRBs for Carbon Credits – Or Does It?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:46 PM :: 1544 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Ethics, Agriculture, Development

... there is a line item for renting four 480-square-foot units from the Four Seasons for nearly $300,000 a year ....

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Friday, September 2, 2022
HECO's Idea of 'Good News' -- Oahu Electric Bills to go up 4%
By News Release @ 12:43 AM :: 1133 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Maui County, Energy, Cost of Living

... This is an improvement over the earlier forecast that projected bills would increase 7% or about $15 after the coal plant ends operations, which is scheduled for today ....

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Monday, August 29, 2022
HECO Warns of Rolling Blackouts on Big Island
By News Release @ 11:41 PM :: 1262 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Energy

... If rolling outages are necessary, Hawaiian Electric will send out a Tweet.  That's the plan ....

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Hawaii County Police Update Permitting Process for License to Carry Firearms
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 1201 Views :: Hawaii County , Second Amendment

... revised permitting process for license to carry concealed and unconcealed firearms as a result of the July 23, 2022, Supreme Court of the United States decision ....

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022
​How to reduce permit delays for Hawaii homebuilding
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:55 AM :: 2196 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Small Business

... in Hawaii County, residential permits take about 143 days to issue. In Honolulu, it’s 108 days for residential projects and 432 days for commercial projects over $1 million ....

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Public Hearings re TMT All this Week
By Samuel Wilder King II @ 7:19 PM :: 1274 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... The National Science Foundation (NSF) has begun the TMT environmental impact statement process.  Right now they are holding public hearings ....

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Thursday, August 4, 2022
Deconstruction of Maunakea telescope set to begin
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 1130 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... The deconstruction phase of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) on University of Hawaiʻi-managed lands on the summit of Maunakea is on track to begin before summer ends and be completed by the end of the year ....

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Thursday, July 28, 2022
State Extends Deadline for Applicants for Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Authority
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 1831 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... Applicant deadline extended to August 8, 2022 ....

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Monday, July 25, 2022
Four Charged in Big Island Affordable Housing Corruption Scheme
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 1947 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development

... the indictment alleges Rudo solicited and accepted multiple bribes and kickbacks from Sulla, Zamber and Budhabhatti ....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022
National Science Foundation to Launch EIS Process for Mauna Kea Telescope
By News Release @ 6:02 PM :: 1324 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... We invite you to review this Draft CEP and provide any comments you may have by the end of the day on September 17, 2022 ....

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Friday, July 15, 2022
We are one step closer to TMT!
By Samuel Wilder King II @ 9:57 PM :: 1753 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... The National Science Foundation will be starting the environmental review process for TMT on Mauna Kea on Tuesday next week ....

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Monday, July 11, 2022
Three Former Hawaii Correctional Officers Convicted of Assaulting Inmate and Attempting Cover Up
By News Release @ 5:45 PM :: 1111 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Law Enforcement

... Over the course of two minutes, the defendants punched and kicked the inmate in the head and body while he was lying face-down in a pool of his own blood. The inmate suffered a broken nose, jaw and eye socket ....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022
He Owned the Land for Just a Day, But Received 212 Credits from County
By Selected News Articles @ 10:21 PM :: 3361 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, Land Use, Tax Credits

“...Rajesh Budhabhatti is a subject of a public corruption/wire fraud case....”

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Friday, June 17, 2022
'Reef Friendly' Sunscreens Caught Lying About SPF Protection
By News Release @ 5:15 AM :: 2621 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Greenmail

... All the mineral-based products we tested failed SPF or UVA tests - and shockingly several products failed on both counts ....

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Thursday, June 16, 2022
Four Big Island Residents Sentenced to Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1198 Views :: Hawaii County , Drugs

... Gouveia was previously sentenced by the Court in 2005 to ten years imprisonment for attempted possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine ....

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Sunday, June 5, 2022
HB2024: UH Outlines Mauna Kea Leases to be Abandoned
By News Release @ 7:41 AM :: 1400 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... HB2024 HD1 SD2 CD1 assumes that UH Real Property Agreements become property owned and controlled by the MKSOA by legislative directive ....

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Saturday, June 4, 2022
TMT Telescope Abandons Part of Building Permit
By News Release @ 10:38 AM :: 1668 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... DOH received a Notice of Cessation from the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Observatory for its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit ....

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Friday, June 3, 2022
Eleven Years Later: Bridge Aina Lea Affordable Housing Developer Loses Lawsuit
By News Release @ 6:49 AM :: 1379 Views :: Hawaii County , Development

... this is what happens if you try to build affordable housing in Hawaii ....

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Monday, May 30, 2022
Auē! All four counties are planning spending sprees
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:30 PM :: 1442 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Taxes

... Hawaii’s gross domestic product is down by 4.43% since 2019, yet even as the economy suffers, all four counties seem determined to spend like crazy ....

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022
UH Board of Regents approves updated Maunakea Comprehensive Management Plan
By News Release @ 3:44 AM :: 1396 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... “The University of Hawaiʻi would still be responsible to care for Maunakea under that bill until 2028,” said Lassner, noting that the measure could still be vetoed ....

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Thursday, May 5, 2022
UH to Pause Work on Mauna Kea Master Lease
By News Release @ 6:55 PM :: 1450 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... HB2024 CD1 makes it clear that the new Authority will be responsible for deciding if there will be more or less astronomy on Maunakea than the nine observatories allowed under the current UH Master Plan ....

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Thursday, May 5, 2022
DLNR: Mauna Kea Bill Dangerous, Unconstitutional
By News Release @ 6:44 PM :: 1401 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... HB2024 CD1 leaves significant gaps that could result in worse management of Mauna Kea’s natural and cultural resources ....

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022
OHA Trustees Reject Maunakea Bill
By Selected News Articles @ 3:29 AM :: 1570 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... an appraisal must be taken to set the commercial value of the lease and to ensure that the lease rent is set to ensure the highest return to the State and to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs ....

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Full Text: Conference Committee Issues Proposed Draft to Create Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Authority
By News Release @ 5:43 AM :: 1637 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... This afternoon, the legislative conference committee on House Bill (HB) 2024, Relating to Mauna Kea, issued a proposed conference draft (CD 1) ....

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Thursday, April 21, 2022
Jury Convicts Katherine Kealoha's Drug-Dealing Brother
By News Release @ 4:42 AM :: 1657 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Ethics, Drugs

... Federal Jury Convicts Big Island Pain Doctor Rudolph B. Puana of Conspiracy and Distribution of Oxycodone and Fentanyl ....

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Saturday, April 9, 2022
Army invites public comments on draft EIS for Pōhakuloa Training Area
By News Release @ 7:34 PM :: 1390 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Military

... Draft EIS 60-day public comment period April 8 through June 7, 2022 ....

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Saturday, April 2, 2022
Maui Council unanimously approves resolution seeking Jones Act waiver -- Hawaii County Next?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:47 PM :: 1639 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Jones Act

... Hawaii County Council member Matt Kanealii-Kleinfelder said today he also is planning to introduce a resolution soon seeking a Hawaii waiver from the Jones Act .... 

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