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Thursday, February 15, 2024
Rabbi Sues Hawaii County Over Mounting Fines for Hosting Small Religious Gatherings in His Home
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 935 Views :: Hawaii County , First Amendment

... Lawsuit seeks relief from growing fines of $40,000+ and end to harassment leveled against Rabbi Levi Gerlitzky by county officials for using home for religious gatherings ....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Big Island: Low Winds Lead to Rolling Blackouts
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 749 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

... Wind resources are forecast to be zero ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Proposed STR regulations pose threat to Hawaii Island economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:39 PM :: 1244 Views :: Hawaii County , Economy, Small Business, Tourism

“...30% respondents reported that if there was not a home and vacation rental option during their recent stay in Hawaii, they would not have made the trip....”

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Kona Airport Runway Cracks Force Shutdown
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 957 Views :: Hawaii County , Tourism

... HDOT is also working with contractors to mill and resurface a 10’ X 10’ area. Expected completion of the resurfacing, which will allow the runway to reopen, is prior to first light Tuesday, Jan. 16 ....

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024
​Hawaii Isle property tax bill could penalize owners with ohana units
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:45 AM :: 1152 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Cost of Living

... they often foot the bill for property tax increases in the form of higher rent ....

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Friday, December 22, 2023
Long-term rental tax relief should include mixed-use properties
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1113 Views :: Hawaii County , Taxes

... a new real property tax classification specifically for long-term rental properties ....

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Monday, December 18, 2023
Drugs Behind 50% of Traffic Fatalities
By News Release @ 2:45 PM :: 1151 Views :: Hawaii County , Drugs

“...Drugs specifically played a role in 38 of the 76 traffic deaths on island in the past three years....”

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Saturday, December 16, 2023
Big Island: Gun License Denial Leads to Lawsuit
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 1384 Views :: Hawaii County , Second Amendment

... The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of Hawaii's firearm permitting scheme, arguing that it grants law enforcement officials too much discretion ....

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Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Coast Guard Orders Port of Hilo Shut Down -- Then Reopened
By News Release @ 5:05 PM :: 1736 Views :: Hawaii County , Jones Act

...the fire hydrant near the Young Brothers area was connected to a 1920s-era water tower as its water source but that the county had demobilized that tower....

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Hilo Police Detective Arrested for Perjury and Tampering With a Government Record
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 1157 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Police, Drugs

... Following his arrest, Brown was placed on leave without pay pending the outcome ....

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Friday, November 24, 2023
JSC seeks Nominees for Several Judicial Vacancies
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 1198 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Judiciary

... vacant judgeships on Oahu and Big island ....

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023
DOBOR: We Knew Surf School Bidding Was Rigged
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 1915 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Small Business

... After 'randomly' choosing four companies it turned out three of them are owned by the same person. ...

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Thursday, November 16, 2023
Water May Run Out due to Fire-Related Power Outages
By News Release @ 10:44 PM :: 1802 Views :: Hawaii County

"...an extended power outage could leave portions of DWS’ water systems empty and customers with no water...."

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Saturday, October 21, 2023
Defend Hawaii: Mainland Drug Dealer Starts Selling in Hilo, gets Busted Within Two Weeks
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 2003 Views :: Hawaii County , Police, Drugs

... look how very efficient the Hawaii County PD becomes when an outsider starts selling here ....

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Sunday, October 1, 2023
2A Victory: Hawaii County Concealed Carry Rules Rejected by Court
By Selected News Articles @ 6:30 AM :: 2000 Views :: Hawaii County , Second Amendment

... Hawaii County must use the same form as Honolulu ....

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Earthjustice Files Lawsuit to Clean Up Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant
By News Release @ 6:08 AM :: 1601 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment

.... treated sewage from the Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant flows into Honokōhau Harbor through groundwater ....

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Monday, September 18, 2023
Green Orders 24-Hour Bum Patrol at Uncle Billy's Hotel
By News Release @ 9:12 PM :: 1750 Views :: Hawaii County , Homelessness, Drugs

... Vegetation around the property has been cleared and a perimeter fence has been constructed. However, several breaches of the newly installed fence have already occurred ....

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023
County Councils Consider Property Tax Exemptions for Seniors, Homeowners
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:55 PM :: 2032 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Tax Credits

... Bills on the move: Honolulu, Hawaii County, Kauai County ....

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Thursday, August 31, 2023
Removal of Caltech Telescope from Maunakea is underway
By News Release @ 3:39 AM :: 1613 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... before and after photos ....

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Saturday, August 19, 2023
Hawai’i County Police Officer Arrested for Burglary and Assault
By News Release @ 2:36 AM :: 1959 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Police

... The arrest of Kaili stems from an incident reported early Tuesday morning at a residence in Naalehu, where two masked men reportedly entered the 20-year-old victim’s residence and assaulted him ....

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Thursday, August 17, 2023
Lahaina Fire too Hot to Handle? Attorney General to hire outside firm to review decision-making
By News Release @ 9:00 PM :: 2974 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County

... The decision not to conduct a criminal investigation is a key element of the strategy to protect HECO from the fate that befell PG&E after the Camp Fire ....

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Thursday, August 10, 2023
BLNR Reschedules Mauna Kea Telescope Hearing
By News Release @ 2:48 PM :: 2157 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, OHA

... The Board will hold oral arguments regarding the issues raised in the motion, responses, and replies on Friday, October 6, 2023, commencing at 1:00 p.m. ....

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Tuesday, August 8, 2023
DHHL Awards First-Ever 'Subsistence' Ag Lots
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 2267 Views :: Hawaii County , DHHL

... Subsistence agricultural lots are also slated for development in Honokōwai, Maui, Anahola, Kauaʻi and Honomū on Hawaiʻi Island ....

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Saturday, August 5, 2023
Fence to keep Homeless Drug Addicts and Criminals out of Uncle Billy's
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 2387 Views :: Hawaii County , Homelessness, Tourism

... While the Emergency Proclamation issued by Governor Josh Green, M.D., on July 18, removes and/or expedites some of the  regulatory processes associated with a project of this magnitude it does not exempt a demolition contractor from securing material disposal certificates and other regulatory permits. A demolisher has not been chosen yet through the established procurement process. ...

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Green Emergency Order: Sweep Homeless Drug Addicts out of Uncle Billy's and Demolish Hotel
By News Release @ 3:52 AM :: 2261 Views :: Hawaii County , Homelessness, Tourism, Drugs

... The Hawaii Police Department has responded to 6,479 calls for service/incidents in the area from September, 2018, to April, 2023, with an estimated cost for responding to these calls ranges from $319,000 to $459,000 ....

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023
'Renewable' Gravy Train End of Line: After Decades, HECO Dumps 'Avoided Cost' Contracts
By News Release @ 12:19 PM :: 1990 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

... The four original contracts were negotiated in the 1990s and 2000s ... a typical residential customer using 500 kilowatts could see savings ranging from $9 to $13 per month ....

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Friday, April 28, 2023
Chancellor Solemsaas leaving Hawaiʻi Community College
By News Release @ 7:44 PM :: 2296 Views :: Hawaii County , Higher Education

... Solemsaas’ last day on campus is scheduled for June 30, 2023 ....

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Thursday, April 27, 2023
$18M to Keep Kona Hospital on Life Support
By News Release @ 8:21 PM :: 2179 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care

... toward upgrades to infrastructure to mitigate the risk of the hospital's closure ....

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023
DLNR Chair Jumps in After Police Face off With Mob ... of Waikoloa Cat Feeders
By Video @ 6:49 PM :: 4387 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Police

... DLNR police taking on organized crime ....

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Sunday, April 9, 2023
Survey: Hawaii Residents Reject Soft-on-Crime Policies
By News Release @ 6:11 PM :: 2130 Views :: Hawaii County , Law Enforcement

"...A majority also support creation of new offenses criminalizing fraud and corruption by public officials and employees...."

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Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Reimagining Tourism: DLNR Police Sweep Bums out of Uncle Billy's Hotel--Again
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 1672 Views :: Hawaii County , Homelessness

... DLNR pays $9000/mo for ‘security’ at Uncle Billy’s and somehow can’t keep the bums out.  Obviously this raid is timed to support the DLNR’s request for $12.5M to demolish Uncle Billy’s.  First Rule of Bureaucracy: “Maintain the problem” ....

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Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Hawai‘i County seeking board, commission applicants to fill vacancies
By News Release @ 11:01 PM :: 1822 Views :: Hawaii County

... Volunteer members of these Boards and Commissions serve for staggered terms ranging from four to five years .... 

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Sue and Settle: 122,277 acres on Big Island to be 'critical habitat'
By Court House News @ 3:44 PM :: 1763 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment

... The perennial’s natural habitat happens to overlap with a military-owned training area ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Ban on short-term rentals won't help Hawaii County produce more homes
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 2006 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... Hawaii County already has some of the most restrictive housing regulations in the U.S. ....

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Friday, March 17, 2023
Hu Honua Decision Based on 'Right To A Life-Sustaining Climate'
By Selected News Articles @ 7:31 PM :: 1990 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment

... the PUC “understood its public interest-minded mission” and rightly considered the impact of the Hu Honua project on citizens’ “right to a clean and healthful environment” ....

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Friday, March 17, 2023
Oʻo Award for Digging out ‘Affordable’ Housing Scam
By News Release @ 6:30 PM :: 2161 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, First Amendment

... Tummons, in a series of articles, exposed questionable dealings in Hawaii Countyʻs Office of Housing and Community Development that ultimately led to an FBI investigation and guilty plea by former community development specialist Alan Scott Rudo to accepting almost $2 million in bribes from two Hilo attorneys and a businessman ....

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023
No Wind: Rolling blackouts impact more than 8K customers
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 2288 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

"... the lack of wind on a hot day caused both a higher use of air conditioning and a lack of wind-generated power ...."

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Friday, March 10, 2023
Smuggling Drugs into Jails--PSD Arrests Five
By News Release @ 6:36 AM :: 2808 Views :: Hawaii County , Law Enforcement, Drugs

... The investigations are ongoing, and more arrests are expected ....

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Thursday, March 9, 2023
Hawaii isle zoning review could lead to more housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:41 AM :: 1674 Views :: Hawaii County , Development

... effort underway to update the county’s zoning code ....

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Hawaii Man Indicted for Child Porn
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 1912 Views :: Hawaii County , Law Enforcement

... Hawaii Man Indicted for Traveling to Oregon to Sexually Abuse Two Children, Sharing Video Recordings of the Abuse Online ....

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Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Hawaii Meth Supplier Gets 24 Years for $5.5M COVID Fraud
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 2090 Views :: Hawaii County , Drugs, COVID-19

... L.A. Man Sentenced to More Than 24 Years in Prison for $5.5 Million COVID Jobless Benefits Scam, Tax Fraud and Drug Trafficking ....

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Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Shootout as FBI Raids 800-Person Cockfight--Four Arrested
By News Release @ 3:54 AM :: 3968 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, Law Enforcement, Drugs

... the 800-person cockfight was busted at Hokukano Ranch which is promoted as a Big Island film location ....

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Thursday, February 23, 2023
Audit: DHHL Traded 42 Affordable Housing Credits for a Fence
By Andrew Walden @ 8:53 PM :: 2966 Views :: Hawaii County , DHHL, Ethics

... Big Island lawyers facing the possibility of Federal Penitentiary after allegedly scamming Hawaii County Affordable Housing credits may have one question on their mind ....

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Monday, February 20, 2023
Zoning, planning reforms would help produce more Hawaii County housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:36 PM :: 2233 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

... How to ensure that zoning and building codes don’t undermine housing growth ....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Tour company sues Hawaii County for removing access to beach road
By Court House News @ 11:57 PM :: 1256 Views :: Hawaii County , Tourism

... Waipi'o Valley Road, now partially reopened, has been the subject of controversy since its February 2022 closure ....

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Friday, February 10, 2023
Lawsuit: Catholic Charities Approved Foster Care Home with Schizophrenic Child Molester
By Andrew Walden @ 8:29 PM :: 2596 Views :: Hawaii County , Family

... The girl was placed in foster care on or about July 31, 2017, then allegedly endured several months of sexual assault at the hands of two different adult male alleged perpetrators who were living in the house. Both have criminal records ....

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Saturday, February 4, 2023
After Fraudsters Jailed, Auditor Discovers Affordable Housing Program Has no Administrative Rules
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 2736 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, Cost of Living

... Decades of neglect in monitoring the program has left the department unable to evaluate its success ....

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Thursday, February 2, 2023
Proposed Short Term Rental Regs Could Harm Big Island Farmers, Economy.
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:19 PM :: 2053 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, Small Business, Tourism

... Some members of the Hawaii County Council are proposing tighter regulations on hosted short-term rentals ....

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Biomass plant appeals to Hawaii Supreme Court to begin operations
By Selected News Articles @ 2:53 PM :: 1778 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... greenhouse gas concerns, as well as the comparatively high cost of biomass electricity ....

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Monday, January 30, 2023
Judge Lifts West Hawaii Fishing Injunction
By News Release @ 6:16 PM :: 1488 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... the lifting of the injunction in the WHRFMA does not permit the immediate resumption of commercial aquarium fishing ....

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