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Some of the winners and their wares from last year's 15th annual Hilo Culinary Classic. Courtesy photo.

Culinary Arts Classic Set for April 4

March 24th, 2014

The renowned event held by the Hawaii Community College Culinary Arts Program provides food for both the palate and the eye.

Sgt. James Correa, left, and Capt. Darwin Okinaka, right, accept their honors last week. Courtesy photo.

Correa, Okinaka Honored for Service to Community

March 24th, 2014

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaii last week issued its awards for police officer and firefighter of the year.

2014 Hawaii State Spelling Bee winner Christianne Abella of Konawaena Middle School. Courtesy photo. Konawaena Middle School Student Wins State Spelling Bee March 24th, 2014 · No Comments · Featured Articles, News, West Hawaii News

Christianne Abella is the second student from the Kealakekua school to win the statewide competition in the past three years.

This sign at the top of the Waipio Valley Road only hints at the steepness of the valley access. At places the slope reportedly reaches a white-knuckle 39 degrees. Photo courtesy Brian Baldwin. Flooding Closes Waipio Valley Road March 24th, 2014 · No Comments · News, North Hawaii News

More than 8 inches of rainfall over the past day has resulted in the closing of the valley’s steep access road to all but local residents.

The Hilo-based US Coast Guard Kiska assisted in the rescue of kayakers in distress Sunday. USCG photo. More Kayakers Rescued Off Kohala Coastline March 24th, 2014 · No Comments · Featured Articles, News, West Hawaii News

Strong northeasterly winds and offshore currents resulted in the second rescue of kayakers in less than a week.

Google Maps image (click map to enlarge). UPDATE: Pahoa-Kapoho Road Reopened to Traffic March 24th, 2014 · No Comments · East Hawaii News, Featured Articles, News

The road was closed near Nanawale Estates early this morning by a fallen tree and downed power lines.

Christopher Perkins. HPD photo. Man Charged in Burglaries in Hilo, Kona March 21st, 2014 · 4 Comments · East Hawaii News, News, West Hawaii News

Initially arrested for marijuana but later charged with 30 offenses connected with burglaries, Christopher Perkins was being held on $334,000 bail.

County Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida, left, and Hawaii County Council Chairman J Yoshimoto, right, have been nominated for candidates for a District Court judgeship. File photos. Ashida, Yoshimoto Among Candidates for District Court Judgeship March 21st, 2014 · 7 Comments · East Hawaii News, Featured Articles, News, North Hawaii News, West Hawaii News

The county’s corporation counsel and the chairman of the Hawaii County Council are among six nominees from the Judicial Selection Commission.

The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers in West Hawaii. Courtesy photo. ‘Hats Off’ Saturday for Donations to Red Cross March 21st, 2014 · No Comments · East Hawaii News, Featured Articles, News

First-responders and other volunteers will be passing their hats at the Hilo Walmart and KTA Puainako stores.

Eli Evans holding his daughter, Jasmine prior to their disappearance in January. HPD photo. Missing Man, Infant Daughter Located Safe March 21st, 2014 · No Comments · East Hawaii News, News, North Hawaii News, West Hawaii News

The estranged husband had taken his daughter from home of relatives for a trip to Kona, but was not heard from until the following month.

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