Upcoming lane closures as Kohala schools improve crosswalks

The Department of Public Works Highway Division has announced it will install three raised crosswalks in front of Kohala Elementary, Middle, and High Schools from June 17 to 21, causing lane closures.

Police investigating after body of 21-year-old is found in Volkswagen

The victim has been positively identified as 21-year-old Sachiko Myers of Ocean View.

Hawaiʻi Island police report 21 DUIs in one week

Hawaiʻi Island police provided an overview of the number of DUI arrests, major crashes, and fatal accidents this year, reporting 426 DUI arrests compared with 447 during the same period last year, a decrease of 4.7 percent.

 Hawaiʻi police lieutenant graduates from FBI National Academy

“Congratulations to Lieutenant Lewis on successfully completing the esteemed FBI National Academy. His hard work and commitment to excellence embody the high standards we strive for in Hawaii Police Department,” said Chief Benjamin Moszkowicz.

Police seek help with 2022 homicide case after finding decomposed body in Big Island residence

Hawai‘i Island police are seeking the publicʻs help with a 2022 murder case that involves the discovery of a decomposing body following a report of a foul odor coming from a residence.

Police seek missing Ka‘ū woman

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for 38-year-old Rachel Paul of Ka‘ū.

Hawai‘i Island police searching for man last seen in Hilo

Caleb Strayer, 29, is Caucasian, 5 feet 9 inches tall, and approximately 170 pounds.

Poll results: Legalizing cannabis gets most individual votes for what bills Hawai‘i lawmakers should have passed but didn’t

Senate Bills 3335 and 2487, relating to the legalization of recreational marijuana and expanding marijuana decriminalization, respectively, received 537 votes, or 43% of the total 1,236 cast.

CU Hawaiʻi donates$20,000 with a matching grant to support affordable housing initiatives

“These matching gifts will help our organization create more housing for those in our community who many times need the most help to become homeowners,” said HICDC Executive Director Keith Kato.

Department of the attorney general releases annual firearm registration statistics

Firearm registration activity increased dramatically over the course of the 24 years for which these data have been systematically compiled and reported.

Big Island Now poll No. 54: Which of these bills should the Hawaiʻi Legislature have passed this year but didn’t?

While there have been inroads made on some key issues during the 2024 state legislative session, several other measures being watched closely didn’t make the cut.

Big Island Now poll No. 53 results: Hawai‘i’s most important contribution to the world seems to be itself

No one choice received a majority of votes in our most recent monthly poll, but the option garnering the most was “All or a combination,” with 337, or 29% of the total vote.

AARP expert warns Hawaiʻi homeowners to beware of contractor fraud

“Disasters unfortunately attract crooked contractors,” said Greenwood, who spoke at AARP Hawai`i Fight Fraud Together seminars in Kona and Hilo this week.

Jury finds Kona man guilty of electronic enticement of a child and attempted promoting pornography for minors

During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Smith exchanged text messages and sent pictures of his genitals to an undercover police officer, whom Smith believed to be a 15 year-old girl.

Big Island police looking for missing ʻendangeredʻ Hilo man

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the communityʻs assistance in locating 86-year-old Michael “Jim” Clark, who has been reported missing.

Hawaiian Electric asking public to reduce electricity use to prevent outages

For the past several weeks, Hawaiian Electric has been asking customers to conserve electricity due to the unavailability of several large generators and cautioned that rolling outages might be needed if generation fell short of demand.

Police renew request for missing Pa‘auilo woman

Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information regarding 61-year-old Haunani Trask Gibson, of Pa‘auilo, who was reported missing in November 2023.  

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority launches dashboard to connect visitors with volunteer opportunities

“By integrating Kanu Hawai‘i’s system and their network of nonprofit organizations throughout the state, we are seamlessly connecting visitors with even more opportunities to improve our home for future generations,” said Daniel Nāho‘opi‘i, HTA’s interim president and CEO.

Big Island Now poll No. 53: What is Hawai‘i’s most important contribution to the world?

There Merrie Monarch Festival was recently named the top cultural festival in the United States in an online poll by USA Today’s 10Best. It’s just one of several examples during the past couple of years of the people, places, culture and things of Hawai‘i, including the Big Island, being nationally awarded or featured nationwide.

Hawaii County to hold free health fairs for National Public Heath Week

“The impacts of our public health providers are vital to the well-being of our residents,” said Mayor Mitch Roth in a statement. “It’s not just about treating illnesses; it’s about promoting wellness, preventing disease, and fostering a community where everyone can thrive. Our commitment to public health is a commitment to caring for each other and ensuring a healthier future for all.”
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