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Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi honors Officer, Firefighter of the Year for 2022

Selflessness, dedication and hard work. Those qualities and others are why the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi selected Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna Patrol Officer Michael Sailer as its Officer of the Year for 2022 and Hawai‘i Fire Department Capt. Jon Wayne Boteilho as its Firefighter of the Year for 2022. The two men were honored during a ceremony March 25 in Hilo.

35-year-old faces slew of charges stemming from 4-hour armed standoff in Aloha Estates

After conferring with the Hawai’i County prosecutor’s office Friday, detectives with the Hawai’i Police Department’s Area I Criminal Investigation Section charged 35-year-old Joseph Diego Soares with several offenses including first-degree reckless endangering, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and other firearms offenses.

Proposed changes to county Shared-Ride Taxi Program help some, hurt others

Community members who attended a public hearing March 24 about proposed changes to the Hele-On Shared-Ride Taxi Program left after 90 minutes frustrated, confused and even angry, with more questions than answers.

25-year-old sentenced to 20 years in prison for assault, robbery in Hilo

Cohlby Espaniola, 25 of Mountain View, was sentenced to a 20-year prison term in Hilo Circuit Court for a stabbing and robbery that occurred in 2018 at a residence on Leilani Street in Hilo.

Kīlauea eruption paused: ‘Mahalo Pele, and a hui hou (until we meet again)’

It’s been a little more than three weeks since the lava supply to the lake within Halema‘uma‘u crater at the summit of Kīlauea volcano on the Big Island ceased March 7 and the eruption paused.

Big Island police seek 15-year-old runaway Manao-Akamai Kaaihue

Mana‘o-Akamai Ka‘aihue was last seen at 11 p.m. Friday, March 24, on Mahi Ko Place in Hilo wearing a black shirt, denim pants and white sneakers. He is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 145 pounds, with black curly hair and brown eyes.

WATCH: Big Island family helps reunite kidnapped baby nēnē with its parents

Lilinoe Kahalepauole-Bustamonte and her husband helped law enforcement retrieve a nēnē gosling that was abducted from a Hilo state park in an onion bag and have it reunited with its parents.

U.S. Rep Jill Tokuda to hold first community town hall in Hilo

At an April 1 town hall in Hilo, U.S. Rep. Jill Tokuda will discuss her first three months in office, legislation she’s sponsored and her priorities for the 118th Congress.

Woman cited after taking nēnē gosling from state park in Hilo on Big Island

Meiqin Chen, 57, from Hilo was observed by multiple witnesses putting an endangered nēnē gosling in her vehicle at Wailoa River State Recreation Area in Hilo on the Big Island and driving away.

Police identify body found along Hilo shoreline on Big Island

The victim was identified as Clifford Edward Myers Sr. of Van Nuys, Calif. Preliminary results of an autopsy performed March 16 did not show signs of foul play; however, final results are pending toxicology and additional forensic testing.

2018 Kīlauea eruption destroyed Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s home; now its getting a new one in Hilo

Construction is expected to start this year on a new research campus in Hilo that will not only house the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory but also the Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center.

Hilo man charged with theft of Honda Civic

Spenser Jordon Feary of Hilo was charged with first-degree theft and first-degree unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, according to the Hawai‘i County prosecutor’s office. First-degree theft is a Class B felony carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years is prison.

76-year-old Puna man disappeared nearly two months ago

Have you seen 76-year-old William Romeo Bishop Sr.? No one has heard from or seen him since the afternoon of Jan. 22 in the area of his home in Hawaiian Paradise Park. Police are again asking the public for any information that could help lead to finding him.

Police seek 15-year-old girl missing since February who was reported as a runaway

Kayzlyn Grammer was last seen at 2:25 a.m. Feb. 22 in the 1100 block of Waiānuenue Avenue in Hilo, wearing a tan/brown hooded jacket and nondescript bottoms. She is described as 5 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds, with long, brown hair, brown eyes, a thin build and tan complexion,.

Hawaiʻi Community College touted for building international relationships

The college in Hilo on the Big Island was recently recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Fulbright Program Top Producing Institution for the 2022-23 academic year.

Record rainfall swamps spots on Big Island in February, including 56 inches at one site

Just three Big Island rain gauges measured less than 100% of their average rainfall for February, with several spots in Kaʻū and on the windward side of the island recording rain totals up to nearly six times greater than average.

Update: Missing 15-year-old in Hilo found in good health

Uilani Ahuna was located in Hilo on May 11.

Attempted murder suspect faces litany of charges following five-day manhunt

The Hawai‘i Police Department says 44-year old Ronald Kahihikolo of Ocean View was arrested just before 11 a.m. Saturday near the 39.5-mile marker on Highway 19 in Hāmākua, north of Hilo, after a five-day manhunt.

Hawai‘i DOT: Long lines expected Sunday at Hilo International Airport

One of two security checkpoints at Hilo International Airport is down. Because of that, travelers catching a flight Sunday morning, March 12, should arrive no later than two hours prior to their flight.

Eruption of Big Island’s Kīlauea volcano no longer likely to resume

After stirring earlier today, it looks like Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes and fire, might not reawaken after all.
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