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KAILUA-KONA — The Hawaii County Environmental Management Commission last week resolved that the county should exceed goals and policies of the federal Clean Water Act regarding wastewater discharge rather than merely comply with the letter of the law. But transforming intention into reality in ...
Kucharski said if the decision holds it likely will impact the way Hawaii County, as well as much of the rest of the country, treats its wastewater discharge. However, he added that the state Department of Health determines standards for effluent and Hawaii County has continuously complied with those ...

A line of showers is moving across the state, with the heaviest showers falling over Kauai on Monday morning and Maui and Molokai at night. MOREAdditional LinksPoll. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Maui and all of Molokai until 9:45 p.m.. Radar showed heavy rain ...
The migration trend for Hawaii County, on the other hand, is going in the opposite direction. From 2010 through 2017, the island saw a net average annual increase of 753 people through domestic migration — the highest in the state. International migration added 635 people on average each year.
KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii County's unemployment rate declined slightly during February, according to data released Thursday by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The Big Island's jobless rate dropped to 2.1 percent last month, down from 2.3 percent in January. In February 2017, the ...
KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii County on Tuesday closed Camp Kikaha in the Old Kona Industrial Area, a temporary homeless encampment located adjacent to HOPE Services Hawaii in Kailua-Kona, after operating the site for more than seven months. Lance Niimi, an executive assistant to Mayor Harry Kim ...

Hawaii County officials broke down a collection of tents, tarps and cots known as Camp Kikaha in Kailua-Kona Tuesday due to safety concerns. Hawaii Island Mayor Harry Kim set up the camp last August under an emergency proclamation when the county cleared 68 people from an illegal homeless camp ...
Hawaii County Will Not Handle Case of Missing Drug Evidence. The Hawaii County Prosecutor's Office will not handle the case of a police officer accused of taking drug evidence because the office has identified conflicts with the investigation. March 22, 2018, at 2:27 a.m.. Hawaii County Will Not Handle Case of Missing ...
Kim called Gov. David Ige on Friday to request an emergency proclamation that would allow Hawaii County to waive the need for an environmental assessment (EA) at Village 9 before establishing emergency shelter units of some type on 4-5 acres of the county's 15-acre plot of land there. ADVERTISING ...
HONOLULU (KHON2) - Illegal drugs are missing from the evidence room of the Hawaii County Police Department, and the person of interest is someone within the department. We wanted to know what steps are taken to make sure evidence is safe? The evidence room is generally considered one of the ...
The County of Hawaii Island is asking the public to report any discarded syringes or needles to the Hawaii Police Department. MOREAdditional LinksPoll. There's a form posted on the county website where residents can report the discarded hazardous materials. The county stresses that no one besides ...
We need a serious house cleaning from top to bottom in government. Come on people! We deserve better, but everyone needs to be pro-active and vote! Perhaps then we could elect some folks with new ideas and management styles, and get something done. West Hawaii County is long, long overdue…
The Hawaii County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is part of a national program that since 1971 has connected older adults looking to volunteer with local organizations to meet community needs. It's been active on the Big Island since '72. RSVP falls under the auspices of the Senior Corps program, ...
(BIVN) – Three candidates have been named as finalists to fill a 5-year appointment to one of two Hawaiʻi County seats on the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents. On Tuesday, the university announced that the UH Candidate Advisory Council sent the names of former councilman Pete Hoffmann, ...
HAWAII ISLAND - Councilmembers on Wednesday set aside a proposed bill that would enact a one-half percent General Excise Tax surcharge on the Big Island. Public Speaks Out On Proposed GE Tax Surcharge (Feb. 21, 2018). Info. Shopping. Tap to unmute. If playback doesn't begin shortly, ...
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - A bill that would increase Hawai'i Island's TAT revenues from $19,158,000 to $31,248,000 passed an important committee on Thursday. (BIVN) – Three counties will get a big increase in their share of revenue from the Transient Accommodations Tax, or TAT, under a bill that was ...
Former Hawaii County mayor Billy Kenoi announced in a Facebook post Thursday he is battling a rare, aggressive cancer. Kenoi said in the post he was diagnosed in late 2015 with myelofibrosis, an uncommon type of chronic leukemia which causes excessive scar tissue to form in the bone marrow and ...

In Hawaii County, after police initiate and ultimately refer a report of an abandoned vehicle to the Department of Environmental Management, that agency's practice is to have the contracted towing service remove the rig within 72 hours. When the Senate bill went through its first round of committee hearings ...
Other projections are less dire, but Rick Bennett, Ph.D., chairman of the Hawaii County Environmental Management Commission, said in a meeting with the Hawaii County Council Tuesday that based on the work done at Stanford, no scenario exists in which rainfall doesn't drop significantly in coming ...
In about another month, Hawaii County's Department of Environmental Management expects delivery of the first three trucks and trailers it will use to haul rubbish across the island following closure of the Hilo landfill. Bill Kucharski, department director, said each of the truck and trailer pairs cost $330,000.
HAWAII ISLAND - Councilmembers on Wednesday set aside a proposed bill that would enact a one-half percent General Excise Tax surcharge on the Big Island. Public Speaks Out On Proposed GE Tax Surcharge (Feb. 21, 2018). Info. Shopping. Tap to unmute. If playback doesn't begin shortly, ...
KAILUA-KONA — The Hawaii County Merit Appeals Board on Wednesday appointed William V. Brilhante Jr. as the county's new director of Human Resources. The appointment made after the board's meeting in Hilo is effective March 1. Brilhante has served as the acting director of Human Resources since ...
Hawaii County Fire Department Firefighters watch a brush fire approaching Highway 190 Saturday night. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today) ... Hawaii County Fire Department Chopper 1 and 2 were making water drops, assisted by a Blackhawk helicopter from PTA. Dozers were called in to create a fire ...
No one either likes to pay higher taxes or raise taxes. Neither the “giver” nor the “receiver” is happy when taxes go up. Concerned that for the second consecutive year — in the midst of economic good times — the county would consider raising taxes to meet a growing budget, several business leaders met ...
Hawaii County's director of environmental management said the proposal conflicts with other state law and could jeopardize a vehicle owner's ability to get his or her car back. The proposal, which also has a companion bill in the state House of Representatives, would amend the state law that empowers ...
The Hawaii County Council got into the act Wednesday, unanimously passing a resolution supporting two of the measures, House Bill 2258 and Senate Bill 2679. Kona Councilman Dru Kanuha, who is HSAC president, sponsored the resolution. “Right now, our lifeguards do not have that limited liability,” ...
DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will sign a sister city agreement with Kaua'i County of Hawaii today at Marco Polo Hotel. The mayor was given legislative authority by the Davao City Council to sign for a sister city agreement last January gave 23. The resolution approved by the council read that the ...
A Flash Flood Watch for Kauai, Niihau and Oahu will be expanded to include the islands of Maui County Sunday evening as a broad disturbance and cold front move down the island chain. The National Weather Service in Honolulu said the watch will take effect at 6 p.m. Sunday for Molokai, Lanai, Maui ...
HAWAII ISLAND - Due to a technical issue, some County of Hawaiʻi email is occasionally being delivered to the recipients' Spam folders. (BIVN) – Hawaiʻi County government reported email issues over the last few days, posting messages to the county website. On the county's landing page: County of ...
THE 18th Davao City Council on suspended rules last week gave authority to City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio to sign a sister city agreement with the Kaua'i County. Based on approved resolution to enact the ordinance, plans to push for this agreement started when Mayor Bernard P. Cavalho Jr. of the ...
Hawaii County used one of its two public notification systems to alert residents that the Jan. 13 missile warning was false. The programs issue emergency messages via text and email to those who sign up for the service. ADVERTISING. County Civil Defense, which uses a program known as Blackboard, ...
HILO — Hawaii County used one of its two public notification systems to alert residents that the Jan. 13 missile warning was false. The programs issue emergency messages via text and email to those who sign up for the service. ADVERTISING ...
David Ige praised Mayor Harry Kim and Hawaii County's swift response to correct Saturday's erroneous ballistic missile threat alert that was issued to the public statewide. “They were very quick to identify that it was a false alert and very quick to communicate that to Hawaii Island,” Ige said during a phone ...
KAILUA-KONA — An African proverb contends raising a child “takes a village.” Hawaii County contends in a new bill moving through the state House of Representatives that the same concept must be applied to address the Big Island's homelessness crisis. House Bill 2461, introduced by Rep.
HILO — Hawaii County and Hawaiian Earth Recycling continue to hammer out the details of a new agreement after Mayor Harry Kim nixed plans to build a composting facility in a quarry near the Hilo landfill. In a Feb. 7 letter to a County Council committee, Corporation Counsel Joe Kamelamela said a draft ...
DPS reports that on Sunday around 12:35 a.m. troopers responded to the two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred on SH-110, 8 miles west of the city of Lindale. A 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Gilberto Gomez, 26, of Saginaw was traveling south on SH-110, crossed over the double yellow lines into the ...
No pig management program has existed in Hawaii County since 2008, when the yearlong Feral Pig Control Pilot Project ended. That program, a state Department of Agriculture project with a budget of $250,000, established a list of vetted hunters who would trap and kill pigs when they were reported on ...
More than a dozen burial plots at Alae Cemetery in Hilo were damaged by a car accident early Wednesday morning, Hawaii County officials say. Video taken at the scene Friday afternoon shows extensive damage to several plots and headstones locaed in "Section B" near the front of the cemetery.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa, Kauai County Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. and Hawaii County Managing Director Wil Okabe – in place of Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim – made their pledge during a media event at Pokai Bay Beach Park in Waianae. Hawaii's four ...
The Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation announces its 2018 closure schedule for Ahalanui Park, Isaac Kepookalani Hale Beach Park, Kahaluu Beach Park, and Spencer Park at Ohaiula Beach. Monthly closures are necessary to maintain and repair high-use parks without exposing the ...
Hawaii County authorities this morning rescued two people swept out to sea about 500 yards offshore of Highway 240 in Honokaa. The victims — a male and a female — had been clinging to a stick to stay afloat while being circled by three large tiger sharks, according to the Hawaii County Fire Department.
The Hawaii County Council has voted to approve a $12.5 million bond for construction of a new county prosecutor building on the Big Island's Kona side. West Hawaii Today reports the bill authorizing a bond to build a 16,000-square-foot two-story building at the West Hawaii Civic Center complex in ...
According to Hawaii County Fire officials, rescuers spotted the woman at the bottom of Rainbow Falls about 15 minutes after they arrived on the ...
Maui County had 22.5 percent of adults as heavy or binge drinkers, followed by Hawaii County, 21.7 percent. Maui County is second in heavy ...
Okabe, who's been the county point man on union negotiations this year, said Hawaii County officials are meeting in Honolulu next week with ...
Stolen buses, missing money, and a massive project way past due. Hawaii County mass transit is in disarray. Always Investigating went to Hilo ...
The career ladder reaches only so far for Hawaii County firefighters, at least if they don't want to take a pay cut. Concerns about a lack of ...
Hawaii County hosted its 52nd annual employee recognition awards ceremony for 2016-17 on Monday night with 19 exemplary employees ...
HILO, Hawaii - Local and state lawmakers discussed possible regulations for the growing vacation rental industry during last week's county ...
HILO, Hawaii - The county is considering funding a “Improving Sustainability of Sweet Potato through Virus-tested, Tissue-culture Technology” ...


 

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