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Monday, August 23, 2021
No Land for TMT on La Palma: Spanish Court Revokes Telescope License (again)
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 5123 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... a judge of the High Court of Justice of the Canary Islands has revoked the concession of public forest land to the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) for the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) ....

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Inside Look: U.S. Army-Hawaii Responds to the Waimea Wildfire, the Largest in Hawaii History
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 2392 Views :: Hawaii County , Military

... U.S. Army-Hawaii (including Hawaii Army National Guard) support Hawaii County Fire Department to battle the 40,000 acre Waimea wildfire, considered the largest in Hawaii Island history ....

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Mauna Kea Working Group Creates Webpage, Working on Report to the Legislature
By News Release @ 11:46 PM :: 3223 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... MKWG is to present recommendations for a new governance and management structure for Mauna Kea to the Legislature by December 31, 2021 ....

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Parker School Announces Vaccine Requirement
By News Release @ 12:39 AM :: 2659 Views :: Hawaii County , Education K-12, COVID-19

... “Requiring students ages 12 and older and employees to be vaccinated is a new and important addition to our health and safety protocols” ....

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Sue and Settle: Eco Group 'Sues' BLNR to Stop Aquarium Fishing
By News Release @ 5:11 AM :: 2864 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Small Business

... Today’s complaint, filed in Hawai‘i Circuit Court in Honolulu, challenges the board’s failure to reject the latest environmental impact statement submitted by trade representatives, which the group says violates state environmental protection laws ....

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Friday, July 9, 2021
Police Corruption Scandals Revenge for Gambling Prosecutions?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:14 PM :: 10367 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Ethics, Gambling, Police

... What part of ‘mutually assured destruction’ did they not understand? ....

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021
DOJ: Chinese Money Laundering Buys Big Island Properties
By News Release @ 12:50 PM :: 4211 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Law Enforcement

... routed the proceeds of these schemes through at least six pieces of real estate on the Island of Hawaii ....

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Saturday, June 5, 2021
Maunakea telescope one step closer to decommissioning
By News Release @ 4:44 AM :: 3443 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, one of five Maunakea telescopes that the University of Hawaiʻi says will be removed from the summit ....

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Saturday, May 29, 2021
Telescope Protesters Challenge DLNR Approval of 'initiation of work'
By News Release @ 10:31 AM :: 5647 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... UH notified the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) on April 28, 2021, that work/construction on the TMT project was initiated in 2019 based on project activities in June and July of that year ....

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Mauna Kea: 'Tell Canada to Stop Being Racist'
By Samuel Wilder King II @ 6:44 PM :: 3908 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... new requirement to be the imposition of racist, neo-colonial requirements on our society ....

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Saiki Names Mauna Kea Working Group Members
By News Release @ 5:17 AM :: 3783 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

.... Saiki selected Representative Mark M. Nakashima, Chair of the Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs Committee (District 1 – Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo) to serve as Chair of the working group ....

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Friday, April 30, 2021
Maui, Kona Rental Car Rates Top $900/wk
By News Release @ 12:15 AM :: 4020 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Tourism, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Kahului, Hawaii, is the most expensive U.S. destination in which to rent a car this spring ....

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
VIDEO: Squatters Take Over Uncle Billy's Hotel
By Video @ 1:10 AM :: 4095 Views :: Hawaii County , Homelessness, Tourism, Drugs

... Akamai readers will remember this is exactly what happened to the old Hilo Hotel on Kinoole St during the 1990s depression ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Caltech Submillimeter Observatory Decommissioning Update
By News Release @ 5:47 AM :: 3583 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... Caltech hopes to have its plans approved by early 2022, which would enable the physical deconstruction and restoration to begin by summer 2022 ....

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Sunday, April 18, 2021
DHHL Offers Rent-With-Option-To-Purchase Homes on Hawaiʻi Island
By News Release @ 3:46 PM :: 3192 Views :: Hawaii County , DHHL

... Sixty homes initiated the project within the Villages of Laʻi ʻŌpua in Kealakehe, Hawaiʻi Island ....

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Saturday, April 10, 2021
DLNR hands out more dam fines
By News Release @ 3:05 PM :: 3279 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Agriculture

... Ka’u dam has been empty since about 2010 ....

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Friday, April 9, 2021
Mauna Kea Working Group Nominations Extended
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 5194 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... The House of Representatives has extended the nomination deadline for Native Hawaiian persons who wish to serve on the Mauna Kea Working Group from April 5, 2021 to April 26, 2021 ....

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021
​Third Circuit Seeking Applicants for Independent Grand Jury Counsel
By News Release @ 8:36 PM :: 2591 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary

... The Circuit Court of the Third Circuit (Hawaii island) is seeking applications for independent grand jury counsel for Hilo and Kona ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Protest Erupts After DHHL Selects Community Solar Developers
By News Release @ 4:28 PM :: 4881 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, DHHL, Energy

... State Sen. Kurt Fevella (R, Ewa Beach-Iroquois Point) organized the action to rally opponents and to publicize many DHHL beneficiary complaints that the solar farm plan originated without their input and is a bad use of the agency’s trust land ....

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
​State House to Restore Funding for Hilo Youth Challenge
By News Release @ 9:51 PM :: 3058 Views :: Hawaii County , Education K-12, Military

"...The Youth Challenge Academy, operated by the Hawai‘i National Guard, is a community-based program that trains, educates, and mentors young people under military-like conditions...."

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
DLNR to Select Banyan Drive Proposals Next Month
By News Release @ 8:23 PM :: 2449 Views :: Hawaii County , Tourism

... renovations of the former Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Hotel and Country Club Condominium Hotel ....

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Thursday, March 18, 2021
Mass Disenrollment from 'Campus of Fear': COVID Money Disappearing from Hawaii Community College?
By News Release @ 8:51 PM :: 3778 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Higher Education

"...caused approximately a 10% reduction in the Fall 2020 enrollment...."

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Friday, March 12, 2021
Chief Justice Appoints Family Court Judge for Hawaii County
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 4038 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary

... Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald today appointed Jeffrey W. Ng to fill a judicial position in the District Family Court of the Third Circuit ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Pharmacists Vaccinate 90% of Patients in Care Homes on Oahu, Big Island
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 2974 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, COVID-19

... Independent pharmacies on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island have administered first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to about 10,000 residents and caregivers in approximately 1,700 small care homes and have now begun returning to administer second doses ....

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Nominations Open for Participants in Mauna Kea Working Group
By News Release @ 6:18 PM :: 3606 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... a working group to include seven (7) members who are Native Hawaiian to be nominated by Native Hawaiian groups, organizations, or communities to be appointed by the Speaker of the House ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Finalists named for Hawaiʻi County appointments to Board of Regents
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 2478 Views :: Hawaii County , Higher Education

... a list of candidates to Gov. David Ige to fill one Hawaiʻi County seat for a five-year appointment, beginning July 1, 2021 ....

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Friday, February 26, 2021
$272K Fine for Aquarium Fishing
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 3118 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business

... This case achieved a lot of notoriety ....

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Monday, February 22, 2021
SCOTUS Refuses to Hear Bridge Aina Lea Case
By Robert Thomas @ 4:00 PM :: 3973 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

"... If there is no such thing as a regulatory taking, we should say so ...."

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Saturday, February 6, 2021
$510K Fine for Yukio Okutsu Veterans Home
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 2828 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, COVID-19

... During a follow-up revisit of Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home on Jan. 6, 2021, inspectors found the facility to be in compliance, avoiding a mandatory termination of the facility on April 16, 2021 ....

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021
UH: 'Astronomy at Significant Risk' from Saiki's Half-baked Plan
By News Release @ 6:40 PM :: 4133 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

"... Similar ideas have been previously proposed in the legislature in past years with no result. This has created uncertainty and concern amongst the existing observatories and their national and international non-profit owners/sponsors regarding matters critical to their futures ...."

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021
VIDEO: Saiki Calls for UH to Give up Mauna Kea
By Video @ 3:48 AM :: 3733 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... Package Deal?  Saiki, Hanabusa Launch Attack on State Auditor to Save OHA’s Dirty Secrets ....

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Friday, January 29, 2021
ICA Decision: Telescope Wins Again
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 3542 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Law Enforcement

... ICA affirmed a lower court decision finding that the chief of the Hawaii County Police Department had the authority to request aid from Maui County Police Department and the Honolulu Police Department ....

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Friday, January 29, 2021
DLNR Hires Helicopters to Exterminate Sheep on Mauna Kea
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 3529 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Second Amendment

... Control work is scheduled for February 17 and 18. Public access to affected areas and the Mauna Kea Hunter Access Road will be restricted ....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Bridge Aina Lea: 9th Circuit Allows Case to go Forward
By Robert Thomas @ 4:42 AM :: 4049 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

... The district court's judgment is reversed, case remanded for the merits ....

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Senate: Ige Appoints Anti-Telescope Activist who Wanted Him Impeached
By News Release @ 2:34 AM :: 5889 Views :: Hawaii County , Democratic Party, Education K-12, Politicians

... The post caused a stir among some lawmakers during the Legislature’s opening day ....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021
COVID Vaccine Now Available on Big Island for Age 75+
By News Release @ 2:44 AM :: 3108 Views :: Hawaii County , COVID-19

... Queen’s North Hawai’i Community Hospital, Kona Community Hospital, and Hilo Medical Center now scheduling vaccinations for those 75 years of age and older, as well as essential workers ....

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Friday, January 1, 2021
DLNR Evaluates Mauna Kea Management Plan
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 4003 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

"... 2033, the expiration of the existing state lease .... "

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Saturday, December 26, 2020
Ige to Choose from 3 Candidates for Kahele’s Senate District 1 Vacancy
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 6059 Views :: Hawaii County , Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation

... precinct officers and district council officers who reside in Senate District 1 have selected three names to send to Governor David Ige ....

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Monday, December 21, 2020
PHOTOS: New Kilauea Eruption
By News Release @ 9:09 AM :: 2741 Views :: Hawaii County

... An eruption has commenced within Kīlauea’s summit caldera ....

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Ethics Board: Harry Kim Violated 'Fair Treatment' Rules by Letting Telescope Protesters Violate Laws
By Andrew Walden @ 10:54 PM :: 3791 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education

... Will an Hawaii County Board of Ethics decision help Hawaii County's new mayor chart a new course for law enforcement at the Mauna Kea telescope protest site? ....

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Friday, December 4, 2020
UPW on the Job: Hilo Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty for Assaulting an Inmate and Conspiring with Other Officers to Cover it Up
By News Release @ 4:12 PM :: 3510 Views :: Hawaii County , Labor, Law Enforcement

... UPW members at work -- broken jaw, nose, and eye socket ....

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Monday, November 30, 2020
Bridge Aina Lea: US Supreme Court Demands Response from State
By Robert Thomas @ 4:43 AM :: 3339 Views :: Hawaii County , Development

... the State hired a DC SCOTUS player to argue that this case isn't worth the Court's time ....

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
DHHL Breaks Ground on Rent-to-Own Project
By News Release @ 10:06 PM :: 2714 Views :: Hawaii County , DHHL

... The first 60 homes, a portion of the greater 118-unit Laʻi ʻŌpua Village 4 – Akau, are anticipated to be offered to beneficiaries in mid-2021 ....

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Mauna Kea: Is it an ethics violation if Mayor Harry Kim’s politically favored ‘protesters’ are allowed to break the law with impunity?
By Andrew Walden @ 12:24 AM :: 5546 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA, Police

...Harry Kim won’t be mayor much longer....  

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Friday, November 13, 2020
Makuu: DHHL Removes 382 Junk Cars -- Retakes Abandoned Leaseholds
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 4224 Views :: Hawaii County , DHHL

... 382 intentionally abandoned vehicles and approximately 700 tires on three parcels ....

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Friday, November 13, 2020
Puna Geothermal Venture back online after 2½ years
By News Release @ 12:12 PM :: 2628 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

...the geothermal facility is one of the largest and most reliable renewable energy resources in the state....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Feds Lock up Hawaii Domestic Violence Repeat offender
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 3570 Views :: Hawaii County , Family, Law Enforcement

... Cordeiro’s prior convictions under state law included an incident wherein he physically assaulted and threw gasoline on a prior intimate partner; an incident in which he burned a female victim with the hot metal tip of a butane torch; and two separate incidents wherein he violently struck women while they held his infant child ....

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Saturday, November 7, 2020
Hawaii County PD Begins Using Body Cams
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 2590 Views :: Hawaii County , Police

...the first wave of Body Worn Cameras (BWC) will be live in the South Hilo, Kona, and Puna districts on Monday, November 9, 2020....

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Big Island Courthouse Closed due to 'Lack of Staff'
By News Release @ 9:46 PM :: 2714 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary

...The South Kohala District Court courtroom will be temporarily closing beginning December 1....

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Thursday, October 29, 2020
'Connected vehicle sensors' to Watch Big Island Roads
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 2419 Views :: Hawaii County

...anonymously collecting data from Bluetooth-enabled devices in passing vehicles....

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