DOH reports five new Big Island COVID-19 cases, positivity rate remains low

The state Department of Health today reported 129 new cases of coronavirus statewide, with five on Hawaii Island. Today’s case count includes 83 on Oahu, 21 on Maui, two on Kauai, and 14 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside the state. The numbers released today reflect the new infection cases reported to DOH on Saturday.…

Hilo activist arrested Sunday at Iolani Palace in Honolulu

A 64-year-old Hilo man who was the leader of a group that planted the “kanaka garden” earlier this month at Wailoa River State Recreation Area in Hilo was arrested Sunday morning after entering the closed Iolani Palace grounds in Honolulu. Longtime activist Gene Tamashiro was charged with entering a closed state park and violating the…

Flash flood watch issued for Hawaii Island

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Hawaii Island through Tuesday afternoon. According to forecasters, a cold front will stall over the Big Island today through Tuesday, and there’s a chance of thunderstorms and heavy showers in windward and mountain areas. These areas, especially around the Hamauka coast, will see the…

Officials talk about threat of violence on Inauguration Day

Hawaii law enforcement officials are on watch following an FBI warning that extremists who support President Donald Trump could stage armed protests in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals when President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated Wednesday. In the aftermath of the storming of the U.S. Capitol building, Kenji Price, the U.S. attorney for…

High court denies writ to Honua Ola, appeal of PUC decision still active

The state Supreme Court on Thursday denied Honua Ola Bioenergy’s request to order the Public Utilities Commission to reconsider its denial of a requested waiver of the competitive bidding process used in the sale of electricity. The nearly completed Pepeekeo wood-burning power plant, formerly known as Hu Honua Bioenergy, still has an active lawsuit directly…

PGV production at nearly 30% capacity

Puna Geothermal Venture is now producing 11.5 megawatts of power, plant leaders said during a community meeting Wednesday. The power plant restarted in early November, more than two years after the 2018 eruption of Kilauea volcano forced it to stop producing electricity. Hawaii’s only geothermal power plant was isolated by lava during the eruption. Lava…

Kilauea Ave. work likely to last until 2022

Work to improve Kilauea Avenue likely will continue until January 2022. As part of a statewide transportation improvement program, Kilauea Avenue is undergoing rehabilitation work, which includes repaving, installing pavement markers, striping and adding traffic detectors along a 1.5-mile stretch from the Wailoa Bridge to Puainako Street. Since the work began in November, there have…

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