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A bill that would have banned aquarium fishing was tabled by lawmakers before the session was suspended due to coronavirus concerns.
State corrections officials, who unsuccessfully sought funding to build a new facility, are proposing construction of an annex to the overcrowded Hilo jail.
Mayor Harry Kim hasn’t yet publicly announced whether he’ll sign the recently passed bill.
When China and other Asian nations curtailed dirty recycling streams, the county’s recycling contractor saw markets dry up, forcing residents to seek alternatives.
Seven tons of gravel and two tons of large rocks had to be brought in by wheelbarrow to repair the famed Kilauea Iki trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Most of the animals brought to the Humane Society’s three facilities are euthanized. Their contract with the county doesn’t encourage saving lives.
They say some burial sites may remain undiscovered in the 1920s-era plantation graveyard near where a residential development is proposed.
You might think a brand new black sand beach would be pristine. But microplastics have already been detected at Pohoiki in Lower Puna.
It’s been a hot-button issue on the island for decades, but many say the problem has grown worse as more tourists are drawn to the site of the lava eruptions.
More funding is leading to new discoveries as the parasite continues to sicken people in Hawaii.
Understaffed and saddled with red tape, inspectors have a hard time dealing with issues like a proposed farm complex in Upper Puna that has neighbors upset.
Even though the power facility damaged by last year’s lava flows is expected to be “operational” by year’s end, it’s facing challenges.