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Total admissions have shrunk by a third, causing a significant financial shortfall.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down galleries and the theater that are a big part of Volcano’s economy. But artists are innovating to get by.
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.