North Kona residents have been forced to curtail water use to essentials like cooking and drinking.
Bolstered by a mobile slaughterhouse and new butcher shops, the fledgling industry is trying to keep it all local in Hawaii County.
Critics including two council members wants a change in the contract with the organization in order to reduce the number of euthanasias.
Residents of Hawaii Ocean View Estates are upset about having no formal way to oppose or have input into plans for a large solar farm in their subdivision.
Big Island activists have for years unsuccessfully prodded officials to install toilets on the ancient Kaawaloa trail to the Captain Cook Monument.
Some corals are starting to rebound on their own and scientists have plans to help other species survive global warming.
The deadly fungus is continuing to sweep through the forest but new containment practices are promising.