Hawaii County tacks a 0.25 percent surcharge onto the general excise tax and considers going higher.
Kilauea didn’t just stop spewing lava. It ceased emissions that have been constant since 1983.
Nearly 13 percent of Hawaii Island residents are “food insecure,” according to the USDA — well above the statewide average.
Mayor Harry Kim prepares to ask for far less than he initially sought. He blames the discrepancy on “a lot of miscommunication on my part.”
“They needed something to feel good about,” said Mayor Harry Kim of the locals who showed up in Pohoiki on Thursday.
Park facilities require longterm repairs after they housed Kilauea lava evacuees for more than four months.
Some residents and environmental groups continue fighting the conversion of an old coal-powered plant into a wood-burning facility.
Hawaii County officials are fast-tracking the permitting of new package homes or repairs of ones damaged during Kilauea eruption.
Critics argue these rentals are one of the few economic bright spots in the lava-ravaged district.