Latest Hilo News

Lawsuit claims dairy company is misrepresenting Hawaii links

Nov. 26, 2021 21:30 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A food distributor in Hawaii has filed a federal lawsuit against a dairy company because milk from the mainland is allegedly being sold under a name that advertises local ties. The lawsuit filed by Hawaii Foodservice Alliance claims Meadow Gold Dairies...

Building permit application backlog in Hawaii County

Nov. 17, 2021 13:39 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii County is trying to work through a backlog of thousands of building permit applications amid problems with new processing software and staff shortages. Thousands of applications were delayed when they got stuck in the county's new $15-million...

Avdalovic scores 17 to carry Pacific over Hawaii-Hilo 85-74

Nov. 12, 2021 00:49 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Luke Avdalovic had 17 points and eight rebounds as Pacific topped Division II Hawaii-Hilo 85-74 on Thursday. Jeremiah Bailey had 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for Pacific (1-1). Pierre Crockrell II added 14 points and six assists. Alphonso...

EPA fines Hawaii County for missing sewage plan deadline

Nov. 11, 2021 16:12 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined Hawaii County $28,500 for failing to develop a plan to replace large capacity cesspools in Kau with a wastewater treatment plant. The EPA required all large capacity cesspools to close by 2005 but a...

Hawaii rolls past Hawaii Hilo 97-67 with balanced attack

Nov. 11, 2021 02:01 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Junior Madut led a balanced attack with 17 points and Hawaii opened the season with a 97-67 win over Hawaii Hilo on Wednesday night. Bernardo Da Silva scored 16 points and Noel Coleman added 16 for the Rainbow Warriors, who had three other players reach...

Officials want tighter laws to use Hawaii names on coffee

Nov. 08, 2021 14:54 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island County Council resolution is asking state lawmakers to restrict the use of Hawaii location names on coffee packaging. The resolution, which passed unanimously last week, calls for laws that would require coffee blends be at least 51%...

Astronomy panel urges federal funding of Hawaii telescope

Nov. 05, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An independent review of the state of astronomy and astrophysics in the U.S. has recommended federal funding of a giant telescope in Hawaii. The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey warned it could be “disastrous” for U.S. astronomy if the...

Lawsuit: Hawaii disclosed employee vaccination statuses

Nov. 03, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A lawsuit alleges that Hawaii officials unlawfully disclosed the COVID-19 vaccination statuses of nearly 300 Department of Public Safety employees. The Hawaii Government Employees Association and the United Public Workers unions said in a lawsuit...

Hilo Medical Center residency program graduates 16 nurses

Oct. 25, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Sixteen nurses, most of them from the Big Island, have graduated from Hilo Medical Center’s year-long residency program in nursing. Members of this year’s class started their residency in October last year after spending the spring 2020 semester...

Popular hula competition still uncertain because of pandemic

Oct. 15, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Plans for the world's most prestigious hula competition remain uncertain because of the pandemic. In normal times, thousands of people from around the world descend on Hilo on the Big Island for the Merrie Monarch Festival. The event is often...