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Last updated: 5/27/2020

Information -- it's inoculation against the anxiety that can take hold as COVID-19 spreads, jobs are lost and lives are frayed. Hawai‘i Public Radio is compiling resources and information to help the community deal with the hurdles ahead as we navigate life during a pandemic.

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Updated: 5/7/2020, 12:06 p.m.

Hawaii legislative leaders announced today that lawmakers will convene on Monday to deal with a projected $1 billion budget shortfall in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Education has shifted to the phrase "distance learning" — and that's true at every level — including for college students. But that's just one of the adjustments that has taken place at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

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Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim has confirmed he plans to seek another term in office.

Deal Reached On Hawaii Telescope Protest Policing Costs

Apr 24, 2020
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HILO, Hawaii — The Hawaii County Council has accepted a $5.3 million agreement with the state for reimbursement of law enforcement overtime costs during demonstrations against the Big Island giant telescope project.

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As people learn new habits in response to concerns about the novel coronavirus, where and how people get good food is high on the list of new challenges.

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Counties around Hawai’i have closed public gathering spaces as confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. But one county remains an exception.

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See yesterday’s updates: Hawaii schools closed until April 7, Kauai imposes a curfew, Maui and Honolulu close dine-in.

Updated: 3/19/20, 7:00 p.m.

House Speaker Scott Saiki, calling the response to the pandemic "utterly chaotic," implored Gov. David Ige to shut down the state for 15 days.

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Multiple road construction projects in Hawaii could start sooner under a $103 million bond measure advanced by a county council committee.

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Updated: 3/12/2020, 11:59 a.m.

Hawaiʻi’s mayors are not getting the help they’ve sought from the state Legislature this year to tackle a growing problem – abandoned cars. Transportation is a legislative priority for the Hawaiʻi Council of Mayors, but none of the measures the group proposed this year to deal with junk cars made it out of its originating chamber. Counties are now seeking solutions to this mounting problem on their own.

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HILO, Hawaii — The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Hawaii County agreed on an $82 million damage assessment to be used to repair roads inundated by lava during a massive volcanic eruption.

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KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii County's mayor has made public a $625.9 million budget proposal for the next fiscal year that includes a $7.8 million increase in retirement benefits for county employees.

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HILO — The Puna Geothermal Venture power plant is expected to restart operations in the second half of 2020, later than a previous estimate, according to its owner.

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HILO — The Solid Waste Advisory Committee in Hawaii has proposed a plan that includes 82 waste management recommendations covering nine programs.

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Several months after Hawaii County stopped accepting plastic products at its recycling program, residents are looking for an alternative, and one not governed by international markets.

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HILO, Hawaii — The mayor of Hawaii County has identified six legislative priorities ahead of a scheduled meeting with all four county mayors to begin the regular legislative session.

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HILO — The Hawaii County Council fell one vote short of overriding a mayoral veto of a bill to ban the use of herbicides on county property.

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Hawaii Island is in the enviable position of having a landfill with anywhere from 20 to 100 years of capacity left to take in trash. But the island still wrestles with significant issues like plastic products that are no longer being recycled.  

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Nearly five years ago, Hawaii Public Radio reported a series of stories about the state of garbage around the islands. This week and next, we’re going back for another look in a series we’re calling “Trashing the Islands.”

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A revised contract between Hawaiian Electric and Puna Geothermal Venture could lower power bills for Big Island residents.

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HILO — Puna Geothermal Venture hopes to finish reconstruction of its facility this year after the eruption of a Hawaii volcano shut down its operation, the company said.

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HILO — The Hawaii Police Department has gone $3 million over budget primarily because of the necessity of an increased police presence near the site of demonstrations at the Mauna Kea Access Road, an official said.

Big Island Mayor Vetoes Herbicide Measure

Dec 15, 2019
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Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim has vetoed a measure to ban use of herbicides in county owned and maintained parks and areas along roadways.

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Updated: Dec. 11, 6:55 p.m.

Mitch Roth, currently Hawaiʻi County prosecutor, announced plans Tuesday to run for Big Island mayor.

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KAILUA-KONA — The Hawaii County Council has become the first local government in the state to ban the use of herbicides on public property, officials said.

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HILO, Hawaii — The newest homeless shelter on the Big Island has reached near capacity weeks after opening, Hawaii housing officials said.

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Hundreds of owners on the Big Island are seeking exemptions to operate short-term vacation rentals legally in residential neighborhoods but their neighbors have flooded officials with letters of objections.

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A power company is seeking public input on a proposed solar array it said will generate enough electricity to power an average of more than 14,200 households, the company said.

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A plea deal was offered to protesters arrested on the Big Island during the first week of Mauna Kea demonstrations in July, state authorities said.

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HILO — Hawaii County has agreed to pay a $15.1 million settlement to the family of a Michigan man who was hit and killed by a police patrol car, officials said.

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