It's now been more than a month since the most recent intense volcanic activity started on Hawaiʻi Island. The strain is showing up on many fronts: from emotional distress to trouble for local businesses. Hawaiʻi County is collecting data on the financial strain — but with a very tight deadline.
The lava eruption in the Leilani Estates area of the Big Island’s Puna District is affecting the lives of many. But the financial impact of this event will also affect County finances and all who pay county taxes. HPR Contributing Reporter Sherry Bracken has more on the story.
Hawaiʻi County is the only county in the state without some form of restriction on temporary vacation rentals. Last week, County Councilmembers introduced Bill 108 – a measure that would regulate how and where properties can be rented short term.
The Hawaii County Council is considering two bills that would ban genetically modified organisms from being grown on the island. HPR's Sherry Bracken was at Thursday's meeting where the bills came up for testimony and has a report.