VIDEO: Papaikou beach access eminent domain advances


Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Stephanie Salazar HILO, Hawaii: After a lengthy debate on Tuesday, The Hawaii County Council’s Finance Committee gave a positive recommendation to the taking of the Papaikou Mill beach access trail through eminent domain. The meeting was held in Kona, but some councilmembers attended by videoconferencing from the Hilo councilchambers. The vote was […]

VIDEO: $4 million upgrade to Slaughterhouse begins

Slaughterhouse will get millions in upgrades in Paauilo

Video courtesy Hawaii County, File video by Daryl Lee | Voice of Stephanie Salazar PAAUILO, Hawaii: Hawai‘i Island’s grass-fed beef industry hopes to get a boost from $4.15 million dollars in improvements for the State-owned slaughterhouse in Pa’auilo. Officials say that when complete, the plant’s capacity will increase by 40% and reduce the current processing […]

VIDEO: Council tours Papaikou Mill Beach, holds hearing


Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Stephanie Salazar PAPAIKOU, Hawaii: Over 40 people testified at the Hawaii County Council’s special hearing in Papa’ikou on Wednesday. The majority spoke in favor of a resolution to initiate eminent domain proceedings to acquire the Papaikou Mill Road and beach access for public use. The trail is currently […]

Owners speak out on eve of Papaikou access hearing


Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Stephanie Salazar HILO, Hawaii: The county council’s Finance Committee took up a resolution seizing the Papaikou Mill Road and beach access by eminent domain during its meeting in Hilo on Tuesday. County Council Chair Dominic Yagong introduced the measure, which drew mixed public testimony. The issue has been […]

VIDEO: Tension at Papaikou Mill access meeting


Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Stephanie Salazar PAPAIKOU, Hawaii: A crowd of hundreds packed the Papaikou Gym on Friday evening, to hear first hand about County Council Chair Dominic Yagong’s plans to take the commonly used – but privately owned – Mill Road and beach access using the government’s powers of eminent domain. The meeting […]

VIDEO: Hawaii County Kapulena Ag Park blessed

County officials bless Kapulena ag lands

KAPULENA, Hawaii: Hawaii County finally rolled out the Kapulena Agricultural Park – in the works since 2009 on 1,739 acres of fallow, county owned land between Honokaa and Waipio Valley – with an official blessing on Friday morning. [FMP poster=”” width=”280″ height=”153″][/FMP] Cattle has been present on the land since the start of the year, […]

VIDEO: Hawaii County Council District 1 race


HAWAII ISLAND: As far as the Hawaii County Council goes, District 1 is the Hamakua district, and that has not changed in the 2011 reapportionment. The boundaries go from the Lakeland area of Waimea all the way south across the Hamakua Coast, ending at the Wailuku River. Its all country along this scenic Mamalahoa Highway… […]

VIDEO: Bruddah Smitty, Hawaiian music legend, dies

Smitty wraps up a song at the 2008 Slack Key Music Festival in Keauhou

LAUPAHOEHOE, Hawaii: Beloved Hawaii Island musician Bruddah Smitty passed away after a long illness this weekend. Sherry Bracken of the Big Island News Center reports he died Saturday afternoon, surrounded by his wife and members of their ‘ohana. Smitty was remembered during the Kamehameha Day celebration in North Kohala on Monday. A lei was draped […]

3.0 earthquake shakes Kukuihaele


Kukuihaele, Hawaii: A 3.0 magnitude earthquake centered on Kukuihaele, or 8 miles west northwest of Honokaa, gave the Big Island of Hawaii a minor shake on Tuesday. Only a handful of folks from Waimea logged on to the USGS website to report the temblor, reporting only weak shaking. Initial data shows the earthquake struck about […]

VIDEO: Fatal zipline accident investigation completed

FILE: The gate at Honolii Mountain Outpost, the day of the fatal accident

HONOLII, Hawaii: The state’s investigation into last September’s fatal zipline accident in Pauka’a that claimed the life of one employee of GoZip LLC and seriously injured another, has been completed. Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health, a division of the State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations, has concluded that, “the tower collapsed because the soil […]