Elections officer explains troubled primary

HONOLULU — Hawaii Chief Election Officer Scott Nago tried to explain a host of problems that occurred during the recent primary election held in the wake of a tropical storm — from why a makeup election was held after initially telling voters of closed Big Island precincts they would be mailed ballots to why 800 ballots went uncounted on Maui.

Downed trees close Puna trail

HILO — The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife has closed the Puna hiking trail until further notice, due to severe tree fall caused by Hurricane Iselle. These downed trees are blocking access to Haena beach in the South Hilo area.

ACLU files complaint over Primary Election

A group of Pahoa residents, working with the American Civil Liberties Union in Hawaii, have filed a complaint with the Hawaii Supreme Court, asking the state’s top judges to allow every resident affected by Tropical Storm Iselle to cast a ballot in the primary.

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Aiona, Hannemann spar on gov issues without Ige

HONOLULU — Three out of four candidates for Hawaii governor say they agree Hawaii’s health exchange is a mess, taxes are burdensome and leadership style in the state’s top office needs to change.

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Island Life | 8-23-14

This flower is one of the Hawaiian Island’s rare native plants. The flower of capparis sandwichiana blooms at night and begins to fade early in the morning, turning to a pale pink before finishing its short life. This is characteristic behavior of plants that are pollinated by night fliers, most notably moths. These plants also characteristically possess sweet aromas that attract their pollinators. James Grenz/Community Contributor

Students finish internships at volcano observatory

This week, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory bids aloha to interns Pua Pali and Greg Javar, who gained first-hand experience monitoring volcanoes and earthquakes by working with U.S. Geological Survey scientists this summer.

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