He was a hotelier, a police commissioner, a County Council member, a state senator, a state representative and, more recently, a member of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. But most of all, Robert “Bob” Herkes was a dogged fighter for the people.
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The Puu Oo lava flow is prompting fresh concerns as it continues its march toward populated areas.
Hawaii Electric Light Co. reported Friday that it reached an important milestone in its efforts to restore power to customers on the Big Island.
Police Chief Harry Kubojiri, at a Police Commission meeting Friday in Waimea, heaped praise on his officers for their actions during and after Tropical Storm Iselle.
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.
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.
Russia sends truck convoy into Ukraine; Kiev government calls it a ‘direct invasion’
WASHINGTON — A senior White House official raised the possibility Friday of a broader American military campaign that targets an Islamic extremist group’s bases in Syria, saying the U.S would take whatever action is necessary to protect national security.
NEW YORK — The stock market paused Friday, following four days of gains, after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen left investors unsure about how the nation’s most important financial voice feels about raising interest rates in the coming months.
BAGHDAD — Gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers and killed at least 64 people, prompting Sunni lawmakers to withdraw from talks on forming a new, more inclusive government capable of confronting the Islamic extremists who have overrun large swaths of Iraq.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided by collaborators.
The June 27th lava flow, named for the date it began erupting, continues to advance to the northeast of Puu Oo on Kilauea’s East Rift Zone. While the lava flow is not an immediate concern to residential areas, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-Charge Jim Kauahikaua, it could become one in weeks to months if the lava continues to advance.
Family members confirm that former state Rep. Bob Herkes, 83, has died. Updates online later today and in tomorrow’s print edition.
HONOLULU — University of Hawaii regents have approved an interim chancellor for the Manoa campus.
Hawaii Fire Department officials are investigating the cause of a Thursday evening fire at a home on Forest Drive in Pahoa.