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Hawai'i County water users in the North Kona District are being asked to cut back on their water use.  HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken explains what's going on, and how long the restrictions will last.

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Two years ago, the State Legislature appropriated $90 million dollars to build a new judiciary building in Kona.  Now, Hawai‘i State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald is asking for more funding. He spoke with HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken, who has this report.

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Hawaiʻi’s oldest food festival is celebrating its 46th anniversary next month in Kona.

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The Department of Land and Natural Resources is no longer planning to pursue a mooring project in Kona’s Keauhou Bay.

DLNR officials were considering replacing nine existing moorings with sixteen pillars.  But there was community opposition, for reasons ranging from safety and congestion to cultural practices.  DLNR Chair Suzanne Case says that made them change their plans.

The Division of Boating and Recreation plans to file the “no-action” option outlined in the draft this week.

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Hawai‘i’s largest brewery is getting bigger.

Kona Brewing Company has broken ground on a new $20-million dollar facility that will occupy a space near its current factory.

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For the twelfth day and night in a row, Hawaii County firefighters were on site overnight monitoring the Lako Street fire in West Hawaii.  The 25-acre fire broke out Wednesday March 2nd, and was contained within a firebreak.

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  Thousands of very focused athletes, plus volunteers and spectators, are flooding into Kona for this Saturday’s  Ironman Triathlon World Championship.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports.

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Sherry Bracken

  Kaiser Permenante is opening a new regional clinic in Kona next week.  They say they’re looking to improve local residents’ health.  As it turns out, they have already had an impact in at least one way.   HPR's Sherry Bracken reports.

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  The oldest Christian Church in the State has been given the dubious distinction of being named to the  National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2014 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.   The church is in Kona, and HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with its pastor to learn more.

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  Among the many ideas for Hawaii's future is the possibility of playing a bigger role in the commercial space launch industry.  It's been under consideration for years, to compete with other states wanting to attract new industries.  As for a location, the leading contender appears to be the Kona International Airport.  HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

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Sherry Bracken

A couple of months ago, the power went out at Kona Airport, for more than an hour.  No flights were affected, but the system did not work the way it was supposed to.  And then it happened again, and six outbound flights were delayed.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update.

  Daifukuji Soto Mission in Honalo, next to Teshima's Restaurant, is celebrating a special anniversary this year.  HPR's Sherry Bracken stopped by and talked with the priest during a temple tour.

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  You can find ranch life all across the Hawaiian Islands.  But if you're looking for rodeo culture, your best bet is the Big Island.  This weekend in South Kona, the public is invited to take part in the longest running rodeo on the island.  HPR's Sherry Bracken reports.

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 The newest member of the Hawaii State Legislature is Dr. Richard Creagan.  Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed him to take the seat representing Ka'u through Kona after Denny Coffman resigned for family reasons.  The legislature opens in two days, so the new legislator has a lot of catching up to do.  From Hawaii County, Sherry Bracken reports.

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Gary Graham / HIBT

This weekend, one of the oldest fishing tournaments in the state kicks off in Kona. For the first timne, the public is being invited to the opening ceremonies. HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

The recent brush fire in North Kona is the latest reminder that drought remains a problem for many areas around the state. HPR's Sherry Bracken talked about the dry conditions with an expert from the National Weather Service.

After more than two decades of planning, a permanent college campus near Kona Airport has broken ground. The school brings the promise of more educational opportunities to students living on the West side of Hawaii Island. From the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken gives us an update.

Hawaii County will soon get a brand new beach park just south of Kona Airport. But before the county can accept it, there is important work going on. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

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A troublesome visitor has landed on the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii. The little fire ant has been on the Hilo side of Hawaii Island, on Maui, and Kaua'i, for years. And now, as of just a few months ago, it's appeared in Kona. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.