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Big Island News, 27 July 2009


(AP). State health officials report a fourth death in Hawaii associated with swine flu. The state health department said the man in his early 50s died July 19 at a Big Island hospital. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the islands’ swine flu count has risen to 1,424.

A state judge says the Hawaii County Council violated the state’s open-government law by privately discussing a reorganization plan. The judge issued a temporary restraining order, forbidding the council from doing business. But he delayed the start of the order until 5 August to give the council time to rectify the situation. Council members will meet on 4 August in Hilo to correct
the violation of the sunshne law.

(AP). A Hawaii company aiming to build the world’s first commercial bigeye tuna farm off the Big Island says the state has approved its environmental impact statement. Hawaii Oceanic Technology must still obtain permits before it may start farming tuna in pens just under 3 miles off the Kohala Coast.

(AP). A Japanese father and son team has won the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament off the Big Island. Captain Kihachiro Suzuki and Tetsuzo Suzuki of Kona Game Fishing Club-Bellhope reeled in more points than the other teams. Points are tallied every time an angler catches a fish. Bigger fish merit more points. Most of the fish caught are tagged and released.

The Hawaii County Committee on the Status of Women is seeking nominations for the sixth annual Women’s Hall of Fame awards to be announced at a banquet on 12 September at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. The deadline for nominations is 21 August. For details, call Jean at 961-8316 or Charmaine at 935-8535, ext. 207