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An infant from East Hawaii who fell ill in December has been confirmed as 2018’s eighth case of rat lungworm disease.
HONOLULU — Officials prematurely awarded contracts for Honolulu’s commuter rail line a decade ago to minimize public criticism and show the project was moving along. But this practice dramatically swelled costs as plans changed, a new audit of the vastly over-budget project said Thursday.
KAILUA-KONA — The probe into the mistaken release five months ago of an accused murderer is ongoing, but the Department of Public Safety says it has worked to modify and strengthen procedures to prevent a repeat of the flub.
It is said that artists are never fully appreciated until they die. The same goes for snails, apparently.
Diana Puakina Aki, 76, of Hilo died Jan. 8, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a singer, songwriter and ‘ukuleleist known as the “Songbird of Miloli‘i,” won the Na Hoku Hanohano Female Vocalist of the Year award in 1990, performed with many well-known musicians including Cyril Pahinui and Eddie Kamae, and was a Hawaiian educator at Hale O Ho‘oponopono, former early childhood educator and member of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Visitation 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 15) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 6:30 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire; no flowers. For more information, contact Shane Aki at (907) 978-3388. Survived by sons, Benjamin Akana, Eisen (Sylvia) Aki, Fidelis (Cristine) Aki, Jr., Kevin (Francine “Weegee”) Aki, Jason Aki and Shane (Stacey) Aki; hanai daughter, Pi‘ilani (Kiki) Johnson; 27 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.