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Mayor Mitch Roth lit the giant Menorah Sunday at the Old Kona Airport Park.

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Happy Hanukkah

Mayor Mitch Roth lit the giant Menorah Sunday on the fourth day of Hanukkah at Old Kona Airport Park.

County spent 80% of $80 million CARES funds

With just a month remaining to spend it or send it back, Hawaii County government had used about 80% of the $80 million in federal coronavirus relief funds it received in March, according to the November update the county sent to the state Thursday.

Slow climb ahead for Hawaii economy, even with vaccine

Although the anticipated rollouts of COVID-19 vaccines should improve the prospects for economic growth in Hawaii in the second half of 2021, the University of Hawaii’s Economic Research Organization says that making it to the point when the virus no longer poses a threat will be “painful and costly.”

UH-Hilo preparing for state furloughs

Hawaii’s educators are among state employees facing monthly furloughs in the new year as the state continues to grapple with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Major solar power project at Keck Observatory complete

In its commitment to reduce the organization’s carbon footprint and lower the cost of energy, W. M. Keck Observatory and Duke Energy’s REC Solar are pleased to announce the completion and operation of a solar project atop Maunakea on the Big Island of Hawaii.

More positive COVID tests at HCF

The Department of Public Safety Friday announced The Halawa Correctional Facility (HCF) has received more inmate and staff test results. Of 103 inmate test results, 63 were positive and 40 were negative. The 55 staff test results included 6 additional positive cases and 49 negative cases. That brings the total active positive cases to 68 inmates and 21 staff.

Sea turtle struck by boat, could not be saved

After being struck by a vessel and stranding at Maha‘ulepu, Gillins beach on Kauai, sea turtle stranding responders knew the prognosis was poor for this large 150 pound green sea turtle. The animal was rescued from the beach and transported to Oahu to be examined by a qualified sea turtle veterinarian that works with NOAA. There was hope that there might be a chance the turtle could survive its injuries and receive the necessary treatment and rehabilitation to be returned to the ocean.

Kona Historical Society auction ready to roll

Complete your holiday shopping and make a big difference for a 501(c)3 nonprofit sharing Kona’s stories. Kona Historical Society is auctioning off more than 200 fun and unique items to bid on, including historic photographs, art, unique experiences, land and water activities, autographed items by celebrities and sports stars, golf, dining, accommodations, jewelry, antiques and collectibles.

New Safeway to open Wednesday: 63,000-square-foot supermarket marks first store in Niumalu Marketplace

The countdown until Kailua-Kona’s brand new grocery store opens its doors to the public is nearing an end.

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Russ Roberts