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Former Hilo mortician dies in prison

A former Hilo mortician convicted in 2013 for a near-fatal hammer attack has died in prison.

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Big Isle pediatricians to DOE: ‘Open our schools’

In a letter sent to Superintendent Christina Kishimoto and local complex area superintendents, six East Hawaii pediatricians — Lauren Stuart, Miki Cain, Darrett Choi, Joseph D’Angelo, Ty DeSilva and Diana Lindreoth — have recommended that keiki return to full-time, in-person learning without delay.

State lawmakers face tough choices amid pandemic recession

HONOLULU — Cut spending, raise taxes or perhaps both. State lawmakers face tough choices as they convene a new legislative session this week amid a pandemic that has pummeled tourism, Hawaii’s biggest industry, and depleted tax revenue.

Hilo activist arrested Sunday at Iolani Palace in Honolulu

A 64-year-old Hilo man who was the leader of a group that planted the “kanaka garden” earlier this month at Wailoa River State Recreation Area in Hilo was arrested Sunday morning after entering the closed Iolani Palace grounds in Honolulu.

Waikoloa housing development up for review

A plan to develop a 36-unit housing complex, some units classified affordable, along with eight commercial lots in Waikoloa Village will be taken up by the County Council Planning Committee on Tuesday after a negative recommendation from the Leeward Planning Commission and the Planning Department under the prior administration.

Officials talk about threat of violence on Inauguration Day

Hawaii law enforcement officials are on watch following an FBI warning that extremists who support President Donald Trump could stage armed protests in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals when President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated Wednesday.

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