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On Monday, a federal judge voids mask mandate for planes, buses, and other means of travel.

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Accessed on 19 April 2022, 1353 UTC.

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Parole granted for two Kona men

A Kona man sentenced to up to a half-decade behind bars for a 2019 shooting that injured one and triggered an 11-day manhunt was granted parole by the Hawaii Paroling Authority on Wednesday.

HVNP guided tours return

Dozens of visitors endured the cold wind and rain Saturday to participate in the first ranger-guided tours at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in more than two years.

Ige releases $1.5M for Puako sewer plans

A long-anticipated project to improve water quality and protect the coral reef by replacing cesspools at Puako with a sewer system is finally moving forward with the announcement Friday that Gov. David Ige has released $1.5 million to get the design work started.

Hospitals report few COVID patients; demand for boosters up

As Hawaii lifts the mandatory mask mandate and Safe Travels Program, hospitals on the Big Island are generally seeing fewer COVID-19 patients, including Kona Community Hospital, which recently saw a six- day period during which no COVID-19 patients were admitted.

Busy bay

Kailua Bay’s been busy this week, hosting the first Norwegian Cruise Line call in over two years on Wednesday as well as a super yacht and its support yacht on Thursday.

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