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State Board of Education chooses Hayashi as schools superintendent.

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Accessed on 21 May 2022, 1406 UTC.

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Council takes first stab at budget

Hawaii County Council members seem to prefer a cautious approach to county spending, despite a budget windfall that has Mayor Mitch Roth proposing a $779.7 million spending plan, a 27.8% increase over the current year.

UH regents OK amendments to Maunakea plan

The University of Hawaii’s Board of Regents on Thursday approved a supplement to UH’s management plan for Maunakea, despite potentially losing jurisdiction over the mountain before the end of the decade.

Kona man found guilty of unlawful imprisonment of a minor

A verdict was rendered Wednesday for 48-year-old South Kona man charged with first-degree unlawful imprisonment and persistent nonsupport in connection to allegations of keeping a minor under the age of 16 chained to a floor after an April bench trial.

Sniffing out COVID

Three Hawaii Island public charter schools have a new tool for detecting COVID-19 on campus — an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois named Cobra.

QNHCH nurses ratify contract

Nurses at Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital have voted to ratify a new contract, averting a possible strike at the Waimea facility.

Keiki booster shots could begin soon

Booster shots for keiki ages 5-11 could be coming to the Big Island as early as next week, pending approval by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Growing the dream

Eighteen Ka‘u High School students received a Certificate of Achievement in Agriculture and Landscaping, along with college credits, for their participation in the Ka‘u Global Learning Lab.

Despite reservations, sunscreen ban advances

Hawaii County Council members gave tentative approval Tuesday to a ban on the sale of all but two kinds of sunscreen on the Big Island on the condition that county attorneys can prove the ban is enforceable.

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