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Hawaii County plans to provide wastewater treatment to Puna residents.

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Wastewater project eyed

Hawaii County is planning to provide wastewater treatment services to Puna residents, according to an environmental impact statement preparation notice published Sept. 23 by the state’s Office of Planning and Sustainable Development.

‘We can get much better outcomes’

A possible solution to decrease the revolving door of incarceration for people suffering serious mental illness and substance use disorder in Hawaii was proposed Thursday at a summit held by the state Judiciary at Keahuolu Courthouse.

US defense chief in Hawaii amid distrust after fuel spill

HONOLULU — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Hawaii this week amid lingering community frustration and distrust after jet fuel from a military storage facility last year spilled into Pearl Harbor’s drinking water, poisoned thousands of military families and threatened the purity of Honolulu’s water supply.

Crash claims life of Kona man

A 21-year-old Kailua-Kona man died following a two-vehicle collision on Wednesday near the intersection of Kealakaa and Kealakehe streets in North Kona.

Keahuolu Courthouse open Thursday

The Keahuolu Courthouse will be open for business as usual on Thursday while the Ironman World Championship occurs. Access to the courthouse will require using alternate routes, which may take additional time.

Kailua-Kona Public Library announces special hours

The Kailua-Kona Public Library will have modified public service hours this week due to the Ironman World Championship on Thursday and Saturday. The branch is located near the finish line, making access to the library difficult.

‘We’re all together’

Shortly after the award-winning Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy building at the University of Hawaii at Hilo was honored with a blessing ceremony in December 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic struck, forcing many students to miss out on the innovative new structure.

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