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More firebreaks needed to protect palila habitat on Maunakea.

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Updated fire code proposed

A revamp of the county fire code is in the works, with Puna Councilwoman Ashley Kierkiewicz proposing updates in both the requirements and permit fees to prepare the county for compliance with the latest state requirements.

5 or older?

The state Department of Health formally recommended Wednesday that everyone 5 or older get COVID-19 bivalent boosters.

Board: Nonresponsiveness is not an ethics violation

A non-response from government officials to emails and telephone calls isn’t necessarily a violation of the ethics code, the county Board of Ethics said Wednesday in denying a resident’s call to penalize 14 top officials for ignoring his warnings about what he saw as the danger of face masks and vaccines during the coronavirus pandemic.

EIS for aquarium fish collecting approved

The agency charged with protecting the state’s natural resources has approved an environmental impact statement supporting the harvesting of tropical fish for the aquarium industry despite ongoing litigation over the issue.

Hawaii won’t cooperate with states prosecuting for abortions

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige signed an executive order Tuesday that aims to prevent other states from punishing their residents who get an abortion in the islands and stop other states from sanctioning local doctors and nurses who provide such care.

Mayor touts joint Waipio effort

Hundreds braved a rainy Wednesday night to attend a meeting at Honokaa Gym about Waipio Valley Road with Mayor Mitch Roth, Public Works Director Steve Pause and Heather Kimball, District 1 councilwoman.

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