Ballots are expected to be mailed Wednesday for the 08 November 2022 general election.
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Ready, set, vote!
Ballots are expected to be mailed Wednesday and arrive in Big Island mailboxes shortly after that as the nation counts down to the Nov. 8 general election.
GET medical reform sought
In an effort to make health care more affordable and alleviate the state’s physician shortage, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii launched a petition urging the Hawaii Legislature to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax, or GET.
Estate, family seek answers in killing of Boy Scout
Court documents filed on behalf of the estate of the 11-year-old Boy Scout who was killed Aug. 28 when a firearm accidentally was discharged said the gun was an “AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifle.”
More firebreaks sought to protect palila habitat on Maunakea
A proposed project by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources would expand firebreaks on Maunakea in order to protect an endangered bird.
Large turnout expected for community cancer screening in Hilo
East Hawaii Health Cancer Center on Saturday will be hosting its second annual Community Cancer Screening and Education event.
Prices to go up for hula fest tickets
Tickets for the 60th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival will go on sale Dec. 1.
Bail increased for man accused of attempted murder
Bail was recently increased for a California man accused of attempted murder and other offenses stemming from an alleged stabbing Sept. 1 at a South Kohala hotel.
Waikoloa Road safety improvements to begin Monday
The Hawaii County Department of Public Works Traffic and Highway Maintenance Divisions will be preparing the Waikoloa Road and Paniolo Avenue intersection for safety improvements.
Serial stabber indicted: Chito Asuncion’s bail set at $10 million
A Kailua-Kona man facing multiple counts of murder and attempted murder in connection with stabbings in May and June in Hilo and Kona was recently indicted in accordance with a recent Hawaii Supreme Court ruling.
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.
Case of slain horse referred to prosecutors for possible charges
The fatal shooting of a Honomu couple’s horse last month is now in the hands of prosecutors.
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.
Staffing crisis forces hospital’s cancer center to turn away new patients
Kona Community Hospital has temporarily stopped accepting new patients in its medical oncology and chemotherapy infusion clinics, forcing those needing care to travel to Waimea, Hilo or Honolulu for treatment.
Beach parks to close for archeological preservation, ADA work
A pair of popular North Kona beach parks will close starting Oct. 31 for up to eight months for an array of improvements.
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.
Dry season ends: E. Hawaii lacked rain while W. Hawaii saw above-average rainfall
The last month of the dry season was emphatically so for the windward Big Island, and the National Weather Service’s only official rain gauge to measure rainfall in double-digits in September was in Kona’s coffee belt, which experiences its rainy season in the summer.
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.
Saddle Road EIS terminated
The long-sought Daniel K. Inouye Highway extension in West Hawaii has hit another roadblock.
State seeks to improve access to Hilo Harbor
The state Department of Transportation Harbors Division is seeking to acquire almost 10 acres of privately owned land on Kalanianaole Street near the entrance to the Port of Hilo.
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