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Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple marks 125 years with bon dance, other festivities.

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Motorcyclist killed in Hilo crash

Hawaii Island police are investigating a fatal traffic crash in Hilo that occurred on Sunday afternoon in the area of Kanoelehua Avenue and East Kawili Street.

A deficit of mental health

A recent survey from CNN and the Kaiser Family Foundation found 90% of people in the U.S. think the country is experiencing a mental health crisis.

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.

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.

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