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Few Hawaii Island residents attend Puna wastewater meeting.

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Kawamoto pool victim an apparent suicide

Although the investigation into a body found Tuesday morning at Charles “Sparky” Kawamoto Swim Stadium in Hilo is officially a coroner’s inquest, it appears the man committed suicide.

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.