Department of Health reports increase in respiratory virus and flu infections.
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DOH: Respiratory virus infections, flu on the rise
State Epidemiologist Sarah Kemble said Thursday doctors are “seeing a lot of sick kids with respiratory viruses right now.”
Lawsuit grows against Navy over fuel-tainted Oahu water
HONOLULU — More than two dozen families have joined a lawsuit accusing the U.S. Navy of making them sick from jet fuel that leaked into the tap water in their Hawaii homes.
There when you need it: Waikoloa Loan Closet provides medical equipment for the community
Realtor Phyllis Klicker had closed on a home sale in Waikoloa Village and discovered the previous owner had left behind a cache of medical equipment. Not wanting to take it to the landfill, she decided to open the Waikoloa Loan Closet, making the equipment available free of charge to anyone in need.
Community takes part in creating murals
Community members were invited Tuesday to add their handprints to two murals being created at Kona Commons Shopping Center.
Man testifies about beating he says was hate crime
HONOLULU — A white man who says he was a victim of a hate crime when two Native Hawaiian men assaulted him while he was fixing up a home he purchased in their remote Maui village testified Wednesday that his attackers were racially motivated, even though he conceded that no racist comments can be heard in video taken during the 2014 beating.
Puna park renamed in Kenoi’s memory
Laughter was abundant Wednesday as more than a hundred people celebrated and honored William “Billy” Kenoi with stories and prayers in Pahoa on the anniversary of his passing.
Democrats Case, Tokuda win Hawaii’s congressional seats
HONOLULU — Voters in Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District elected a new U.S. representative Tuesday after the incumbent, U.S. Rep. Kaiali’i Kahele, decided not to seek re-election.
Democrat Schatz re-elected to US Senate from Hawaii
HONOLULU — Incumbent U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat, on Tuesday was re-elected to another six-year term, defeating Republican state Rep. Bob McDermott.
Democrat Green defeats Aiona to be Hawaii’s next governor
HONOLULU — Lt. Gov. Josh Green, a Democrat, on Tuesday defeated Republican former Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona to be Hawaii’s next governor.
Hawaii hate crime trial begins for beating of white man
HONOLULU — Lawyers representing two Native Hawaiian men don’t dispute they brutally assaulted a white man who purchased a house in their remote village on Maui.
Voters approve three charter amendments
Hawaii County voters passed all three proposed charter amendments during Tuesday’s general election.
Eyes on the sky
The second and final total lunar eclipse of the year graced the skies in Hawaii early Tuesday. The next one isn’t until 2025.
Galimba, Inaba, Villegas and Evans to represent West Hawaii on County Council
All west-side Hawaii County Council seats were determined in the August primary election.
Kahaloa wins new House district
Hawaii Island earned an eighth seat in the state House of Representatives this election year, and the first candidate to fill it is Democrat Kirstin A.K. Kahaloa, who vanquished her Republican opponent, Jonathan P. Kennealy, with 66.6% of the votes, based on mail ballots representing 41.3% of registered voters.
Reactivation period for certain driver’s licenses ends Nov. 30
The reactivation period for drivers with driver’s licenses that expired between March 16, 2020, and Nov. 30, 2021, will end on Nov. 30.
Hilo doctor prevails in high court decision regarding reimbursements
After seven years of ongoing litigation involving Hilo-based physician Frederick Nitta, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled 5-0 in his favor on Friday in a decision that could impact other Big Island doctors hoping to secure Medicaid reimbursement payments.
Large-scale training exercise winds down at PTA
Thousands of military personnel are stationed at Pohakuloa Training Area for a “first of its kind” training exercise.
‘We have a wonderful community’
When a Saturday evening stove fire caused an estimated $50,000 damage to a Desha Avenue home in the Keaukaha area in Hilo, firefighters were able to save something no amount of money can replace — a pet cat named Ceci.
Man charged with abuse, assault for incident that left boy, 3, in critical condition
A 25-year-old man is facing abuse and assault charges stemming from a domestic-related incident that left a 3-year-old boy in critical condition.
Fire destroys ‘Little Grass Shack’ store in Kealakekua
The long-closed “Little Grass Shack” in Kealakekua was destroyed in a Sunday afternoon fire.
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