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Department of Health says respiratory virus infections and flu are on the rise.

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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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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Russ Roberts (Hawaii Science Digest)


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