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Hawaii County agencies, business groups, and police say there are no easy answers to homelessness on Hawaii Island.

Views expressed in this West Hawaii News update are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 29 November 2022, 1415 UTC.

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No easy fix

Hawaii County agencies, the police department and business associations all seem to be waiting for one another to propose solutions to alleviate complaints about the homeless on Hawaii Island.

Ige looks back on coronavirus, tourism shutdown

HONOLULU — As Hawaii’s governor, David Ige faced a volcanic eruption that destroyed 700 homes, protests blocking construction of a cutting-edge multibillion-dollar telescope and a false alert about an incoming ballistic missile. During the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism shut down and Hawaii’s unemployment rate soared to 22.4%.

‘The kids deserve this’

The Leeward Steelers Pop Warner Youth Football and Cheer teams are headed to the mainland this week to represent Kona on the big stage.

Let’s go Wildcats!

The Konawaena High School Wildcats received a spirited send off Friday as the football team headed to Oahu to take on the Waipahu Marauders in the state championship.

GET petition effort finds support

A petition urging the state Legislature to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax, or GET, has collected more than 1,100 signatures, according to Joe Kent, vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.

Flu, RSV cases on the rise

Virus season hit Hawaii early this year, with cases of flu and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, increasing in October and November.

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