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“Department of Education Superintendent Kevin Hayashi says “COVID impact to linger.”

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Hayashi: COVID impact to linger

It could take three to five years for students to fully recover behaviorally and academically from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to state Department of Education Superintendent Keith Hayashi.

Police locate Ocean View man wanted since July 2021

Hawaii Island police have located 42-year-old Ronald Patrick Keahonui Kahihikolo, of Ocean View, who has been wanted since July 2021 for three outstanding arrest warrants, as well as for questioning in several other criminal investigations.

Police locate missing California woman

Update: Hawaii Island police reported Tuesday that 42-year-old Heather Heathman of California, who was previously reported missing, was located in Hilo on Friday in good health.

New police chief to be sworn in Jan. 17

When Honolulu Police Maj. Benjamin Moszkowicz is sworn in on Jan. 17 as chief of the Hawaii Police Department, he’ll be Big Island’s first top cop who wasn’t born in Hawaii.

A Rising Star

An early Christmas present came to the Anahu-Ambrosio family in South Kona when their son, a Konawaena standout, signed with Division I University of Nevada, securing his space in Big Island athletes that have made it to the ranks.

CDP action committees revived: County seeks Kona and Puna members in particular

Some 18 months after the county called a halt to filling citizen boards that advise the government on planning and design because the administration wanted to take a hard look at how the boards can best be used, the county has filled some of the regional boards but is actively searching for volunteers for the Kona and Puna boards in particular.

Paying tribute:

Dozens of colleagues, community members, law enforcement and EMS gathered Thursday at Old Kona Airport Park to pay tribute to the three Hawaii Life Flight crew who perished after their plane went down in the Alenuihaha channel Dec. 15 while on a flight from Maui to Waimea.

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