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“Survivors of Maui’s wildfires return home to blackened ruins as death toll rises to 67.”

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Hamakua-Kohala health center, housing approved

The Leeward Planning Commission on Wednesday unanimously gave a favorable recommendation for Hamakua-Kohala Health’s application for a Special Permit to establish a transitional clinic and workforce housing, including accessory structures and uses on 4.321 acres of land in the State Land Use Agricultural District.

Hawaii County, others offer help to Maui

A task force set up by Mayor Mitch Roth to kokua Maui in its recovery from the destructive fires that swept through Lahaina and other areas of Valley Isle held its inaugural meeting Thursday afternoon.

How to help our Maui ohana

When disaster hits the islands, residents of the state come together to offer assistance to their collective ohana impacted.

Ransomware hackers paid in HCC case

The decision by the University of Hawaii to pay the hackers responsible for a ransomware attack on Hawaii Community College was the first such payment in state history, according to the governor’s office.

More questions than answers

Hawaii County will have four representatives on the new Build Beyond Barriers working group, a decision-making committee for housing development projects statewide.

High winds bring fires to West Hawaii

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Hawaii County Fire Department was battling three brush fires in North and South Kohala that resulted in mandatory evacuations for several areas.

Two brush fires blazing in North and South Kohala

Hawaii County Fire Department is battling two brush fires in North and South Kohala — one in the North Kohala District off Akoni Pule Highway (Highway 270) near Kohala Ranch and the other in the South Kohala District in Waimea.

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