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Maui and Kauai haven’t decided whether they will follow the lead of the Big Island and opt out of the state’s pre-travel testing program, leaving the 14-day quarantine in place.

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Updated: 9/23/2020, 9:42 a.m. Staff at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo have been getting death threats, according to a state emergency management official.

This comes just one day after the state released a report placing partial blame on staff for a COVID-19 outbreak that has taken the lives of 26 veterans and infected another 78 residents and staff.

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HILO — Hawaii County Council members have accused the county's administrators of a slow response in enacting programs to assist the public's recovery from the Kilauea volcanic eruption two years ago.

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Updated: 9/16/2020, 12:19 p.m.

Fourteen people have now died of COVID-19 at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo operated by Utah-based Avalon Health Care Group. The nursing home operator has also recorded deaths at its two other Hawaii facilities, five at the Hale Nani Rehabilitation & Nursing Center and three at Avalon Care Center.

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Hawaiʻi County Mayor Harry Kim says further restrictions are not the answer in stopping a surge of COVID-19 cases and community spread on the Big Island.

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HILO — The mayor of Hawaii County has expressed reservations about a quarantine concept being considered by other counties that would allow visitors to remain isolated in hotels or on the grounds of individual resorts rather than in their rooms.

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — The mayor of Hawaii County has said the state will not be ready to reopen to tourists Sept. 1 or accept university students from outside the state by Aug. 24.

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Hawaii County's mayor has issued new guidance enabling short term vacation rentals to begin operating again following a forced closure resulting from the coronavirus outbreak, but said the rule applies only to renters not subject to mandatory 14-day quarantines.

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Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim has confirmed he plans to seek another term in office.

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See yesterday’s updates: Hawaii schools closed until April 7, Kauai imposes a curfew, Maui and Honolulu close dine-in.

Updated: 3/19/20, 7:00 p.m.

House Speaker Scott Saiki, calling the response to the pandemic "utterly chaotic," implored Gov. David Ige to shut down the state for 15 days.

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KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii County's mayor has made public a $625.9 million budget proposal for the next fiscal year that includes a $7.8 million increase in retirement benefits for county employees.

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HILO, Hawaii — The mayor of Hawaii County has identified six legislative priorities ahead of a scheduled meeting with all four county mayors to begin the regular legislative session.

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Hawaiʻi Island Mayor Harry Kim met with Thirty Meter Telescope officials this week to discuss next steps in resolving the Mauna Kea dispute.

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HILO — Hawaii has spent about $15 million to ensure safe access to Mauna Kea during an ongoing protest of a giant telescope project, the governor said.

Big Island Mayor Vetoes Herbicide Measure

Dec 15, 2019
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Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim has vetoed a measure to ban use of herbicides in county owned and maintained parks and areas along roadways.

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Updated: Dec. 6, 9:19 a.m.

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim says he’s concerned about the safety of protesters at Mauna Kea after the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Big Island summits. The notice is posted until at least 6 p.m. Friday afternoon. 

 

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Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim issued his long-awaited proposal Monday to resolve the protest against the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, calling for a "core group" of community members as a next step to provide future direction.

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Hawaiʻi County is facing a number of significant challenges this year. That includes recovery from the summer 2018 lava flow and the 50 inches of rain from Hurricane Lane. Another challenge is figuring out how to manage the budget in a period with many competing financial demands.

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The State’s County Mayors briefed a joint session of the Senate and House Finance Committees today.

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On Tuesday, Governor David Ige released a road map for reforming the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency. Failures of management, protocol, an technology came to light following an incoming ballistic missile alert issued in error by that agency on January 13th. 

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On Tuesday, Governor David Ige released a roadmap for reforming the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. Failures of management, protocol, and technology came to light following an incoming ballistic missile alert issued in error by that agency on January 13th. Our panel breaks down the details of that reform plan and assesses its tenets.

Guests:

Toby Clairmont, former Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Executive Officer

Mayor Kim: Fix Management Problems at HI-EMA

Feb 20, 2018
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The State released its report today on the false missile alert January 13th.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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A joint Senate Committee conducted a public hearing on a measure to overhaul the management of Mauna Kea. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Big Island Budget Questions

Feb 12, 2018
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Hawai'i County’s Mayor has about three weeks to send a budget to the County Council. Since 2000, the budget has increased more than 250 percent. That’s a concern for county property owners, who are the primary source of funds. From Hawai'i Island, Sherry Bracken has more.

Mayor Kim’s Mauna Kea Vision

May 4, 2017
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Astronomers say the best place on earth to practice their science is on Hawai‘i Island: Mauna Kea. The mountain is also important to cultural practitioners, hunters, hikers, and sightseers.    The Mayor of Hawai'i County has been sharing his vision for the mountain.   HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has more.