Mayor Kim feeling better

  • Mayor Harry Kim fields questions at the proposed GET increase community meeting Feb. 13 at the West Hawai Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Mayor Harry Kim, who was medevaced after feeling chest pains Thursday, is feeling much better after procedures done at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, the county said in a statement Friday morning.

The mayor continued to have tests and procedures on Friday, but there wasn’t a diagnosis yet, said Wil Okabe, the county’s managing director who is serving as acting mayor while Kim is on sick leave.

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“Harry’s feeling much better today after the procedures done Thursday,” Okabe said.

Okabe said there has been an outpouring of well-wishes and expressions of affection for the mayor from the community.

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“We really appreciate your continued prayers and best wishes to him and his family,” he said. “We will continue to keep the community posted.”

The 78-year-old mayor drove himself to Hilo Medical Center at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday and was medevaced to Oahu at about 6:45 a.m. The mayor has had three previous heart attacks and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2008.

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