New County Council sworn in; Chung names lava recovery as the top priority


Hawaii County Council members Aaron Chung, Maile David, Karen Eoff, Matt Kaneali‘i-Kleinfelder, Ashley Kierkiewicz, Sue Lee Loy, Valerie Poindexter, Tim Richards and Rebecca Villegas pose for a picture Monday during the inaugural ceremony at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.

HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Members of the Hawaii National Guard Youth Challenge Academy salute the flag during the national anthem Monday after the County of Hawaii County Council Inaugural Ceremony at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.

A new County Council was seated Monday, with its chairman pledging renewed cooperation between county and state governments and a session without distractions from the serious issues of the day.