Jobless claims increasing

Initial unemployment claims are again on the rise statewide, a University of Hawaii economist told the House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness on Monday.

Kim: VA team to investigate Hilo veterans home

Mayor Harry Kim said a team from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will arrive later this week to investigate the situation at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home and make changes to better manage a deadly COVID-19 outbreak there.

Easing fires not as simple as climate change vs. forest work

SALEM, Ore. — Deadly wildfires are dividing President Donald Trump and the West Coast states’ Democratic leaders over how to prevent blazes from becoming more frequent and destructive, but scientists and others on the front lines say it’s not as simple as blaming either climate change or the way land is managed.

Hurricane Sally threatens Gulf Coast with a slow drenching

WAVELAND, Miss. — Hurricane Sally, one of four storms churning simultaneously in the Atlantic, closed in on the Gulf Coast on Monday with rapidly strengthening winds of at least 100 mph and the potential for up to 2 feet of rain that could bring severe flooding.

Obituaries for September 15

Lefty Hiroshi Kawazoe, 95, of Hilo, a resident of Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, died Aug. 31 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Pahoa, he was a retired manager from the former Amfac Lihue Plantation and Puna Sugar Co., U.S. Army World War II veteran and member of Puna Hongwanji Mission, Taishoji Soto Mission, Kyu Pahoa Kumiai, Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai and Pahoa, Keaau Senior Retirees and Club 36 golf clubs. Private services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by wife, Kay Kawazoe of Hilo; sons, Brian (Ann Vasconcellos) Kawazoe of Hilo, Neal (Ruth) Kawazoe of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., and Miles (Naomi) Kawazoe of Hilo; sister, Satsuyo Taira of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Jane Kawazoe of Hilo and Jane (Vic) Kawasaki of Fremont, Calif.; brothers-in-law, Stanley (Charlotte) Iwata of Las Vegas, Raymond (Jean) Iwata of Pahoa and Ronald (Karen) Iwata of Hilo; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Roasted eggplant and couscous salad

Summer is slowly fading into early fall. Before you know it, fat red tomatoes, sweet corn and fresh berries will give way to root vegetables and fruits such as apples and pears.