Vaccination drive enters new phase in US and Britain

The first Americans inoculated against COVID-19 began rolling up their sleeves for their second and final dose Monday, while Britain introduced another vaccine on the same day it imposed a new nationwide lockdown against the rapidly surging virus.

Activists occupy part of Wailoa state park

A group claiming the authority of the Hawaiian Kingdom has again set up camp in Hilo’s Wailoa State Recreation Area and planted taro and fruit trees it describes as a “kanaka garden” on the lawn near the statue of Kamehameha the Great.

DHHL: Oahu casino would add $30M to coffers

The architect of the Hawaiian Homes Commission’s proposed legislation to establish a state gaming commission and build a casino on a Department of Hawaiian Home Lands parcel in Kapolei, Oahu, on Monday said the bill is “an opportunity to have a conversation about a number of shortfalls the department faces.”

UK prime minister orders new virus lockdown for England

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday a new national lockdown for England until at least mid-February to combat a fast-spreading new variant of the coronavirus, even as Britain ramped up its vaccination program by becoming the first nation to start using the shot developed by Oxford University and drugmaker AstraZeneca.

Obituaries for January 5

Juleen Rene Agpalza, 65, of Pahoa died Dec. 26 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in California, she worked as a paralegal and was a member of the Overcoming Faith Center. Visitation 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Service/Celebration of Life at 6 p.m. Face masks and social distancing required. Survived by husband, Ricardo Agpalza of Pahoa; sons, Jason (Michelle) Agpalza of Virginia and Jeremy (Jennifer) Agpalza of Keaau; daughters, Rochelle (Keven) Lee of Las Vegas and Renee (Patrick) Lawrence of Honomu; brothers, Jesse (Loida) Lagang of Arizona, Alfred (Gabriella) Calantoc of Pahoa and David (Alma) Calantoc of California; sister, Leanora (Elton) Kaku of Hilo; step-father, Alfred (Holly) Calantoc of Minnesota; step-sisters, Sarah (Richard) New of Oregon, Rebecca Calantoc of Minnesota and Mary (Kevin) Hanks of Honolulu; nine grandchildren; nephews and nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Let’s Talk Food: First food thoughts for a new year

New Year’s resolutions are difficult, as we often say we will do it but by the end of January we have not fulfilled it and will probably forget about it. We need to make realistic ones that fit into our lifestyle and will not set us up for failure.

Which GOP?: Republicanism can’t be Trumpism

Donald Trump has no intention of releasing his stranglehold on the Republican Party anytime soon, but others in the once-proud political organization have a stark choice — or rather, a series of stark choices.