US move to shorten COVID-19 isolation stirs confusion, doubt

WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials’ decision to shorten the recommended COVID-19 isolation and quarantine period from 10 days to five is drawing criticism from some medical experts and could create more confusion and fear among Americans.

Police arrest 15 for DUI

During the week of Dec. 20-26, 2021, police arrested 15 motorists for DUI. Six of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. None were younger than 21.

Undertakers, rabbis join global fight promoting COVID shots

In Germany, Lutheran pastors are offering COVID-19 shots inside churches. In Israel’s science-skeptical ultra-Orthodox community, trusted rabbis are trying to change minds. And in South Africa, undertakers are taking to the streets to spread the word.

Obituaries for December 29

Francis Shogo Abe, 86, of Kealakekua, died Dec. 10 at Marites Care Home. Born in Kealakekua, he was a retired customer service agent for the former Aloha Airlines, member of Kingsley Kumiai and Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, and U.S. Army veteran. Services at a later date. Survived by wife, Kathleen Abe of Kealakekua; sons, Steven Abe of Honolulu and Neil (Michelle) Abe of Kealakekua; daughter, Leanne Abe of Kealakekua; sister, Grace Hiraoka of Palo Verdes, Calif.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Ready to collect: New 3% hotel tax goes into effect Saturday

The county tax forms are in place, new government employees are being hired and the hospitality industry is ready to begin what Mayor Mitch Roth calls the “unacceptable but necessary” step of charging guests at hotels and transient vacation rentals an extra 3% starting Saturday.

Woman apologizes for Lake Waiau rock-throwing incident

A woman apologized Tuesday evening for posting photos and video earlier this month of large rocks being thrown into Lake Waiau atop Maunakea after her actions caught the attention of conservation managers and law enforcement.

Police ID Puna drowning victim

Police have identified the victim of a possible Christmas Day drowning in Kalapana as 41-year-old Oscar Odom of Puna, whom police say was a recent arrival from Alaska.