Flags to fly at half-staff for Harimoto

Gov. David Ige has ordered the U.S. and Hawaii state flags to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Tuesday in honor of the late state Sen. Breene Harimoto.

‘They can’t control their fear’; July 4 fireworks displays can be life-threatening for livestock and pets

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim announced June 9 that the county’s usual Fourth of July activities would be canceled because of concerns with the potential spread of COVID-19. But without a large, countywide fireworks show, some residents are concerned residential fireworks shows will be more prominent this year and wreak havoc on pets and livestock.

Controversial pandemic powers bill moves forward

A Big Island state senator was the lone dissenting vote in the Ways and Means Committee on a controversial measure that would give the state health director sweeping powers to declare a public health emergency and, with authorization of the governor, to screen, test and monitor travelers.