Teachers union disputes DOH’s reopening metrics

The Hawaii State Teachers Association is urging all schools statewide to only allow distance learning through the second quarter after claiming that the state’s metrics for reopening schools are far less strict than those recommended by federal health authorities.

FCC fines Sandwich Isles nearly $50M

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday fined Sandwich Isles Communications, its parent company and the owner of both entities nearly $50 million for violations that resulted in millions of dollars in improper payments.

Obituaries for October 1

Kyong Ae Chong, 70, of Hilo died Sept. 29 at the Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in South Korea, she was a retired cook. Survivors are asked to contact Dodo Mortuary at 935-5751.

No new cases at Life Care Center

All residents and staff at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center have tested negative for COVID-19 during the facility’s last round of testing, Executive Director Gail Kahookele said Tuesday.

Obituaries for September 30

Jeffrey Choi, 79, of Hilo died Sept. 28 at home. Born in Wahiawa, Oahu, he was a retired attorney and Hawaii District Court judge. No services. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Donations to Hawaii Care Choices, 1011 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo, HI 96720. Survived by wife, Kathleen Choi; son, Rodney Mark (Kris) Choi; daughter, Beth (Dan) Hebert; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for September 29

Rita Paris Cowell, 85, of Captain Cook died July 14 at home. Born in Honolulu, she was a coffee entrepreneur, realtor, lifelong swimmer and scuba diver, artist and member of the Daughters of Hawaii and Christ Episcopal Church. Private services at a later date. Survived by husband, Skip Cowell of Captain Cook; daughter, Cindy Cowell of Sacramento, Calif.; sons, Fred (Heide) Cowell of Kaleho, Kauai, and Robert (Amy) Cowell of Captain Cook; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Marzo, Roth on health care

Community First is a Hawaii Island-based nonprofit founded in 2014 by Barry Taniguchi. We serve as a neutral forum for the community to come together to find solutions to improve health and lower medical costs based on the community good. We believe that health care is caring for health and not just treating disease, and caring for health is “all our kuleana.”