Island Life: 08-17-18

The Milky Way is seen from the Maunakea visitor information station on Aug. 8. (Katie Burke/Community Contributor)

‘Say a little prayer’

NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” “I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.

WHT editorial: Trump’s winning the media war

On Aug. 7, there was a typo in a headline of a front page story of West Hawaii Today. Unfortunate and embarrassing for sure, a “U” was accidentally added to the word “scorched.”

Lane reaches hurricane strength

KAILUA-KONA — Tropical Storm Lane developed into a hurricane Thursday afternoon, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.

Ka’u man wanted for questioning in burglary

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 56-year-old man who is wanted on an outstanding bench warrant and for questioning in connection with a residential burglary in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision of Ka‘u.

Voter turnout in Puna sees little change

Despite displacement of residents because of the Kilauea eruption, and longer wait times on election day, voter turnout in lower Puna saw little change during Saturday’s primary.

Republicans are playing with fire in the states

WASHINGTON — The backlash to President Trump and the steady rightward journey of the Republican Party could sharply shift the distribution of political power in state capitols across the nation in this fall’s elections. And because reapportionment is coming, this could change the contours of American politics for more than a decade.

Obituaries: 08-16-18

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