Editorial: America’s sick and costly health care system

Forget car dealers; Americans are flummoxed by the marketplace for health care. Two new reports published last week show that consumers are increasingly anxious about medical costs and access to care, with record numbers signing up for subsidized health coverage. The system is not working for the majority of Americans, and the inequities are only getting worse.

The Nutcracker holiday tradition continues

Virginia Holte, founder and artistic director of the West Hawaii Dance Theatre (WHDT) has offered performances of the Nutcracker Ballet and has across the state for the past 29 years, many of which took place at the Kahilu Theatre.

Island life: Tiny but loud

An invasive coqui frog is seen on a monstera leaf. The distinctive “KO-kee” call that gives the frog its name can reach 100 decibels, louder than many power tools and lawn equipment, and can be very disruptive for residents in infested areas, according to the Big Island Invasive Species Council. For more information on this pest, including prevention and control, visit https://www.biisc.org/pest/coqui.

Goodbye, 2021: A look back at the year that was

As we bid a perhaps not-so-fond farewell to 2021, the novel coronavirus pandemic continued to be the most important story of the year, as it had been in 2020 — locally, statewide, nationally and worldwide.

Obituaries: December 31, 2021

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Not ready yet: Public participation in meetings to continue remotely

A new law setting stricter rules for governmental bodies holding remote meetings, including a requirement to provide a physical location for the public to testify, is supposed to go into effect Saturday, but Gov. David Ige has delayed that part of the new law in an emergency proclamation effective through Feb. 28.

Navy needs more time to flush Pearl Harbor drinking water

HONOLULU — Military officials say they need more time to flush jet fuel from their Pearl Harbor water system, but some of the 4,000 military families who were displaced because of contaminated drinking water could begin returning by the end of next week.

10 design trends to look for in 2022

With a new year comes new trends. What will be hot this year? While many existing trends are slated to remain popular, a number of new trends are also emerging. Here are some of the predictions for what will be on trend for this year.

Late Senate leader Harry Reid remembered as `man of action’

WASHINGTON — Presidents and former Senate colleagues are lauding longtime Majority Leader Harry Reid, who died Tuesday, for a political legacy that included an expansion of health insurance coverage for millions of Americans and helping secure an economic aid package and banking overhaul following the 2008 financial crisis.

Police seek Kona man wanted for questioning