Served up: Aces lead Konawaena to victory over HPA

KEALAKEKUA – In an early-season girls volleyball showdown between two of the top teams in Division II, serving proved to be the difference between Konawaena and Hawaii Prep in the Wildcats four-set, 25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21 victory over Ka Makani.

Favorable reception for new TAT tax

Most — if not all — County Council members support tacking an extra 3% tax on hotel, timeshare and transient vacation rental charges, but a bill to do that was postponed two weeks by the Finance Committee on Tuesday to work out more of the details.

Obituaries: October 20, 2021

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KOA customs facility dedicated

A handful of dignitaries gathered Tuesday at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole for a small ceremony to dedicate a permanent Federal Inspection Services facility.

Ige: Aloha, tourists

Gov. David Ige said the state will welcome tourists back to Hawaii on Nov. 1 as COVID continues to decline statewide.

Biden focuses on climate, families in trimmed $2T plan

WASHINGTON — Scaling down his “build back better” plans, President Joe Biden on Tuesday described a more limited vision to Democratic lawmakers of a $2 trillion government-overhaul package with at least $500 billion to tackle climate change and money for middle-class priorities — child tax credits, paid family leave, health care and free pre-kindergarten.

Businesses nervously await fine print of vax-or-test rule

WASHINGTON — More than six weeks after promising a new vaccination-or-testing rule covering the millions of Americans at companies with 100 or more workers, President Joe Biden’s most aggressive move yet to combat the COVID-19 pandemic is almost ready to see the light of day.