State sets vaccine thresholds for lifting travel quarantine

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige said Friday that the state will drop its quarantine and COVID-19 requirement for travelers once 70% of the state’s population has been vaccinated against the disease. Hawaii will also lift its requirement that people wear masks indoors once that level has been reached, he said.

Council approves 4.1% budget increase: Parks, Fire, Police, licensing clerks among additions to Roth’s budget

Equipment for firefighters, repairs at parks, beefed up computer systems, more hours of community policing, four additional vehicle registration and licensing clerks and money for council contingency accounts added $1 million to Mayor Mitch Roth’s proposed operating budget, bringing the final tally to $610.1 million after final passage Thursday by the Hawaii County Council.

Obituaries: June 4, 2021

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Unplugged: Something new for Bottle of Blue

Since 2013, Bottle of Blue has been faithfully paying their musical dues on Kona’s club circuit. And one highly important element has remained constant in the band: they offer some of the best classic rock and blues played on the island.

US to swiftly boost global vaccine sharing, Biden announces

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday the U.S. will swiftly donate an initial allotment of 25 million doses of surplus vaccine overseas through the United Nations-backed COVAX program, promising infusions for South and Central America, Asia, Africa and others at a time of glaring shortages abroad and more than ample supplies at home.

Island Life: A tattler’s tale

A wandering tattler (Tringa incana) skitters from tidepool to tidepool as it hunts dinner late one afternoon in March. (Donna R. Goodale/Community contributor)

Defending champs dethroned: Suns eliminate Lakers 113-100

LOS ANGELES — Devin Booker scored 22 of his 47 points in a phenomenal first quarter, and the Phoenix Suns won their first playoff series since 2010, eliminating the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers with a 113-100 victory in Game 6 on Thursday night.