Airport COVID-19 testers ousted

Hawaii County ousted Premier Medical Group from its COVID-19 testing program at the island’s three major airports, uprooting more than 100 workers with less than a week’s notice, and brought in another vendor on an emergency two-week, $508,200 contract.

Tourist to stand trial in death of friend

A 37-year-old Pittsburgh man will stand trial on a single charge of manslaughter stemming from a March 29 altercation at a Kailua-Kona vacation rental that resulted in the strangulation death of his roommate, a fellow visitor from Pittsburgh.

Kona coffee labeling settlements top $13M

Kona coffee farmers will soon be eligible to receive a share of millions of dollars thanks to proposed settlements in a 2019 class action lawsuit against retailers that falsely labeled commodity coffee beans as premium “Kona” coffee.

Abarcar pleads guilty in lethal crash case deal

A 26-year-old Waimea man accepted a deal with prosecutors Friday changing his plea to guilty on four of seven charges filed in connection with a 2019 crash that claimed the life of a mother of four and injured three girls.

Last Waiki accomplice sentenced

A Puna woman’s criminal record could be cleared of a charge stemming from aiding Justin Waiki following the 2018 fatal shooting of a Hawaii Police Department officer if she stays out of further trouble.