Eight more COVID-19 cases for Big Island, 77 total in state

Eight new Hawaii Island and 60 Oahu cases were among 77 positive results announced by the Hawaii COVID-19 Joint Information Center as of noon Thursday, bringing the statewide tally to 14,911 since Feb. 28. Of the remaining cases, three were on Lanai and one on Kauai. One previous case from Maui was removed and added to Lanai due to updated laboratory information.

Police seeking missing woman in Mountain View

Hawaii Island Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 24-year-old, Espernanzania “Hope” Hernandez. She was last seen in the Mountain View area and has not been seen or heard from since Saturday, Oct. 24 at approximately 11:00 am.

Bad Papa releases new single

From the Big Island of Hawaii, the music duo “Bad Papa” is excited to announce the release of their new single “Missing You Today,” digitally available everywhere you buy and stream music.

Water Conservation Notice Issued for South Kohala Customers

The Department of Water Supply (DWS) has issued a water conservation notice for South Kohala customers from Ahualoa to Anekona Estates, including Honokaia, Pu‘ukapu, Nienie, Waimea Town, Lalamilo Farm Lots, portions of Mana Road, portions of Mamalahoa Highway and Waiemi Place.

HDRC ready to help voters with disabilities

The Hawaii Disability Rights Center, the state’s protection and advocacy agency for individuals with disabilities, understands that people with disabilities can face many hardships, but casting a ballot shouldn’t be one of them. HDRC supports residents with disabilities on all islands to exercise their protected right to vote and fully participate in this significant act of democracy. To successfully navigate Hawaii’s first all-mail general election, HDRC recommends familiarization with the new process; voting early in case problems arise; and tapping HDRC as a free and confidential source of assistance if needed.

Five new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

Five new Hawaii Island and 40 Oahu cases were among 62 positive results announced by the Hawaii COVID-19 Joint Information Center as of noon Wednesday, bringing the statewide tally to 14,834 since Feb. 28. Of the remaining cases, two were on Maui and seven were on Lanai and one on Kauai. The cumulative total now stands at 94 confirmed cases on the island of Lanai. One previous case was removed due to updated laboratory information.

Eddins appointed to Hawaii Supreme Court

Gov. David Ige has appointed Judge Todd W. Eddins as associate judge on the Hawaii Supreme Court. The seat has been vacant since Associate Justice Richard W. Pollack retired in June, 2020. Gov. Ige selected Eddins from a field of four nominees chosen by the Judicial Selection Commission of the Hawaii State Judiciary.

DLNR: Please don’t feed the seals

The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources has concerns about a recent increase in harmful interactions between fishers and Hawaiian monk seals. For example, thus far this year, 24 monk seal hookings have been reported on Oahu — a substantial increase compared to recent years.

$4.4M in rent assistance disbursed

Six Hawaii Island-based nonprofit organizations announced Friday the Hawaii County Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program has disbursed $4.4 million in housing assistance grants as of Oct. 22, helping address the housing needs of 2,636 Hawaii Island children and adults since late August.

Monday is final day for Hoku Kea telescope input

Monday, Oct. 26, marks the final day for the public to participate in a virtual University of Hawaii at Hilo open house to learn about the university’s proposed 28-inch educational telescope at Halepohaku, the mid-level facility on Maunakea. The educational telescope will be available to UH students, faculty and the community and will replace UH Hilo’s Hoku Kea telescope on the summit of Maunakea that is currently being decommissioned.

Brothers reunited after losing contact for months

For several years, Steve Robinson had been looking for his older brother Michael who had lived on the Big Island for many years. Steve and his father lived in California and had kept in touch with 71-year-old Michael by phone and by mail until around 2015 when the phone calls stopped, Michael’s post office box was closed, and suddenly there was no more communication between them.

AARP Hawaii sponsors Makana concert to fight kupuna hunger

Slack-key guitar master Makana will perform a free online concert, sponsored by AARP Hawaii, to raise awareness about solutions to kupuna hunger. The concert can be seen on a Zoom link and simulcast on the AARP Hawai`i Facebook page on Friday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m.

Kahilu Theatre featuring two wa’a themed exhibits

Kahilu Theatre has announced that its next exhibit features the wa’a. It is titled “Our Water, Our Canoe, Ka Moana Kakou Student Exhibit,” running Dec.5, 2020 to Jan. 23, 2021. They ask students to reflect and respond literally to the phrase “Our Water, Our Canoe, Ka Moana Kakou” by creating a 2D or 3D representation of a wa’a (canoe) or interpreting and responding to the metaphor. Please visit kahilutheatre.org to find out more information about the exhibit and how to get your keiki involved.