Only three new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

Three new Hawaii Island and 50 Oahu cases were among 66 positive results announced by the Hawaii COVID-19 Joint Information Center as of noon Tuesday, bringing the statewide tally to 14,773 since Feb. 28. Of the remaining cases, two were on Maui and nine were on Lanai, bringing that island’s total case count to 87. Two previous cases were removed due to updated laboratory information.

Water Board approves rate hike

Big Island households will see a water rate increase beginning Jan. 1, but the approximately 8% hike in the basic rate is expected to be tempered by a decrease in the power cost charge in the near future.

Kailua-Kona company wins HIplan award

Mermaid Mushrooms, a Kailua-Kona company developing a business producing gourmet mushrooms for local consumption, was awarded the $25,000 HIplan 2020 Grand Prize on Saturday.

Japanese travel plan nearly set

Gov. David Ige said Monday his administration is “very close” to being able to announce plans for the return of Japanese visitors to the state.