Kona man accused of sexual assault changes plea

A Kona man charged with multiple counts of first-degree sexual assault related to incidents at a local high school changed his plea to no contest this month after a panel of mental health experts found him fit to stand trail after being held in custody of the State Hospital since 2019.

Pharmacy in Limbo

The pharmacy at Kona Community Hospital needs an additional $2.3 million from the state Legislature to comply with federal regulations or risk closure, potentially affecting over 500 chemotherapy patients.

Grape Varieties for Hawaii

When we think of growing grapes, we might recall the expansive vineyards growing in California wine country or a backyard grape vine somewhere on the mainland.

St. Patrick’s Day rites: Parades, bagpipes, clinking pints

Cities across the United States are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Parades, kicking off a weekend of revelry. New York City’s parade bills itself as the largest and oldest drawing tens of thousands to Fifth Avenue to listen to bagpipes, bands and give homage to Ireland’s patron saint. In Savannah, Georgia, people were planting their lawn chairs in prime viewing spots to watch a flow of floats, dancers and marching bands in another huge celebration. In Portland, Oregon, the city’s oldest Irish bar attempted to brew a record-breaking 264-gallon Irish coffee. Some cities, like Boston, will hold parades over the weekend.

Cesspools slated to close

Two West Hawaii large-capacity cesspools are slated to be closed by the beginning of the month according to action taken by the The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Mobile health clinic unveiled

A new mobile health care clinic has arrived on the Big Island courtesy of Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, a Hawaii-based nonprofit dedicated to improving maternal, child and family health care.

HCCN and AARP Hawaii Host April 12 Caregiver Workshop