Food bank demands remain high

With statewide unemployment skyrocketing during the COVID-19 pandemic, food distribution programs are struggling to keep up with demand.

County announces 2020 Summer Fun program

The County of Hawaii Department of Parks and Recreation on Friday announced its 2020 Summer Fun program will begin June 15 for a minimum of five weeks, tentatively ending on July 17.

Crossing the distance, virtually

Hilo Medical Center has provided online or “virtual” health care for some emergency situations, but the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for long-distance checkups.

Residents protest coronavirus lockdown

A large group of protesters lined the sides of Queen Kaahumanu highway Friday afternoon urging for Hawaii’s leaders to re-open the state. More than 100 demonstrators — nearly all without masks — carried signs with messages varying from “I need a haircut” to warnings of tyranny, waved shakas and garnered honks from passing vehicles.

Consumer advocate chimes in on Young Brothers’ request

Hawaii’s consumer advocate is recommending the Public Utilities Commission suspend Young Brothers’ 2019 rate increase request and open a new proceeding to “investigate all relevant facts and measures” surrounding the struggling interisland shipper.

DMV to begin reopening Monday

The County of Hawaii Department of Finance announced Friday the first phase of reopening of its Division of Vehicle Registration and Licensing offices for limited in-person services beginning Monday.

Hawaii hotel union protest calls for worker protections

HONOLULU — The union representing workers at many of Hawaii’s hotels have held a demonstration demanding that public safety and the needs of Hawaii’s workers are placed at the forefront of plans to reopen the state’s tourism industry.

Public-private partnership proposed: Environmental commission urges fast work on sewage discharges

Casting a wary eye toward a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said discharging wastewater indirectly into the sea by allowing it to flow through groundwater violates the Clean Water Act, the county Environmental Management Commission on Wednesday unanimously voted to ask the County Council and administration to solicit proposals for public-private partnerships to fix island projects falling into that category.