Waipio Valley public access closed Friday through Monday

In anticipation of large crowds and gatherings combined with the lack of resources to enforce COVID-19 safe physical distancing practices, the County of Hawaii Department of Public Works is closing Waipio Valley to the public from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Monday.

EPA fines Hawaii library system $144K for cesspool violations

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Pubic Library System is seeking authority from state lawmakers to pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency nearly $144,000 in penalties for its continued use of large-­capacity cesspools that were banned in 2005.

Celebrating freedom

Patriotic Americans celebrated Independence Day on Saturday waving flags at motorists passed on Queen Kaahumanu Highway in Kailua-Kona. Saturday marked the 244th birthday of the United States.