Officials finalize in-person learning plans

With less than two weeks until students are set to return to classrooms, state health officials are working to finalize updated safety guidelines for schools and educators are preparing for the new year.

Distance learning offered at some BI schools

With a new school year nearing and COVID-19 case counts currently climbing, the state Department of Education this week published a list of schools that will offer distance learning options when students return Aug. 3.

Young athletes serve up end-of-summer fun

A group of young athletes put on a show for spectators Friday afternoon on the volleyball court at Coconut Grove Marketplace. Konawaena volleyball coach Ainsley Keawekane put the athletes through a series of drills at a youth volleyball clinic, one of various clinics run daily throughout the summer. In addition to the youth clinics, the Keauhou Volleyball Association puts on handful of tournaments at Coconut Grove Marketplace; on the schedule for next weekend are the Queens of the Court and Kings of the Court tournaments, set to begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening. (Photos by Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

Kiwikiu: Still alive

A remarkable discovery on Wednesday is providing a morale boast and hope to the dozens of experts working to save kiwikiu from extinction. One bird, released into the Nakula Natural Area Reserve (NAR) on the leeward slopes of Haleakala, was found alive and well, after being thought dead for 605 days, the Department of Land and Natural Resources said.

Green touts money for shots

Lt. Gov. Josh Green said people should receive $50 for each COVID vaccine shot they receive in order to boost vaccination rates as COVID cases continue to mount.

Hawaii COVID cases spike

The state Department of Health on Thursday reported 243 confirmed and probable new cases of COVID-19 across Hawaii — the biggest single-day case count since January and the eighth straight day totals have reached triple digits.

Council Planning Committee delays subdivision vote

Owners of a 4-acre North Kona parcel will have to wait a little longer before they’ll know whether the County Council will give them permission to rezone it from agriculture to urban and subdivide it into six residential lots.

HPAF’s Watson and Zuim rise up at Kahilu

Vocalist Nyla Watson and pianist Ana Flavia Zuim wowed the Kahilu Stage Sunday afternoon. Donned in a glittering red sequined gown, Watson charmed the audience with her life in song. The rapport between singer and accompanist was warm and genuine, as Watson shared her heart on her sistership with Zuim.

Mask rule delays trial for ex-Oahu prosecutor’s brother

HONOLULU — A former high-ranking city prosecutor once took a photo with a line of cocaine on the desk of her husband, then-Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha, according to court documents filed in preparation of a drug-dealing trial against her pain physician brother.

Shrinking military, students could affect reapportionment

The number of nonresident military families and students to be extracted from population counts before state House and Senate seats are allocated to islands is down significantly from the 2010 census, a factor that could affect the distribution of legislative seats for the coming decade.