County throwing away more, recycling less

HILO — Hawaii County’s rate of recycling or otherwise diverting garbage from the landfill has dropped 48% in the past decade, according to a comprehensive report released Friday by a commission that meets once a decade to evaluate solid waste practices.

Fatal stabber given 8 years

KAILUA-KONA — The mother of a 35-year-old woman stabbed to death in April at a Ka’u park did not mince words Friday at the sentencing of the woman who killed her daughter.

Samoans grateful for Hawaii medical team

APIA, Samoa — An emergency medical team from Hawaii, along with Samoan volunteers and aid workers from other countries, immunized more than 20,000 residents on the first day of a mandatory vaccination campaign.

Teacher pay proposal approved

HILO — The state Board of Education on Thursday approved a proposal to address Hawaii’s continuing teacher shortage by increasing pay for classroom teachers in areas that have faced the most severe staff shortages.

Navy vet’s ashes destined for sunken Pearl Harbor battleship

PEARL HARBOR — On Dec. 7, 1941, then-21-year-old Lauren Bruner was the second-to-last man to escape the burning wreckage of the USS Arizona after a Japanese plane dropped a bomb that ignited an enormous explosion in the battleship’s ammunition storage compartment.

HELCO celebrates 125 years

HILO — At the end of the 19th Century, Akima Brown Akui began working for the newly founded Hilo Electric Light Company.

Real estate couple sentenced

KAILUA-KONA — A real estate agent, who appeared on HGTV’s “Hawaii Life,” and her husband accused of illegally obtaining welfare benefits were sentenced to probation and ordered to pay thousands in restitution to the state.

Pearl Harbor commemoration to go on after fresh tragedy

HONOLULU — Officials will beef up security as usual for the ceremony to remember those lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor 78 years ago, with service members and dignitaries confronting a fresh tragedy after a U.S. sailor killed two civilians, wounded another and then turned the gun on himself at the storied military base.

Sailor used service weapon to kill at Pearl Harbor

HONOLULU — A U.S. sailor shot three civilians with his service weapon, killing two of them, before taking his own life at Pearl Harbor, just days before thousands descend on the storied military base to mark the 78th anniversary of the Japanese bombing that propelled the United States into World War II.