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Hawaii mayor leaves hospital 11 days after heart attack

Jan. 22, 2021 10:06 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii island’s new mayor has been released from a hospital 11 days after suffering a heart attack. Mayor Mitch Roth was released Wednesday from Hilo Medical Center, where he was admitted shortly after experiencing chest pain at his home on Jan. 9, Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported....

Hawaii mobile virus testing van reaches underserved areas

Jan. 21, 2021 10:29 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A mobile unit of health professionals in Hawaii County is taking coronavirus testing on the road, providing screening to communities in underserved areas. Premier Medical Group has operated a mobile testing van in areas around Hawaii island since November, in addition to testing...

Hawaii island mayor remains in hospital after heart attack

Jan. 13, 2021 9:13 AM EST

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii island's mayor is still hospitalized after suffering a heart attack and undergoing a procedure to implant a stent. Mayor Mitch Roth was being treated in Hilo Medical Center after experiencing chest pain Saturday evening, West Hawaii Today reported Tuesday. The former...

New management takes over Hilo veterans home struck by virus

Jan. 12, 2021 12:43 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii island veterans home that suffered a coronavirus outbreak resulting in several patient deaths is under new management. The Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo will be operated by the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation under the management of Administrator Kau'i Chartrand,...

Hawaii island Mayor Mitch Roth hospitalized with chest pain

Jan. 10, 2021 5:08 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The mayor of Hawaii island underwent a procedure to implant a stent after suffering chest pain Saturday evening. Officials say Mayor Mitch Roth was under evaluation Sunday at Hilo Medical Center after being transported from North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea. Roth, 56, the former...

Hawaii's virus notification app set to launch statewide

Dec. 31, 2020 2:02 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's optional coronavirus notification app is expected to launch statewide next Wednesday. The AlohaSafe Alert app aims to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by notifying users about potential exposure to someone who tests positive for the virus, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported. ...

3 finalists vying to replace Kahele as Hilo's state senator

Dec. 28, 2020 3:45 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A state representative and two political newcomers are vying to fill the remaining two years of former state Sen. Kai Kahele's term after he was elected to Congress. Gov. David Ige will select the new senator representing Hilo after local Democratic Party officials sent him a list of...

New cancer treatment center breaks ground in Hawaii

Dec. 23, 2020 9:27 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A new cancer treatment center in Hawaii has broken ground after the state legislature allocated $6.5 million for the project earlier this year. A group of healthcare officials and lawmakers gathered Thursday to mark the beginning of construction of the new building, which will expand...

All Hawaii County police to have body cameras by end of week

Dec. 21, 2020 4:32 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — By the end of the week, all Big Island police officers with patrol duties will be outfitted with body cameras, an official said. About 300 officers will be wearing Axon Body 2 cameras, which record in high-definition video, when the rollout is complete. Uniformed patrol, traffic...

Kaimi, Hawaii's first certified arson dog, dies at 13

Dec. 19, 2020 11:32 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's first certified arson dog, Kaimi, has died at the home of his handler Robert Perreira, the acting fire chief of the Hawaii Fire Department. The Labrador and golden retriever mix died Dec. 12 at the age of 13. He stopped his duties at the fire department on New Year's Eve 2019....