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Child safety seat check-up in Pahoa Saturday (Feb 23)

The Hawaiʻi Police Department is committed to promoting the safe use of seat belts for all occupants of vehicles as they travel on the roadways in our community. It is especially important that family members and caregivers properly install and use child safety seats when transporting children.

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A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircrew delivers a 35-year-old man suffering from sepsis in Hilo, Hawaii, Feb. 20, 2019. The aircrew worked jointly with the Hawaii Disaster Medical Assist Team to medevac the man quickly to a higher level of medical care. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Eric Ferree)

Coast Guard airlifts man from Hilo to Oahu for medical treatment

At 12:24 a.m., Wednesday, Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu (JRCC) watchstanders received a request for assistance from the Hawaii Department of Health in transporting the man suffering from symptoms of sepsis to Oahu for medical treatment. JRCC conferred with the duty flight surgeon who recommended transport of the man as soon as possible.

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A semi-slug captured in Kohala Middle School students

Semi-slug, a rat-lungworm disease vector, found in North Kohala

Staff from the University of Hawaii-Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP) confirmed a collection of Parmarion martensi, an invasive slug, from the Kohala district of the Big Island. Inquiries of local residents further revealed multiple sightings in the area, indicating that this invasive pest has established in the Kohala district of the Big […]

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North Hawaii Community Hospital expansion open house Friday (Feb 22)

Additional physicians, nine added exam rooms, waiting room upgrades, and new services will be unveiled at North Hawai’i Community Hospital’s Primary Care Expansion open house on Friday, February 22, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.

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Healthcare System public meeting and forum in Ka‘u Saturday (Jan 12)

The East Hawaii Regional Board of Directors of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) is holding its annual community meeting on Saturday, January 12 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Ka‘u Hospital, located at 1 Kamani Street in Pahala. All residents are invited and encouraged to attend.

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Wastewater spill closes Hilo Bay. Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

Big Island Dairy discharges wastewater in Kaohaoha Gulch near ‘Ō‘ōkala Town

The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is warning the public to stay out of Kaohaoha Gulch below Mamalahoa Highway in ‘Ō‘ōkala, Hawai‘i. Storm water within Kaohaoha Gulch was contaminated with animal waste due to discharge this morning from a lagoon at the Big Island Dairy facility.

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Sarcoptes Scabiei Mite. File Photo by MCCIC

Kona Community Hospital update on scabies outbreak

Infection prevention protocols, including visitor restrictions, remain in place at Kona Community Hospital as part of ongoing management of a scabies outbreak.

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Kona Community Hospital off-limits to visitors due to scabies outbreak

The hospital is temporarily restricting visitors from going to all patient care units until further notice. Hospital employees spent Thursday afternoon informing patients and their primary contact persons of the temporary restrictions.

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Police participate in national drug take-back program Saturday (Oct 27)

The Hawaiʻi Police Department is encouraging the public to participate in a nationwide prescription drug take-back initiative. On Saturday, (October 27), members of the public may turn in unused, unneeded or expired prescription medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the following collection sites for safe, anonymous disposal:

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Volcano Watch: Kīlauea hazard assessments include analyses of salts on volcanic ash

Upon contact with water, either through ash falling into water catchments or by rain falling on ash, the soluble components are washed from the ash.

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Doctors Eddie Herd, Bob Laird, Virginia Hatch-Pigott & Marta Derieg.

Dr. Eddie Herd joins Kona pediatric practice in Kailua-Kona

Dr. Eddie Herd, a pediatrician formerly at Aliʻi Health in Keauhou, has joined the pediatric practice of Drs. Marta Derieg and Virginia Hatch-Pigott in Kailua-Kona. Hospitals and healthcare groups are scrambling to remain financially viable in the ever-changing healthcare market. After Dr. Herd’s 11 years of service to the West Hawaiʻi community, Aliʻi Health is […]

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The Naha and Pinao Stones fronting the Hilo Public Library. Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7.

October 2018 events at the Hilo Public Library

MEDIA RELEASE Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018 Hawaiian Language Classes- 1:00- 4:30 PM FREE, easy Hawaiian language classes sponsored by the library! Designed for adults & seniors. Learn Hawaiian chants/oli, songs and prayers. Instructor Puakea Sun has 8 years experience teaching Hawaiian at Kamana Senior Center. It is recommended that students have some […]

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Free surf camp for kids with disabilities to be held in November 2018

A free Surf Camp for children with disabilities will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 9am to 2pm, at Richardson Ocean Park in Hilo. Now in its eighth year, Surfers Healing (Hawai‘i Island Chapter) provides disabled children and their families with the unique experience of surfing with professionals under supervised conditions. Knowledgeable surfing […]

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Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut products recalled due to possible E. coli contamination

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut products produced at the company’s facility located at 16-701 Macadamia Road in Kea‘au, Hawai‘i between Sept. 6-21 have been voluntarily recalled due to potential contamination of Eschericia coli (E. coli). The recall follows a detection of E. coli in the well water and distribution system that supplies the Kea‘au facility. No […]

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