Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Flu shots launched, parents fight furloughs, chill at the beach, environmentally friendly takeout


When the weekend comes around, island families choose a variety of activities to reconnect with each other and recharge their batteries. But most seem to head for the outdoors, taking advantage of the island's natural beauty.

Residents and visitors alike said they are troubled Tuesday by the news that several hotel employees did nothing to help when they saw a couple struggling near the area where a woman's body was later discovered.

The number of interisland airlines is shrinking again, with an agreement announced yesterday between the parent companies of go! and Mokulele Airlines to consolidate the two carriers.

It won't be a long move in terms of distance — a journey of just about two miles — but the USS Missouri's trip this morning from historic Battleship Row to Pearl Harbor's Naval Shipyard for drydock repairs has been more than two years in the planning.

The state's decision to save money by shutting down Hawaii's public schools for 17 Fridays this year has angered parents so much that they are planning to march on the Capitol next week, and some are considering lawsuits.

State health and education officials on Tuesday launched the annual flu vaccination program at local schools.

The Big Island's largest tax delinquents won't risk losing their lands Thursday when Hawaii County attempts to sell dozens of properties to collect much smaller debts.

This weekend, Hawaii Island residents will have a chance to venerate a relic at several West Hawaii Catholic churches.

After eight years of violating safe drinking water standards, the Pahala water system is now up to par.

Would customers pay an extra 15 or 25 cents to eat plate lunch out of an environmentally friendly plastic clamshell?

Almost two years after originally granting approval for Joseph Brescia to construct a controversial single-family home at Naue, the Kaua‘i Planning Commission on Tuesday set a January hearing date to determine if the terms of that permit have been followed.