Alleged killer wants change of venue

A defendant in a Hilo double homicide case reiterated his desire for a new lawyer Monday and told the judge he wants a change of venue, saying his slain girlfriend is related to Hawaii County’s mayor.

State: 75K have no health care

HONOLULU — The rate of people without health insurance in Hawaii has dropped below 6 percent since the implementation of the federal health care law, state officials said Monday.

Local News

HONORING THE ANCESTORS

Dr. Genshitsu Sen, 91, the 15th Grand Tea Master of the Urasenke Foundation, performs a tea ceremony Tuesday morning at Alae Cemetery to honor the first-generation of Japanese in Hawaii. The tea is offered in respect to their souls, Sen explained. He then asked those in attendance to remember the accomplishments and struggles of the Japanese ancestors because they made it possible to live the lives of today.

Local Sports

Kailua-Kona’s Wee to vie for Ironman spot in Canada

Bree Wee has come a long way since the days when she couldn’t run to Lyman Beach and back from her Kailua-Kona apartment. The 34-year-old could clinch a spot in the professional division of the Ironman World Championship this weekend with a victory...

Take notes, campers

Jimmy Yagi talks to youngsters at his second annual Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.

State

Pilot’s arrest escalates Oahu aerial ads battle

HONOLULU (AP) — A pilot recently was arrested for flying an advertising banner over Oahu, escalating a dispute between the city fighting against the practice and a company that insists it has legal authority to do so.

Kauai man sues PUC chairwoman

LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — A Kauai man is suing the chairwoman of the state Public Utilities Commission, saying she damaged his property while illegally operating a bed and breakfast on the island’s north shore.

Features

Garden Guy: Monstera fruit is edible and delicious

Y our columns are always full of interesting, useful topics to those of us living here, whether gardeners or not. Here is our contribution: few people have any idea that the fruit of the monstera is edible and delicious! It’s almost a weed where we live, in Hawaiian Paradise Park, and it’s on every street. Granted, knowing when to pick it and how to cut it off the cob is a bit tricky, but we’re betting you could easily explain this to your readers. Two of your dedicated readers, R. &N.B.

Community

Pahoa paintball club hosts birthday party

Pahoa Paintball Safety Zone members hosted a birthday party June 22 for Gage Reis, second from right in the middle row, who celebrated his 12th birthday at a paintball game in Pahoa with family and friends. His ohana treated him to a special birthday cake made to look like paintballs, with lots of decorative and colorful creative splatter adornments. For more information about the paintball club and its calendar of events, call Charlie Kawamoto at 965-8172.

Lehua Hawaii Productions queens crowned

Lehua Hawaii Productions staged its third annual pageant June 14 at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Angelina Ramirez, left, was crowned Young Miss Lehua Hawaii, and Kianie Sampaga was crowned Miss Teen Lehua Hawaii. Other top finishers included Kiana Vallente and Shaedelyn Kaaihue as first and second princess in the Young Miss Division and Kepola Ishikawa and Meghan Kualii as first and second princess in the Teen Division. Visit lehuahawaiiproductions.com if you are interested in participating in next year’s pageant.

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Commentary

Possible deal in border crisis

WASHINGTON — Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on the nation’s southern border.

Nation

Obama nominee pledges to ‘transform’ VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Tuesday to transform the beleaguered agency, saying that “systematic failures” must be addressed.

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