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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.

Auditor ends review of HOVE water spigots

The county Department of Water Supply followed its regular policies and procedures in awarding spigot permits for commercial water haulers in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates, the county’s legislative auditor told the Water Board in a recent letter.

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.

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Pharmacy school retains accreditation

Fears that the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy’s accreditation might be lost, jeopardizing the future of the school, as well as its graduates’ ability to find work, were largely laid to rest this week.

Meeting about Ka‘u hospitals

The East Hawaii Regional Board of Directors for Hawaii Health Systems Corp. (HHSC) will host its annual public meeting on Saturday, July 19, at 2 p.m. at Ka‘u Hospital, located at 1 Kamani St. in Pahala.