Hawaii County Council advances e-cig ban

A bill prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes anywhere smoking traditional cigarettes is banned moved ahead Wednesday to its final vote, after attempts to first amend, then delay, the measure were batted away by a County Council majority.

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Big Island jobless rate holds steady in October

The Big Island’s unemployment rate held steady while the statewide unemployment rate dropped slightly in October, the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported Thursday.

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Big Island jobless rate holds steady in October

The Big Island’s unemployment rate held steady while the statewide unemployment rate dropped slightly in October, the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported Thursday.

Kanuha, Poindexter to lead County Council

A West Hawaii majority emerging from the Nov. 4 election is poised to name Kona Councilman Dru Kanuha chairman and Hamakua Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter vice chairwoman.

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Big Island resident selected as official artist for 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival

Illustrator and Hawaii Island resident Jing Jing Tsong has been selected as the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival Official Artist. Her work, which features vibrant compositions, combines traditional printmaking with digital techniques. Tsong created a one-of-a-kind piece exclusively for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. An annual collector’s item, this artwork will be on the official poster and various merchandise.

Audiences of the Hawaii International Film Festival choose winning films

On Nov. 11, Hawaii News Now announced its winners of the 34th annual Hawaii International Film Festival Audience Awards. During this edition of the festival, audiences voted for favorite narrative feature, documentary feature and short film. Ballots were distributed for the screenings of every eligible film during the festival.

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