Bills would tighten tax loopholes

Three of five bills aimed at reducing loopholes and making property tax collections more fair have survived their first reading at the County Council and will be considered a final time when the council meets early next month.

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Hawaii schools short on money for lunches, buses

HONOLULU — The state Department of Education says it needs $19 million in emergency funding from the state Legislature to cover shortfalls in its school lunch and bus transportation programs.

Local News

Social Security benefits to increase in 2015

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015, the Social Security Administration announced today.


Local Features

Students explore fire safety

The children of the Kealakehe Elementary PACT Head Start Preschool will kicked off fire safety month with a visit from the Kailua-Kona Engine No. 7. Captain Mike and his crew discussed safety strategies, displayed their tools, and modeled their protective gear. The children all had a chance to shoot water from a hose and sit in the fire engine.


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