Health Department hears water quality concerns

As the state Department of Health works on the first update to its water quality plan since 1990, most people commenting during a public meeting Tuesday were concerned about a single aspect of the multifaceted plan — the impact of wastewater on water quality and what should be done about it.

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Chemical odor prompts school evacuations in Honokaa

Students at Honokaa Elementary and Honokaa High & Intermediate were sent home at around 10:45 a.m. today due to a strong chemical odor that affected about 50 people at the High & Intermediate school. According to hazardous materials investigators, the odor was traced to a nearby resident who was using a mix of chemicals to spray his yard.

EPA orders county to fix wastewater pipe

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered Hawaii County to repair the Hilo Wastewater Treatment Plant’s ocean outfall pipe. The pipe is leaking treated wastewater close to shore, posing a potential risk to the marine environment and public health, EPA officials said.

Tips offered to help downed seabirds

Every year from September to December, seabird chicks throughout Hawaii leave their nests and make their first nocturnal flight from their nesting burrow to the sea. Guided by moonlight, the lights from cities, towns and homes can confuse these young birds — and even some adults — and cause them to fall inland rather than continue out to the ocean.

Local News

Insecticide spraying closes Honokaa schools

Students at Honokaa Elementary and Honokaa High and Intermediate schools were sent home Thursday morning after a strong chemical odor sent 28 people to area medical centers.

Sports

Runnin’ with Rani: Wildcat Pride at Peaman Biathlon

They share the same classes, the same cross-country coach, and also happen to be the best of friends. At Sunday’s Wee and DLT Whirled Pea’s Biathlon, only one second separated Konawaena sophomores Lawrence “Rama” Barrett and Cody Ranfranz. In the most evenly matched race for first place, it was evident that both also shared the same gut-wrenching desire to win.

Local Features

Alohahas to perform at Improvaganza on Oahu

The Alohahas Improv and Sketch Comedy Company will perform at the ninth annual Improvaganza Hawaii Festival of Improv, held on Oahu, Sept. 25 to 28. The Alohahas’ unique style of improvisation melds together a short-form style with long-form narratives and story-telling using audience suggestions. The Alohahas will be featured on the festival’s lineup for Sept. 25 and will perform a totally improvised 20-minute show in front of a live audience.

Kealakehe grad produced film heading to theaters

Kealakehe High School alumus Gato Scatena, class of 2000, has released his first feature film in theaters. Titled “Mantervention,” the film is about a recently dumped young man who turns to his best friend for help mending his broken heart.

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