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Sen performs tea ceremony to show respect for the 1st generation of Japanese in Hawaii

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.

California company issues nationwide fruit recall

Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, Calif., is voluntarily recalling certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots packed between June 1 and July 12 because the products may potentially be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Kona police arrest 9 for drunken driving

Hawaii Island police arrested 15 motorists for suspected driving under the influence of an intoxicant during the week of July 14 through Sunday. Six of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. One was younger than 21.

Federal-state partnership to expedite bridge work

Three Hawaii Island bridge projects are among 11 projects statewide to benefit from a partnership between the state Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration Central Federal Lands Highways Division. This partnership will supplement the state’s current project delivery process and get additional projects shovel-ready.