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Who won’t pay for health care?

In the beginning, long before statehood, there were rural hospitals in Hawaii that began as plantation-owned clinics and hospitals or as county-owned tuberculosis sanitariums. From 1950 to 1965, the state gave small subsidies to the counties to help run these facilities. From 1965 to 1967, the hospitals transitioned from county-owned to state-owned facilities, eventually coming under the Division of Community Hospitals within the Department of Health. Money was generally not a big concern. Hospitals often neglected to send out bills and operated under their own annual capitol budgets instead. The DOH became the state’s largest single employer and hospitals served as much to provide employment as to provide health care to our communities.

Regal Kress Cinemas pau

Discount movie theaters nationwide are closing their doors, and the Regal Kress Cinemas 4 in downtown Hilo appears to be a casualty of the changing business landscape for so-called second-run movie houses.