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UPDATE: Mayor Kim Hawai’i County Mayor Harry Kim in Stable Condition, Weighing Options

Mayor Harry Kim. Courtesy photo.

UPDATE: April 26, 2018, 4:10 p.m.

 

Hawai’i County Mayor Harry Kim is in stable condition at The Queens Medical Center in
Honolulu, as he weighs options regarding a procedure after being medevaced after
experiencing chest pains early today.

As of late afternoon on Thursday, April 26, there was no diagnosis, said Wil Okabe, the county’s managing director, who is serving as acting mayor while the mayor is on sick leave.

“Harry’s in stable condition and they’re looking at a procedure,” Okabe said. “They’ll give him some options later on today or tomorrow.”

The mayor has been undergoing tests, and was not accepting visits for the time being.

“We want to respect his privacy and let him rest as we wait for the doctor’s determination on what the next steps are,” Okabe said.

The 78-year- old mayor drove himself to Hilo Medical Center around 4:30 a.m. and proceeded to call Okabe and other staff to notify them of the situation. He was medevaced to O‘ahu around 6:45 a.m.

The mayor has had three previous heart attacks, and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2008.

“We’ve had an outpouring of people calling, emailing and on social media telling us how much Harry means to them,” Okabe said. “Harry is very grateful for all of the good wishes and prayers, and so are we.”

“Mayor Kim has a fighting spirit and I know he’ll want to be back at work serving the people of Hawai‘i County as quickly as possible,” said Gov. David Ige. “I wish him a speedy and complete recovery.”

ORIGINAL POST: April 26, 10:18 a.m.

Hawai‘i County Mayor Harry Kim has been medevaced to The Queens Medical Center in Honolulu as a precautionary measure after experiencing chest pains early Thursday morning, April 26, 2018, according to a press release from his office.

The 78-year-old mayor drove himself to Hilo Medical Center around 4:30 a.m. and called Managing Director Wil Okabe and other staff to notify them of the situation.

He was medevaced to O‘ahu around 6:45 a.m.

The mayor has had three previous heart attacks, and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2008.

“He knows the symptoms, and he knows what to do,” Director Okabe said. “We’re offering prayers for Harry, knowing that he’ll be back very shortly.”

Okabe will serve as acting mayor while the Mayor Kim is on sick leave.

An emergency meeting of the county department heads and executive staff was held to inform everyone of the situation.

“We’re going to continue to do the work; everyone assured me that they’re committed to carrying out the mission we always have—of making this a better place to live,” Okabe said. “Harry has confidence in everybody that they’ll continue the mission.”

Committee Passes Hilo Economic Revitalization Bill

Sen. Kahele

On Thursday, April 26, 2018, a Hawai‘i State House and Senate conference committee approved S.B. 3058 S.D. 2 H.D. 2 C.D. 1 (S.B. 3058), which establishes the Hilo Community Economic District and authorizes the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) to extend or modify the terms of certain public leases, within the economic district, upon BLNR approval.

“This bill is a homerun for Hilo,” said Sen. Kaiali‘i Kahele, introducer of the bill. “It’s no secret that Banyan Drive and the Kanoelehua Industrial Area are in severe disrepair and in need of major infrastructure improvements. S.B. 3058 provides the certainty needed for the economic heart of Hilo to incentivize major infrastructure investments. This initiative is just the first step that will combine the strengths of the public sector, private enterprise, and the community to unlock the economic potential of East Hawaiʻi.”

Sen. Kahele concluded by saying, “I would like to thank my House counterpart, Rep. Chris Todd, and the House and Senate Leadership for their support in passing this bill.”

Sen. Kahele represents the 1st Senatorial District, which encompasses the greater Hilo area on the Island of Hawai‘i.

VIDEO: Monk Seal with Knife in Mouth

The Hawai‘i Department of Land and Resources reported that had it been something other than a sharp fishing knife, the video below may have been endearing.

Screen shot from DOCARE video of Hawaiian monk seal pup Manu‘iwa with knife.

A Hawaiian monk seal pup named Manu‘iwa had recently weaned from its mother on a Hawai‘i Island beach. Staff from Ke Kai Ola, a hospital operated by The Marine Mammal Center at Kailua-Kona, and officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) have been monitoring the pup’s health and growth.

On Sunday, April 15, 2018, the seal was spotted playing with a bright orange object in its mouth. As they watched the seal dive beneath near-shore rocks and come back up, they realized Manu‘iwa was holding a knife in its mouth by its handle.

The DOCARE officer who captured the incident on video tape commented, “There was real concern that the seal pup might swallow the knife. It’s a reminder to all of us to properly dispose of our trash and not to leave it on Hawai‘i’s beaches or in the ocean.”

At one point, the seal dropped the knife under the rocks and it was later retrieved.

Animal experts say that it’s critical for young seals not to have human interactions so they can learn to be wild animals, especially after they’ve weaned from their mothers and are on their own.

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Fisheries asks people to report all monk seal sightings to your island’s Marine Mammal Response Coordinator:

Hawai‘i Island – East: (808) 756-5961
Hawai‘i Island – West: (808) 987-0765

O‘ahu: (808) 220-7802
Kaua‘i: (808) 651-7668
Moloka‘i: (808) 553-5555
Maui / Lāna‘i: (808) 292-2372

Summit Deflation Leads to Slight Drop in Lava Lake Level

The U.S. Geological Survey reports summit deflation began the morning of Wednesday, April 18, 2018, and the lake level has dropped slightly.

In this photo, an HVO geologist checks on a time-lapse camera on the rim of Halema‘uma‘u Crater. A large spatter site is active along the east margin of the lake. Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey.

On Wednesday morning, April 18, the lake was about 14 meters (46 feet) below the overlook of the crater rim, having dropped roughly 4 meters (13 feet) since yesterday morning.

VIDEO, PHOTO UPDATE, PM: APRIL 1: Merrie Monarch Festival Hoʻolauleʻa

HAWAI'I ISLAND: 2018 Merrie Monarch Ho'olaule'a.More information here: http://bigislandnow.com/category/merrie-monarch/#BigIslandNow #MerrieMonarch

Posted by BigIslandNow.com on Sunday, April 1, 2018

HAWAI'I ISLAND: 2018 Merrie Monarch Ho'olaule'a.KSBE's Halau.More information here: http://bigislandnow.com/category/merrie-monarch/#BigIslandNow #MerrieMonarch

Posted by BigIslandNow.com on Sunday, April 1, 2018

Sunday, April 1, p.m.
Hoʻolauleʻa (celebration)
Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
Free admission to watch performances by local hālau.

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TOMORROW, Monday, April 2

Merrie Monarch Free Mid-day Entertainment
Monday through Friday, April 2–6
Entertainment at the Grand Naniloa Hotel, noon
Entertainment at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, 1 p.m.

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