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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.