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Kiholo State Park Reserve master plan proposed


Beach goers enjoy a sunny day at Kiholo Bay on March 26. Laura Shimabuku/Special to West Hawaii Today

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Kua Bay 8th best beach in U.S.

Hawaii has taken top honors for best beaches in the country, according to a new TripAdvisor survey.


Visitors and locals enjoy Kua Bay or Maniniowali on a sunny day at a top 10 rated beach by Trip Advisor. Laura Shimabuku/Special to West Hawaii Today

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New plane opens more opportunities for joyful flights for Big Island Air


Anthony Fink, pilot and director of operations for Big Island Air, left, and Rex Brumley, right, sit in the cockpit of the new plane. Brumley will be the aircraft’s principal pilot. Brad Ballesteros/Special to West Hawaii Today

The enthusiasm for giving air tours was palpable at Kona International Airport’s commuter terminal Friday morning, when Big Island Air blessed its newest airplane.

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Kohala students make music with pros

Inside Kohala Elementary School teacher Donovan Aiona’s classroom, the words on the board looked like poetry.

Surfing on a sunset sea
Sky as red as rubies
Waves barreling over me
Watching the clouds fade
On a lazy day
Waiting for the green flash
Reflected in the turquoise sea

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Read his lips: No new taxes

Increases in property values coupled with an improving economy should provide enough revenue to balance the county budget without having to raise property taxes this year, despite across-the-board salary hikes for county employees covered by collective bargaining agreements.

“There will be no tax increase,” Mayor Billy Kenoi said in an interview Friday with West Hawaii Today. “We’re looking forward to submitting a balanced budget while meeting our collective bargaining agreements and maintaining level funding for county departments.”

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