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Big Island State Senator Kai Kahele and State Representative Mark Nakashima have introduced companion bills to provide an economic boost for Hilo’s business community.  We have more about the proposals from HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken.

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Jose Rafael Gonzalez

The 4th annual Big Island pride festival takes place this weekend in Hilo.

A parade through old town begins Saturday at noon and is followed by a musical festival near the Mo’oheau bandstand.  The Big Island’s transgender community will be specifically honored at this year’s celebration, and will lead the parade.  

Organizers say it’s an important year for LGBTQ rights following President Obama’s declaration of New York’s Stonewall Inn as a historical site, and the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.  Greg Lupton is the Hawai‘i Island Pride Committee Chair.

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  The busiest airport on Hawaii Island has had two power outages of an hour or longer over the past two weeks.  Both created significant problems.  HPR's Sherry Bracken reports from Kona.

  Patients in the state with terminal illnesses have options on all islands for help through several different hospice organizations.  But what if the illness is serious, maybe debilitating, but the patient isn't quite ready or not eligible for Hospice?  On Hawaii Island, there is now a new option.  HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more. 

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  Tourism is the biggest economic drive for the state.  That's also true for Hawaii Island, but international travelers are unable to fly directly into Kona's Keahole Airport.  That airport has been without an approved customs facility since 2012.  But state officials hope to change that--starting at the top.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has more from Kona.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  A repair and painting crew has been busily patching, repairing, and painting around 40 buildings on Kamehameha Avenue in downtown Hilo since the beginning of the month.  The project is now drawing to a close.  HPR's Sherry Bracken took a stroll through downtown Hilo to check the progress.

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  The New Year is going to start with a lot of new paint on one part of the Big Island.  The center of activity will be Kamehameha Avenue in downtown Hilo.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story

Hilo Fundraising takes a Creative Twist

Dec 9, 2013
Stephanie Salazar
Stephanie Salazar

 

Non profit organizations across the islands share at least one major challenge: raising money. That includes student organizations at colleges. And at U-H Hilo, there’s a group that’s putting a new twist on an old tradition. Stephanie Salazar has that story from Hilo.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

Hilo Medical Center is celebrating a pair of recent developments.  From the community’s standpoint, it’s all pointing towards getting more medical care on the biggest Neighbor Island.   From the Big Island, HPR’s Sherry Bracken has more. 

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

Here's a quiz. What does Hilo have in common with Halifax, Nova Scotia--Macon, Georgia--Joplin, Missouri--and Placerville, California? HPR's Sherry Bracken has the answer, from the Big Island of Hawaii.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

Paint the town red? In the case of two Hawaii towns, their goal is to just get the town painted. One of them is on the Big Island. HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more about the opportunity.