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Search underway for missing fisherman off Big Island

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Coast Guard and Hawaii County Fire Department are
searching for a missing fisherman whose kayak was found adrift near Kawaihae,
Hawaii Thursday morning.

Police investigate mysterious trail of blood through Big Island town

PAHOA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- One day after a mysterious trail of blood was found running through the town of Pahoa, police on the Big Island tell Hawaii News Now they have reason to believe some sort of assault took place.

Business owners on Pahoa Village Road discovered the mess Wednesday morning. Authorities spent several hours following the trail, uncertain if the blood belonged to a human or an animal. They searched for anyone who may have heard a commotion, checked nearby hospitals and questioned the local homeless population.

So far, they have no leads. Investigators are asking anyone with information on the case to call police.

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Man critically injured by spear gun during Puna brawl

PUNA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- Big Island police are investigating an incident involving a spear gun that occurred in the Puna District that left one person critically injured.

At about 10:15 p.m. on June 25, police responded to a report of a 20-year-old Pahoa man who was shot with a spear gun during a confrontation on Leilani Avenue in the Leilani Estates Subdivision.

Police and Hawaii Fire Department medics responded to the location and stabilized the victim at the scene before transporting him to the Hilo Medical Center.

Police also learned that a 61-year-old female sustained a non life-threatening injury to her lower leg during the confrontation after being struck by a large rock. She was transported to the Hilo Medical Center for treatment and was later released.

Officers arrested a 49-year-old Pahoa man for second degree attempted murder and he is being held in the police cellblock while detectives continue the investigation.

Man seriously injured in Big Island waterfall jump

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A 37-year-old man was seriously injured when he jumped down an 80-foot waterfall.

Hilo authorities say Samson Perez, who is also known as Samson Moses Kahumokuthe, jumped Monday morning off Rainbow Falls above Hilo.

Fire captain Joe Farias says emergency responders found Perez on the banks of the Wailuku River waving and calling for help.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Perez is the son of Grammy-award winning slack-key guitarist Moses Kahumoku,

Capt. Richard Sherlock of Hilo Patrol Division says Perez lost feeling to the lower portion of his body. He underwent surgery Tuesday in Honolulu.

Witnesses told police Perez jumped on purpose but was not intending to hurt himself.

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Laupahoehoe Library Will Close for Re-roofing Starting July 8

Laupahoehoe Library Will Close for Re-roofing Starting July 8

Laupahoehoe Public & School Library (Big Island) will close temporarily for a pre-scheduled re-roofing and downspout replacement project this summer beginning Monday, July 8.  The book drop will be locked and inaccessible starting Friday, July 5 at 3 p.m. for the duration of the project.  

While the Library is closed, patrons may visit any of our other public libraries.  In addition, patrons may log-on to the HSPLS website:  www.librarieshawaii.org to:

Queen's enters agreement with North Hawaii Community Hospital

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Queen's Health Systems,
corporate parent of The Queen's Medical Center, announced on Tuesday that it
has officially entered into an agreement with North Hawaii Community Hospital
(NHCH). 

This agreement will allow Queen's
to explore the possibility of a formal affiliation with NHCH.

The Queen's Medical Center has had a clinical affiliation
with NHCH since 2005. 

"Queen's remains mindful and dedicated to our mission to
provide in perpetuity quality health services to improve the well-being of
Native Hawaiians and all the people of Hawaii," said Art Ushijima, President of
The Queen's Medical Center.

The specific nature of any
affiliation between Queen's and North Hawaii will be determined and announced
after  due diligence is completed.  That process is expected to take
between 90 to 120 days. Both organizations have signed confidentiality
agreements.

Promises for preschool

Promises for preschool

Governor Neil Abercrombie signed a bill today supporting early childhood education in Hawai`i.

Senate Bill 1093 calls for a Preschool Open Doors Program that will provide keiki with resources that will help them with emotional, social, linguistic, cognitive and physical development. The measure will set aside $1.16 million for the next two fiscal years to create three temporary positions and services for program implementation. Additionally $6.4 million will be used to subsidize 900 children to attend preschool for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The money will be made available from the State Department of Human Services.

“That’s not enough – but that’s alright,” Abercrombie said referring to 900 kids. “That’s not a complaint. It’s a promise.