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                                Election campaign signs at the intersection of Pupupuhi Street and Farrington Hwy in Waipahu on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
Kokua Line: When can candidates put up campaign signs?

Question: I have seen yard and street-side campaign signs for City Council, lieutenant governor, state representative and even a labor union sign in the past month. I thought signs were allowed only from 45 days prior to the election. Can you check and let us know what we can do when we see illegally posted signs? Read more

                                Pearlridge Center.
Column: COVID winter is coming. Time to strengthen our defenses

Viruses have a way of ruining sunny predictions. Not even a week after county officials on Oahu announced the island’s exit from the pandemic, the news of another coronavirus variant cast a bleak shadow over the holidays. This shouldn’t surprise anyone. The struggle against COVID-19 is not won in Hawaii until it’s won everywhere. Read more

                                Pharmacist Nicole Paiva readies syringes with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Off the News: COVID data adjusted, but still good

Greater accuracy in COVID-19 vaccination statistics is a positive development for the state Department of Health. Slightly less so is what that did to the actual numbers — the percentage of the total population to receive at least one shot was adjusted to 77% from an enviable 85.4%. Booster shots had been counted within the basic vaccination numbers; with those removed, our rate is lower. Read more

                                A Uniao Quimica pharmaceutical employee holds a vial at the company’s control center for the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in Guarulhos in the greater Sao Paulo area of Brazil.
Off the News: Remembering another fatal disease

As the world struggles to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems resonant to reflect upon an earlier public-health scourge that shook people worldwide 40 years ago. In June 1981, five cases of a rare pneumonia were reported in five men in Los Angeles, the start of AIDS in America. Read more

                                A couple from Tokyo, photo session at Duke Kahanamoku Beach Park with wedding photographer.
Column: Being an event planner during COVID

Planning a wedding or large event can sometimes be stressful, but add a global pandemic to the mix and it becomes a real challenge. Faced with these new obstacles, my team and I at neu events shifted from being solely event planners, to both planners and enforcers of the ever-changing coronavirus mandates. Read more

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