100th Battalion’s values motivate a new generation

HONOLULU — How did Hawai‘i’s first group of nisei soldiers — who averaged only 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 125 pounds — of the 100th Infantry Battalion in World War II become one of the most decorated military units in U.S. history?

Tropic Care team ready for action on Kaua‘i

LIHU‘E — Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami was joined by Dr. Janet Berreman of the Kaua‘i District Health Office and Kaua‘i Complex Area Superintendent Daniel Hamada in welcoming the Tropic Care team to Kaua‘i for the group’s sixth deployment to the island.

Multi-agency exercises held at Port Allen

PORT ALLEN — The discovery of a simulated illegal drug laboratory was expanded to develop a variety of scenarios to test the capabilities and ability of first responder teams on Friday during multi-agency exercises that took place around the Port Allen commercial harbor.

Draydan Gerardo earns wrestling scholarship

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i High School senior Draydan Gerardo was named the recipient of the 2023-24 Most Outstanding Wrestler Award by Princeville resident Tommy Thompson, a former champion wrestler at Shamokin High School in Pennsylvania.

Military spending bill includes isle manufacturing, invasive species

HONOLULU — The latest draft of the annual military spending bill from Congress includes several Hawai‘i-centric provisions, including calls for the military to work with the state to track and eradicate invasive species across island lands it controls, as well as a pilot program to develop an advanced manufacturing facility in Hawai‘i to support military operations in the region.

EV’s put charge into state auto sales

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i auto sales, stymied by the lingering effects of the Aug. 8, 2023 Maui wildfires, are expected to accelerate 3.7 percent this year amid the possibility of lower income rates in the upcoming months, falling vehicle prices and strong wage gains.