Mayor Harry Kim re­turns home to­day

West Hawaii Today - - Front Page - BY WEST HAWAII TO­DAY STAFF

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim has checked out of the hos­pi­tal and will re­turn home to Hilo on to­day, af­ter un­der­go­ing pro­ce­dures at The Queen’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter, a press re­lease by Hawaii County stated.

The mayor was dis­charged on Fri­day evening and stayed in Honolulu with his wife over the week­end. He re­turned to Hilo on Sun­day, but his fam­ily is re­quest­ing that he be al­lowed to come home with­out fan­fare.

“Harry in­formed me that he was get­ting some per­sonal time in Honolulu with his wife,” said Wil Ok­abe, the county’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, who is serv­ing as act­ing mayor while the mayor is on sick leave. “The fam­ily wants to give him a chance to come home qui­etly so he can rest.”

The mayor ex­pe­ri­enced heart at­tack symp­toms early Thurs­day, checked him­self into Hilo Med­i­cal Cen­ter and was sub­se­quently mede­vaced to Oahu. At The Queen’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Kim un­der­went tests and pro­ce­dures to al­le­vi­ate his symp­toms.

“We thank Hilo Med­i­cal and Queen’s for taking such good care of Harry,” Ok­abe said. “We’re also very grate­ful to Se­na­tor Hirono, Gov­er­nor Ige, Mayor Cald­well and Mayor Car­valho for their ex­pres­sions of aloha and well wishes to Harry.”

“We want to thank the hun­dreds of peo­ple from all over the State who reached out with mes­sages of love and con­cern by phone, email, so­cial me­dia and get-well cards,” Ok­abe said.

The Mayor and his fam­ily have been over­whelmed by the out­pour­ing of aloha from all over the State, and the County of Hawaii thanks ev­ery­one for their con­tin­ued sup­port and prayers for the Mayor’s speedy re­cov­ery, Ok­abe said.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one giv­ing Harry a chance to rest com­fort­ably while he was in the hos­pi­tal, and we’re hop­ing that the com­mu­nity will let Harry take time to rest and re­cover fully,” Ok­abe said.


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