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The Associated Press

Kids traveling bring measles to Hawaii

PORTLAND, Ore. — Two confirmed cases of measles in Hawaii were in unvaccinated children who traveled to Hawaii from Washington state.

Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist for Hawaii, said Monday that Washington public health officials told her office that the family had been exposed to measles as part of the ongoing outbreak in southwest Washington.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports she said public health officials went to see the family and advised them to remain in the home on the Big Island where they were staying unless they could show proof of vaccination. Park said the home was on a large and relatively isolated part of the Big Island.

The outbreak has sickened 36 people since Jan. 1.


Telescope foes try to appeal to funder

HONOLULU — Leaders of a fight against building a giant telescope on a Hawaii mountain are in California trying to convince a financial backer of the project to withdraw support.

Kealoha Pisciotta says she and other opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope are scheduled to meet today with the president of a Palo Alto-based foundation established by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore and his wife.

The Gordon and Betty More Foundation pledged $250 million for the $1.4 billion project.

Pisciotta says it’s a last-ditch attempt to keep the telescope off Mauna Kea.