- Associated Press - Friday, April 27, 2018

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim is in stable condition after being flown to Oahu complaining of chest pains.

Kim experienced the pain Thursday morning while exercising at his home. His office said the 78-year-old Kim drove himself to the Hilo Medical Center at about 4:30 a.m. and then was flown to Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu.

Kim has had three previous heart attacks and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2008.

County Managing Director Wil Okabe said Kim “knows the symptoms, and he knows what to do.”

Okabe, who will serve as acting mayor, said that as of Thursday afternoon Kim had not received a diagnosis.



Harry’s in stable condition and they’re looking at a procedure,” Okabe said. “They’ll give him some options later on today or tomorrow.”

Okabe held an emergency meeting to alert staff of the situation.

“We’re offering prayers for Harry, knowing that he’ll be back very shortly,” Okabe said.

Gov. David Ige wished Kim a speedy recovery.

“Mayor Kim has a fighting spirit and I know he’ll want to be back at work serving the people of Hawaii County as quickly as possible,” Ige said.

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