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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 1:34 p.m., Thursday, March 13, 2003

Ex-Big Island mayor still critical

Advertiser Staff

Former Big Island Mayor Stephen Yamashiro remained in critical condition in The Queen's Medical Center intensive care unit this morning after surgery at Queen's yesterday.

Marsha Reynolds, Yamashiro's spokesman during his administration, said he went to Hilo Medical Center yesterday morning complaining of tightness to his neck and chest. After doctors performed some tests, they moved him to Honolulu "to be cautious," Reynolds said.

She said that the family had been told that Yamashiro was doing well after the surgery.

Yamashiro, 61, is a lawyer and a major player in Big Island politics for nearly 25 years. He served two terms as Big Island mayor from 1992 to 2000, and also served on the County Council from 1976 to 1990.