Grow Hawaiian Festival

Hundreds of visitors made their way the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook for the 11th annual Grow Hawaiian Festival on Saturday presented by Hawaii Forest and Trail. The day started with a tribute to garden founder Amy Greenwell, botanist, archaeologist and student of Hawaiian culture. Attendees were then welcome to wander the property and explore more than 30 informational and hands-on booths including poi making, lauhala weaving, lei making, native birds and insects, kapa making and dyes, lomilomi demonstration, plant identification, and a konane tournament.

Green waste plan delayed

Following an outcry from local landscapers, Hawaii County has postponed implementing a program requiring commercial operators to haul their green waste to the landfills rather than dumping it at transfer stations.

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State road work continues

Alternating single lane closures will be in effect on Mamalahoa Highway, between mile markers 45 and 39.5, in the vicinity of Kapapala Ranch in Kaʻu this week for pavement reconstruction, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Lane closures remain in effect on Umauma Bridge

Alternating single lane closures remain in effect 24/7 on the Umauma stream bridge on Hawaii Belt Road, near mile marker 16 in Hakalau, for steel bridge rehabilitation, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Winter weather advisory posted for Big Island summits

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Monday for the Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea summits, the National Weather Service reports. Up to 1 inch of new snow is expected above 11,000 feet in elevation.

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State road work continues

Alternating single lane closures will be in effect on Mamalahoa Highway, between mile markers 45 and 39.5, in the vicinity of Kapapala Ranch in Kaʻu this week for pavement reconstruction, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Lane closures remain in effect on Umauma Bridge

Alternating single lane closures remain in effect 24/7 on the Umauma stream bridge on Hawaii Belt Road, near mile marker 16 in Hakalau, for steel bridge rehabilitation, according to the state Department of Transportation.

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Legislation would pile it on the GET

Last week, we mentioned the state Legislature was considering several bills that would add increases or surcharges to the Hawaii General Excise Tax (GET). This week, we will talk about what those bills actually do, and provide bill numbers so those of you who are so inclined can track their progress. In no special order, here they are.

Disease prevention is best control

Plant diseases are usually what we consider in a garden column, but gardeners and other Hawaii residents need to be wary, as well when it comes to carrying human diseases. We discovered this in the South Pacific.

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