Snow to fall on summits

The Big Island summits are forecast to get up to three inches of snowfall over the weekend. A winter weather advisory is place for the peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa above the 12,500-foot level, with temperatures dipping into the upper 20s. National Weather Service forecasters predict snow and freezing fog through 6 a.m. Monday. The combination is expected to cause slippery roads and dangerous travel on summit access roads.

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Snow to fall on summits

The Big Island summits are forecast to get up to three inches of snowfall over the weekend. A winter weather advisory is place for the peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa above the 12,500-foot level, with temperatures dipping into the upper 20s. National Weather Service forecasters predict snow and freezing fog through 6 a.m. Monday. The combination is expected to cause slippery roads and dangerous travel on summit access roads.

PTA to open hunting areas

Army officials are opening the Keamuku Training Area for bow hunting at Pohakuloa Training Area from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Local News

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.

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.

Sports

BIIF baseball: Kealakehe aims for breakout season

The Kealakehe baseball program has been a work in progress over the last three years under coach Josh Hansen. Baseball on the Big Island is usually dominated by the east side, but Hansen is hoping to buck that trend and he believes he has laid down the foundation for a successful 2015 season.

Local Features

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.

Sanitation a crucial method to control fruit fly

Do your oranges, guava, papaya, tomatoes or zucchini turn to mush before their time? Ever picked a fruit that looked fine on the outside but was rotten on the inside? Ever see small white, jumpy “worms” in a coffee cherry? Is there a pinhole less than 1 millimeter at the wound site? Does the wound ooze if you squeeze it? If so, your produce may have been damaged by a fruit fly.

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