Mars mission simulation begins

Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation Mission 3 crew members and Kim Binsted, HI-SEAS’ principal investigator, pose for a photo in front of the HI-SEAS dome on Mauna Loa. The six crew members entered the dome last Wednesday and will spend the next eight months there simulating a mission on Mars. The simulation is the longest tried in the United States, according to HI-SEAS. From left, Neil Scheibelhut, Sophie Milam, Zak Wilson, Binsted, Jocelyn Dunn, Allen Mirkadyrov and Martha Lenio. Scheibelhut and Milam are University of Hawaii at Hilo graduates. For more about the mission, visit

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Abercrombie releases natural resources projects money

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $33 million for various capital improvement projects administered by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources that invest in state parks, boating facilities, hazard mitigation and watershed protection.

Military convoys from Kawaihae to Pohakuloa

Oahu-based Marines will convoy from Kawaihae Harbor to Pohakuloa Training Area, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Friday through Monday. Convoys will use Akoni Pule Corridor, Queen Kaahumanu, Waikoloa Road, Mamalahoa Highway, and the Daniel K. Inouye Highway. Military police will escort the convoys.

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Waimea man dies after ATV accident

Waimea resident Willard Rapoza Jr. died early this week after crashing on an all-terrain vehicle, according to the Hawaii Police Department.


Local Features

Island Life | 10-21-14

A red slate pencil sea urchin is in the midst of a large mass of Zooanthids, which cover a deep section of coral by the Kahaluu Beach Park wave break. Laurie Sigel/Community Contributo

The politics of pears

Pears are politicians of the food world: they aim to please everyone. They can be eaten hard and crisp, with a slightly tart flavor, or allowed to age into a soft, creamy texture with super-sweetness. Pears can be found in shades of orange-yellow-brown-green-red blushed skins, to match any décor. I cast my vote for their versatility and promise of good things to come.


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