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.

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.

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Kona District Property Crime Report | Feb. 21-26

Editor’s note: This log of property crimes reported in the Kona District is a regular feature of West Hawaii Today and is compiled using Hawaii Police Department records. The department considers North and South Kona one district.

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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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