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| | Oct 23 2016 - 12:05am | Comments

Brenda asks: I am very disappointed in my dragon fruit production this year. Although I did hand pollinate the flowers, most of them dropped off without producing fruit. What is the problem and what can I do to insure success in the future?

  1. | Posted: Oct 23 2016 - 12:05am

    This year’s most successful drama, “Descendants of the Sun” will air on KBFD in high definition on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 p.m. The first episode started this past Thursday. This drama was a major hit in Asia as well resulting in the male star Joong Ki Song one of the most popular actors in China. The drama was exported to 32 countries and has won numerous awards. The love story revolves around the lives of a soldier (Joong Ki Song) and a doctor (Hye-kyo Song). Special episodes are also scheduled to air at the end of the series.

  2. | Posted: Oct 22 2016 - 9:08pm

    The Island of Hawaii is by definition, at least the US Department of Agriculture’s definition, entirely “rural,” meaning that we live in an area in which there is no city with a population greater than 50,000. As a rural area, agriculture is of course a big part of our local economy. Much of our local economy is about what we can grow on farms, raise on ranches, or harvest from the sea, and what we can make from that. All of us here are happily familiar with the fantastic abundance our farms and ranches provide and the outstanding quality available from locally grown or raised products. However growing a crop and selling the raw harvest is only one way that local producers can benefit from their labors. It is the most direct way obviously, but it is also probably the merchandising method that is the least lucrative for many crops.

  3. | Posted: Oct 23 2016 - 12:05am

    In celebration of Volcanoes National Parks Centennial, former superintendent and founding member of Hawaii Conservation Alliance, Bryan Harry, recounted the conservation successes to which he contributed as well as current challenges. As guest speaker at the IUCN Conservation Congress in September, he also discussed the importance of Hawaii Hosting such a critical and prestigious event. The development of the park and resolutions of the Congress offer solutions to our current environmental collapse.

  4. | Posted: Oct 23 2016 - 12:05am

    In Hawaii, we like many other states offer credits and incentives for movies and TV productions to shoot here. We offer the credits to lure the productions away from other states, primarily California where Hollywood is located, so you might not think California would need or want to offer credits itself. But it does in fact offer credits. Indeed, a recent report from their Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) reveals some interesting truths about their credit program, which could help us to formulate policy for the production credits we offer here.

  5. | Posted: Oct 23 2016 - 12:05am

    Brenda asks: I am very disappointed in my dragon fruit production this year. Although I did hand pollinate the flowers, most of them dropped off without producing fruit. What is the problem and what can I do to insure success in the future?

  6. | Posted: Oct 23 2016 - 12:05am

    As the weather cools down a bit, folks start thinking about garden projects. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Old Kona Airport there will be an opportunity to check out some interesting new plants, including bamboos. Nursery folks will be there to answer your questions on what to plant and the care in your special climate zone.

  7. | Posted: Oct 21 2016 - 8:29pm

    West Hawaii Today is compiling a list of Halloween activities and events for all ages in West Hawaii. The deadline for submissions is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26. Haunted Happenings will be published on Friday, Oct. 28, in the Big Island Entertainment Scene.

  8. Posted: Oct 22 2016 - 12:05am

    The best place to train and experience freediving in the United States is also one of the top locations in the world, according to Sport Diver Magazine. On a recent trip with Byron Kay, owner of Kona Freedivers, a certified free diving school, the magazine’s reporter experienced Honaunau’s popular “Two Step,” noting that, “Kona provides an excellent freediving classroom thanks to near shore drop-offs and a coastline riddled with protected bays. Plus, its underwater topography, sculpted by volcanoes, and thriving animal population add challenges to entice any diver to stay down just a smidge longer.”

  9. Posted: Oct 23 2016 - 12:05am

    Quilt talk offered

  10. Posted: Oct 21 2016 - 12:06am

    Kealakehe Elementary Scholastic Book Fair begins

  11. Posted: Oct 23 2016 - 12:05am

    Ohia blooms catch the dew on White Road in Waimea. Adam Atwood/Community Contributor

  12. Posted: Oct 22 2016 - 12:05am

    A wedding couple stands on the cliffs of Keauhou Bay. Suzy Coyne/Community Contributor

  13. Posted: Oct 21 2016 - 12:06am

    Tiki torches burn at Anaehoomalu Bay. Sarah Manhood/Community Contibutor

  14. Posted: Oct 19 2016 - 4:48pm

    The KOHALA Senior Citizens Club recently held its Filipino Culture event. Front row seated from left, CeciliaAscencion, Leo Guitang, Connie Bautista, Belma Rullan. Back row from left, Vivian Moku, Juana Mejia, PazRivera, Sally Castillo, Francisca Pasamonte, Nelie Aguiran, Lani Eugenio, Linda Alejandro and Elsie Carpio.Special to West Hawaii Today

  15. Posted: Oct 20 2016 - 12:05am

    The tidepools of Kapoho are seen. Linda Burns/Community Contributor