Sunday | October 23, 2016
About Us | Contact | Subscribe

Tropical Gardening Helpline

| | 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 20 2016 - 12:05am

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

  2. Posted: Oct 19 2016 - 12:05am

    Flowers hang from a tree in town while traffic crawls by during the weekend of Ironman. HD Wilcox/Community Contributor

  3. Posted: Oct 19 2016 - 12:05am

    Presidential debate live streamed tomorrow

  4. | Posted: Oct 18 2016 - 12:05am

    A neighbor insisted that I take some eggplant from his prolific garden. He seemed as desperate to find homes for them as for a litter of kittens. So, I took two big round ones and one Japanese eggplant. But I confess, I do not eat them very often. It’s a texture thing.

  5. Posted: Oct 18 2016 - 12:05am

    School council’s first meeting today

  6. Posted: Oct 18 2016 - 12:05am

    A rainbow appeared on the upper highway near Saddle Road. June Gravitte/ Community Contributor

  7. | Posted: Oct 17 2016 - 12:05am

    The Kohala Burger &Taco Food Truck crew helped make the day for keiki from Kawaihae’s Kailapa Community Association’s fourth annual Na Kilo Aina Camp.

  8. Posted: Oct 17 2016 - 12:05am

    Hoola Na Pua holding volunteer orientation, advocate training

  9. | Posted: Oct 16 2016 - 12:05am

    KBFD will broadcast a special documentary on Big Bang MADE tour this coming Thursday night at 6:50 p.m. The Big Bang MADE 2015-16 World Tour was the group’s second world tour and covered over 15 countries. Big Bang will be also having their event at the Neal Blaisdell Arena on Oct. 22. This is their first event in Hawaii and the biggest K-Pop event of the year. This documentary will give you some idea of who Big Bang is and what their events looked in the past. You will also get familiar with all five members who will all be here in Hawaii to greet their fans.

  10. | Posted: Oct 16 2016 - 12:05am

    In March, the Honolulu Zoo was denied re-accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for the first time in its 100-year history. Many of the media reports at the time said that one of AZA’s principal squawks was the lack of a dedicated source of funding. As a result, Honolulu City and County lawmakers, more swiftly than a gazelle, passed Ordinance 16-12, which established a Honolulu Zoo Fund and split off zoo operations from the Special Events Fund (it then contained revenues from the Neal Blaisdell Center and Waikiki Shell, as well as the zoo). Now, Honolulu officials probably think zoo funding is the cat’s meow, so they will ask Honolulu voters in November whether to pass an amendment to the City Charter that would require 0.5 percent of estimated real property tax revenues, roughly $5 million, to go to this fund every year.

  11. | Posted: Oct 16 2016 - 12:05am

    Panaewa Zoo is well known for its interesting collection of wildlife, but most folks don’t know that is has a great collection of tropical vireya rhododendrons, palms and bamboos. This is thanks to Hawaii Island’s vireya, palm and bamboo societies. Today, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Vireya Society is having an open invitation to the public to learn more about these beautiful plants. It is also a chance to get some starter specimens for your garden, so if it’s not too late, check it out.

  12. | Posted: Oct 16 2016 - 12:05am

    On a recent visit to Steve Sakala’s Honaunau Farm our tour began on his “permaculture alley.” This is the group of plants along his drive that has a long history of sustaining indigenous populations in the tropics. Some are lovely plants, like the stately chaya tree and others produce important food like yacon and cassava. Though all of the tropical plants in the “alley” are perennial edibles, none of us were able to identify all of them. Sakala’s point was to encourage growers to include these sustainable species in our gardens and farms.

  13. | Posted: Oct 17 2016 - 10:19am

    It was a beautiful day for a round of golf at Kona Country Club. (Alaina Pacheco/Community Contributor)

  14. | Posted: Oct 16 2016 - 12:06am

    A hairy yellow hermit crab peers out from beneath its shell in waters off South Kona. (Barry Fackler/Communtiy Contributor)

  15. | Posted: Oct 16 2016 - 12:05am

    Rotary clubs announce upcoming speakers