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Buddha’s birthday celebrated

| Apr 19 2015 - 12:05am | Comments

Kona Hongwanji, under the direction of Rev. Bruce Nakamura, celebrated Buddha’s birthday April 12. The service was sponsored by the Buddhist Women’s Association. The ceremony includes washing the baby Buddha by pouring a ladle of tea over a figure of a young Buddha.

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    Honaunau ranch gets $100K for food program

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    Jessica Garcia’s first grade class at Kealakehe Elementary School recently invited the Head Start preschool children for a literacy event. Each first-grade student paired up with a preschool student and they investigated various genres of literature.

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    Parker students raise funds through Jump Rope for Heart

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    Veterinarian Jenny Brundage of Ahualoa Alpaca recently came to some of the agriculture classes at Honokaa High and Intermediate schools. She lectured about the alpacas. Special to West Hawaii Today

  • | Posted: Apr 6 2015 - 5:21am

    Easter Sunday drew youngsters to the Kona coastline to a catch a few waves.

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    The Kohala Mountains are seen from a field of fountain grass near Waikoloa Village. James Grenz/Community Contributor

  • Posted: Apr 6 2015 - 1:00am

    Community forum focuses on transportation issues

  • | Posted: Apr 5 2015 - 7:30am

    Two grant programs in Hawaii currently offer financial subsidies and on-farm educational support for battling the coffee berry borer (CBB). Local coffee farmers are already reporting CBB presence in their immature coffee cherry, making this a good time to start a spraying program against these damaging critters.

  • Posted: Apr 5 2015 - 1:00am

    The Hawaii County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in processing court bench warrants.

  • | Posted: Apr 5 2015 - 1:00am

    Easter is about new life and resurrection. Many types of bulbs are popular this time of year, but the Easter lily is by far the most popular. The lesson taught by the Easter lily is that it will soon begin to fade after we celebrate the holiday only to come back to life next season. These beautiful flowers give us pleasure, but we often don’t realize how much effort goes into producing that flower right at Easter.

  • | Posted: Apr 5 2015 - 1:00am

    Hawaiian pili grass is having a revival thanks to some dedicated growers. This clumping grass in the Poaceae (grass) family is an interesting and attractive addition to a landscape, as a pre-planted mulch or in grazing pastures. Native Hawaiians had several cultural uses for pili as well. It once grew abundantly in open spaces on all the islands but has been crowded out over the years by invasive grasses including fountain grass. In landscapes where clumping grasses are called for, pili is an excellent choice.

  • Posted: Apr 5 2015 - 1:00am

    South Korea is becoming healthier with a recent ban on smoking in public areas. Effective April 1st, the fine for smoking in public areas is up to $90 for the individual. Until recently smoking in restaurants, bars, coffee shops smaller than 100 square meters was exempt but no longer as of April 1st. The fine for owners of establishments will be fined up to $1,500. The smoking ban policy went into effect since 2012 and now the government will start enforcing the policy. Want to smoke? Go look for a nearby designated smoking room or area.

  • | Posted: Apr 5 2015 - 1:00am

    Last year we wrote about a deal reached in the waning days of last year’s legislature where the owner of the Turtle Bay Hotel would sell to the government a “conservation easement” requiring that neither the current nor any future owners would be allowed to develop most of the land. The state’s share of the price would be $40 million, which would be paid for by having the Hawaii Tourism Authority float bonds that would be paid back by a revenue stream created by putting yet another earmark on our Transient Accommodations Tax.

  • Posted: Apr 5 2015 - 1:00am

    Tutu’s House announces programs

  • Posted: Apr 5 2015 - 1:00am

    Lilies bloom in Honaunau mauka. Cecelia Smith/Community Contributor