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Suicide prevention group meets today
Students in Stephanie McDowell’s biotechnology class at Hawaii Preparatory Academy recently completed their portion of an international project to map the DNA of the planet’s creatures large and small — research that was impossible to achieve at any level just a few years ago.
Kealakehe Elementary plans reading program
National Park March programs scheduled
The enthusiasm for giving air tours was palpable at Kona International Airport’s commuter terminal Friday morning, when Big Island Air blessed its newest airplane.
Free family read aloud program offered
Da Poke Shack tops Yelp’s 100-best restaurants list
Edmond and Suzanne Tessien are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary with an informal gathering for friends and relatives beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Sam’s Hideaway in Kailua-Kona. Punch and cake will be served.
Several tropical plants are named “miracle berry” or “miracle fruit,” but only one grows in Hawaii. The source of the “miracle” in Synsepalum dulcificum is a glycoprotein called miraculin that is contained in the fleshy part of this plant’s small red fruit. When you eat the fruit, the protein binds to your taste buds
As you read this, we are traveling up the west coast of Africa and seeing plants we recognize from our gardens in Hawaii. The tree bird of paradise and blue and gold bird of paradise and strelitzias are all native to South Africa. Some of the strange succulents like the ice plant family, Aizoaceae, come from the deserts of Namibia. The climate of parts of South Africa is much like Southern California and Kula, Maui, but as we travel northward, the vegetation and landscape becomes so dry that it is mostly windblown sands in some areas. How much of this is because of human and animal impact is a question that comes to my mind as I look forward to getting closer to the equator’s tropical forests.