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Chamber participates in inaugural ‘Hawaii on the Hill’ initiative

The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce participated in the first Hawaii on the Hill initiative July 22 and 23 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Co-chaired by Sen. Mazie Hirono and the rest of the Hawaii delegation, the event highlighted the state’s businesses, food and culture on Capitol Hill. The two-day affair included a Hawaii Policy Summit, tours of the White House and Capitol, and concluded with a “Taste of Hawaii” reception with more than 700 invited guests experiencing the sights, sounds and tastes of Hawaii.

Day showcases new Kaiser facility

Kaiser Permanente’s Kona Medical Office, which celebrated its grand opening earlier this month, welcomed community members July 20 to its Family Fun Day for an afternoon of games, activities, prizes and entertainment. Visitors toured the new facilities at the corner of Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Honokohau Street and mingled with Kaiser Permanente physicians and staff.

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One stroke of the pen

One stroke of the pen. That’s all it takes to undo a very large amount of work. Today we will follow the saga of House Bill 2427 in this past legislative session.

Many Australian natives prove drought resistant

What do Australia, New Caledonia and Hawaii have in common? Australia and New Caledonia are thought to be part of the great continent known as Gondwanaland and hold some of the most ancient species of plants and animals known today. Surprisingly, even though Hawaii is about the youngest real estate around, the ancient species thus far introduced prove to be very hardy. Many are found to be extremely drought tolerant.

Plant reproduction: sexual and asexual propagation

Sex acts are taking place in your garden. The birds, bees and the flowers in the trees are all involved. Flowers are the sexual organs of plants. Their blooming periods, as well as their attractive colors, alluring shapes and provocative fragrances all serve to attract pollinators. Getting the right bird or bug in the right place at the right time is paramount to the continuation of the plant species.

Silver screen celebrates the ocean

Reels are set to roll when the Waimea Ocean Film Festival returns to Waimea and the Kohala Coast Jan. 1 through 9. Films and programs will be featured Jan. 1 through 4 at venues in Waimea, at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, before moving Jan. 5 through 9 to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.