There was a very rare sighting of a Cuvier’s beaked whale in 10,000 feet of water 8 miles from shore south of Keauhou. Bo Pardau/Community Contributor
Free yoga class offered
Free yoga class offered
Tibetan Lama visits Big Island
Kailua Village is seen at dusk. Bo Pardau/Community Contributor
Hale building workshop in Honaunau
When the moon rose over Makalei Estates at 9 p.m. Sunday, it was the closest it had been to the earth since 1948. The picture was taken at a focal length of 400mm, f/11 and 1/125 of a second. David Kwiat/Community Contributor
Kailua-Kona library offers Thanksgiving craft
Coffee lovers everywhere appreciate their favorite aromatic, fresh-brewed coffee every morning, and many know exactly how to create the perfect cup. On the Big Island, adding locally grown, 100 percent Kona coffee not just into the morning cup, but also in sweet and savory recipes, offers a whole new platform for chefs and foodies.
A dim glow hangs in the sky over Kailua-Kona at dusk. Brent Tashiro/Community Contributor
Healthy food talk, samples at Kealakekua library
Three juvenile rice paddy birds eat a slice a bread in Kailua-Kona. Laurie Sigel/Community Contributor
East Hawaii Cultural Council, Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture, Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society, Kano o ka Aina Ohana and Volcano Art Center are the five recipients of this year’s Bank of Hawaii Foundation Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Leadership Award. The award recognizes outstanding leadership of nonprofits providing benefits for residents of Hawaii County, with the awards this year focused on arts, culture and education programs. Volcano Art Center received $10,000; the other four recipients each received $5,000. The announcement was made during a Nov. 1 presentation and panel discussion of creative placemaking at Kahua Ranch.
In 2013, Honolulu established a new property tax classification for residential property (1) valued at more than $1 million and (2) for which the home exemption was not taken. Honolulu set the tax rate for this classification, called “Residential A,” 70 percent higher than the tax rate for other residential property. Earlier this year, a member of the City’s 2014 Real Property Tax Advisory Commission, Schuyler “Lucky” Cole, who was represented by Ray Kamikawa, who happened to chair that Commission, sued in Tax Appeal Court to attack the legality and constitutionality of the Residential A classification — and recently won.
SOUTH KONA — Two acres of greens growing on terraces above a sweeping view of the ocean on the South Kona Coast is an awesome sight.
This is the final day of a week of celebrating Kona coffee and the culture associated with our unique crop. It has been a week of tropical agriculture, art, history, music, politics and much more. Kona coffee has experienced a quiet birth over a century ago, growth, expansion, almost death and a rebirth that has put Kona on the map as a No. 1 producer of top quality coffee.
Fred asks: I have heard that the Kona Soil and Water District has money to give to farmers for a variety of projects. Can you tell me more about this including how to apply.