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Alohahas to perform at Improvaganza on Oahu

The Alohahas Improv and Sketch Comedy Company will perform at the ninth annual Improvaganza Hawaii Festival of Improv, held on Oahu, Sept. 25 to 28. The Alohahas’ unique style of improvisation melds together a short-form style with long-form narratives and story-telling using audience suggestions. The Alohahas will be featured on the festival’s lineup for Sept. 25 and will perform a totally improvised 20-minute show in front of a live audience.

‘Abstract Only!’ winners announced

The 2014 “Abstract Only!” exhibit was held in the main gallery of the Wailoa Center in August. Close to 1,000 visitors attended this year’s show and the vote for People’s Choice Award winner was tallied resulting in a tie between “Free Floating,” a large mixed media watercolor by Juli Ann Niemeyer and “The Light at the End,” an acrylic painting by Bob Douglas. The next “Abstract Only!” exhibit will be in August 2016.

Kahilu Theatre screens science documentary

Kahilu Theatre will screen “Particle Fever,” a documentary following six scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.

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State-provided targeted benefits: help or harm?

State governments, including ours, are increasingly using targeted benefits, such as tax credits and exemptions, to attract companies or industries to their states. Research recently published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University raises the question about whether these benefits help or hurt.

Pohinahina — a hardy ground cover and sprawling shrub

A sunny spot in a lower elevation garden is the perfect place to plant the indigenous Hawaiian plant pohinahina. Also known as beach vitex, this ground covering plant fills an area quickly, even when the soil is poor and irrigation is sparse. Pohinahina is salt and wind tolerant and can also live at upper elevations or in partial shade. This vitex qualifies as a xeriscape plant that can be a trouble-free addition to any garden.