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Legislation would pile it on the GET

Last week, we mentioned the state Legislature was considering several bills that would add increases or surcharges to the Hawaii General Excise Tax (GET). This week, we will talk about what those bills actually do, and provide bill numbers so those of you who are so inclined can track their progress. In no special order, here they are.

Disease prevention is best control

Plant diseases are usually what we consider in a garden column, but gardeners and other Hawaii residents need to be wary, as well when it comes to carrying human diseases. We discovered this in the South Pacific.

Sanitation a crucial method to control fruit fly

Do your oranges, guava, papaya, tomatoes or zucchini turn to mush before their time? Ever picked a fruit that looked fine on the outside but was rotten on the inside? Ever see small white, jumpy “worms” in a coffee cherry? Is there a pinhole less than 1 millimeter at the wound site? Does the wound ooze if you squeeze it? If so, your produce may have been damaged by a fruit fly.

Waikoloa Beach Resort tunes up for ukulele festival

Strumming and humming, hundreds of ukulele players and fans, keiki to kupuna, find their way to Waikoloa Beach Resort each year for the Great Waikoloa Ukulele Festival. This year’s 15th annual event on March 7 brings legendary entertainers together with some of the hottest stars in Hawaiian music for a day full of music from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Ka Makani to present ‘Lost in Yonkers’

Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Ka Makani Players will present Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers” at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 to 28 at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center in Waimea. Tickets, which are only available at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Eat more fish during Lent

Welcome to Fat Tuesday, the last chance to eat fatty foods, meats and other treats for those who observe Lent. After Mardi Gras celebrations, and until Easter Sunday, culinary abstinence prevails. Fish is fine, unless you are vegetarian, in which case you have to find something else to sacrifice. “Fish on Fridays” was the Lenten mantra in my Catholic household when I was growing up. Unfortunately, my mom was not a very adventurous cook. Fridays meant fish sticks with ketchup or those dry, frozen fish squares that were baked and served with tartar sauce. Occasionally we got to go to the local dive for greasy fish and chips. So the world of fish, in my experience, was about the size of a backyard pond. When I grew up and moved to city life, a culinary discovery awaited: fish can be fabulous. Even prepared at home.