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Buddha’s birthday celebrated

| Apr 19 2015 - 12:05am | Comments

Kona Hongwanji, under the direction of Rev. Bruce Nakamura, celebrated Buddha’s birthday April 12. The service was sponsored by the Buddhist Women’s Association. The ceremony includes washing the baby Buddha by pouring a ladle of tea over a figure of a young Buddha.

  • | Posted: Mar 24 2015 - 1:00am

    The morning starts off peacefully at Anaehoomalu Bay.

  • Posted: Mar 23 2015 - 1:00am

    Zumbathon is program fundraiser

  • Posted: Mar 23 2015 - 1:00am

    A man, a boy and three dogs ride on a stand up paddleboard in Kawaihae. Paul Prosise/Community Contributor

  • | Posted: Mar 22 2015 - 1:01am

    One of the tax increase bills that is still afloat at our Legislature concerns the environmental response, energy and food security tax, which we refer to as the barrel tax. This tax started off as the environmental response tax, imposed at 5 cents a barrel of imported petroleum product as a way to create a fund for environmental cleanup in case of an oil spill in Hawaiian waters. It was hoisted to its present rate of $1.05 in 2009, and the difference was used not only to shore up our general fund, but also to feed various special funds that pay for environmental conservation programs, energy and food security, and related activities. As a result of all of the additional responsibilities placed upon the fund, it was given its new and much longer name. Now, faced with the prospect that Hawaiian Electric Industries will be fueling its power plants with liquefied natural gas instead of oil, our Legislature is thinking of extending the barrel tax to all forms of fossil fuel including coal and liquefied natural gas. The bill currently in the Legislature would impose tax at the “British thermal unit (BTU) equivalent” for energy generated by these other fossil fuels.

  • | Posted: Mar 22 2015 - 1:00am

    Native as well as introduced tree species face a host of alien pests and many environmental challenges in Hawaii. New insect pests, diseases and other plant problems are imported regularly. Staying current on diagnosing plant problems, being able to identify causes and control the issues is important if you are to help keep our trees healthy.

  • Posted: Mar 22 2015 - 1:00am

    Kayakers get a close-up view of a breaching whale near Kawaihae. Nancy Botticelli/Community Contributor

  • Posted: Mar 22 2015 - 1:00am

    Kona Kupuna Singles Club meets

  • Posted: Mar 22 2015 - 1:00am

    The Hawaii County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in processing court bench warrants.

  • | Posted: Mar 22 2015 - 1:00am

    Hawaiian gardens have long been famous for their vast array of orchids and other showy flowering plants. Ferns on the other hand don’t get top billing in most landscapes even though they were probably the first vascular plants to make Hawaii their home. In fact, ferns have been around long before flowering plants evolved. It is estimated that there are more than 12,000 species today. Most are relatively small but some treeferns may reach 30 or more feet in height. These treeferns are remnants of the carboniferous age and may have existed more than 100 million years ago, long before flowering plants. The majority of species are found in humid tropical and subtropical regions, but are well represented in temperate forests as well.

  • Posted: Mar 21 2015 - 1:00am

    Volcanoes National Park partnership recognized

  • Posted: Mar 21 2015 - 1:00am

    Signs posted on a fence at Waikii Ranch along Saddle Road ask passersby not to feed the horses. The English sign reads, “PLEASE Do Not feed the horses. Overweight.” The Hawaiian pidgin sign reads, “EHH! No give Kau-Kau to da lio. Stay fat already.” Rob Pacheco/Community Contributor

  • | Posted: Mar 20 2015 - 2:21pm

    Aunty Betty Webster from Waimea, also known as “The Sunglass Lady,” has a future so bright she needs to wear shades. Twelve hundred pairs of shades to be exact. Known for her fun collection of sunglasses and her outgoing personality, Webster’s eccentric collection is pending induction into the 2015 Guinness Book of World Records. But first, each pair must be numbered and photographed, and the Firehouse Gallery in Waimea will help her do just that.

  • Posted: Mar 20 2015 - 9:53am

    The Busan International Film Festival is going through some changes as the festival’s longtime programmer and executive director Lee Yong-kwan was recommended to step down by the mayor of Busan City Suh Byung-soo this past January after a special audit on BIFF was taken. Many supporters of Lee say that this was the backlash from screening a film, “Diving Bell,” last year despite objections from the government. Leaders in the Korean film industry call this a censorship issue of the festival. The controversial film “Diving Bell” is a documentary that chronicles the tragic sinking of Sewol Ferry in April 2014 where hundreds of high school students drowned.

  • | Posted: Mar 20 2015 - 8:03am

    Harbor Gallery in Kawaihae will host a reception today for artists Kristi Kranz and Kandice Crusat.

  • | Posted: Mar 20 2015 - 8:03am

    Studio offering dancing options