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Students explore fire safety

The children of the Kealakehe Elementary PACT Head Start Preschool will kicked off fire safety month with a visit from the Kailua-Kona Engine No. 7. Captain Mike and his crew discussed safety strategies, displayed their tools, and modeled their protective gear. The children all had a chance to shoot water from a hose and sit in the fire engine.

Hokulea stories shared with Honokaa students

On Sept. 19 Hokulea navigator Chad Paishon and crew member Leiohu Santos-Colburn came to Honokaa High and Intermediate Agriculture and Culinary classes grades 8-12, to share their experiences on the recent trip to Samoa aboard the Hokulea. Students were also given a glimpse of the proposed World Wide Voyage to take place in the next couple of years and its mission to Malama Honua (Earth).

Students hit the books and the beach

About 130 Hawaii Preparatory Academy students in grades 6 through 8 and their teachers spent part of a recent afternoon reading a book at Hapuna Beach State Park. David Giff, the school’s kindergarten through eight-grade librarian, organized the fifth annual event.

The politics of pears

Pears are politicians of the food world: they aim to please everyone. They can be eaten hard and crisp, with a slightly tart flavor, or allowed to age into a soft, creamy texture with super-sweetness. Pears can be found in shades of orange-yellow-brown-green-red blushed skins, to match any décor. I cast my vote for their versatility and promise of good things to come.

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Falling off the cliff

When I was growing up, there was a hilarious cartoon involving a roadrunner and a coyote. The coyote always tried to catch the roadrunner, presumably to make it that evening’s dinner, but never succeeded. More often than not, the coyote found the bird resting near the edge of a dangerous cliff. When the coyote lunged at it, the roadrunner would deftly sidestep, and the coyote would find himself past the edge of the cliff with nothing but air under his feet, then … splat.

The olive tree — a perfect fit for Kona

In the ongoing pursuit of new cash crops for Hawaii, some farmers are planting Mediterranean olive trees as a possibility. Several farms on Maui have planted hundreds of plants with the first full production year approaching. Though most varieties require a seasonal chill to flower and fruit, several cultivars hold production promise in the tropics when grown at upper elevations

15th annual Bamboo Festival is Oct. 12

The Hawaii Chapter of the American Bamboo Society is holding its 15th annual Bamboo Festival from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Papaikou Hongwanji. The site is located between mile markers 7 and 8 on Highway 19. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet experts in growing and using bamboo, including demonstrations on tools and weapons associated with the plant. Many specialty bamboos will be available for sale at the event, as well.