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Duo to perform European salon tunes

Roland Maurer, also known as Ohrlando, and his wife, Ursula Hesse, as part of the ensemble’s 2014-15 chamber music series will offer a special musical gift to the community: European salon tunes of the 19th and 20th century — a classical program with waltzes, polkas, dances, opera phantasies and more. Maurer will perform on oboe, bassoon and saxophone and Hesse on piano.

Jazz experiences coming to Aloha Theatre

Kona Jazz Experience is back with two nights of jazz this holiday season, sponsored by Aloha Hills Coffee, an award winning company located in Captain Cook. On Saturdays, Dec. 27 and Jan. 10, at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu. The events begin at 7:30 p.m., with proceeds benefiting Aloha Performing Arts Company.

Junior Judges presentation given

Cynthia Tai, Hawaii County deputy prosecuting attorney, provided a Junior Judges presentation to Kealakehe Elementary third-graders Nov. 21. Two classes were selected as participants in the Junior Judges program, which covered the importance of why cheating, destroying property, bullying, teasing, stealing, drugs and alcohol are all bad choices. Tai also encouraged the children to dream big and explained how everyone can make their dreams come true by studying and pursuing their dreams. She shared how she worked in the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands for six years before returning to Hawaii to continue her career. Special to West Hawaii Today

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Celebrate Christmas in Hawaii with plants

Christmas in the tropics isn’t the same as it is on the mainland. In Hawaii, we often see the same activities we might see in July. The surf and beach are still the big attraction. Folks might even take the holidays to catch up on plant projects.

The tax credit that should not die

A Maryland income tax case recently attracted national attention when it was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in mid-November. It’s interesting because it involves the one credit in our income tax system that is considered to be an integral feature of the system itself, namely the credit residents get for taxes paid to other states.