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Island Life | 8-23-14

This flower is one of the Hawaiian Island’s rare native plants. The flower of capparis sandwichiana blooms at night and begins to fade early in the morning, turning to a pale pink before finishing its short life. This is characteristic behavior of plants that are pollinated by night fliers, most notably moths. These plants also characteristically possess sweet aromas that attract their pollinators. James Grenz/Community Contributor

APAC announces 2014-15 season

Aloha Performing Arts Company recently kicked off its 27th production season with its 21st annual Original Play Festival, which featured staged readings of seven new, unpublished, unproduced plays in four days. The main stage season of fully produced shows begins in October, with the Gothic musical thriller “Jekyll and Hyde.” This moody, evocative tale is loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart. With book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and music by Frank Wildhorn, the show runs Oct. 10 through Nov. 2.

Grant to benefit Hiki No

PBS Hawaii’s student news program and statewide digital media learning initiative, Hiki No, has received a three-year, $2.1 million grant from the Stupski Family Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation.

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The Feeding Leaf caters to private parties, social events

“He lau maona” is a Hawaiian expression that means “the leaf that feeds until satisfied,” referring to the kalo plant, a key food source from root to tip. As the new name for an up-and-coming culinary partnership, “The Feeding Leaf” means sharing food rooted in culture, prepared and served with a high level of artistry.

KTA kicks off Kokua i Na Kula program

KTA Super Stores continues to make a difference in improving the educational experience of Hawaii Island students with its Kokua i Na Kula, Help the Schools, program. In its 21st year, Kokua i Na Kula provides schools with the opportunity to earn their share of $100,000 for capital improvements, beautification projects, school equipment and extra-curricular activities. More than $1.8 million has been provided to Hawaii Island schools through the program.

East meets West in Hawaii’s beautiful gardens

In Hawaii, China and Japan, rock and water are used to add interest to the garden. The stone water basins that usually stand outside the tea houses are an example of rock and water used on a small scale. Participants in the tea ceremony first wash their hands and at the same time, symbolically wash away the stain of the noisy and confused outside world. In almost any garden and for whatever reason, the gentle sound and sight of water dripping over cool stones is refreshing.