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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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Special pupu for two… or more

Valentine’s Day is usually considered a romantic, “couples” occasion. But sometimes a special “dinner for two” is just not possible. From a shortage of babysitters to a budget crunch, this year’s V-Day might need to be another family day. But it doesn’t have to be dull: find a red tablecloth, sprinkle some heart confetti on top, and light some candles. There’s no need to fuss with a fancy dinner. Make a family favorite, but start with a few special pupu that will please cupids of all ages. The following recipes can all be prepared in advance or in just a few minutes.