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Plan ahead for Arbor Day trees

Hawaii Arbor Day is celebrated on the first Friday of November. Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden has taken part in Arbor Day tree giveaways for the past 15 years. This year’s celebration will last three days, Nov. 7 to 9. One tree per person will be available, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greenwell Garden visitor center in Captain Cook. All of the trees and shrubs are either native or Polynesian introduced.

What will it take to grow GDP?

Last week I wrote about growing our state’s economic position by concentrating on areas of our economy that we can control, such as tax rates. We examined the business tax climate rating the national Tax Foundation gave our state and reviewed areas where Hawaii received good ratings, namely corporate income tax, sales tax and property taxes.

Segment of Kahuku pali reveals clues about Mauna Loa

One of the more spectacular geologic features on Hawaii Island can easily be seen from Highway 11 near South Point. It is a cliff informally known as the Kahuku pali, after Kahuku Ranch. The cliff has two Hawaiian names: Pali o Mamalu, for its mauka section, and Paliokulani, for its makai section.

Lapses persisted for days at Dallas hospital

DALLAS — Just minutes after Thomas Eric Duncan arrived for a second time at the emergency room, the word is on his chart: “Ebola.” But despite all the warnings that the deadly virus could arrive unannounced at an American hospital, for days after the admission, his caregivers are vulnerable.