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State awards grants to employer groups for workforce development

The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations on Tuesday announced the award of six grants designed to strengthen local small businesses through training programs. The grants will be used as seed money to develop innovative education and training curricula in economic sectors identified by Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, the county workforce investment boards, employer organizations, industry and trade associations, and labor organizations.

Plane crash bodies removed from war zone in Ukraine

KHARKIV, Ukraine — A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner finally reached Ukrainian government-held territory Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded by world leaders.

Auditor ends review of HOVE water spigots

The county Department of Water Supply followed its regular policies and procedures in awarding spigot permits for commercial water haulers in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates, the county’s legislative auditor told the Water Board in a recent letter.

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Description of Kilauea eruptions started at opportune time

William Ellis led a team of missionaries on a tour of the Island of Hawaii starting on July 18, 1823, from the village of Kailua. Their trip took them around the southern coast of the island and inland through the east Ka‘u District. When they were in the vicinity of Kapapala, a short distance northeast of Pahala, their attention was drawn to some rising columns of “smoke” a few miles away.

One stroke of the pen

One stroke of the pen. That’s all it takes to undo a very large amount of work. Today we will follow the saga of House Bill 2427 in this past legislative session.

Many Australian natives prove drought resistant

What do Australia, New Caledonia and Hawaii have in common? Australia and New Caledonia are thought to be part of the great continent known as Gondwanaland and hold some of the most ancient species of plants and animals known today. Surprisingly, even though Hawaii is about the youngest real estate around, the ancient species thus far introduced prove to be very hardy. Many are found to be extremely drought tolerant.

Plant reproduction: sexual and asexual propagation

Sex acts are taking place in your garden. The birds, bees and the flowers in the trees are all involved. Flowers are the sexual organs of plants. Their blooming periods, as well as their attractive colors, alluring shapes and provocative fragrances all serve to attract pollinators. Getting the right bird or bug in the right place at the right time is paramount to the continuation of the plant species.