House panel says Say is qualified to serve

HONOLULU — A special panel of state lawmakers decided Rep. Calvin Say meets the qualifications to serve in the House of Representatives, saying there was no compelling evidence behind a group of voters’ claims that Say doesn’t live in the district he represents.

Leases set to expire

The land leases for Uncle Billy’s Hilo Hotel and the Country Club condominiums will expire next month unless the state Board of Land and Natural Resources approves an extension Friday.

Mayor makes hopes known

Hopes for an international arrivals terminal at Kona International Airport, future bus service to Palamanui and plans for new Department of Motor Vehicles service in Waimea were highlights of a Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday with Mayor Billy Kenoi.

Local News

Board extends leases on Banyan Drive

The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources approved Friday a pair of lease extensions for Uncle Billy’s Hilo Hotel and the Country Club condominiums.

Officer no longer charged with felony

A felony terroristic threatening charge filed against a Hawaii Police Department sergeant following a domestic dispute at a Kapaau home in late January was dropped.

Local Sports

HHSAA soccer: Mid-Pacific downs Kamehameha 7-1 for D-II title

It’s a plan that worked wonders for Kamehameha during the Big Island Interscholastic Federation season. The Warriors came out Saturday against Mid-Pacific, packed it in defensively in a one-forward formation and looked for chances to counter-attack...

State

Features

‘Lihau’s Journey’ at Kahilu Theatre

“Lihau’s Journey” (the film) becomes a hula drama, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Waimea’s Kahilu Theatre, featuring members, from keiki to kupuna, of the Beamer Solomon Halau O Po‘ohala and special guest kumu hula Keala Ching.

Girls’ Day Diva Fest

The University of Hawaii at Hilo Performing Arts Center presents the Girls’ Day Diva Festival 10.1 at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8 on the Campus Center Plaza. The event moves to the Performing Arts Center for a concert featuring award-winning Kaumakiwa, Shawn Pimental, and Kekuhi Keali‘ikanaka‘ole at 5 p.m.

Community

Lee named Officer of Month

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaii on Thursday honored Officer Jenny Lee as East Hawaii Officer of the Month for February.

Entertainment/People

‘Lihau’s Journey’ at Kahilu Theatre

“Lihau’s Journey” (the film) becomes a hula drama, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Waimea’s Kahilu Theatre, featuring members, from keiki to kupuna, of the Beamer Solomon Halau O Po‘ohala and special guest kumu hula Keala Ching.

Girls’ Day Diva Fest

The University of Hawaii at Hilo Performing Arts Center presents the Girls’ Day Diva Festival 10.1 at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8 on the Campus Center Plaza. The event moves to the Performing Arts Center for a concert featuring award-winning Kaumakiwa, Shawn Pimental, and Kekuhi Keali‘ikanaka‘ole at 5 p.m.

Commentary

Get used to Obama’s swagger

WASHINGTON — Here’s some practical advice to those who didn’t like President Obama’s swagger during his State of the Union address: Get used to it.

Australia must act fast to rescue its economy

Few central bankers in modern history have had a better run than Australia’s Glenn Stevens. He steered his country around the global financial crisis, drove its currency to record highs and extended its recession-free run past the two-decade mark.

Nation

Facebook adds new gender option

Facebook users who don’t fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank.

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