Mars mission simulation begins

Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation Mission 3 crew members and Kim Binsted, HI-SEAS’ principal investigator, pose for a photo in front of the HI-SEAS dome on Mauna Loa. The six crew members entered the dome last Wednesday and will spend the next eight months there simulating a mission on Mars. The simulation is the longest tried in the United States, according to HI-SEAS. From left, Neil Scheibelhut, Sophie Milam, Zak Wilson, Binsted, Jocelyn Dunn, Allen Mirkadyrov and Martha Lenio. Scheibelhut and Milam are University of Hawaii at Hilo graduates. For more about the mission, visit

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Police arrest 18 motorists for DUI

During the week of Oct. 13-19, Hawaii Island police arrested 18 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Eight of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. One was younger than 21.

Meth suspect is released on bail

An 33-year-old Ainaloa man arrested last week by federal authorities for allegedly using the mail to import almost 4 ounces of methamphetamine to the Big Island has been released on bail.

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Nanakuli residents protest fireworks disposal

HONOLULU (AP) — Residents of Nanakuli strongly object to a plan to dispose of illegal fireworks in their community and the state Department of Health will ask a disposal contractor to choose another location.


Human Matters: When people love you for you, you’re worthy

Did people in the Middle Ages fret about their self-esteem? Did they sit in taverns and wonder aloud to their friends why they didn’t love themselves more? Did they work their farms while daydreaming about the hope of someday having more self-esteem?

Let’s Talk Food: Mark Noguchi at HCC

The culinary students at Hawaii Community College were fortunate to have Chef Mark Noguchi as their guest speaker thanks to The Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation and Hayley Matson Mathers, their executive director. Noguchi has a special place in his heart for Hilo, as in his 20s he was dancing hula with Halau o Kekuhi. That experience has influenced his understanding and passion for the culture and food of the islands.




Holding firm on Ukraine

Western leaders boast that the sanctions slapped on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine are inflicting real pain, and that’s true — even if Russia’s macroeconomic indicators still don’t look worse than those of France, Italy or even Germany. But there’s no indication that the punishment is having a salutary effect on Vladimir Putin. In a quick but high-profile trip to meet leaders in Milan last week, the Russian ruler was no more disposed than he has been to retreat from Ukraine or his larger neoimperialist agenda.

In Kentucky, a constitutional moment

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Barack Obama lost Kentucky in 2012 by 23 points, yet the state remains closely divided about re-electing the man whose parliamentary skills uniquely qualify him to restrain Obama’s executive overreach. So, Kentucky’s Senate contest is a constitutional moment that will determine whether the separation of powers will be reasserted by a Congress revitalized by restoration of the Senate’s dignity.



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