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

Green light for Puuanahulu solar

Residents of Puuanahulu are hoping to cut their monthly bills by installing a photovoltaic system to power their water supply. The initiative got an initial green light this week with the release of an environmental assessment that found the project would not significantly impact the landscape.

Local Sports

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

Air Force announces basic training graduates

William A. Black, Mitchell P. Medeiros, Sergio A. Rincon and Micah D. Ericson all graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

Parker School to hold Financial Aid Benefit Gala

Parker School will host Kahiau, its 10th annual auction gala on March 7, at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. All proceeds from the event go towards financial aid at the school. The Hawaiian word kahiau means “to give generously from the heart,” and every year Parker puts on the gala so people can come together to provide educational opportunities for Hawaii children.

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.

Videos

Contest and Promotions

2014 Best of East Hawaii
2014 Best of East Hawaii
Click here for winners!