Dr. Genshitsu Sen, 91, the 15th Grand Tea Master of the Urasenke Foundation, performs a tea ceremony Tuesday morning at Alae Cemetery to honor the first-generation of Japanese in Hawaii. The tea is offered in respect to their souls, Sen explained. He then asked those in attendance to remember the accomplishments and struggles of the Japanese ancestors because they made it possible to live the lives of today.

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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PONY: Hilo Broncos All-Stars roll in regional

Coach Marvin Min said Kalani Marquez appeared nervous in the first inning of the Hilo All-Stars’ regional opener Thursday. Marquez struggled with his control on the mound and walked four straight batters as the state champions faced a rare deficit...


Navy secretary: Combat ship costs to decline

ABOARD USS INDEPENDENCE (AP) — Operating costs for the U.S. Navy’s newest ships will decline and “become more normal” over time, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Thursday.

Attorney: Kauai GMO, pesticide law protects public

HONOLULU (AP) — Kauai County’s authority to regulate genetically modified crops and pesticides was the subject of arguments in a federal court hearing Wednesday in a lawsuit by four seed companies seeking to stop a new law from going into effect next month.


Garden Guy: Monstera fruit is edible and delicious

Y our columns are always full of interesting, useful topics to those of us living here, whether gardeners or not. Here is our contribution: few people have any idea that the fruit of the monstera is edible and delicious! It’s almost a weed where we live, in Hawaiian Paradise Park, and it’s on every street. Granted, knowing when to pick it and how to cut it off the cob is a bit tricky, but we’re betting you could easily explain this to your readers. Two of your dedicated readers, R. &N.B.


Kealakehe High grad receives scholarship

Tayana Cardoza, a 2014 graduate of Kealakehe High School, is the recipient of a four-year scholarship provided by the Dutch Schuman Big Island Paniolo Scholarship Fund.


Final weekend for KDEN’s ‘Ruddigore’

Bridesmaids, ghosts, a confused maiden, a mad woman, a sailor, an evil baronet and nobility in disguise are all part of the romance and humor in KDEN’s production of Gilbert &Sullivan’s “Ruddigore; or, The Witch’s Curse”.


Possible deal in border crisis

WASHINGTON — Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on the nation’s southern border.



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