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HONORING THE ANCESTORS

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.

Pahoa paintball club hosts birthday party

Pahoa Paintball Safety Zone members hosted a birthday party June 22 for Gage Reis, second from right in the middle row, who celebrated his 12th birthday at a paintball game in Pahoa with family and friends. His ohana treated him to a special birthday cake made to look like paintballs, with lots of decorative and colorful creative splatter adornments. For more information about the paintball club and its calendar of events, call Charlie Kawamoto at 965-8172.

Lehua Hawaii Productions queens crowned

Lehua Hawaii Productions staged its third annual pageant June 14 at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Angelina Ramirez, left, was crowned Young Miss Lehua Hawaii, and Kianie Sampaga was crowned Miss Teen Lehua Hawaii. Other top finishers included Kiana Vallente and Shaedelyn Kaaihue as first and second princess in the Young Miss Division and Kepola Ishikawa and Meghan Kualii as first and second princess in the Teen Division. Visit lehuahawaiiproductions.com if you are interested in participating in next year’s pageant.

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Kauai man sues PUC chairwoman

LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — A Kauai man is suing the chairwoman of the state Public Utilities Commission, saying she damaged his property while illegally operating a bed and breakfast on the island’s north shore.

Airlines ban flights to Israel after rocket strike

JERUSALEM — A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel’s main airport, prompting a ban on all flights from the United States and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over Ukraine.

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.