By uniting the islands under a single ruler, Kamehameha I (the Great) laid the foundation for what would eventually become the 50th member of the United States of America. Yet, between those two events were attempts by France, Great Britain and even Russia to take control of the islands.
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It has been estimated one-third of the world’s population — 2.4 billion people — uses the Internet. Breaking it down even further, for those trying to sell something, in 2011 about $256 billion were spent by Internet shoppers. For an artist looking to increase their audience, these numbers are substantial. But it’s a wild, wild Web world out there and navigating the ins and outs of creating a website and managing one can be daunting.
Jamba Juice and Hilo Habitat for Humanity are partnering to offer tasty smoothies from 3-6 p.m. Fridays, July 18 and 25, and 2-5 p.m. Sunday, July 27, in front of Wal-Mart.
Police and numerous county and state agencies will host four Kupuna Alert Partners (KAP) presentations to assist and educate kupuna to curtail and prevent becoming victims of fraud, prescription drug misuse and crime.
The Rotary Club of Hilo recently presented a $5,000 Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation Scholarship to Lindsey Yamane, a 2014 graduate of Waiakea High School.
Coming in August, celebrate the first Hamakua Sugar Plantation Day Festival right here in Honokaa Town.
What do Australia, New Caledonia and Hawaii have in common?
For the past year, the Kahauale‘a 2 lava flow was erupting from a vent high on the northeast crater rim of Pu‘u ‘O‘o, on Kilauea’s East Rift Zone, sending lava toward the northeast.
As part of the County of Hawaii Sister City Program, students from Sumoto City on Awaji Island in Japan have visited Hilo for many years and enjoyed their home-stays with local families, and their exposure to the Big Island and its rich mix of cultures.
It’s time again for the annual “super gigantic garage sale” staged each summer by the Hilo Betsuin Buddhist Women’s Association. This year’s event is set for Saturday, Aug. 2, with bargains on a huge variety of items offered from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at Sangha Hall, next door to Hilo Betsuin, 424 Kilauea Ave., next to Starbucks in downtown Hilo.
The Hilo Downtown Improvement Association will sponsor a candidates forum from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, for County Council District 2.
The Volcano Art Center Gallery will host an exhibit of wood-fired anagama ceramics by Clayton Amemiya, opening with a reception for the artist from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, July 26.
The Hilo Aglow Fellowship invites the public to a special gathering from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 26, at Haili Church at 211 Haili St. in Hilo.
A meditation retreat with Anam Thubtan Rinpoche is scheduled from Friday through Sunday, Aug. 1-3, in Kohala.
Allan Boesak — author, anti-apartheid activist, professor and pastor — will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Church of the Holy Cross, United Church of Christ.