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Onishi appointed to NACo board

National Association of Counties President Riki Hokama appointed Hawaii County Council member Dennis “Fresh” Onishi to the NACo Board of Directors during the 79th annual conference, which was hosted July 11-14 in New Orleans.

Hawaii Ecotourism Association will honor 17 tour operators

Seventeen tour operators will be recognized by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association (HEA), a local nonprofit organization that protects Hawaii’s unique natural environment and host culture by promoting responsible travel, at their Annual Awards Luncheon on Sept. 17 at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel on Oahu. The luncheon will also celebrate HEA’s 20th anniversary.

John Cruz sets Peace Day benefit concert for Honokaa People’s Theater

On Peace Day, Sunday, Sept. 21, Honokaa is doing it “Island Style,” with Hawaiian music legend John Cruz in his first-ever Honokaa concert. This is a very special celebration of Peace Day and a fundraiser for the Honokaa People’s Theater. At only $15 per ticket — with discounts for seniors and students — you won’t want to miss being part of the music! On Sunday, join in with the Peace Day Concert at 7 p.m.

Taking a wide-ranging look at papaya

Papaya plants are a natural for almost any garden. They are prolific and nutritious as well. Probably no other plant supplies the home gardener so much for so little effort. This tropical American, herbaceous, tree-like plant will grow and produce fruit the year around with a minimum of care.

Making sense of the lava flow

In an Aug. 22 news release, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) stated that a new lava flow, dubbed the June 27th flow for the date it began, was rapidly advancing toward residential areas near Pahoa in the Puna District of the Island of Hawaii. By that time, the flow had entered a pre-existing ground crack, which channeled the flow to the east. The crack eventually filled and lava emerged from its lower end, only to spill into an adjacent crack. This process was repeated several times over the following days, with some ground cracks capturing and directing the flow, while others were simply filled as the lava advanced across them. The average advance rate for the flow during this period was about 250 meters per day (820 feet per day).