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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.

BISAC to celebrate 50th anniversary with event July 26

Come celebrate Big Island Substance Abuse Council’s 50th anniversary at Summer Jam 2014. Join the fun from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Waiakea High School. The free event will feature a strongman contest, ono food, crafts, silent auction, free keiki activities including the Zoo Choo, and an entertainment lineup featuring New Zealand pop sensations J-Geeks. Visit summerjamhawaii.com for more information.

2.4 billion reasons why an artist needs a website

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.

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Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit slated

The second annual Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit will gather high school students and educators from the Thirty Meter Telescope partner countries: Japan, China, India, Canada and the United States. The summit, held July 21-25 at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, will be an intensive five-day forum focused on astronomy and engineering.

Lili‘uokalani Trust invests in market

The Queen Lili‘uokalani Trust, a private charitable trust serving orphaned and destitute Native Hawaiian children, announced its recent acquisition of the improvements at Kona International Market on Luhia Street in Kailua-Kona. The trust previously held only the ground lease underlying these improvements. The property features 34,000 square feet of commercial space, a covered performance stage and food court.

Ferns can help make gardens more fantastic

If you are tired of the same old common plants in your garden, why not try something different — maybe even specialize? We have a fantastic number of plant materials to choose from, but we seem to get in a rut with whatever we can “cockroach” from our neighbors.

HPA students help unveil the code of life

S tudents in Stephanie McDowell’s biotechnology class at Hawaii Preparatory Academy recently completed their portion of an international project to map the DNA of the planet’s creatures large and small — research impossible to achieve at any level just a few years ago.

State librarian Burns to retire

Richard Burns, who has served with distinction as the state librarian for the Hawaii State Public Library System since January 2008, recently informed the state Board of Education about his retirement at the end of the year, completing more than 30 years of dedicated service.