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Moniz, Vares to be honored

Officer Kelly Moniz and Fire Prevention Inspector Kyle Vares were selected as the 2015 recipients of the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaii Police Officer and Firefighter of the Year, respectively. The annual awards banquet honors the most outstanding police officer and firefighter in the county.

Spend an evening with Rebecca Folsom

Rebecca Folsom’s music has been described as the soulfulness of Etta James, the abandon of Janis Joplin and a touch of folk songstress Joni Mitchell. An award-winning artist, she has performed on BBC radio and television, Nashville’s Bluebird, New York’s Bitterend and Red Rock’s Amphitheatre in Colorado.

Volunteers count whales across Hawaii

More than 889 volunteers gathered data from the shores of Oahu, Kauai and Hawaii Island during the second event of the 20th Anniversary Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Count. The count is conducted three times per year during peak whale season and is a shore-based census that provides snapshot data on humpback whales. Participants tally humpback whale sightings and document the animals’ surface behavior during the survey. Volunteers collected data from 55 sites statewide.