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Keaau Library marks 40 years

Keaau Public and School Library will celebrate its 40th anniversary at 5 p.m. today with a special performance featuring the Puna Taiko Group in the library’s humanities room at 16-571 Keaau-Pahoa Road on the Keaau Middle School campus,

Cinderella story

Ariel Enriquez was crowned Nov. 8 as Miss Kona Coffee 2015 at the annual evening pageant. The Miss Aloha Hawaii 2015 title was won by Keahi Delovio. First runner-up was Jessica Lloyd and second runner-up was Cheri Lavoie.

Jan-Guard Hawaii gains NHWA accredited-member status

Jan-Guard Hawaii Inc., of Honolulu has gained accredited-member status in the National Home Watch Association. The NHWA was formed in 2010 in order to establish and maintain the highest industry standards for Home Watch and absentee homeowner services throughout the United States and Canada. Visit www.nationalhomewatchassociation.org .

HVO looks ahead amid break(out) in the activity

U.S. Geological Survey scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), scanning HVO’s Kilauea East Rift Zone webcam images, noted a new breakout of lava on Saturday, Nov. 15. It occurred in the vicinity of Pu‘u Kahauale‘a, a forested cone completely surrounded by Pu‘u ‘O‘o lava flows. This cone lies in the uppermost part of the June 27th lava flow, about 1.6 kilometers (1 miles) northeast of Pu‘u ‘O‘o. Throughout the day, helicopter pilots corroborated HVO’s observations.

Thanksgiving blessings may be sometimes forgotten

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate our blessings. Unfortunately we often take our blessings for granted. Recent reports from our Farmer to Farmer project contacts in Haiti made me realize again how blessed we are to live in Hawaii. Haiti is a beautiful country that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic.

Poinsettias provide lasting holiday color

Although it finally feels like fall, and we were seeing Christmas decorations in some stores even before Halloween, the Christmas holidays don’t seem real until we get our Thanksgiving meal digested.