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First Friday in Honokaa highlights local artist

It’s First Friday on Sept. 5 in Honokaa. Local artist Patrick O’Kiersey will present his art at the Old Hasegawa Store, across from Honokaa People’s Theater, from 6 p.m. on. Join us in celebrating 40 years of painting and drawing. The exhibit will be open daily from 1-6 p.m.

Many tropical fruits loaded with vitamins

A trip to so-called third world countries of the tropics can be very enlightening in some unexpected ways. Take the people and their health condition for example. It seems that city people are much like folks living in any big city. The country residents on the other hand are much different. Poverty by our standards may be common, but it is surprising how healthy those who survive childhood diseases seem to be. Lots of physical activity is certainly part of it, but diet is also a key. Besides the everyday menu of starches and very little meat, country folks eat lots of fruit instead of candy, pies and other sweets.

Benefit held for storm victims

Mahalo to all of the employees of the County of Hawaii who helped with storm relief efforts by collecting and donating 809 pounds of food, water and supplies for Kokua Puna, a drive for those affected by Tropical Storm Iselle. On Friday, Aug. 22, people gave 723 pounds of food and water, and 86 pounds of nonfood supplies, along with donations of $220. Collected items were given to Hawaii Island United Way and the Hawaii Food Basket for distribution in Puna.