Osama Bin Laden was right

Osama bin Laden predicted it, and his prophecy appears to be coming true. In his book, “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11,” Lawrence Wright quotes bin Laden as saying: “Look at Vietnam, look at Lebanon. Whenever soldiers start coming home in body bags, Americans panic and retreat. Such a country needs only to be confronted with two or three sharp blows, then it will flee in panic, as it always has.”

Home to call their own

KAILUA-KONA — Destin Foree was overcome with emotion as he stood at the steps of a Kailua-Kona condo with his wife and four sons as the key to the front door was given to them — permanently.

Tourism still lagging

Tourism to the Big Island was down from last year for the sixth month in a row, according to preliminary data from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

PGV: Donation unrelated to permit request

Puna Geothermal Venture’s $150,000 donation to Hawaii County for disaster response was unrelated to its request to build an emergency access road over the lava flow, says its Hawaii representative.

‘A passenger of the ocean’

LONDON — Drifting in the ocean in a sailboat at the mercy of winds and currents would be a nightmare for many. But a 71-year-old Frenchman with a taste for adventure has found a new way to conquer the Atlantic Ocean: in a barrel.

Obituaries: 12-27-18

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Minister assaulted, man arrested

KAILUA-KONA — The minister of the Kona Koyasan Daishiji Mission in Holualoa is at home recovering after a reported robbery on Wednesday left him with numerous abrasions to his head, neck and elbows.

Short handed: Keaau beats Kealakehe 37-25

It’s the time of year when every team on the island seems to be shorthanded, whether it be injury or holiday related. Wednesday’s game pitting Keaau against Kealakehe was no different, with both teams missing three players, including several starters.

Trump makes first visit to US troops in harm’s way

AL-ASAD AIRBASE, Iraq — In an unannounced trip to Iraq on Wednesday, President Donald Trump staunchly defended his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from neighboring Syria despite a drumbeat of criticism from military officials and allies who don’t think the job fighting Islamic State militants there is over.

Island Life 12-27-18

A pair of tiny and somewhat rare common waxbills — so named because their ‘masks’ resemble sealing wax — visit Kona from sub-Saharan Africa. (Jerry Slusser/Community contributor)