‘Most contentious issue’ facing General Election voters tops WCA meeting agenda

WAIMEA — Civil Beat, the Hawaii-focused online news service that prides itself on its investigative reporting, calls a constitutional amendment on the 2018 Hawaii General Election ballot — which proposes establishing a new tax on investment properties to support public education — “one of the most contentious issues to go before voters.”

Helping Waikoloa Village fight wildfires

WAIKOLOA VILLAGE — In response to wildfires, including one in August that burned nearly 18,000 acres of land just above Waikoloa Village, Hawaii Water Service (HWS) reached out to the County Fire Department to offer installation of new fire protection standpipes along an easement that sits between the village residents and dry open space.

Hawaii’s history told by Boyd Bond

Beginning Oct. 8, North Kohala historian Boyd Bond will begin a series of three monthly “talk story” sessions on Hawaii’s history at North Kohala Public Library.

Na Kilo Aina camp fast approaching

Kailapa Community Association (KCA) and its partner, Na Maka Papahanuamokuakea, recently received a $6,000 grant award from the Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Ahahui program and additional financial support from the Russell Family Foundation. The money will be used to fund KCA’s annual Na Kilo Aina program, an outdoor camp for all ages Oct. 8-12 in Kawaihae. Space is still available to attend.

Open call to Hawaii Island artists

The public is invited to attend a reception and awards presentation for the 34th Annual Founders Juried Art Show at Waimea’s Firehouse Gallery from 3–5 p.m. this Saturday. Visitors can meet and talk with exhibiting artists and see their local works. Artists will donate a percentage of all sales to support the Waimea Arts Council and its community projects.

Free AgSchool Information Session offered Oct. 14

Interested participants can learn about the GoFarm Hawaii Farmer Training Program while touring the AgSchool training site at an open house from 9-11 a.m. Oct. 14 at The Kohala Center Demonstration Farm in Honokaa. The event is presented by GoFarm Hawaii, a program of UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) in collaboration with The Kohala Center.

Olelo Hawaii & Culture with Ka’aina Ishimine begins Oct. 16

Through the use of olelo no’eau, meaning Hawaiian proverbs and poetical sayings, and mele (songs), residents and visitors can broaden their knowledge about the Hawaiian language and culture at a special six-week class taught by Ka’aina Ishimine from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Kohala Village HUB’s Clay Cottage.

The Dr. Is In

Let’s set the record straight: Vitamin D, also playfully known as the sunshine vitamin, is technically a hormone since it is predominately produced in the body. Vitamins, aside from supplementation, are substances we normally get from food.