Tropical Gardening Helpline: How to eliminate pepper weevil

  • Pepper weevil larvae eat the interior of the pepper turning it a dark color. ( Photo)
  • Once the pepper weevil larvae begin feeding, the inside of the pepper turns a dark color. ( Photo)
  • Peppers with pepper weevil larvae inside often have dark exterior discoloration indicating that the inside of the fruit has been damaged. ( Photo)
  • The pepper weevil can create a lot of damage to a pepper crop though it is less than 1/4 inch long. ( Photo)

Gardening Events

Friday: “Hawaii Worker Protection Training Meeting” from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Kahilu Town Hall, 67-1182 Lindsey Road in Waimea. AgSafe is seeking input for the creation of practical and relevant Worker Protection training for our community. Be part of creating the program. For more information contact Melanie Pellegrino 209-526-4400 or


Tuesday – Saturday: “International Plant Propagators’ Society – Western Region Annual Meeting” at the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel at 75-5660 Palani Road in Kailua-Kona. For details about the conference visit

Thursday: “Candidate Forum on Agricultural Issues” from 6-8 p.m. at Konawaena High School in Kealakekua. Come hear candidates in the Hawaii House and Senate races answer questions on agricultural issues. Contact Colehour Bondera at with any questions or for more information.

Saturday: “Growing Medicinals” from 10-11 a.m. at the Kailua-Kona Public Library at 75-138 Hualālai Road with Momi Subiono. This is part of the series of free presentations by the Community Seed Library sponsored by the Friends of the Library in Kona. Momi is the ethnobotanist at Tropical Edibles Nursery and will give tips on growing and using medicinal and native plants. For more information, call the library at 327-4327.

“Work Day at Amy Greenwell Garden” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet at the Garden Visitor Center across from the Manago Hotel in Captain Cook. Volunteers will be able to help with garden maintenance and are invited to bring a brown bag lunch. Water and snacks provided. Call Peter at 323-3318 for more information.

Farmer Direct Markets

Wednesday: “Hooulu Farmers Market” 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sheraton Kona Resort &Spa at Keauhou Bay

“Sunset Farmers Market” 2-6 p.m. in the HPM parking lot at 74-5511 Luhia St. in Kailua-Kona (across from Target)

Saturday: “Keauhou Farmers Market” 8 a.m. to noon at Keauhou Shopping Center

“Kamuela Farmer’s Market” from 7 a.m. to noon at Pukalani Stables

“Waimea Town Market” from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Parker School in central Waimea

“Waimea Homestead Farmers Market” from 7 a.m. to noon at the Waimea Middle and Elementary School Playground

Sunday: “Pure Kona Green Market” 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Amy Greenwell Garden in Captain Cook

“Hamakua Harvest” 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Highway 19 and Mamane Street in Honokaa

Plant Advice Lines



Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 a.m. to noon at UH-CES in Kainaliu – 322-4893

Mondays and Fridays: 9 a.m. to noon at UH CES at Komohana in Hilo 981-5199 or

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