Announcements: February 20, 2021

Bearded turkey season opens next month

The 2021 spring bearded turkey hunting season opens March 1 on the Big Island.


The season will run for 46 consecutive days through April 15 at the following locations: Mauna Kea Forest Reserve and Game Management Area, Kaohe Game Management Area, Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest Reserve and private lands, with owner permission.

The daily bag limit will be three bearded turkeys per hunter with a season bag limit of three. All hunters are required to have a current unused turkey tag in their possession while hunting. Tags are currently $5 per tag for residents and $20 per tag for nonresidents. Turkey tags are nontransferable and must be fastened with snaps and secured tightly around the neck or tarsus of any bird taken immediately after the kill.

Tags may be purchased by mail and at a few commercial vendors. To purchase tags by mail, hunters must send a copy of their 2021 State of Hawaii hunting license with game bird stamp, a money order payable to the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), and a self-addressed stamped envelope to 66-1220 A Lalamilo Road, Kamuela, HI 96743. Allow for a two-week turn around to receive tags. Turkey tags are also required to hunt on private land.

For more information, contact one of the Big Island’s DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife offices at (808) 974-4221 in Hilo or (808) 887-6063 in Waimea, or the main office at (808) 587-0166.

Guild announces latest online literary review

The Winter 2021 issue of Latitudes, the online literary review of Hawaii Writers Guild, is now available.

The online publication culminates months of work by members of the guild led by managing editor Bob Lupo. Duncan Dempster, the guild’s webmaster and an editor-at-large, took on the formidable job of designing the format and laying out the issue.

“We put out a call to our members, asking them to submit their best writing for consideration. Thirty-two of them submitted works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama, a total of 72 submissions,” Lupo reported. A number of members submitted multiple entries both within and across the genres.

Members of the editing collective selected pieces for the issue in a two-step process in which the names of the authors were stripped from the manuscripts.

“Sometimes, even when I thought I could guess who the author was, I later found out I was completely wrong,” said Joy Fisher, an editor-at-large.

Ultimately, 40 pieces written by 28 members were selected for the issue — five pieces of fiction, nine pieces of nonfiction, including one essay in praise of reading literary fiction, one dramatic monologue and 25 poems.

The diversity of the pieces is broad and should appeal to many readers. The fiction pieces range from a story about a woman waiting to go blind to a chimera piglet who is raised to be sacrificed for a human heart transplant but is set free by a merciful keeper into the wilderness of Kauai’s mountains.

The nonfiction offerings range from memories of growing up with a herd of wild mustangs that roamed the Utah to “Half a Dozen Reasons for Dancing the Hula,” by one of the guild’s male members. Some poems and essays also deal with COVID-19 themes, including one that tells the story of a gecko named “Greenie.”

For more information on the Hawaii Writers Guild and to view the latest edition of Latitudes visit


Remke makes EOU dean’s list

Eastern Oregon University recently named Helen Remke, of Kailua-Kona, as of the students on its dean’s list for the 2020 fall term. Qualifying students maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while completing a minimum of 12 hours of coursework.

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