Israelis gather for Passover, celebrating freedom from virus

JERUSALEM — A year ago, Giordana Grego’s parents spent Passover at home in Israel, alone but grateful that they had escaped the worst of the pandemic in Italy. This year, the whole family got together to mark the Jewish feast of liberation and deliverance from the pandemic.

Island life: By a threadfin

A pair of Threadfin Butterflyfish (kīkākapu) cruise over the reef at Kahalu’u Bay on Wednesday. (Tony Mitchell/Community contributor)

Volunteers help in Kona’s cloud forest

Spring in Kona’s unique tropical cloud forests and East Hawaii’s rainforests is heralded by abundant new growth of ferns, especially our endemic cibotium treeferns. If you want to get a sense of what life was like during the time of the dinosaurs, visit the Kona Cloud Forest above Kailua. The area abounds with ferns that once were dominant millions of years ago.

Volcano Watch: Aerial photographs and volcanic ash — looking back to move forward

A new project at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) is once again making use of old aerial photographs and field notes that were used to make geologic and hazard maps. Buried within hundreds of old mapping photos and field notes are the locations and thicknesses of several ash deposits on the flanks of Mauna Loa that have never been fully quantified.

Obituaries: March 28, 2021

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The ubiquitous orchid: A pandemic project with surprises

Not so long ago, orchids were regarded as rare and exotic. But these days, thanks to new propagation techniques, certain varieties are mass-produced. Moth orchids, gorgeous but common, with sweet patterned faces, are widely sold by supermarkets and other retailers.

Baylor muscles past Villanova into Elite Eight

INDIANAPOLIS — Top-seeded Baylor overcame some frigid outside shooting Saturday to move into the Elite Eight, getting 16 points from Adam Flagler in a 62-51 victory over Villanova and its versatile defense.

Scheffler mows down European stalwarts in Match Play

AUSTIN, Texas — Scottie Scheffler never gets too far ahead of himself, a remarkable trait for a 24-year-old in only his second year on the PGA Tour and particularly helpful in an emotionally charged format like the Dell Technologies Match Play.

Editorial: Southern border: Sure it’s a crisis; it never stopped being one

Stoking fear of brown-skinned immigrants infiltrating the U.S. border with Mexico has been the preferred strategy of Republicans in the Donald Trump era, so it’s no surprise that the usual suspects in the white nationalism crowd were quick to declare a crisis in the early days of the Joe Biden administration. And, alas, President Joe Biden has played right into their hands with cautious and uncertain messaging that was slow to acknowledge the recent increase in border crossings, failed to adequately warn against human trafficking and barred reporters from border facilities for children.

My Turn: Preserve what little voice Kona has

I am responding to the March 21 WHT article “Hitting the Pause Button” with the subheadline “Future Uncertain for Community Development Plan Committees and Kailua Village Design Commission.”