Small snag in lava buyout program

The county’s program to buy back properties destroyed, damaged or isolated by the 2018 Kilauea eruption has not been significantly delayed by a missing agreement with the state.

Hawaiian forests and gardens are bound for big changes

The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly made us aware of how our individual lives and even society can be altered in a very short time by disease organisms. Our forests and landscapes can change rapidly as well. A very warm, wet period or dry one can drastically alter the species makeup of a forest. For example, our Ohia forests are suffering not only from rapid ohia death, but from other diseases as well.

Not guilty pleas entered in sex assault case

A Konawaena Middle School teacher facing three counts of sexual assault against a minor off-campus is out on bail again Wednesday after being arrested Tuesday in Oahu on an outstanding $150,000 bench warrant.

Airstrike hits Ukraine maternity hospital, 17 reported hurt

MARIUPOL, Ukraine — A Russian airstrike devastated a maternity hospital Wednesday in the besieged port city of Mariupol amid growing warnings from the West that Moscow’s invasion is about to take a more brutal and indiscriminate turn. Ukrainian officials said the attack wounded at least 17 people.

Endurance: Explorer Shackleton’s ship found after a century

Researchers have discovered the remarkably well-preserved wreck of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ship, Endurance, in 10,000 feet of icy water, a century after it was swallowed up by Antarctic ice during what proved to be one of the most heroic expeditions in history.

United House OKs $13.6B for Ukraine in huge spending bill

WASHINGTON — The House approved a massive spending bill Wednesday night that would rush $13.6 billion in U.S. aid to battered Ukraine and its European allies, after top Democrats were forced to abruptly drop their plan to include fresh funds to battle COVID-19.

Island Life: The buddy system

Two juvenile eagle rays swim together in Keauhou Bay. Juveniles often swim in two so that if a predator attacks one the other can escape.

Obituaries: March 10, 2022

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Editorial: More expensive gasoline is a small price to pay in the fight against tyranny

President Joe Biden’s announcement Tuesday banning Russian oil imports presents what may be the most difficult test yet of Americans’ willingness today to sacrifice for the nation’s greater good. Already-high gas prices are sure to spike further with the ban, frustrating drivers and giving Republicans an opportunity to further demagogue the issue. The GOP should resist that urge — and all Americans should remember sacrifices that earlier generations made in times of war.