South Kona coffee farmers report in

In a recent conversation with three farmers living in my old neighborhood on Rabbit Hill Road in South Kona, I realized that Kona Coffee has a dubious future. My experience is that farmers are a resourceful bunch. Always faced with new challenges, they move forward or sideways trying not to let the latest problem get them down or cause them to quit farming. However, these farmers feel that their livelihood has been severely threatened in the last few years.

UH regents OK amendments to Maunakea plan

The University of Hawaii’s Board of Regents on Thursday approved a supplement to UH’s management plan for Maunakea, despite potentially losing jurisdiction over the mountain before the end of the decade.

Council takes first stab at budget

Hawaii County Council members seem to prefer a cautious approach to county spending, despite a budget windfall that has Mayor Mitch Roth proposing a $779.7 million spending plan, a 27.8% increase over the current year.

Runnin’ with Rani: 12th Annual Ride of Silence on May 21

The Ride of Silence is an annual event held worldwide in May to commemorate cyclists who have been killed or seriously injured while on public roadways. This year’s 12th annual event will be held on Saturday (5/21), starting from the Kona Community Aquatic Center parking lot at 9 a.m.

Alonso’s HR in 10th lifts Mets past Cardinals 7-6

NEW YORK — Hours after the Mets learned Max Scherzer will join fellow ace Jacob deGrom on the injured list, Pete Alonso kept New York rolling with a two-run homer in the 10th inning for a 7-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

Editorial: SCOTUS decision on campaign loan cap integral to political free speech

Imagine a successful small-business owner who wants to run for Congress. To jump-start his campaign, he might lend it some money. Once fundraising gets going, it can pay him back. But the law says donations arriving after Election Day may repay only $250,000 of candidate debt. If the businessman loans his campaign more than that amount, he’s taking a real financial risk.

Editorial: Ignoring white supremacy has allowed it to become normalized

The ugly truth is that while Americans, especially those in the white establishment, shake their heads and maybe even shed some tears over the 10 Black people gunned down in Buffalo over the weekend in another apparently racially motivated attack, we’re growing accustomed to the virulent white supremacy that may have driven it.

Waimea Community Chorus salutes Broadway’s return

Last Saturday, there was a dual celebration concert at the Kahilu Theatre, for the Waimea Community Chorus (WCC), which will soon have its 30-year anniversary, and for Broadway, which has re-opened with a bevy of new shows and old favorites.

‘Stanley plays Jimi’ back by popular demand

Blue Bear Hawaii presents world-renowned guitarist Stanley Jordan who has developed a new live tribute to Jimi Hendrix dubbed “Stanley Plays Jimi,” and its coming to the Palace Theater in Hilo on June 3.

Biden has an eye on China as he heads to South Korea, Japan

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden embarked Thursday on a six-day trip to South Korea and Japan aiming to build rapport with the two nations’ leaders while also sending an unmistakable message to China: Russia’s faltering invasion of Ukraine should give Beijing pause about its own saber-rattling in the Pacific.

Island Life: Glow and flow

The Kilauea volcano summit eruption within Halema‘uma‘u Crater is seen this week from the eruption Viewing Area near Keanakakoʻi Crater inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.