Kuleana Education Academy hosts students from Beijing, Shenzhen

KAILUA-KONA — A boy growing up in Kona and a boy from Beijing might not immediately seem to have a lot in common, but when Dana Kern’s son met the boy the family would be hosting for the duration of a program that brought more than a dozen students from China to Kuleana Education Academy, the two “just hit it off right away,” said Kern, board president at Kuleana Education Academy.

Kona designated as investment zone

KAILUA-KONA — A federal program could bring new money to parts of Kailua-Kona and Hilo by encouraging investment in low-income communities across the country dubbed Opportunity Zones.

Plan for Keauhou Bay in the works

KAILUA-KONA — Kamehameha Schools, which owns 54 acres at Keauhou Bay, is developing a management plan intended to move traffic and commercial operations away from historic sites and reduce pressure on the bayfront’s resources.

A growing community

KALOKO — For decades, Chelle Ching has always had some kind of garden where she’s lived, be it in a pot or in the ground.