International Dot Day is Sept. 15

Kokua Academy, the Hawaii Kieki Museum and the Hawaii Public Library will join over 26 million children and adults around the globe in 200 countries and sovereign territories to celebrate International Dot Day on Sept. 15. International Dot Day, a grassroots “creativity and courage” movement started in 2009 by a teacher in Iowa, was inspired by New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds’ storybook “The Dot.”

Festival awards $8K to three beneficiaries

KAILUA-KONA — Proceeds totaling $8,000 from the 2023 Big Island Chocolate Festival were awarded to three educational organizations at the event’s recent volunteer appreciation celebration at Magics Beach Grill.

Krua Thai Celebrates 15 Years in Kailua-Kona with a Gift to the Community

In 2008, Samrit and Ailyn Ounyoung celebrated the grand opening of their restaurant at the intersection of Henry Street and Kuakini Highway. It was Samrit’s refined palate and nostalgia for his home country of Thailand that started the idea – he hadn’t been able to find cuisine spiced and cooked to his liking.

Tutu’s House June 2023 Activities

Not a shot in the dark

Indiscriminate violence is unacceptable whether the perpetrator is insane, a police officer, a soldier, or anyone else. Shootings of innocents by deranged individuals have become common in the news. It is hard to know how much worse it has become compared to the past. The parameters keep changing and the statistics are usually about three years behind. How many victims do there have to be to make it a mass shooting? One is too many.

Waimea Bon-yu Kai Bonsai Club exhibition coming in May

Waimea Bon-yu Kai Bonsai Club (which translated literally means “Bonsai Friendship Club”) has begun to settle back into its normal operations. Last year, after a 3 year hiatus, they were able to hold a small exhibition at the Waimea Community Center (Route 19, next to Waimea Park). This year it will be a little larger. Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, 2023, 9a.m. to 4p.m.

New ‘Safe places’ for island keiki

Mayor Mitch Roth’s office announced Tuesday the County’s Mass Transit Agency (MTA), in partnership with National Safe Place Network (NSPN), is expanding the Safe Place to include The Salvation Army Family Intervention Services, increasing the number of Safe Place sites for youth in crisis on Hawaii Island. As a newly designated Safe Place, Salvation Army Family Intervention Services will display the yellow and black Safe Place sign, which signifies immediate help and safety for youth. These signs are also installed on all 55 Hele-On buses operating across the island.

Peruvian beef stir-fry is fusion cooking at its best

Peru’s lomo saltado is fusion cooking at its easiest and most approachable, a quick stir-fry of soy-marinated beef, tomatoes and hot peppers that reflects the country’s cultural — and culinary —influences, from Incan farmers to Chinese immigrants.

Spectacular ferns for air garden

Hawaiian gardens have long been famous for their vast array of orchids. We commonly see epiphytic types growing on hapu’u, tree branches and even rocky, soilless areas. In the last decade, other airplants like bromeliads have become popular because of their colorful foliage and flowers. Plants that do not need to be attached to the ground like these, receive moisture and nutrients from what is deposited on them.

Rains leach nutrients from Hawaiian soils

Although heavy periods of rainfall in some parts of our island have caused the loss of essential nutrients, other areas have experienced dry conditions. This makes it difficult to make general recommendations that apply to all. Parts of the windward side received enough precipitation to remove nutrients like nitrogen and actual top soil as well. West Hawaii received much less but with our excessively porous rocky areas, even 5 or 6 inches of rain can leach important elements essential to plant growth.


Reading & Robes: Kona judges read to students

Kona Judges Margaret Masunaga and Wendy DeWeese spent their lunch hour last week creating a special video, reading to elementary school students for the Reading &Robes program.