Laughter Therapy: 08-04-19

Aloha folks, just to warn you, da kine is short today. So, save plenty kine time to look in the mirror for da good laughs!

Plant of the Month for August 2019 – Plumbago

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Hawaiian Admission Day this Aug. 16, you might want to add the bright white-flowering native ground cover iliee to your garden. If you’d prefer a blue flowering plant to complement your garden’s color scheme, you could consider the non-native blue plumbago shrub. Each of these plants in the Plumbaginaceae family have some similarly attractive features as well as distinct differences beyond the color of their flowers.

Volcano Watch: Water or no water: that is (or was) the question

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK — USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) scientists usually base their research on observations, either visual or instrumental. Interpretations come from these observations, so they must be as good as possible. Incorrect observations can, and have, led to erroneous interpretations.

Maunakea opened for hunting

HONOLULU — State hunting units A, K, and G, in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve and Natural Area Reserve, closed since July 15, reopened late last week. The units were closed to protect public safety and provide security for the safe movement of heavy construction equipment associated with the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Puna mulls bus hub options

PAHOA — More than two dozen people gathered Wednesday night in Pahoa to discuss the merits of six locations identified around the community for a proposed bus hub.

ROD group wins award for conservation innovation

HONOLULU — The Rapid Ohia Death Working Group, formed to respond to a new disease threatening Hawaii’s most important native forest tree, recently received the Conservation Innovation award at the 2019 Hawaii Conservation Conference.

Island Life: 07-31-19

Hawaiian spinner dolphins, or naia, cruise through the clear blue waters off the Kona Coast as a snorkeler from the surface. (Bo Pardau/Community Contributor)

Cop on Top returns Aug. 22-24

To raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Hawaii, volunteer, off-duty law enforcement officers will take their duties to new heights for this year’s 18th annual Cop on Top.