Ring in spring with flowering bulbs

Spring officially occurs when the sun reaches the equator as it appears to move northward. Of course, what is actually happening is that the Earth is tilting toward the south pole and will continue to do so until June 21. Then it is officially summer. Since we are roughly at latitude 19 degrees North, the sun will appear to move northward for a short time and then move toward the south until Dec. 21. Many plants respond to day length including plants that form bulbs.

Tax Man: Green fees – but not the golfing kind

Senate Bill 2696, which the Senate has just given to the House for consideration, is a bill “Relating to Green Fees.” These green fees have nothing to do with playing golf, however; they are per visitor, per stay charges the money from which goes to protect and preserve the environment. Some national governments already charge them, including the Republic of Palau, New Zealand, and the Maldives. So, SB 2696 is calling for a feasibility study and implementation plan, assuming that the fee will be charged beginning in 2022.

Bench Warrants 03-13-20

As of Friday March 13, 2020 the following individuals are wanted by the Hawaii Police Department because of outstanding warrants:

Kim Monke: Extraordinary Master Gardener

Always curious and constantly experimental, Kim Monke has taken Master Gardening to a high art form. Her small garden space in Palisades is filled with color while including food, flowers and fragrance. In the short three years that she and her husband, Joe, have lived in Kona, she has transformed their landscape and is still making changes and additions today.

Island Life: Pua Mana

Pua Mana provides entertainment at the annual Hospice Tea at Waikii Ranch on Feb. 29. (Victoria McKinney/Community Contributor)

Island Life: Coastal cruisin

An ultra-light personal aircraft cruises along the coast at the Old Kona Airport Park in February. (Bob Viggers/Community contributor)

Freelance writers, columnists sought

West Hawaii Today is seeking freelance writers and columnists to enhance our community coverage. We are seeking writers who can cover community and sporting events, and write a clean, well-edited and detailed article or column on a deadline.

Island Life: Nesting honu

A Honu prepares to lay her eggs by digging a hole with her flippers at Kaloko-Honokohau. (Mark Chesler/Community contributor)

Island Life: Washed up

A log meets its resting place at high tide after a long journey at sea. (Mark Chesler/Community Contributor)