All rained out

March, traditionally the rainiest month of the year for the windward side of the Big Island, was much wetter than usual.

Hawaii’s master gardeners are the Peace Corps of the tropical garden world

When it comes to community outreach, the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) Extension Service is comparable to the way Peace Corps reaches out to folks in other countries. The Master Gardener program is an important component of the CTAHR Extension Service. That program is set up to assist local folks with home gardening issues. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this service has been severely limited, but is again available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Kona Office in Kainaliu.

Tourist to stand trial in death of friend

A 37-year-old Pittsburgh man will stand trial on a single charge of manslaughter stemming from a March 29 altercation at a Kailua-Kona vacation rental that resulted in the strangulation death of his roommate, a fellow visitor from Pittsburgh.

Police seek info on theft suspects

Big Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying four people involved in two separate thefts at stores in Waimea and Waikoloa.

Steep decline in giant sea turtles seen off US West Coast

MONTEREY, Calif. — Scientists were documenting stranded sea turtles on California’s beaches nearly 40 years ago when they noticed that leatherbacks — massive sea turtles that date to the time of the dinosaurs — were among those washing up on shore. It was strange because the nearest known population of the giants was several thousand miles away in the waters of Central and South America.