Getting in gear

KAILUA-KONA — Three Hawaii Island schools — including two from West Hawaii — are putting their robotics know-how to the test this week as they vie for a chance at an upcoming world robotics championship.

Jet into the sunset

As the sun disappeared over the ocean on Friday, Lavaman weekend ignited in Waikoloa with the fifth annual Sunset Run 5K at Queens’ Marketplace.

Comittee passes pesticide bill

HONOLULU — The House Finance Committee passed a bill Wednesday involving vegetative buffer zones around schools to protect against large-scale industrial pesticide use.

Lavaman athlete spotlight: John Barnett

Whether he is riding his bike along Queen Kaahumanu Highway, swimming in the pool at the Kona Community Aquatic Center, or running along Alii Drive, John Barnett is always smiling.