Trail acquisition dropped

Mayor Mitch Roth has decided to abandon efforts to acquire a trail to Papaikou Mill Beach, county officials said Tuesday.

Saving honeybees Ho’ola rescues scores of hives

Ho’ola means to heal and that is the name that Kailin and Kai chose for their business when they started rescuing bees. In the last six years, they have rescued nearly 150 bee colonies. Many have been placed on properties in Kohala as pollinators. They are currently maintaining about 50 hives on their farm in Kapa’au. The pair are highly motivated to heal the colonies they rescue and help the bees to thrive. They consider their work a valuable service to their community.

Staghorn ferns are the survivors of dinasaur days

Hawaiian gardens have long been famous for their vast array of orchids and other showy flowering plants. Ferns on the other hand don’t get top billing in most landscapes even though they were probably the first vascular plants to make Hawaii their home. In fact, ferns have been around long before flowering plants evolved.