Two arrested on robbery charges

Hawaii Island police on Saturday announced the arrest and charging of 25-year-old Travis Ka‘iliwaioli Yoshito Demello-Oda, of Hilo, with robbery and an array of other offenses following two separate armed robberies that occurred on the Shipman Beach Trail in Kea‘au. Police also charged 29-year-old Devin Lloyd Saragosa-Taoy, of Kea‘au with two offenses in relation to one of the robberies.

From hobby to passion: Gardening with Donna Payesko

Donna remembers her family growing tomatoes in her backyard in New Jersey as a little girl. She always wanted to learn to garden better. It wasn’t until she was in her 20s that she was motivated to become a real gardener. Her love of cooking and preference for plant-based meals got her planting herbs and a few greens.

Plants for home foundation

Foundation plantings are like spandex garments. They smooth out bumpy features and add a dressy look. When properly used, a foundation planting serves definite purposes. It connects the structure with the grounds and adjacent ornamentals so that the building and grounds appear to have grown together into an eye appealing design. Shrubs and vines also tend to soften and blend architectural lines. Such plants give the home a finished look.

Stressed out: Hawaiian volcanoes are heavy

Many people living in the Hawaiian Islands are accustomed to feeling occasional earthquakes since the State of Hawaii is one of the most seismically active locations in the United States. Unlike some other earthquake-prone places in the U.S., for example California, where the earthquakes are related to tectonic plates sliding past each other, our earthquakes are related to volcanoes.

Kailua pier to close nights starting July 28

The Department of Land and Natural Resources on Friday announced a temporary closure of the Kailua Pier beginning on Wednesday July 28, daily from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. During the closure, entering the pier will be prohibited. People violating the closure can be cited, fined, or arrested.

Man sought in connection with Ocean View property crimes

Hawaii Island police are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a man who is being sought for questioning in connection with a stolen moped and other property crimes occurring in the Ocean View area of Ka‘u. His image was captured on video surveillance.

State tops 40,000 COVID cases

The state surpassed 40,000 COVID-19 cases Friday with the Department of Health reporting 233 new cases statewide.