Poke perfection

WAIKOLOA BEACH — Amateur and professional chefs gathered at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa to showcase their special p0ke recipes Saturday at the Hawaii Island Festival Poke Contest.

New OB/GYN accepting patients

Dr. Emilie Stickley has taken the reigns at the medical school faculty practice on Puuhonu, following Dr. John Uohara’s recent retirement.

Free caregiver workshop slated

Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center and West Hawaii Mediation Center are teaming up to present “Connecting with Others through Dialogue,” a free caregiver workshop.

Wailoa Center announces Abstract Only! winners

The Hawaii Island Art Alliance sponsored Abstract Only! juried exhibit at the Wailoa Center came to a successful conclusion on Aug. 30 despite Hurricane Lane’s antics, as the storm flooded out the Wailoa State Park and Wailoa Center’s lower lanai area for 6 days before it could reopen.

Heavy rains leach nutrients from Hawaiian soils

Record rainfall in many parts of our island has caused the loss of essential nutrients. Parts of East Hawaii received 4-5 feet of precipitation that not only removed nutrients like nitrogen, but actual top soil as well. West Hawaii received much less but with our excessively porous rocky areas, even 5 or 6 inches of rain can leach important elements essential to plant growth.