AP Poll: Voters open to candidates who aren’t very religious

NEW YORK — Religion’s role in politics and public policy is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to a poll released Tuesday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

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.