Trans-Pacific celebration

The Merrie Monarch Festival’s Wednesday night Ho‘ike featured a tribute to the original crew of the Polynesian Voyaging Society double-hulled canoe Hokule‘a, which returned to Hilo earlier this week for the first time since leaving on a world tour in 2014. For a full story, visit our Merrie Monarch page at

Tropical Gardening: Save that Easter lily for years of flowers

Easter is about new life and resurrection. Many types of bulbs are popular this time of year, but the Easter lily is by far the most popular. The lesson taught by the Easter lily is that it will soon begin to fade after we celebrate the holiday only to come back to life next season. These beautiful flowers give us pleasure, but we often don’t realize how much effort goes into producing that flower right at Easter.