Mochi pounding tradition continues

The annual Wailea Village Mochi Pounding Festival was hosted Sunday by Akiko’s Buddhist Bed and Breakfast in Wailea. This is the festival’s 18th year.

Chinese mine boss drowns himself after deadly collapse

BEIJING (AP) — The owner of a Chinese gypsum mine drowned Sunday after jumping into a well in an apparent suicide during rescue efforts for 17 workers still trapped two days after the mine collapsed and killed one person, state

Obituaries for December 28

Antone “Tony” Enriquez, 75, of Pahoa died Dec. 13 at home. Born in Olaa, he was a retired concrete mason for Isemoto Contracting Co., former bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pahoa Ward, member of Hawaii


UK military helps combat flooding as it spreads to cities

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron sent hundreds more troops into northern England on Sunday to help exhausted residents and emergency workers fight back rising river waters that have inundated towns and cities after weeks of heavy rain.

Obama should act alone on closing Guantanamo Bay

In his final news conference of 2015, President Barack Obama pledged to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. If that sounds familiar, it’s because he made the same promise on his second full day in office.