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Draft EA for proposed Honomu ag project done

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has completed a draft environmental assessment for its proposed Honomu agricultural homestead community and will host a meeting next week about the project.

Big Island a winter hot spot, says US News & World Report

The Big Island’s a hot spot when it’s cold elsewhere in the world. With its unique geography offering up everything from snow-covered peaks, black and green sand beaches and lush rainforests to an active volcano, Hawaii Island is a popular choice for travelers during the winter months.

Federal prosecutors open clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania

Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand secret files and testimony from high-ranking leaders in what victims’ advocates say is the first such probe ever launched by the U.S. Justice Department.

Taliban attack kills top Afghan officials, US general unhurt

A high-level meeting to lay out security plans for Afghanistan’s upcoming parliamentary elections had just concluded when an elite Afghan guard turned his gun Thursday on the departing delegation in an attack that killed the powerful Kandahar police chief but missed the top U.S. commander in the country, Gen. Scott Miller.

Yuking it up building ukes

Instructor Calvin Enoki laughs with Patricia Dunn on Monday during the Kit Ukulele Making class at Kamana Senior Center in Hilo.

PATH awarded $45K grant from Kaiser

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii awarded a community benefit grant to a Big Island nonprofit organization working to improve community health and promote active living.

Dashain festival

Nepalese Hindu devotees offer prayers at a temple on the ninth day of Dashain festival Thursday in Kathmandu, Nepal. The festival commemorates the slaying of a demon king by Hindu goddess Durga, marking the victory of good against evil. Animals are sacrificed at Hindu temples during this festival.