UHH men slow Point Loma to end slide

That grinder’s mentality, the one UH-Hilo men’s basketball team would eventually call upon Monday night when the rough patches matched the weather outside, was in some ways instilled a day earlier, coach Kaniela Aiona said.

‘Kona low’ blasts Big Isle

Hawaii County Civil Defense said it will begin damage assessments today after a winter weather system known as a “Kona low” generated high winds and torrential downpours in parts of the Big Island over the weekend and Monday.

Emmett Till investigation closed by feds; no new charges

JACKSON, Miss. — The U.S. Justice Department said Monday it is ending its investigation into the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till, the Black teenager from Chicago who was abducted, tortured and killed after witnesses said he whistled at a white woman in Mississippi.

Navy halts use of fuel storage complex above Oahu aquifer

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Oahu — The U.S. Navy announced Monday that it has suspended use of a massive World War II-era fuel storage complex above a Hawaii aquifer that supplies nearly 20% of Honolulu’s drinking water — following days of complaints that tap water smells like fuel and has sickened some people.

US plans diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will stage a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing t o protest Chinese human rights abuses, the White House confirmed Monday, a move that China has vowed to greet with “firm countermeasures.”

NYC to impose vaccine mandate on private sector employers

NEW YORK — From big Wall Street banks to corner grocery stores, all private employers in New York City will have to require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the mayor announced Monday in the most sweeping vaccine mandate of any state or big city in the U.S.

Get a COVID booster to look out for yourself and others

Enlightened self-interest means doing something that benefits others but is also good for you. Amid concerns about the emerging omicron variant of the coronavirus, we need more of it right now both among individual Americans and the nations of the world.

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi convicted in further blow to democracy

BANGKOK — Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader of Myanmar who was ousted in a de facto coup this year, was convicted on two charges Monday and handed a four-year sentence that was quickly cut in half — in proceedings widely criticized as a further effort by the country’s military rulers to roll back the democratic gains of recent years.

VAC hosts annual wreath exhibit

Volcano Art Center is hosting the Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit which runs through Dec. 31 at the VAC Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Charging the parents of school shooters should become standard practice

Prosecutors in the recent Michigan school shooting by a 15-year-old student that left four dead also have filed manslaughter charges against the shooter’s parents, whose gun he used. This should become standard practice for school shooting cases when the young shooters are only armed because of their parents’ carelessness.

HICC sends well wishes, thanks to hospital employees

The Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Hilo Medical Center Foundation, recently held a thank you card campaign for the health care workers and employees of the Hawaii Healthcare Systems Corporation’s East Hawaii Region which includes Hilo Medical Center, Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua and Ka‘u Hospital.

Let’s Talk Food: Japanese souffle pancakes

When I first ate a Japanese souffle pancake in Tokyo, I was so impressed by its lightness and delicate taste. But they are not a new item on the culinary scene, as the first form of pancakes appeared in the 16th century and was called “funo-yaki” and invented by Sen no Rikyu, the founder of the tea ceremony. The original Japanese pancake was made by mixing flour with water and sake and then fried and served with sweet miso paste for tea ceremonies.