BIIF volleyball: Pana-led Hilo sweeps Kealakehe

Peyton Pana knocked down 10 kills, and Kawai Wilbur-Gabriel and Maluhia Tandal each served four aces to lead Hilo to a sweep over Kealakehe in a BIIF volleyball match on Saturday at the Vikings gym.

Putin appears at big rally as troops press attack in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared at a huge flag-waving rally at a packed Moscow stadium Friday and lavished praise on his troops fighting in Ukraine, three weeks into the invasion that has led to heavier-than-expected Russian losses on the battlefield and increasingly authoritarian rule at home.

Don’t help Russia’s invasion, Biden tells China’s Xi

WASHINGTON — Face to face by video, President Joe Biden laid out to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday the stiff consequences the Chinese would face from the U.S. if they provide military or economic assistance for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Hilo man faces numerous drug charges

A 57-year-old Hilo man was arrested and charged for possession and the attempted distribution of methamphetamine, after Hilo Vice Section officers executed a narcotics search warrant Thursday at an Osorio Lane home.

Hawaii says water in Pearl Harbor homes is safe to drink

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Health said Friday that the tap water in all residential areas served by the Navy’s Pearl Harbor water system is safe to drink, more than three months after a petroleum leak from a military fuel tank facility sickened thousands.

Young Ukrainian cancer patients get medical help in Poland

BOCHENIEC, Poland — Twenty-two-month-old Yeva Vakulenko had been through four rounds of chemotherapy for leukemia at a hospital in Ukraine, and then suffered a relapse. As she began returning again for more treatment, Russia invaded, disrupting doctors’ efforts to cure her.

US education secretary to Florida LGBTQ kids: Got your back

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In another clash between President Joe Biden’s administration and Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona spoke with LGBTQ students to say the federal government supports them even if the governor does not.

Watching bombs fall on Kyiv, the place I used to call home

As the Russian invasion moves in on Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, bombs are hitting close to the places I once called home. When I first heard that a missile struck a TV tower close to Babyn Yar in Kyiv, I thought: “That used to be my park.” Because of this attack, more people know that Babyn Yar was where the Nazis built a concentration camp, then murdered 33,000 Jews in just two days. For me, the site is a symbol of both the Holocaust and my childhood in Ukraine.

Tropical Gardening: Spring rains mean it is time to fertilize

This weekend is the last two days of winter and Monday is officially the first day of spring. It has been a dry winter for many parts of the island, but now some areas are beginning to get a bit of spring rain. This makes it difficult to make general recommendations that apply to all. Parts of the windward side received enough precipitation to remove nutrients like nitrogen and actual topsoil as well. West Hawaii received much less but with our excessively porous rocky areas, even an inch of rain can leach important elements essential to plant growth.