Dry weather leads to restrictions at HVNP

Dry conditions have prompted Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to temporarily close part of Hilina Pali Road to motor vehicles, and to remind the public about existing campfire restrictions.

Afghanistan quake kills 1,000 people, deadliest in decades

GAYAN, Afghanistan — A powerful earthquake struck a rugged, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, flattening stone and mud-brick homes and killing at least 1,000 people. The disaster posed a new test for Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers and relief agencies already struggling with the country’s multiple humanitarian crises.

Native American leaders push for boarding school commission

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The federal government has a responsibility to Native American tribes, Alaska Native villages and Native Hawaiian communities to fully support and revitalize education, language and cultural practices that prior boarding school policies sought to destroy, U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said Wednesday.

National Ocean Month highlights global climate action

On June 8, World Ocean Day, President Joe Biden announced plans to designate the Hudson Canyon — the deep Atlantic submarine canyon that is an extension of New York’s Hudson River Valley — as a marine sanctuary. He also banned the use of single-use plastic, a growing source of ocean pollution, in U.S. National Parks by 2023 and established an Ocean Climate Action Plan.

Obituaries for June 23

Christina Delia (Baker) Katayama, 50, of Las Vegas, formerly of Hilo, died June 17 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a support staffer for special needs children in the Clark County, Nevada, school district and member of Thy Word Ministries of Las Vegas. Services 1 p.m. Sunday (June 26) at Thy Word Ministries Faith Center of Hawaii, 2085 Awapuhi St. in Hilo. Survived by spouse, Glenn Katayama; parents, Richard Baker Jr. and Norma Baker; sons, Craig Katayama and Aaron Katayama; sister, Laurie Baker Gabuat; three grandchildren, two nieces; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Sri Lankan prime minister: Island’s economy ‘has collapsed’

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s debt-laden economy has “collapsed” after months of shortages of food, fuel and electricity, the prime minister told lawmakers Wednesday in comments that underscored the country’s dire situation as it seeks help from international lenders.

More myths shattered about amateur sports

Going for gold has taken on a different connotation since the Supreme Court ruled college athletes can be paid by parties not directly affiliated with their schools. Now, another ideal this nation once embraced — the scholar-athlete — appears headed to the dustbin.