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Giant calligraphy

Koki Takehara, a professional Japanese calligraphy artist, uses a 60-pound brush to draw the character “Kizuna,” which represents bonds or connections between people, on Sunday during the annual Bodhi Day service at Sangha Hall in Hilo. The event was sponsored by the Big Island Buddhist Federation and hosted by Taishoji Soto Mission. Playing drums is Chad Nakagawa of Taishoji Taiko.

County holds talk-story session on eruption recovery

About a dozen Puna residents offered their suggestions, as well as complaints, to Hawaii County representatives Thursday evening during the first of what is expected to be several talk-story sessions regarding recovery from the Kilauea eruption.

Museum opens today in Pahoa

The Kilauea eruption grasped much of the world’s attention earlier this year as molten rock shot out of fissures where homes once stood and a massive river of lava changed the landscape of lower Puna.