Plein aire exhibit opens at Wailoa

Wailoa Center and the Hawaii Island Art Alliance welcome 41 artists from throughout the state invited to be part of the second annual Hawaii Statewide Juried Plein Aire Painting Exhibit, which opens today and runs through Feb. 25.

Chung-Yuen gets medal

Yeoman 2nd Class Brayden Chung-Yuen, a native of Hilo, receives the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal after a successful three-year tour at Commander, Submarine Group 7. Chung-Yuen was responsible for the command’s $1.5 million travel budget, government travel card program, personal awards program and pay and personnel program. He is being redeployed to Oahu to serve on the attack submarine USS Illinois.

Officer honored for saving stabbing victim

Just one week after Hawaii Police Department received tourniquets as part of a grant from the Spirit of the Blue Foundation, Sgt. Ryan Pagan saved the life of a man who was stabbed in Puna last fall.

Let’s Talk Food: Breakfast is king

If we live by the phrase “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen and dinner like a pauper,” our breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day. After all, breakfast is “a break from a fast.”

Rotary Club of Hilo Bay donates money to YWCA

The Rotary Club of Hilo Bay recently donated $576 to the YWCA of Hawaii Island’s Developmental Preschool. The preschool will use the funds, which came from a district grant, to purchase school supplies. COVID-19 reopening regulations require limited sharing of supplies among the students, so parents were asked to provide basic supplies for their children. The items that will be purchased will replace those provided by parents when needed. The preschool currently has 55 children who are attending under the new guidelines.

East Hawaii officers honored for heroism, dedication

Last spring, an apparent suicide was reclassified as a homicide because of tenacious investigative work by Detective Derek Morimoto of the Hawaii Police Department’s Area I Criminal Investigations Section. At about the same time, South Hilo Patrol Officer Joshua Willing risked his life to rescue two children stranded in Wailuku River. Then in November, South Hilo Patrol Officer Sheldon Adviento and new officer Keanu Lumwon apprehended a dangerous suspect wanted on an outstanding warrant.

Kahilu Theatre announces new director

The board of directors of the Kahilu Theatre Foundation recently announced the appointment of Sara Nealy as executive director of Kahilu Theatre in Waimea following a nationwide search.

Volcano Watch: A closer look at Kilauea’s newest lava

Every rock on Earth is made of up a unique combination of chemical elements, and lavas/tephra formed during Hawaiian eruptions are no exception. What is the geochemistry of Kilauea’s newest tephra — and how can it help us understand the processes driving the ongoing eruption?