Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

CHICHIBU, Japan — As fireworks light up the winter night, scores of men, women and teenagers crying “washoi, washoi” haul the last of six towering, lantern-covered floats up a small hill and into the town center, the culminating moment of a Shinto festival that evolved from a harvest thanksgiving into a once-a-year meeting between two local gods.

Let’s Talk Food: The Cosmic Crisp apple

Breeding of the Cosmic Crisp apple began in 1997 at the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, Washington, with Bruce Barriit in charge of the project.

‘A Million Dreams’ benefit concert this weekend

Kilauea Drama and Entertainment Network will present the benefit concert “A Million Dreams” this weekend. The concert will have two performances, one at 2:30 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 30) at Christ Lutheran Church, located at 595 Kapiolani St. in Hilo.