‘Venom’ sets October record with $80M; ‘Star Is Born’ soars

NEW YORK — In a weekend of perfect counterprogramming for Hollywood, the comic-book movie “Venom” shrugged off bad reviews to shatter the October box-office record with an $80 million debut, while Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” soared to $41.3 million.

Tropical Gardening: Hawaii’s plants represent the flora of the world

Most visitors to our islands are fascinated by the beauty of our gardens. They usually rave about the palms, especially the coconut palms. There are literally hundreds of palms species here that most folks find hard to identify unless they are members of the International Palm Society.

‘Willy Wonka’ opens three-weekend run Friday

Theater-goers can grab their golden ticket and enter a world of pure imagination when the Palace Theater and Hilo Community Players present “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” which begins a three-weekend run tomorrow.

Let’s Talk Food: Abiu, an exotic fruit from the Amazon

Many folks planted the Pouteria caimito, or abiu tree, several years ago and now are enjoying the fruits bearing from their trees. Other names for abiu include luma, Caimoto, Aboi, Australian sawo, yellow star apple, blueberry pie fruit, alasa, abierio or tamare.