The cooler climate and soils of the Willamette Valley of Portland, Ore., are perfect for growing pinot grapes and the late David "Papa Pinot" Lett of Eryrie Vineyards has been credited as the pioneer of this very viable crop. Many towns were suffering a slow death as small farms were shutting down at an incredible rate of two per day around the country.
The health of Hawaii's coral reef system is threatened by human impact and factors such as pollution and climate change. To develop a better understanding of coral reefs, Bradda Skibs and the Pakalove Crew recently headed to the Wai'opae Tide Pools for a hands-on learning adventure led by graduate research assistant John Burns.
The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai'i (CTFH) will hold its second annual fundraising event -- "Deadly in Pink," a champagne brunch -- to raise awareness of tobacco industry marketing strategies to reach women and girls.
U of Portland School of Ed honors Uchima The University of Portland School of Education honored Hilo native Kristen Uchima with its annual Dean's Award for outstanding leadership, service and academic achievement. Uchima graduated May 8 with a degree in elementary education.
More than a dozen years after the attacks of 9/11, it is time to treat government decisions made in the aftermath as history — to be debated and learned from. This is especially true of the misguided program of interrogation and torture carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency. In the years after the attacks, so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” that did not measure up to American values nor international law were brought to bear on detainees. We need to know the full story of how that happened.
Marijuana legalization was a hot topic at the recent meeting of the National Governors Association in Washington, for obvious reasons — among them the prospect of raising much-needed revenue by taxing pot sales. “With all the bad weather we’ve had back home and all the potholes, we ought to have the revenue go to infrastructure — ‘pot for potholes,’” Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, I, said.
It was just bad luck that President Barack Obama unveiled his fiscal 2015 budget in the midst of the most dangerous geopolitical tensions Europe has faced since the end of the Cold War. The Obama administration began working on the document long before the recent upheaval in Ukraine; Obama had no way of knowing that its unveiling would compete for headlines with a Russian invasion of the Crimean Peninsula.
Surreptitiously recorded videos of Supreme Court proceedings that surfaced on YouTube last week aren’t much of a viewing experience. The most revealing video, which captures a few moments from two oral argument sessions, is a jerky affair that makes Abraham Zapruder’s amateur footage of the Kennedy assassination look like the work of an auteur.
Nearly three years into his term, Haitian President Michel Martelly has yet to hold parliamentary or local elections. Endless negotiations with a fractured political opposition amid an atmosphere of mutual suspicion and recrimination have produced tentative progress, for which Martelly was rewarded with an Oval Office meeting with President Barack Obama this month. Yet there is still no agreement on electoral rules or a voting date set in a country whose fragile institutions can ill afford what amounts to a moratorium on democracy.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration broke new ground in consumer protection when it required, more than 20 years ago, the now-familiar nutrition labels on virtually every bit of packaged food. Now, the labels are being revamped — in ways that have both benefits and downsides.
As the situation in Kiev has calmed, a standoff has developed in Crimea, raising the risk of a wider Ukrainian conflict. How this unfolds is impossible to predict, but it can end well only if the country’s new leaders make it clear that their revolution was about ousting a corrupt and abusive regime, not putting down pro-Russians in the east.
In a properly functioning Washington, the tax reform plan unveiled Wednesday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich. would kick off a major debate over how to fix the federal government’s inefficient system of revenue collection. Camp proposes to overhaul both the corporate and individual tax codes, based on the principle that lower rates should be applied to a broader base of income — that is, one that is purged of many loopholes and deductions that litter current law. The Camp plan would reduce the corporate rate to 25 percent from a maximum of 35 percent and replace the seven marginal rates for individuals with three: 10, 25 and 35 percent.
Let’s go ahead and concede that Mt. Gox, the bitcoin exchange that went offline Tuesday and seems to have misplaced about 365 million of its customers’ dollars, might be “the worst-run business in the history of the world,” as one bitcoin investor recently said.
Irene “Nana” Abalos, 89, of Mountain View died Feb. 13 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honokaa, she was a homemaker. Visitation 4-5 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 5 p.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by husband Gilbert Abalos of Mountain View; daughters Linda Andrade of Puna, Judith (Clayton) Arruda of Kurtistown and Cindy (Paul) Andrade of Mountain View; brother Eugene (Genny) Tavares of Honokaa; sister Marie Benevides of Hilo; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Marvin James Angelo, 74, of Waipahu, and formerly of Hilo, died Feb. 1 in Honolulu. Born in Hakalau, he was a retired cook for the Hilton Waikoloa Hotel. Visitation on Saturday, March 15, at Oahu Cemetery Chapel, 2162 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu. Service at 11:30 a.m., followed by noon inurnment at Oahu Cemetery with reception to follow. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Survived by spouse, Barbara Angelo; daughters, Sharlene (Samuel) Kamoku of Honolulu, and Jamie Ann Pola of Waipahu; brothers, Joe Arrojo of Makawao, Gerry Arrojo of Makawao, Howard Angelo of South Carolina, and Donald Arrojo of Kauai; sisters, Irene (Thomas) Malendres of Hilo, and Elizabeth Alameda of Honokaa; and four grandchildren.
Garry Michael Hajek, 59, of Hakalau died at the Hilo Medical Center on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Born in Michigan he was the owner of the Lai Nani Resort in Hakalau. Friends may call at the Lai Nani Resort on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.; Memorial service at 3 p.m. Survived by daughter, Kera Hajek of Virginia; son, Cory Hajek of Hakalau. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo.
Vivian R. Borero, 87, of Hilo died March 2 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Olaa, she was a housewife and a member of Glad Tidings Church in Hilo. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Service at 11 a.m.; burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, Section 7. Casual attire. Survived by sons Byron (Donna Mae) Smith Sr. of Hilo and Alexander (Diane) Borero Jr. of Mountain View; daughters Diane Smith of Kurtistown, Lynn Smith of Hilo, Maraiah (Armstrong, Jr.) Yamamoto of Hawaiian Beaches and Linda Borero of Las Vegas; son-in-law Paka Pea of Hawaiian Acres; daughter-in-law Sandra Smith of Glenwood; brothers Sarafin Carvalho of Honolulu, Benjamin Martinez of Freemont, Calif., and Manuel (Ethel) Martinez of Paradise Park; sisters Jackie (Carl) McKenzie of Honolulu, Emily Pascual of Hawaiian Acres and Matilda Rivera of Ainaloa; brothers-in-law Antonio Fernandez of Tacoma, Wash., and Antone Borero Jr. of Glenwood; sisters-in-law Rose Salas of Honolulu and Emily Rhodes of Pepeekeo; 34 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Agnes “Aggie” Namuo Kelii, 96, of Waikoloa died Feb. 22 at the North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Kailua-Kona, she was a room maid at the former Kona Inn Hotel and also a maid and cook for the Wall family. She was a member of the ILWU and Lanakila Congregational Church. Friends may call at 2 p.m. Friday at the Lanakila Congregational Church in Kainaliu for a 3 p.m. service with burial to follow in the church’s cemetery. Casual attire, flowers welcome. Survived by daughters Barbara (Gordon) Palmer of Waikoloa, Jeanette Apiki of Honolulu, Frances (David) Hudson of Maui; son William Kelii of Honolulu; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Edmund “Denny” Francis Austen, 85, of Hilo died Jan. 8 at the Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired oil field sales representative, member of St, Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo, Hilo Lodge #759 of the Benevolent &Protective Order of Elks, AARP, Korean War Veterans Chapter 231, Hawaii Island Veterans Memorial Association, former Commander of VFW Post 3875 and a veteran of the U.S. Air Corp. Friends may call from 9-10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo; Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by daughters, Sherry (George) Ann Black of Galveston, Texas, Barbara J. Austen of Hilo, Jacqueline (Fidel) Sauceda of Galveston, Texas, LaDonna Marie Kanani Finchman of Hilo; brother, Wilby George Austen of Hilo; sister, Kanani Donahue of Honolulu; one grandson, numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Wayne Yoshiaki Fujioka, 64, of Pahala died Feb. 20 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Pahala, he was a cultivation superintendent for Royal Hawaiian Orchards and member of the Pahala Hongwanji Kyodan and Pahala Hongwanji Judo Club. Visitation 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 5 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Gaylien S. Fujioka of Pahala; daughter, Kelly Ann K.A. (Jeremy) Kahaiali‘i of Honolulu; son, Garrett K. (Malia Letoto) Fujioka of Hilo; mother, Jean Y. Fujioka of Hilo; sisters, Joyce (Andrew) Iwashita and Katy (Vernon) Ferreira of Hilo, Lani Shigematsu of Honokaa; brothers, Bert (Lee Seki) Fujioka of Wailuku, Maui, and Neal (Lorna) Fujioka of Mountain View; four grandchildren; aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Norma Pascua Cuevas, 66, of Honokaa died Feb. 23 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Vintar, Ilocos Norte, Philippines; she was a retired certified nurse aide for Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua in Honokaa, housekeeper at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Visitation 5-9 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. Mass at 7 p.m. Casual attire. Interment at a later date in the Philippines. Survived by daughter Nori (Apolonio) Acidera of Honokaa; sons Aldrin (Suerie) Suguitan, Roderick (Mitsue) Suguitan and Jeffrey Cuevas of Philippines, Norman (Dona) Suguitan of Hawaii; sisters Estelita Aceret and Emelita Loo of Philippines, Gemma Gamiop of California; brothers Edmund Pascua of California and Elmar Pascua of Philippines; seven grandchildren; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Roy Mun Leong Pang, 74, of Hilo died Feb. 20 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired electrical engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Services held. Survived by stepdaughter, Francine (Samuel) Sharp of Texas; brother, Floyd (B.J.) Pang Ching of Hilo; sisters, Rosaline (Sam) Chun of Hilo and Roberta (Bert) Pieffer of Utah; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Sarah Ann Iwalani Kahee, 49, of Hilo died Feb. 17 at home. Born in Hilo, she worked for the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Visitation 4-7 p.m. Monday, March 3. Cremation to follow. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by sons, John K. Iopa and Jake K. Iopa of Puna; daughters, Tierry Roboman of Colorado and Samantha Iopa of Puna; brothers, George Kahee of Washington, Harry Kahee and Kihei Kahee of Oregon; sister, Aisha Kahee of Oregon; stepmother, Rhonda Kahee of Oregon; five grandchildren; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
WASHINGTON — Darrell Issa, chairman of the House committee leading numerous investigations of the Obama administration, found a new way to silence Democratic critics who question his actions: He shut off the microphones.
WASHINGTON — With the facts on the ground now established in Crimea — several thousand facts in the form of Russian troops — the question now becomes: Will sustained economic, political and military isolation of Russia work? Will it reverse Vladimir Putin’s adventurism and deter future aggression?
WASHINGTON — One hundred years after a spark in Central Europe ignited a conflagration from which the world has not yet recovered and from which Europe will never recover, armed forces have crossed an international border in Central Europe, eliciting this analysis from Secretary of State John Kerry: “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century. It really puts at question Russia’s capacity to be within the G8.”
If Arizona legislators were being perfectly candid, they would have labeled their so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act precisely what it was, the Right to Use Religion as an Excuse to Discriminate Against Gay Men and Lesbians Act.
WASHINGTON — The many jaundiced assessments of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on the fifth anniversary of its enactment were understandable, given that the sluggish recovery, now drowsing through the second half of its fifth year, is historically anemic. Still, bleak judgments about the stimulus spending miss the main point of it, which was to funnel a substantial share of its money to unionized, dues-paying, Democratic-voting government employees. Hence the stimulus succeeded. So there.