Aloha+ Home Challenge launched

Conservation is getting competitive on Kauai with a new way for neighborhoods to challenge each other and win bragging rights for helping out the planet. The recently launched Kauai Aloha+ Home Challenge allows anyone on Kauai to band together in teams online and challenge each other to renewable energy, sustainability and recycling competitions.

Da Shadow: Kealia greenery, Eleele bus stop

Heading up on Kealia Road, there is a wall that is hidden with overgrown brush and greenery. Can the county provide adequate maintenance and trim the overgrowth blocking the wall? The wall is identifiable by driving that roadway.

Disaster Recovery Centers have new hours

The Disaster Recovery Centers in Hanalei and Honolulu will have new hours beginning Monday. The DRCs will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The DRCs will be closed on Sundays. The Hanalei DRC is at Hanalei School.

Don’t smuggle ohia off Big Island

Lava flows have wiped out the first Hawaii Island ohia trees with the pathogen that causes rapid ohia death (ROD). And scientists say though it’s not a cure-all for spread of the disease, it is a little bit of a silver lining in a natural disaster that has destroyed more than 700 homes on Hawaii Island since Kilauea volcano started erupting in May.

Anaina Hou seeks volunteers to build playground

Anaina Hou Community Park, the 30-acre gathering place on the North Shore of Kauai that is home of Mini Golf and Gardens, is growing once again. In addition to recently opening the Porter Pavilion, Anaina Hou is also working to introduce a new, 17,000-square-foot playground this fall.

Top 3 well-defined as Gilmore regains yellow jersey

In years past, it was a top four that seemed to separate itself from the rest of the women’s leaderboard. This season, there is a pretty clear top three with a couple of different names who have been attempting to stake their claim to the 2018 women’s world title.

KIF teams hold 7-on-7 scrimmages

LIHUE — With football season about a month away, local fans got a small taste of what’s to come this upcoming season. Kapaa, Kauai and Waimea high schools’ junior varsity and varsity football teams held 7-on-7 scrimmages Saturday morning at Kauai High School.

Israel exchanges intense fire with Hamas militants in Gaza

The Israeli military carried out its largest daytime airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war Saturday as Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel throughout the day, threatening to trigger an all-out war after weeks of growing tensions along the volatile border.

Charges undermine Assange denials about hacked email origins

At the beginning of 2017, one of Julian Assange’s biggest media boosters traveled to the WikiLeaks founder’s refuge inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London and asked him where he got the leaks that shook up the U.S. presidential election only months earlier.

Hanabusa fundraising outpaces Ige

Gubernatorial candidate and Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa reported campaign contributions of $1,043,061 in the first six months of 2018, while Gov. David Ige reported $733,922 for the same period. Hanabusa’s figure represents contributions of 1,111 donors. Ninety-five percent of contributions to her campaign were from individuals.

Oh, that sinking feeling

Live fire from aircraft, a submarine and land assets participating in the Rim of the Pacific exercise sank the decommissioned ex-USS Racine (LST-1191) July 12 in waters 15,000 feet deep 55 nautical miles north of Kauai.

Lava appears at KSA gallery

While the Big Island has lava in real life, Kukui Grove Center offers its rendition of hot lava done in concrete by Joshua Huntoon in Huntoon’s debut art show that opened Friday night at the Kauai Society of Artists gallery.