Bacteria and birds

A yellowish-green, masked bird flits through the ohia trees of Kauai’s Alakai Swamp, tagging lehua blossoms and searching for bugs.

Albatross arrivals

The world’s oldest known banded wild bird is sitting on a brand new egg in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

Boogie weekend is here

Grab your bodyboard and head out to Kekaha Beach Park this weekend to compete not only against Kauai athletes, but bodyboarders from around the state, for cash and prizes.

Navy training targets Kauai

The Navy is looking at how proposed special operations training in Hawaii would affect the state, and a public-comment period on their draft environmental assessment has been extended through Jan. 7.

FHFA increases conforming loan limit

Hawaii homebuyers will have more access to money for mortgages in 2019 now that the Federal Housing Finance Agency has increased the maximum conforming loan limits by 6.9 percent.

Community and champagne

Champagne and lighted evergreens, ivory keys and swing music will take over the Princeville Resort ballroom on Saturday, Dec. 8, for the annual Black and White Ball.

Anini Beach is in vogue

Pulled pork sandwiches and lifeguards are the latest talk around the food truck at Anini Beach, with residents saying the beach is getting more popular and wondering if it’s a result of road closures further up the North Shore.