Holidays vary by state

It depends on the state you live in whether you officially honor one or the other or both of these presidents, since states decide which holidays to adopt.

County Housing Agency set to receive $132k

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Thursday awarded $74 million to hundreds of public housing authorities across the country, including $567,460 to six public housing agencies in Hawaii and Guam. The Kauai County Housing Agency is slated to receive $132,000.

Preserving the trail

While the Wai Koa Loop Trail has been popular for years with residents and visitors alike, now it’s an official and ongoing fixture on the North Shore.

Rain doesn’t dampen feast

Where’s the Spam? Spam Lindsey, a coach with the Kapaa High School boys basketball team, wanted to know Sunday after volunteering to shuttle diners from the parking lot to the dining area at the American Culinary Federation Kauai Chapter 33rd annual Breakfast at Kauai Community College. “I’ve got to talk to these people,” Lindsey said. “Where is the Spam?”

Jane, Dusty, Po and the volcano

A tourist from the mainland comes to Hawaii to see the volcano. She hires two guys pretending to be tour guides. What follows is humorous, touching, revealing and uplifting — and it hits close to home, no matter where you live. And nothing, really, stays the same.

Mice prey on seabirds

While the hunt is still on for remaining rats on Lehua island near Niihau, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is gearing up to target a different island with rodenticide-laced bait designed to destroy house mice.

Gas prices down slightly

Gas prices paused this past week around Hawaii, and some other areas on other islands saw a mix of price increases and decreases of up to 3 cents a gallon, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.

Disaster readiness meeting coming up

The Building Industry Association of Hawaii has been awarded a federal Department of Labor, Susan Harwood Grant to provide training to address occupational safety and health hazards that may be encountered in natural-disaster-site response and cleanup activities across Hawaii.

Happy Camper for Monday, February 18, 2019

Caroline Lum was getting excited about seeing the “Dennis” quilt at the Kauai Quilt Show, and James Yamamoto (he’s an all-the-time volunteer with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary) had to go see what the excitement was about Saturday at Kukui Grove Center.

More than 1,500 attend vigil for Aurora shooting victims

AURORA, Ill. — More than 1,500 people braved snow and freezing drizzle to attend a prayer vigil for five slain co-workers Sunday, two days after they were fatally shot at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant by a longtime employee who was fired moments earlier.

Ex-FBI official: ‘Crime may have been committed’ by Trump

WASHINGTON — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Sunday that a “crime may have been committed” when President Donald Trump fired the head of the FBI and tried to publicly undermine an investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia.

‘Taking their last breath’: IS hides among Syrian civilians

BAGHOUZ, Syria — From a self-proclaimed caliphate that once spread across much of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group has been knocked back to a speck of land on the countries’ shared border. In that tiny patch on the banks of the Euphrates River, hundreds of militants are hiding among civilians under the shadow of a small hill — encircled by forces waiting to declare the territorial defeat of the extremist group.

Hang Loose Pro will be first major test of QS season

It’s unfortunate to say it, but the Hawaii portion of the annual surf season has essentially come to a close. Hawaiian waters dominate the professional landscape for about three straight months, but it’s now time to share the wealth and give some other nations a chance to see the best of the best up close.