AARP retirement webinars coming

AARP Hawai‘i believes a retirement that allows people to choose how they live as they age requires thought and planning.

Time running out for sports this school year

Each flip of the calendar is like watching the time slowly run out of an hourglass as to whether or not the Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association will have any kind of spring season.

County has spent 95% of federal funds

LIHU‘E — As the county continues to work through its federal allotment of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act money, unused funds originally committed are being put toward contingency plans.

NTBG plant sale a success

Ants really live inside this plant, said Rebecca Indvik of her purchase Saturday at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens plant sale at the South Shore Visitor Center, where shoppers discovering their purchases waited to be checked out.

Waimea 400 Master Plan survey closes today

LIHU‘E — The county Planning Department will close its initial community survey for the Waimea 400 Master Plan today to prepare for the first community collaboration meeting for the project.

Heavy fines levied for aquarium fishing

HONOLULU — Friday, the state Board of Land and Natural Resources voted unanimously to fine two Hawai‘i island aquarium fishers $272,000 in civil fines for multiple violations of Hawai‘i Administrative Rules related to an illegal aquarium-fishing incident in Kona in 2020.

Work continues on Koloa, Maluhia roads

KOLOA — The county Department of Public Works and Goodfellow Bros. LLC announced that multiple sections of Koloa Road and Maluhia Road are scheduled for closures from Monday to Friday, March 1 to 5.

Night snorkeling with the Ambon Toby

Going out on a night snorkel is like visiting a whole new planet! It is safe to do a night snorkel in shallow calm water when the surf is very small. Calm lagoons are best like Anini Beach in Kauai or Pupukea tide pool in Oahu.

Happy Camper for Sunday, February 28, 2021

Chef Rafael Camarillo is back, and Mamahune’s at the Hilton Garden Inn in Wailua is open for take-out (chef Raf said everything is packed to-go, but there are some who enjoy the bar seating at Mamahune’s to grind). Breakfast is from 6 to 10 a.m. for those ono, local-style omelets, pancakes (mochi pancakes are new!), and avocado toast (like the ol’ style?) using Passion Bakery (they do malasadas, too!) bread, all to-go!

VOICES: Good journalism is not dead

I haven’t written a letter to the editor in a while, but as a journalist for many years who believes good journalism is integral to democracy, this subject is dear to my heart.

Letters for Sunday, February 28, 2021

• Letter about supporting local businesses is right on • What a caring community • Biden-Harris only team with chance for success • Kaua‘i will be an island just for the rich

Obituaries for Sunday, February 28, 2021

• Angel Alayvilla • Fred W. Palacio • Michael Cockett • Virgil Munar Caday • Dusty Keali‘i Perreira • Clinton Ikuzo Shiraishi • Josephine Villaros Mande • Helen Anne Knudsen Callahan • Solidad ‘Soly’ Caronilla Fernandez

Growing tension in Minneapolis as trial looms in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS — Barbed wire and concrete barriers surround the courthouse where the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd will soon go on trial, a sign of the deep uneasiness hanging over a city literally set ablaze almost a year ago in the anger over his death.

AP sources: Feds pinpoint suspect in officer’s riot death

WASHINGTON — Federal investigators probing the death of a U.S. Capitol Police officer killed in the Jan. 6 riot have zeroed in on a suspect seen on video appearing to spray a chemical substance on the officer before he later collapsed and died, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.