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.

DOH finds new COVID variant

The state Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division confirmed the presence of a new COVID-19 variant in Hawai‘i.

Kupuna go hands-on with fire safety

Fire safety is of utmost import at the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Hale Kupuna Elderly Housing project in Kalaheo, said Mike Dandurand, a property manager with Mark Development.

$22M rental-assistance program coming

LIHU‘E — The County Housing Agency has been given the OK by the County Council to start up what hopes to be a $22-million, federally-funded rental assistance program.

4 lanes for Wailua

KAPA‘A — A daily average of 32,500 vehicles drive between Wailua River and Coconut Marketplace in Waipouli, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Study: Suicide decrease, attempts rise during pandemic

LIHU‘E — A recent state Department of Health report says suicide rates decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to previous years, and data from the Kaua‘i Police Department corroborates that statement.

1 new COVID case Thursday

LIHU‘E — The state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported one new case of COVID-19 on Thursday.

NTBG to host plant sale Saturday

PO‘IPU — This Saturday, the National Tropical Botanical Garden is hosting a plant sale at its South Shore Visitor Center, and is offering a special on their tours of their Allerton and McBryde gardens to those who purchase plants.

Grants to support Hawaiian homestead communities

HONOLULU — The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has released its third grant solicitation of the month, announcing the availability of a new, community grant targeted specifically to aid Native Hawaiian families living on state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands parcels.