Author Archives: Jeannette

Read his lips: No new taxes

Increases in property values coupled with an improving economy should provide enough revenue to balance the county budget without having to raise property taxes this year, despite across-the-board salary hikes for county employees covered by collective bargaining agreements.

“There will be no tax increase,” Mayor Billy Kenoi said in an interview Friday with West Hawaii Today. “We’re looking forward to submitting a balanced budget while meeting our collective bargaining agreements and maintaining level funding for county departments.”

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New transportation company helps people gain freedom


Nik Krasvkiy and his father-in-law Yuri Novolodskiy pose with their Mercedes Sprinter van and demonstrate the fully-equipped lift. (John De Groote/West Hawaii Today)

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Hawaiian Cuisine Part 4 – Farm to table movement


Organic produce for the movement. Picture: LANCE SEETO

Organic produce for the movement. Picture: LANCE SEETO

In today’s final part of our series on Hawai’i, we look at how the tropical island state has reconnected with its ancient Polynesian heritage and its ancestor’s sustainable farming practices to create the perfect environment for Hawai’i to become a leading centre of nutritionally rich, gourmet cuisine in the region. Of the four biggest islands, it is on the Big Island of Hawai’i that some of the most exciting farm to table initiatives are taking place. The farm to table, or farm to fork movement is about producing food locally and delivering that produce straight to local customers at their table or on their fork. Unlike the many foods we eat that come packaged and processed, farm to table produce is fresh, mostly organic and supports sustainable agriculture. This is the produce found at nearly all Fijian markets but the movement goes further to include landowners, government, restaurants and the chefs, something which Fiji can learn from.

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Ka‘u Park

HILO — The Ka‘u coast and areas on other Hawaii islands would be candidates for an expanded National Park System under a bill announced Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii.

The bill, Schatz’s first since his nomination to the Senate in December, would require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct special resource studies on the Ka‘u coast at the southern tip of Hawaii Island, along with studies on the northern coast of Maui, the southeastern coast of Kauai and historic sites on Midway Atoll. The bill could also include the island of Rota in the Northern Mariana Islands if requested by the governor of the Northern Mariana Commonwealth.

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SIMPLY A-MAZE-ING

Just keep going’ — Corn, pumpkins and inspiration for future farmers

BY CATHERINE TARLETON
SPECIAL TO NORTH HAWAII NEWS


North Kohala pumpkin patch and corn field maze!

There’s kind of a whirring, whispering breeze inside the corn maze. Tall green cornstalks, their silky-tufted baby ears swaying lightly, make the path both inviting and mysterious. It’s easy to see how author W.P. Kinsella chose corn to create the “field of dreams” in his novel “Shoeless Joe.” But that’s not this story.

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