Algae expert meshed science and native culture

Isabella Abbott straddled two worlds and excelled in both, mentoring and inspiring generations of scientists and native Hawaiian cultural practitioners. The world-renowned algae taxonomist and ethnobotanist “loved her people,” said Hi’ilei Kawelo, director of Paepae O He’eia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for Heeia Fishpond. “She loved her culture, but she also excelled...

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Maui rancher Eby dies

Lifelong cattleman remembered as trustworthy and fair Maui cattlemen last week remembered local rancher William “Bill” Eby as a quiet, gentle man who loved animals and mentored a younger generation of paniolo. Eby, 89, died Oct. 18 at his home in Haiku under hospice care. Services were held Friday. A lifelong cattleman, Eby ran...

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Japan airlines ends service between Kona and Narita by Chelsea Jensen Japan Airlines’ final flight to Kailua-Kona came and went Friday morning, ending 14 years of daily service to West Hawaii. Since the direct Narita, Japan, to Kailua-Kona flight began in June 1996 nearly a million Japanese visitors have arrived at Kona International Airport,...

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Tractors Are Vintage, but Ready for Dirty Work

By BARRIE ALAN PETERSONFROM Pebble Beach, Calif., to Greenwich, Conn., and at dozens of picturesque settings in between, shows for vintage vehicles offer enthusiasts the opportunity to rub elbows with historic machinery in country-club surroundings. Not every gathering needs to be a concours d’élégance where white-gloved judges probe the undersides of pristine Duesenbergs in...

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Farm owners face new charges

HONOLULU – The owners of Hawaii’s second-largest farm face new federal charges that they exploited dozens of Thai workers by lying about their wages and confining them to the farm. A federal grand jury re-indicted brothers Alec and Mike Sou of Aloun Farms on charges that they lured the Thai workers to Hawaii with...

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