As a youngster in South Kona, Mel Johansen remembers his "Uncle George" telling the story about the time he discovered a rare palm tree and saved it from a bulldozer.
While both candidates agree that reforms taking place within the Department of Veterans Affairs are needed, the challengers vying to represent Hawaii's 1st Congressional District — both veterans themselves — disagree on the approach that should be taken.
Commercial koa farming has been an elusive pursuit in Hawaii where native old-growth forests of the most valuable wood in the state have been heavily logged. One fledging and unique endeavor, however, has taken root.
Everywhere Jean Higgins looked from her spot near the outdoor screen at Sunset on the Beach, she could see people. A sea of faces stretched before her.
Two friends for decades -- Hawaii head coach Norm Chow and Colorado defensive coordinator Ken Baer -- greeted each other outside the visitors' locker room following the Buffaloes' 21-12 victory at Folsom Field.
Serve aggressive. Serve tough. Most important, serve in. Hawaii's hot and cold outing from the service line this season got hot when needed Saturday night against Northern Arizona.
After we heard buzzing overhead in the thick jungle for the second or third time, I asked our ponytailed guide, Gregorson Rider, the source of the noise. "Helicopter?" I said. "Tours from Maui," he replied. "It's pretty obnoxious."