Strolling through Kolkata’s colonial past

KOLKATA, India — The British left footprints across their far-flung colonial empire from Toronto to Yangon. But nowhere is there as vast and varied a collection of heritage architecture than in Kolkata.

Tropical Gardening: Preserving old Hawaii with Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

We are blessed with natural beauty wherever we look around our island, but it is easy to take for granted. We often forget the efforts of folks today and years gone by. A visit to Lili‘uokalani Gardens last week for the second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll reminded us of all the work that KT Cannon-Eger and many volunteers put forth to keep this valuable community resource alive.

Let’s Talk Food: Ramen gaining popularity

The special issue of Bon Appetit about the foods we crave says this about ramen: “We’ve reached peak ramen, with noodle shops and neo-izakayas in seemingly every American city.”

Volcano Watch: What makes the lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u rise and fall?

About a year ago, the lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u at Kilauea Volcano’s summit was high enough that spattering on the lake surface was commonly visible from the Jaggar Museum overlook in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Although nighttime glow from the lava lake remains impressive, direct views of spattering lava are now less common because the lake level gradually dropped since that time.

In Costa Rica, nature comes first

TURRIALBA, Costa Rica — It was 6:01 a.m. when we heard them barking, an insistent “huh-huh-huh-huh” floating through the rain forest canopy and over Pacuare Lodge.