Volcano Watch: A legendary part of the Wailuku River is again revealed

The “Hawaiian Sup‘pa Man,” demi-god Maui, had several adventures on the Wailuku River in the legendary past. He rescued his mother, Hina, who lived in the cave behind Waianuenue (Rainbow Falls), from Kuna, a threatening mo‘o (legendary giant lizard), eventually killing him and leaving his body as a small island in the pool fronting Hina’s cave.

2020 Cultural Festival goes virtual

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s annual Cultural Festival, normally scheduled the first Saturday in July for nearly 40 years, will instead be conducted virtually Sunday through Saturday, July 5-11, on social media because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Let’s Talk Food: Cooking with children

One of my passions is teaching children how to cook. I used to teach cooking after school at E.B. DeSilva Elementary School, at the summer school program at Hawaii Community College as well as cooking classes at our certified kitchen. I try to involve my grandson Quentin when I cook, whether it is a simple chore like cutting green beans, or cracking eggs for me. He helped to plant the beans, then even helped pick them, until his dad noticed that the plant got pulled out of the soil. Quentin used a butter knife to cut the green beans, careful to tuck his fingers under so he won’t cut them. When we cooked them, he ate them enthusiastically, knowing that he grew those beans.

Volcano Watch: Electronic “doctor” tracks health of monitoring stations

As part of Volcano Awareness Month earlier this year, Volcano Watch featured five articles focused on different roles at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. These articles described the roles of geodesist, Scientist-in-Charge, gas geochemist, seismologist and geologist. This month, we continue that series, focusing on the role of technician.

Undergrad team awarded for VR coral reef app

A team of undergraduate students from the University of Hawaii at Hilo Computer Science Department and the University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Engineering was recently awarded with the Best Visualization Showcase Award for the 2020 Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing Conference for its work on integrating three-dimensional models of Hawaiian coral reefs into an immersive virtual reality platform.

Malama ‘Aina Foundation receives grant from Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

The Consortium for Hawaii Ecological Engineering Education (dba Malama ‘Aina Foundation), has received a grant award from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in the amount of $350,000 over a 2-year period. These funds will allow MAF to provide summer and after-school Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programming to at-risk middle school youth in Ka‘u High and Pahala Elementary School, a geographically remote K-12 public school.

Hilo student awarded Gabelli scholarship

Hilo High School student Kenneth “Kenny” Heikes was awarded the Boston College Gabelli Presidential Scholar academic merit scholarship for four years full tuition of $240,000.

AARP Hawaii seeks nominees for 2020 Andrus Award

AARP Hawaii is accepting nominations for its 2020 Andrus Award for Community Service. The award is AARP Hawaii’s highest volunteer honor and goes to Hawaii residents 50 and older who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to enrich the lives of community members.

Let’s Talk Food: Using local products

During these times, I hope we are buying more local products. The CSA produce boxes support local farmers, and when we have a box full of fresh, wonderful produce, we will certainly find ways to make a great meal.