Let’s Talk Food: Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are the structural materials in almost every cell in our bodies. The three main types of omega-3 fats — EPA or eicosapentaenoic acid, DHA or docosahexaenoic acid, and ALA or alpha-linolenic acid — are healthy fats known as polyunsaturated fats. These fats are best known for heart health benefits but the three together are great for brain, eye, skin and hair health.

Volcano Watch: Using earthquakes to look under the hood at Pahala

Deep beneath Pahala, a town located in the southern part of the Island of Hawaii, is currently the most seismically active region of the Hawaiian Islands. Frequent, deep earthquakes (greater than 20 km or 12 miles below sea level) are felt regularly by local residents, and, occasionally, people across the entire island.

Tropical Gardening: Grow ferns for that cool look

Ferns have been around for over 360 million years. Giant tree fern forests were common for millions of years but they gave way as flowering plants evolved to take their place. Today most of the nearly 800 species of tree ferns are considered endangered because of climate change. Even in Hawaii we see a fraction of the tree fern forests that existed before the 19th century. The introduction of pigs by early Polynesians and later the introduction of cattle played an important part of forest destruction.

After leak, religious rift over legal abortion on display

The leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that could end or limit abortion access for millions has sent shockwaves through diverse faith communities. Opponents of abortion view it as morally wrong, and in conservative Christian corners, the draft opinion has sparked hope. However many members of minority faiths that don’t prohibit abortion fear their religious freedom will be infringed upon. Some faith leaders are preparing to support women who travel to more liberal states seeking abortions if 1973’s Roe v. Wade decision is overturned by the court. Polls show a majority of Americans support abortion rights.

Roth attends Ironman competition in Utah

Mayor Mitch Roth attended the 2021 Ironman World Championship in St. George, Utah, last weekend “in a show of partnership between the City of St. George and the County of Hawaii through their willingness to temporarily take on the coveted event,” according to a press release from the mayor’s office.

Hilo Public Library team places first at Heluhelu Quiz Bowl

The First Annual Heluhelu Quiz Bowl, an updated quiz bowl based upon the earlier Newbery Quiz Bowl, was held on April 7 at the Mauna Lani Resort. Nine teams of fourth through seventh graders, from across the island, participated in a fast paced question competition based on 30 books they had read during the school year.

Three Kona officers honored

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee honored three Hawaii Police Department officers as Officer of the Month for November 2021, December 2021, and January 2022, during an awards ceremony at Huggo’s on the Rocks in Kona on April 6.

Helen Shirota-Benevides presented with BSA Legacy Leaders Award

Helen Shirota-Benevides of Papaikou was presented Aloha Council Boy Scouts of America’s prestigious Legacy Leaders Award for her many years of service and contributions of time, talents and treasure to advance Scouting in Hawaii. This award was presented to her on March 12 at a luncheon held at the Hilo Yacht Club.

Dr. Jaggar returns to HVNP

After a 2 year hiatus, Kilauea Drama &Entertainment Network is pleased to announce that the living history program “A Walk into the Past” with Dr. Jaggar is returning to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

UH-Hilo MOP students take top awards

Five students in the Marine Option Program at the University of Hawaii at Hilo recently participated in the annual statewide MOP Symposium held April 16 with three students receiving awards.

Volcano Watch: Kilauea’s dynamic landscape: Reflections on the past four years

May 3 marked the fourth anniversary of the start of Kilauea’s historic 2018 eruption that covered much of lower Puna with lava flows and dropped the crater floor of the summit. This anniversary is an appropriate time to reflect on the dynamic landscape we share and the events of the past 4 years. At the same time, we’re considering what these recent changes might mean for future activity at Kilauea.

Tropical Gardening: Chocolate, plants make great gifts for Mother’s Day

Sunday is Mother’s Day and if you forgot any of those favorite women in your life, you are in real trouble! Trying to wrack your brains for just the right last-minute gift can be frustrating. Chocolates are often a favorite gift, but why not go one step further and treat your loved ones to the Big Island Chocolate Festival on May 14 at the Waikoloa Beach Marriot Resort and Spa. The event is an all-VIP affair with a four-course dinner service. There will be unlimited wine and beer plus a newly launched specialty chocolate spritzer by Ola Brew, according to the organizers. There will also be live music and dancing. Other chocolate surprises will be served as well. For tickets visit www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com/tickets.