Volcano Watch: Mauna Loa: The sleeping giant

Covering over half of the Island of Hawaii, Mauna Loa is sometimes referred to as a “sleeping giant” because it hasn’t erupted in 38 years after erupting nearly every 7 years in the early 20th century. However, Mauna Loa occasionally stirs in its slumber and reminds us that it will someday awake and erupt again.

Tropical Gardening: Sidewalks, paths add interest to gardens

Warm days have caused our gardens to flourish but this can mean too much of a good thing. Did you ever feel like giving up on your lawn and paving the whole thing? Of course you have, but let’s face it, it is not practical. Your neighbors would probably tar and feather you. Not only that, but you would not be really happy even if they didn’t. Your yard would look like a desert and feel like one too. Besides, the idea is to plant more trees, shrubs and turf to improve our environments.

County holds virtual job fair today

The Hawaii County Office of Housing and Community Development and Department of Human Resources is co-hosting a virtual job fair today from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

VAC offers paper making class

Volcano Art Center is hosting Beginning and Advanced Papermaking with Mary Milelzcik, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday at VAC’s Niaulani Campus.

Subaru Stars brings STEM education rural keiki

Designed by Subaru Telescope to bring astronomy and STEM education to students and communities across Hawaii Island, the brand new Subaru Stars program held its first event at Naalehu Elementary School earlier this summer in partnership with the Hawaii Science and Technology Museum.

Let’s Talk Food: Julia Child’s birthday

Monday, Aug. 15, is Julia Child’s 110th birthday. She is credited with the distinction of bringing the love of French cooking to America. Her husband Paul’s work took them to Paris, where Julia enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu cooking school at the age of 37. In 1952, she worked with various chefs and established a cooking school in Paris with Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck. In 1961, her cookbook, ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ was published. This has become the bible for French cooking.

Kona Orchid Society show set for Aug. 20

KAILUA-KONA — The public is invited to come browse and talk story at the Kona Orchid Society Show and Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Makaeo County Pavilion at the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area.

Tropical Gardening: Create rock and water elements to cool garden enjoyment

Let’s admit it, the world is getting hotter and this affects our island gardens. Hawaiian landscapes certainly have enough lava rock but may be lacking in water elements like streams, ponds, lakes and ocean frontage. In many other parts of the world, rock and water elements are used in the landscape to create a natural feeling and add interest to the design. Balinese gardens usually include not only naturalistic forms, but often, sculptured elements as well. In Japan the stone water basins that stand outside the teahouses are an example of rock and water used on a small scale. In almost any garden, the gentle sound and sight of water running over cool stones is refreshing.

Lap blanket donations sought for hospice patients

In an effort to spread a little joy and love to those who are coming to the end of their lives, Discount Fabric Warehouse, in partnership with Hawaii Care Choices, is collecting lap blankets for distribution to new hospice patients.

Quilts on display at Volcano Art Center

Volcano Art Center’s fourth biennial quilt exhibition, “Recover: Looking Forward, Honoring the Past,” currently is underway at the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano.

Let’s Talk Food: Tricks of the trade

Having the kitchen as my “playground” for over 50 years, I have developed some tricks of the trade, and unfortunately, some from mistakes which resulted in having to throw the end dish away!