Tropical Gardening: Global warming means palms in surprising places

Avisit to Hawaii is the treat of a lifetime to millions of people a year, and many folks who come are friends or relatives of those of us who live here. One of the highlights for them is to experience the lush tropical gardens and forests that are unlike any place in the continental United States. Many folks who enjoy gardening go home wishing they lived in a tropical place where they could have yards and homes filled with palms and other exotics. Visitors don’t have to be discouraged. With a little help from Kamaaina gardeners, they too can have a piece of paradise back home.

HCF, county launch Puna Strong grants program

Mayor Mitch Roth and the Hawaii Community Foundation recently announced the launch of the Puna Strong grants program, with funding from the county’s Kilauea disaster recovery funds and HCF’s Hawaii Island Volcano Recovery Fund.

Education briefs for January 12

• Mina Poppas of Hilo was named to the fall 2020 dean’s list at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Poppas is studying in the College of Arts and Sciences. To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20% of their class in their respective college or school.

Laupahoehoe school receives grant to feed kids during the COVID-19 pandemic

Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School recently received a $20,000 grant from No Kid Hungry to supplement its food service during the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to this generous gift, each week students can reserve a “meal kit” that contains a nutritious breakfast and lunch for the days they are doing distance learning at home.

Let’s Talk Food: First food thoughts for a new year

New Year’s resolutions are difficult, as we often say we will do it but by the end of January we have not fulfilled it and will probably forget about it. We need to make realistic ones that fit into our lifestyle and will not set us up for failure.

Volcano Watch: Kilauea’s ongoing eruption: A rising lava lake

It has been an exciting week at Kilauea Volcano as the summit eruption that began on the evening of Dec. 20 continues. The eruption remains confined within Halema‘uma‘u crater. Monitoring data show no signs of activity migrating from the summit into the rift zones, nor indications of summit collapse like those in 2018.

Volcano Watch: A new eruption and new era at Kilauea Volcano

‘Twas the Sunday before Christmas, the eve of the winter solstice, and festive holiday lights blinked of bright red and green. And then, shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 20, so did the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s volcano alert level/aviation color codes for Kilauea!