Johnny Nicholas and band to tour with Honoka‘a Dragon Jazz Band

Honokaa music hero Gary Washburn and the Dragon Jazz Band will team up with Texas blues legend Johnny Nicholas and his band Hell Bent for a circle-island concert tour in February. The tour picks up on February 11 at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea, concluding on February 12 at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar in Kona February 12. This is the fifth annual collaboration tour for Dragon Jazz-Hell Bent, after a two-year pandemic pause.

Free AARP tax preparation in Waimea

Waimea AARP Tax-Aide, in conjunction with IRS, will provide free tax preparation services for 2022 tax returns each Friday through April 14 at the Waimea Community Center at 65-1260 Kawaihae Road across Habitat for Humanity Restore.

Ballet Folklórico from Chile to perform on Big Isle

The Ballet Folklórico will perform at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Performing Arts Center and Kahilu Theatre in Waimea during an official visit as representatives of La Serena, Chile, a Sister City of the County of Hawaii.

Let’s Talk Food: Chef Junior Ulep, a passionate chef

Chef Junior Ulep grew up in the Waialua/Haleiwa area of the North Shore, Oahu. Both of his parents worked so Junior had to cook for his younger sisters. If meat was left out by his parents to thaw, Junior knew he had to cut it up and find vegetables in the garden to cook with the meat. This first experience in the kitchen had a lasting effect on the rest of his life.

Tropical Gardening: Vines add to that tropical look

Good fences and hedges make good neighbors goes the old saying, and maybe in the old days it was the case. Stone walls are traditional and impressive, but expensive. Today, we have so many choices that an unattractive fence or hedge might create all kinds of neighbor problems depending on type of material used.

San Francisco-based Dirty Cello to perform in Volcano

Fresh off their third tour to Iceland with crazy adventures like playing at an Icelandic film star’s wedding, to a show on a whale-watching boat, San Francisco-based band Dirty Cello will present their exciting blend of blues, rock and Americana at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, at the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano village.

Volcano Watch: Kilauea gets weighed in

Measurements of gravity can be used to determine how mass is distributed beneath a volcano. At Kilauea, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory performs routine microgravity surveys to monitor volcanic activity and to determine changes in gravity. Those changes can indicate whether magma is accumulating in a volcano’s magma reservoir. The surveys measure small gravity changes over time at precisely controlled locations (“benchmarks”) spread across the volcano’s summit region.

Tropical Gardening: East meets West as cherry trees begin to bloom in Kamuela gardens

Spring in the northern hemisphere officially starts on March 21, but in upland Hawaiian gardens, the budding cherry blossoms tell us spring is already here. In just one week we will celebrate the 30th Annual Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival. The official day of celebration will be Saturday, Feb. 4, but you can view these gorgeous trees beginning to bloom now.

Applicants sought for $5K HMSA scholarships

The Hawaii Medical Service Association is celebrating the 18th year of its Kaimana Awards and Scholarship Program, which honors Hawaii high school seniors and their schools for excellence in academics, athletics, community service, healthy activities, and sportsmanship.