Historic 1800s sign at Haili Church restored

Ahistoric gilded gold leaf sign, “Ua La‘a No Iehova” (Dedicated to God), was recently uncovered and reclaimed after it was hidden from view for 90 years on the back wall of Haili Church in downtown Hilo.

Volcano Watch: HVO people and jobs, Part 2: Who and what is the Scientist-in-Charge?

Since the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory was founded by the visionary Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar in 1912, a senior scientist has been responsible for its work and staff. Over time, the leadership title has changed from “Director” to “Scientist-in-Charge” (SIC), but the principal responsibilities endure: (1) ensure that HVO has funding, people, and equipment to research and monitor Hawaii’s volcanoes and warn of hazards; (2) lead observatory staff as they respond to, document, and study eruptions; and (3) engage with emergency managers, the public, and other government agencies to minimize negative impacts.

Tropical Gardening: Heavy rains leach nutrients from Hawaiian soils

Heavy rainfall in many parts of our island has caused the loss of essential nutrients. After some serious dry spells in 2019, parts of Hawaii Island received over abundant precipitation not only removing nutrients like nitrogen but actual top soil as well. West Hawaii has received much less but with our excessively porous rocky areas, even five or six inches of rain can leach important elements essential to plant growth.

Calendar for January 18

Get out and go! There’s something for everyone in this week’s Calendar. Check it out!

Can you help identify this photo?

The Tribune-Herald each Saturday is publishing a photo from the Lyman Museum’s John Howard Pierce Photography Collection. The Kona Historical Society generously donated the collection in 2007. The museum is seeking help identifying the people and places in the pictures, most of which are from the 1960s and ’70s. Those with information about the subjects in the photos can contact the museum at 935-5021 or archives@lymanmuseum.org. See identified photographs on Facebook at tinyurl.com/piercephotoid. THIS PHOTO (NO. 17711) was captured Sept. 11, 1964.

‘Biloxi Blues’ on stage at East Hawaii Cultural Center

“Biloxi Blues,” the hilarious and heart-warming play by Neil Simon that deals with six army recruits as they come of age during the last days of World War II, will open on Friday, Jan. 24, and run for three performances at the East Hawaii Cultural Center.

Try your hand at indigo dyeing

Learn the magical process of creating with nature’s oldest natural dye, indigo. In this workshop, you’ll use traditional methods of banding and folding in traditional and modern shibori styles to create patterns as you explore the alchemy of the beautiful plant pigment, indigo. The Indigo Dyeing Fundamentals workshop will be held 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Caneda presented Eagle Scout rank

Caleb-Cole Caneda, 17, of Boy Scout Troop 23, was presented with Scouts BSA’s highest rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor held Jan. 5 at Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin’s Sangha Hall, sponsor of Scouts BSA Troop 23.

HFS Federal Credit Union offers scholarships

Preparing to head off to college is an exciting time for many teenagers, but it can also be stressful when the costs of tuition, books, room and board, etc., start to add up. Which is why HFS Federal Credit Union has been awarding scholarships to help local students achieve their dreams by decreasing the financial burden that comes with pursuing higher education.