Volcano Watch: A new eruption in Halemaʻumaʻu

Kilauea volcano is erupting again. Wednesday afternoon, lava returned to Kilauea’s summit within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park after a 4-month hiatus. A new line of fissures sliced through the solidified crust of the 2020–21 lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u at 3:21 p.m. HST.

Art & Anarchy exhibit extended at VAC

The Volcano Art Center announces the provocative Art & Anarchy exhibit, currently on display at the Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village, will be extended one extra weekend.

Food & Diaper Drive this Saturday

Naturally alkaline, Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water is dedicated to sustainability in all of our practices and serving those in need has been a focus of the company since the start. Waiakea leads the way when it comes to creating positive change throughout the world, and that begins right here at home in the islands.

Let’s Talk Food: Shiso, a Japanese herb

Shiso or Perilla frutescens, is a herb in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is often seen as a garnish with sushi and sashimi. When it is served, I always enjoy eating the leaves. Actually the green plastic fake leaves in take-out sushi are supposed to replicate the shiso leaf.

Tropical Gardening: Living sustainably has been called many things over the years

Back in the 1940s, progressive and futuristic farmers were aware of the big mistakes farmers and ranchers had made in the earlier days causing lands to deteriorate. Today, we are still trying to improve our relationship with the environment Terms like sustainable agriculture, integrated pest management, organic farming and permaculture are used by folks concerned about minimizing our negative impact on the planet. We now focus on minimizing our carbon footprint as we experience the effects of global warming.

Let’s Talk Food: Southeast Asian cuisine

With the Delta Variant around the world, many of us are unable to travel yet. Our plans to Southeast Asia have been canceled in October as many countries have shut down. It is disappointing but we can “travel” through food and stay at home. In Vietnam, their chili-garlic sauce adds subtle heat and yet deep flavors over rice and noodle dishes.

Volcano Watch: How does HVO determine which regions are most threatened by lava flows?

Most residents of Hawaii Island live on one of four potentially active volcanoes and probably have wondered about the threat of lava flows at one time or another. Interestingly, determining future threats relies on knowledge of the past. The long-term likelihood of an area being invaded by lava in the future, is estimated in two different ways based on the history of lava flow activity.

Tropical Gardening: Mood enhancing drugs nothing new

Coca, opium, marijuana and hundreds of other plants used to alter our perceived reality are nothing new to earlier cultures and civilizations. We often think of mood altering drugs with trepidation but they have been part of the human condition for thousands of years. Marijuana, opium poppies and coca leaf have been used as were certain mushrooms and even the sap of the angel trumpet tree. As in the case of the angel trumpet, it can be also very poisonous so only the shamans of South and Central America might be trusted with its use. Many of the substances derived from these plants are now illegal in some countries due to the possibility of dangerous misuse. In the case of angel trumpet sap, it can easily kill you if ingested. Others are so much a part of our culture that we hardly give them second thought. These include coffee, tea and chocolate.

‘Coffee with a cop’ on Zoom today

East Hawaii residents are invited to attend a virtual “Coffee with a Cop” with the Hawaii Police Department’s Hilo community policing officers from 9-10 a.m. today via Zoom.

Volcano Watch: Mapping Kilauea’s Gas Emissions

Large quantities of volcanic gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and hydrogen sulfide (H2S), are released into the atmosphere during volcanic eruptions. But even between eruptions, smaller amounts of the same gases continue to escape and can provide important clues about the current state of the volcano and the underlying magma. But to measure them, you first must identify where gas is coming from.

Tropical Gardening: Edible landscapes to reduce food bills

Looking for a way to save on food bills? Then plant vegetables. For many backyard vegetable gardeners on the mainland, spring means the beginning of their gardening efforts. However, this is Hawaii so we can plant our vegetables anytime depending upon the microclimate. There are many vegetable gardening activities for the entire year.