Let’s Talk Food: Star anise: A star for fighting a flu

Star anise, or Illicium verum, has antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties and has been used in Ayuveda and Chinese medicine for thousands of years. The compound shikimic acid in star anise is the active ingredient in flu medications such as Tamiflu.

Volcano Watch: Newberry Volcano is an impressive but unappreciated giant

Newberry Volcano is one of the largest and most hazardous active volcanoes in the United States. It is designated a “very high threat” volcano in a recent assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey, like Mauna Loa and Kilauea. It has been active for more than 530,000 years, most recently 1,300 years ago.

Cool season means change for Hawaiian gardens

Cool weather makes gardening fun so local folks start thinking about garden projects. It is a great time to get acquainted with our Hawaii Island Master Gardeners. This coming Saturday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the East Hawaii Master Gardeners are having a plant sale at the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Komohana Ag Complex in Hilo.

Nonprofit, mayor target Hawaii childhood literacy

Mayor Mitch Roth emphasized his commitment to early childhood learning by kicking off a “Reach Out and Read” campaign earlier this month in Hilo alongside Hawaii County’s new early childhood resource coordinator, Angela Thomas.

Tropical Gardening: West Hawaii’s Master Gardeners are greening the island

When it comes to community out reach, The University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture Extension Service is comparable to the way Peace Corps reaches out to folks in other countries. The Master Gardener program is an important component of the UHCTAHR Extension Service. The program is set up to assist local folks with home gardening issues.

AARP offers free webinar on long-term care

Experts in elder care and law will answer questions and help caregivers, future caregivers and loved ones plan for long-term care during a free webinar sponsored by AARP Hawaii at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Mauna Loa discussion set for Jan. 18 in Hilo

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-Charge Ken Hon and Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency Administrator Talmadge Magno on Wednesday, Jan. 18, will discuss the unrest leading to the 2022 eruption of Mauna Loa.

Hawaii Wood Guild exhibit opens Friday

The Isaacs Art Center at Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Waimea and the Hawaii Wood Guild announce the opening of the 37th Invitational Masters Show this Friday through Friday, Feb. 24.

Volcano Watch: Remote cameras provide new views of new eruptions

Real-time views of an eruption site are a vital source of information for emergency managers, so webcams are one of the most important tools in an eruption crisis. HVO maintains a network of continuously operating webcams across Mauna Loa and Kilauea, which have provided views of recent eruptions at these volcanoes.