Lyman Museum accreditation reaffirmed by the American Alliance of Museums

The Lyman Museum’s accreditation has again been reaffirmed by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. The Lyman Museum was initially accredited in 1976, and it is one of only 25 museums to be continuously accredited since then. All museums must undergo an accreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status.

10x10x10 exhibit returns to Wailoa

The Wailoa Center May exhibit is the 10x10x10 Artist Challenge 2022, sponsored by Wailoa Center and the Hawaii Island Art Alliance. This exhibit will be on display from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., May 9-26, Monday through Friday. There will be an opportunity to meet the artists from 1-6 p.m. Saturday.

Puna police officer receives county’s Haweo Award

For his relentless determination in the apprehension of two suspects involved in an array of crimes involving firearms, drugs and a stolen vehicle, Hawaii Police Department Officer Jonathan Rapoza was honored with the Haweo Award during a ceremony March 22 at the County Council chambers in Kona.

Tropical Gardening: May Day is Lei Day

May Day is Lei Day but in Hawaii nei, we celebrate flowers of all kinds all year long. Traditionally, everyone should be wearing flowers. Fragrant plumeria, pikake, tuberose, puakenikeni and orchid leis are appropriate gifts today since it is Mother’s Day weekend. Gals and even guys may wear flowers in their hair here. Of course in islands to the south like Tahiti, Samoa and Tonga, you will see islanders adorned with flowers all year long. Tropical Polynesia is well known for using flowers instead of expensive jewels for adornment. That is why folks fill their gardens with flowering shrubs and trees so that they will have an abundant supply at any time.

The Makaha Sons return to the Palace

It’s been over two years since The Makaha Sons have graced the stage at the historic Palace Theater. Returning on Saturday at 7 p.m., this ever-popular group will be playing and singing new songs and old favorites like “Take a Walk in the Country.” Twenty-two albums, 23 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 have earned this long-lived group a place in everyone’s heart.

VAC seeks artist submissions

Volcano Art Center is sending a call to artists requesting works of art which honor King Kamehameha the Great. Interested artists of all ages are asked to submit works of art online at by Friday. Selected works of art will be displayed in a juried exhibit titled Honoring King Kamehameha at the Volcano Art Center from May 21-June 26.

Let’s Talk Food: Who is James Beard?

We recently saw on the front page of the Hawaii Tribune-Herald a story about two of our finest chefs, Mark Pomaski and Brian Hirata, who were nominated for this year’s James Beard Award.

Volcano Watch: Celebrating Earth Day

Earth Day ( was first established on April 22, 1970, to raise awareness of some of the harmful effects industrialization was having on the environment. It has since become the largest secular observance on the planet.

Tropical Gardening: Australia’s silver oak in full bloom in West Hawaii

April showers bring May Flowers. Some in Hawaii are from Australia. When it comes to strange animals and plants, Australia is in the lead for its share of the unusual to unique. This ancient mini continent has mammals that lay eggs to the marsupials that carry their premature babies in pouches. Recent fires put many in the animal kingdom at risk and the plant kingdom as well. Some Australian ecosystems will be altered for centuries and some may never recover.

Let’s Talk Food: It’s Merrie Monarch week

After two years of no audience, Merrie Monarch is coming back with an audience. It’s a celebration of the Hawaiian culture, the excitement of the hula halaus, the smell of fresh flowers, and the gathering of friends and family!

Volcano Watch: From Mauna Loa or Kilauea? A geologic whodunnit

Mauna Loa and Kilauea are the two most active volcanoes on the Island of Hawaii, and they have overlapping eruption histories. They are located in close proximity, with their summit craters only about 34 kilometers (21 miles) apart. In fact, part of Kilauea is built on the southeast flank of Mauna Loa, which is the older of the two volcanoes.