Tropical Gardening: Global warming means palms in surprising places

Avisit to Hawaii is the treat of a lifetime to millions of people a year, and many folks who come are friends or relatives of those of us who live here. One of the highlights for them is to experience the lush tropical gardens and forests that are unlike any place in the continental United States. Many folks who enjoy gardening go home wishing they lived in a tropical place where they could have yards and homes filled with palms and other exotics. Visitors don’t have to be discouraged. With a little help from Kamaaina gardeners, they too can have a piece of paradise back home.

Laupahoehoe school receives grant to feed kids during the COVID-19 pandemic

Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School recently received a $20,000 grant from No Kid Hungry to supplement its food service during the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to this generous gift, each week students can reserve a “meal kit” that contains a nutritious breakfast and lunch for the days they are doing distance learning at home.

Let’s Talk Food: First food thoughts for a new year

New Year’s resolutions are difficult, as we often say we will do it but by the end of January we have not fulfilled it and will probably forget about it. We need to make realistic ones that fit into our lifestyle and will not set us up for failure.

Volcano Watch: Kilauea’s ongoing eruption: A rising lava lake

It has been an exciting week at Kilauea Volcano as the summit eruption that began on the evening of Dec. 20 continues. The eruption remains confined within Halema‘uma‘u crater. Monitoring data show no signs of activity migrating from the summit into the rift zones, nor indications of summit collapse like those in 2018.

Volcano Watch: A new eruption and new era at Kilauea Volcano

‘Twas the Sunday before Christmas, the eve of the winter solstice, and festive holiday lights blinked of bright red and green. And then, shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 20, so did the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s volcano alert level/aviation color codes for Kilauea!

Batman delivers gifts

Batman hands a present to a child while he delivers gifts to families on Christmas Eve at Kihei Pua Family Shelter in Hilo. Batman drove up in his Batmobile with a truck trailing behind with more than $2,000 in presents for families with young kids living at the shelter. Batman was born and raised in Waimea and enjoys giving back to the communities of Hawaii Island. “This has been a hard year for all of us, but especially children,” he said. “If I can provide a brief distraction and joy to the kids, then that works for me.”

Volcano Watch: A small but notable magma intrusion at Kilauea’s summit

The 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption and summit caldera collapse marked the end of the 35-year-long Pu‘u ‘O‘o and 10-year-long summit lava lake eruptions, and the beginning of a new chapter in Kilauea Volcano activity. The volcano is continuing to behave in ways that are a response to the major events of 2018 and “the new normal” is yet to be defined.