Let’s Talk Food: The ubiquitous cauliflower

Poor cauliflower! It is a vegetable that did not get much attention until someone decided to mince it and call it cauliflower rice. It always seemed to be a stepchild, some calling it ubiquitous as it is ever present but it doesn’t get much attention.

Volcano Watch: Tsunamis pose a major threat to Hawaii: 24/7 monitoring at PTWC

It’s 3 a.m. and you’re halfway through a 12-6 a.m. graveyard shift at the NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu. Fortunately, you slept before your shift began so you’re feeling alert while you alternate between performing checks on the global seismic and sea level data analysis systems and doing research aimed at improving the speed and accuracy of earthquake magnitude estimation.

Tropical Gardening: Clumping bamboos for hedges add to that tropical look

In the good old days, a typical Hawaiian garden was large enough to give neighbors plenty of space to have privacy. As our population increases and land costs escalate, lots are getting smaller. This requires creativity to effectively give us a little garden peace and quiet. Traditional garden designs of Japan have dealt with these issues over the centuries. A trip to Japan would be great, but we can learn by observing how local landscape architects and designers have addressed these challenges.

Let’s Talk Food: Dinner at the Meridia

It is nice to go out to eat at different restaurants to see how other chefs present their dishes. One such is Meridia at the Hapuna Westin Hotel. Chef de Cuisine Junior Ulep tries very diligently to make dishes using 95 percent Big Island products, whether it is sourced from OTEC, a Kona coffee farmer, a farmer like Raymond Kawamata from Kawamata Farms or even in the garden in the back of the restaurant.

Volcano Watch: Using remote acoustic monitoring to distinguish volcanic styles

Volcanic eruptive activity may take many forms, from gently erupting basaltic fissures in Hawaii to intense explosive eruptions like those of Mount St. Helens. Volcano observatory scientists are keenly interested in understanding such events and their implications for hazards. Two types of eruptions have been the focus of recent studies at Stromboli in Italy.

Volcano Watch: Aloha to the University of Hawaii’s newest geology professor

Dr. Lis Gallant has spent the last two and a half years at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow studying the lava and cinder cones from the 2018 eruption of Kilauea. She is making a short move up the hill this week to join the department of geology at the University of Hawaii Hilo (UHH) as an assistant professor.

Volcano Watch: The most unusual Kilauea eruption…maybe 1823?

Last month a Volcano Watch article discussed the bicentennial of the first visit of westerners to Kilauea caldera, led by English missionary William Ellis, in 1823. Ellis did not just visit the summit region; he had approached from Ka‘u, traveling along what eventually became known as Kilauea’s Southwest Rift Zone (SWRZ). Ellis first witnessed evidence of Kilauea’s restlessness there, in the form of a vast, 4.8-square-mile (12.5 square-kilometer) lava flow that had erupted just a short time before.

Let’s Talk Food: CDC names watercress the perfect food

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has named watercress the world’s healthiest food! It received 100 out of 100, with Chinese cabbage just behind at 91.99, Swiss chard at 89.27, beetroot at 87.08, and spinach (sorry Popeye) at 86.43.

Volcano Watch: Searching for tephra from one of Kilauea’s largest explosive eruptions

Understanding the eruptive history of volcanoes in Hawaii requires a tremendous amount of time and effort examining deposits. Typically, older eruptions have less material exposed at the surface because younger eruptions bury them, or wind and rain erode them. Such is the case for one of Kilauea’s largest explosive eruptions, which is not exposed near its source at the summit and must be studied further afield.