Tropical Gardening: Heavy rains leach nutrients from Hawaiian soils

Heavy rainfall in many parts of our island has caused the loss of essential nutrients. After some serious dry spells in 2019, parts of Hawaii Island received over abundant precipitation not only removing nutrients like nitrogen but actual top soil as well. West Hawaii has received much less but with our excessively porous rocky areas, even five or six inches of rain can leach important elements essential to plant growth.

Volcano Watch: HVO people and jobs, Part 2: Who and what is the Scientist-in-Charge?

Since the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory was founded by the visionary Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar in 1912, a senior scientist has been responsible for its work and staff. Over time, the leadership title has changed from “Director” to “Scientist-in-Charge” (SIC), but the principal responsibilities endure: (1) ensure that HVO has funding, people, and equipment to research and monitor Hawaii’s volcanoes and warn of hazards; (2) lead observatory staff as they respond to, document, and study eruptions; and (3) engage with emergency managers, the public, and other government agencies to minimize negative impacts.

Calendar for January 18

Get out and go! There’s something for everyone in this week’s Calendar. Check it out!

Calendar for January 11

Get out and go! There’s something for everyone in this week’s Calendar. Check it out!

Let’s Talk Food: Tomorrow is Christmas Day

Santa will be riding his sled to drop off gifts for all the good girls and boys tonight so there will be gifts under the tree tomorrow morning. I can remember when I was in elementary school, how excited we were to wake up on Christmas morning to open all the presents under the tree.