Volcano Watch: Mauna Loa reawakens

At 10:45 p.m. Sunday evening, Nov. 27, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists were alerted to an earthquake swarm beneath Mauna Loa. Before an hour had gone by, lava had broken the surface within Moku‘aweoweo, the summit caldera, for the first time in 38 years.

Let’s Talk Food: Gifts from the kitchen

Now that we have consumed all our leftover Thanksgiving goodies, it is time to think about Christmas giving. DIY gifts are something the whole family can get involved with and become part of gift giving. Here are some ideas for gifts from the kitchen, for family and friends who do not need any material gifts:

Tropical Gardening: Poinsettias are showing color for the holidays

November is almost over but the Christmas holidays don’t seem real until we get our Thanksgiving meal digested. Poinsettias don’t seem to care since they are beginning to show color now. Folks on the mainland think of the poinsettia as a Christmas flower but for us it blooms now through March.

Volcano Watch: Learning from the impacts of Kilauea’s 2018 LERZ lava flows

Lava flows erupted from the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea in 2018 and devastated lower Puna. In 2019, a team of scientists from the USGS, the Earth Observatory of Singapore, and GNS Science in New Zealand set out to document and assess the impacts to buildings and infrastructure to advance understanding of how lava flows impact the built environment.

Volcano Watch: Volcanoes of American Samoa

Ta‘u volcano in American Samoa experienced volcanic unrest in the form of an earthquake swarm that was felt throughout the Manu‘a Islands (Ofu-Olosega and Ta‘u Islands) from late July through early September 2022.

Tropical Gardening: Avocado Lace Bug continues to cause damage

Last year’s avocado defoliation due to the Avocado Lace Bug raised havoc with fruit production. Exposed fruit is quickly sunburned and that affected the quality. University of Hawaii entomologists had hoped that this season might be better with natural predators reducing the lace bug population. So far, this does not seem to be the case.

Volcano Watch: Inflating volcanoes or cloudy data? Discerning deformation from noise with InSAR

Satellites have become one of the fundamental tools used to monitor active volcanoes. They allow us to monitor volcanoes that are otherwise hard to access and provide perspectives that are not possible to get from the ground. Satellites orbiting the Earth can provide normal “pictures” of a place, but can also provide thermal images, measure amounts and types of gases, changes in gravity, and topography.

Macadamia leaves substitute for holiday holly in Hawaii

Some folks on the mainland think of macadamia nut trees are native to Hawaii, but here we know it is an Australian tree that we adopted as our own. We use the nut in all kinds of local dishes, especially desserts. We even use the leaves for holiday decorations instead of holly.

Inflation puts tighter squeeze on already pricey kids sports

It only took a few seconds for Rachel Kennedy to grab her phone after she left the checkout line at the sporting-goods store, where she had just finished buying a new glove, pants, belt, cleats and the rest of the equipment for her son, Liam’s, upcoming baseball season.

Let’s Talk Food: ‘Hawai‘i’s Community Cookbook’

As we start thinking about Christmas gifts, here is one for a foodie — “Hawai‘i’s Community Cookbook,” with over 600 recipes from over 30 community cookbooks. As I read each recipe, I wondered if I was given the task to select which recipes from all the community cookbooks I would choose, I know I would have great difficulty!

Tropical Gardening: Hawaii to celebrate Kona coffee Nov. 4-13

The 51st Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is Nov. 4-13. There will be events all during the 10-day period including farm tours, art shows, parades, educational classes like barista training and live entertainment. The grand finale will be “A Taste Of Kona” on Sunday, Nov. 13, at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel. This will be an evening of culinary delights featuring local Island Chefs. Detailed information on all activities may be found at konacoffeefestival.org.

Low-wage workers bear financial brunt of denied abortions

ATexas mother of a toddler, scraping by on her husband’s income, was desperate to return to work but struggling to afford child care. A young Florida warehouse worker had barely left behind a turbulent past of homelessness and abuse only to be mired in debt.

Let’s Talk Food: Tamahide, creator of oyakodon

Oyakodon, the most famous comfort food of Japan, was invented by a restaurant in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, called Tamahide. This would be the 10th year of Japan’s Horeki, or 1760, when Japan was still ruled by the Tokugawa shogunate dynasty. They were known as a restaurant for hot pot, with shamo or gamecock hot pot as their premier dish. “However, in the late 1800s, the wife of Tamahide’s fifth-generation owner noticed how some diners would take the last remaining remnants of their hot pot, pour it over a bowl of white rice, and mix it with an egg. Figuring that if customers liked it enough to make it themselves, the restaurant may as well save them the trouble, and in 1891, the 20th year of the Meiji era, Tamahide’s chefs prepared their first oyakodon.”

Volcano Watch: A year of continuous eruption at Halemaʻumaʻu? Close, but not quite

The ongoing summit eruption at Kilauea volcano turned 1 year old on Sept. 29, 2022. The past year’s activity has commonly been described as “continuous” effusion of lava within Halema‘uma‘u crater. Although this has been mostly true — especially in recent months — there have been multiple occasions when lava was not flowing. What happened at those times, and why?