Tropical Gardening: Growing roses in Hawaii

Finally after almost three years restricted by the COVID pandemic we are traveling and now in France. With all the crazy weather extremes France still has grapes and roses. In Hawaii, growing roses is always a rewarding challenge for the gardener. Roses are cool climate plants that do best at elevations of 1,000 feet or more. At lower elevations, insect and disease problems are aggravated. At best, roses require specific care or they will not do well.

Let’s Talk Food: Labor Day weekend fried chicken

Going on a picnic? Find a nice, level and shady area to lay your beach blanket down. Make sure you are not too far from the public bathrooms, especially if you have children, and look for the garbage cans. However, you don’t want to be too close to either of them, due to the smell and flies.

Volcano Watch: A bright future for HVO’s Geodetic Network

In the four years since the 2018 Kiluea lower East Rift Zone eruption and summit collapse, HVO has been working to rebuild the monitoring network and provide other updates as part of the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 (H.R. 2157).

Tropical Gardening: GMOs: Good or bad?

The question is, are genetically modified organisms good or bad? The answer is that it all depends on how the technology is used. The issue of genetically modified plants or animals is very complex as is any new technology.

Let’s Talk Food: Corn in Season

Summer usually means corn is in season. Buying locally grown corn should be your first choice as it will be sweetest the minute it’s picked. Eating it the day it is picked is the ultimate! Second choice is eating them within three days of picking.

Pono Pledge video garners award

Mayor Mitch Roth on Monday hosted a meeting to recognize Lito Arkangel, Tracey Niimi and Bruce Torres Fischer for their work on the Pono Pledge.

Volcano Watch: HVO responds to American Samoa earthquake reports

Earthquakes have been felt since late July in the Manu‘a Islands of American Samoa in the South Pacific. These earthquakes are likely associated with magmatic activity beneath the islands. The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is working closely with federal partners, American Samoan officials, and local residents to better understand the source and potential hazard implications of these ongoing earthquakes.

Tropical Gardening: International Palm Society biennial meeting to be held in Hawaii

The International Palm Society will be holding its 2022 biennial meeting in Hawaii with events on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island. For information and to participate in the biennial activities, go to the website palms.org to get the details. On the lush east side of Hawaii Island, attendees will have the opportunity to visit private gardens not normally open to the general public. These include Floribunda, the gardens of Suchin and Jeff Marcus, where rare palms from all over the world are propagated and available for sale. The itinerary also includes the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Casa De Las Palmas, Moani-Lundkvist Garden, The Anderson Garden and several others. Folks will have the opportunity to rub elbows with world famous botanists like Dr. Andrew Henderson of New York Botanical Gardens, Don Hemmes UH Hilo Biology professor emeritus, Jason Dewees, author and horticulturist at Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco, and scores of other palm specialists and enthusiasts.

Chilies and turmeric boost 20-minute shrimp stir-fry

The cooks at Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street love shrimp for its plump texture, mildly briny sweetness and weeknight ease. Simply stir-fry a few aromatics and spices until they’re fragrant. Then toss in the shrimp, and dinner is on the table in 20 minutes. That’s what they had in mind for a Malaysian-inspired shrimp stir-fry. It features earthy turmeric, fresh chilies and curry leaves. Shallots, garlic and fish sauce bring the meal together. The curry leaves have a citrusy, savory flavor that’s hard to replace if you can’t find them, but the stir-fry is still delicious without. Or try substituting dill for a different but equally delicious direction.

Study: Having just 4 drinks a week changes your brain

Many people have a cocktail before dinner or a drink to help them wind down at the end of the day. No big deal, right? According to a new observational study, that alcohol consumption might be changing your brain. Anya Topiwala, PhD, of the University of Oxford in England, and her study co-authors linked moderate drinking — about four standard drinks a week in the United States — to higher brain iron levels in multiple basal ganglia regions.

Volcano Watch: Mauna Loa: The sleeping giant

Covering over half of the Island of Hawaii, Mauna Loa is sometimes referred to as a “sleeping giant” because it hasn’t erupted in 38 years after erupting nearly every 7 years in the early 20th century. However, Mauna Loa occasionally stirs in its slumber and reminds us that it will someday awake and erupt again.

Tropical Gardening: Sidewalks, paths add interest to gardens

Warm days have caused our gardens to flourish but this can mean too much of a good thing. Did you ever feel like giving up on your lawn and paving the whole thing? Of course you have, but let’s face it, it is not practical. Your neighbors would probably tar and feather you. Not only that, but you would not be really happy even if they didn’t. Your yard would look like a desert and feel like one too. Besides, the idea is to plant more trees, shrubs and turf to improve our environments.

Let’s Talk Food: Julia Child’s birthday

Monday, Aug. 15, is Julia Child’s 110th birthday. She is credited with the distinction of bringing the love of French cooking to America. Her husband Paul’s work took them to Paris, where Julia enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu cooking school at the age of 37. In 1952, she worked with various chefs and established a cooking school in Paris with Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck. In 1961, her cookbook, ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ was published. This has become the bible for French cooking.

Tropical Gardening: Create rock and water elements to cool garden enjoyment

Let’s admit it, the world is getting hotter and this affects our island gardens. Hawaiian landscapes certainly have enough lava rock but may be lacking in water elements like streams, ponds, lakes and ocean frontage. In many other parts of the world, rock and water elements are used in the landscape to create a natural feeling and add interest to the design. Balinese gardens usually include not only naturalistic forms, but often, sculptured elements as well. In Japan the stone water basins that stand outside the teahouses are an example of rock and water used on a small scale. In almost any garden, the gentle sound and sight of water running over cool stones is refreshing.

Let’s Talk Food: Tricks of the trade

Having the kitchen as my “playground” for over 50 years, I have developed some tricks of the trade, and unfortunately, some from mistakes which resulted in having to throw the end dish away!