Let’s Talk Food: Cooking with children

One of my passions is teaching children how to cook. I used to teach cooking after school at E.B. DeSilva Elementary School, at the summer school program at Hawaii Community College as well as cooking classes at our certified kitchen. I try to involve my grandson Quentin when I cook, whether it is a simple chore like cutting green beans, or cracking eggs for me. He helped to plant the beans, then even helped pick them, until his dad noticed that the plant got pulled out of the soil. Quentin used a butter knife to cut the green beans, careful to tuck his fingers under so he won’t cut them. When we cooked them, he ate them enthusiastically, knowing that he grew those beans.

Rainy Side View: Great? Yes. Great American? No

We missed our annual celebration of Kamehameha Day, an official state holiday on June 11 established in 1871 by Kamehameha V, grandson of Kamehameha I. It’s a big day in Hawaii, with parades, lei-draping ceremonies and ho‘olaule‘a, but this year due to the pandemic, all events were canceled.

Volcano Watch: Electronic “doctor” tracks health of monitoring stations

As part of Volcano Awareness Month earlier this year, Volcano Watch featured five articles focused on different roles at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. These articles described the roles of geodesist, Scientist-in-Charge, gas geochemist, seismologist and geologist. This month, we continue that series, focusing on the role of technician.

Obituaries for June 28

Martha Bargas Abong, 91, of Pepeekeo died June 5 at Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua in Honokaa. Born in Kalopa, she was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Honomu Branch. Private services held. Survived by sons, Raymond (La) Abong and Robert Abong of Pepeekeo; daughters, Pauline Abong (Dennis Jr.) McClees of Honolulu and Sylvia Abong (Franklin) Kakazu of Puhi, Kauai; brother, Alfonso Remolino of Agoura Hills, Calif.; sister-in-law, Josephine Lacuesta Abong of Pepeekeo; seven grandchildren; great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Parental resilience in the new normal

The day before the stay-at-home order started on March 23, I took yet another inventory of my pantry in light of the rapidly escalating situation: toilet paper, canned goods, and Clorox wipes … check. That night, I sat on my steps and realized two things: My two little girls and I would be home alone for weeks if not months in Papaikou, and I barely knew folks that lived on my street, should something happen.

Undergrad team awarded for VR coral reef app

A team of undergraduate students from the University of Hawaii at Hilo Computer Science Department and the University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Engineering was recently awarded with the Best Visualization Showcase Award for the 2020 Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing Conference for its work on integrating three-dimensional models of Hawaiian coral reefs into an immersive virtual reality platform.