Island Life 02-15-18

A female (above, white sides) and male (right, blue sides) Whitley’s boxfish cruise along near Keei on Jan. 30. (Photos by Johnm Andersen/Community contributor)

Make your own chocolate bowls for Valentine’s Day

Nothing says “I love you” like chocolate. It’s the universal way to melt your valentine’s heart. It’s also good for your heart. Thanks to flavanols, antioxidants also found in berries, red wine and grapes. So in small amounts, chocolate is good for you. Many health experts recommend eating a 1-ounce square of chocolate a day. And the darker the chocolate (which is higher in antioxidants), the better.

Double indulgence this year

Today is Fat Tues-day, the day before Lent starts. It’s the day when you have permission to eat everything rich and fatty in the house, before the traditional big fast, which starts tomorrow on Ash Wednesday. But tomorrow is also Valentine’s Day, which creates a conundrum: start an austere fast, or celebrate a day set aside for the foods of romance, such as steak, lobster, chocolate, and champagne. So if we can choose a two-day pass to indulge our palates as we celebrate these culinary feasting days back-to-back, are you with me?

Island Life: 02-13-18

Cinder cones speckle the landscape on the way up to Maunakea. (Terri Olsem/Community Contributor)

Island Life: 02-12-18

Divers check out the “Aloha” sign on the bottom of Honaunau Bay on Thursday morning. (Terri Olsem/Community contributor)

The value of a refundable credit

In the 2017 legislative session, our Legislature passed an earned income tax credit (EITC), which its supporters maintain is the best solution to lift families out of poverty since sliced bread. At the Department of Taxation’s urging, however, the EITC was made nonrefundable. Advocates clearly didn’t like that, and are already imploring the 2018 Legislature to make the credit refundable.

K-Drama weekly update

While Big Bang member Daesung had his “D’na Show” Jan. 6-7 in Hawaii, another Big Bang member, Taeyang was in Hawaii with his fiancée, Min Hyo-rin for a wedding photo shoot and video filming. YG Entertainment partnered with magazine, Dazed to put together a photo book of 100 pages showing many parts of Oahu and 30,000 photos were published in time for their wedding day. Their wedding was Feb. 3 at a church in Anyang, Gyeonggi province with family members and close friends with an after party in Incheon. No honeymoon is confirmed as Taeyang is expected to enlist in the military soon. The couple has been dating for four years. The couple met when Min was featured in Taeyang’s music videos “1AM” and also “Eyes, Nose, and Lips.”