Research says indoor plants improve air quality, combat vog

  • A unique dendrobium orchid is displayed at a recent Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club Show. Dendrobiums are rated a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10 for vapor removal. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • The hiking trail in the Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary. Plants, which absorb volatile organic compounds from the air into their leaves and then translocate them to their root zone, where microbes break them down, have the potential as a natural disposal source for polluted air. (Lena Gasperov/Special to West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — One way to ease harsh effects from heavy and persistent vog? Bring the outside in.