Scholarship created to support library science majors

The Friends of the Libraries Kona (FOLK) recently established the Arne and Ruth Werchick Masters in Library and Information Sciences scholarship fund, reaffirming its continuing support of professional library training. The new scholarship will award $6,000 annually to a candidate enrolled in an American Association of Library Sciences accredited MLIS program.

Island Life: Happy trails

Hiking through grassy fields and ohi’a trees at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at Kahuku Unit is just another reason we’re lucky to live on the Big Island.

Gretchen’s table: Chicken tamale casserole is Tex-Mex made easy

Tex-Mex is a favorite in my household, and so are dishes that can be made and served in one pan. This easy and filling recipe for tamale casserole fits the bill for both, and earns bonus points because it has the ultimate time-saving ingredient: rotisserie chicken from the supermarket.

North African spices kick up Italian pasta sauce

Many Americans think of only a handful of countries when they hear the word Mediterranean. But that sea is surrounded by a diverse set of peoples and cuisines that have been blending — deliciously — for millennia.

Island Life: Mom’s spaghetti (worm)

A spaghetti worm in Honaunau Bay. Once the worm’s body is snuggled into its burrow, it sends out tentacles in search of food on the ocean floor. Ancient Hawaiians called spaghetti worms kauna’oa or kio and used them as medicine. (Terri Brache/Community contributor)

Learn about the James Webb Space Telescope

Learn about what sets the James Webb Space Telescope apart from other space telescopes and how this mission will expand our understanding of the universe during a free NASA@My Library Live OpenSpace virtual event on Wednesday.

HTA resumes Community Enrichment Program

The Hawaii Tourism Authority recently announced it is resuming its Community Enrichment Program (CEP), which supports community-based projects, festivals and events that enhance resident and visitor experiences, and create opportunities for meaningful economic development.

Voters with Special Needs Advisory Committee seeks applicants

The State of Hawaii is seeking applicants for the newly created Statewide Voters with Special Needs Advisory Committee, which operates within the Office of Elections. The committee’s purpose is to ensure equal and independent voter access to voter registration, casting of ballots, and other Office of Election services.

Free NAMI Family-to-Family class starts Oct. 16

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Big Island Affiliate will offer its signature Family-to-Family class, a designated evidenced-based program, open to family members of people with mental health conditions starting Oct. 16.

Island Life: Aquatic danger noodle

A stout moray eel (Gymnothorax eurostus), also called puhi or an Abbott’s moray, lurks among coral in Honaunau Bay Friday morning. (Terri Brache/Community contributor)

Secret flavor booster updates sweet, layered Eton mess

Eton mess — Britain’s luscious mixture of berries, whipped cream and broken meringue cookies — takes its name from the English boarding school, where it is served during cricket matches. All the ingredients are layered in a jar, which gives the dessert an appealing premise.