Volcano Watch: What was an emergency manager doing at a scientific conference?

On the Island of Hawaii, frequent eruptions foster a close relationship between the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency. HVO monitors the active volcanoes and their associated hazards; HCCDA alerts and protects communities from impacts of volcanic events. This relationship, between volcano observatories and their emergency managers, was highlighted at the recent “Cities on Volcanoes” meeting in Antigua, Guatemala.

The buzz on Big Island Bees

When Whendi Grad met Garnett Puett in 1981 at the University of Washington art school, she didn’t know he was from a family of Hawaiian beekeepers. Whendi was studying textile design. Garnett was studying sculpture. They moved to New York City in 1983 and began pursuing careers as artists there.

Plant of the Month for March 2024: Mountain apple

The Polynesian-introduced mountain apple is a lovely fruit tree you might consider growing if you have space in a corner of your garden, or you can let it grow to full size as a landscape tree. It provides a beautiful array of pink flowers in spring followed by lots of tasty fruit.

Tropical Gardening: Vireya rhododendrons and azaleas bloom in Hawaii

Tropical Asia is well known for its spectacular rainforests loaded with many species of palms and carnivorous Nepenthes pitcher plants but it is easy to miss the tropical Vireya Rhododendrons growing as epiphytes high in the tops of gigantic trees. Most folks spend their time looking at terrestrial plants, or avoiding leeches, snakes and other jungle critters.

How to take a recipe from good to great

Imagine working hard on a dish for dinner. You’ve chopped, sliced, sautéed and simmered and the aroma of what will surely be a culinary masterpiece fills your home. Then you taste it. Is it good? Yes. Is it great? No.

Let’s Talk Food: Leap Year is this Thursday

This Thursday is February 29, which occurs only once in four years. This is because the Earth actually goes completely around the sun 365 days, 5 hours, 38 minutes and 46 seconds, which means every four years — if you are a mathematician — would mean an extra day.

Tropical Gardening: Native epiphytes and lithophytes not well represented in Hawaii

If you were to visit the humid tropics of Asia, Central and South America you would be amazed at all the plants that grow on the branches of trees and even on rocks with no soil. We do have lichens, mosses and even ferns that have evolved here to festoon rainforest and cloud forest trees, but there are few compared to the rest of the tropical world.

Duff: Growing moringa in Kona

If you have been reading my articles, you have some information about moringa, the ‘miracle tree’ native to India. On a visit with Geoff and Misa, owners of the Maruyama Jones Moringa farm in Kona’s ag lots, I learned a lot more about this wonderful plant and its uses.