Ask Angi: How should I prep my kitchen for the holidays?

If you plan on doing a lot of hosting over the holiday season, your kitchen is likely to get quite a workout. But before you start basting the turkey and preparing the stuffing, it’s good to get your kitchen in as good a shape as possible. You can hire a professional housecleaner to handle this, at an average cost of $170, or you can clean your kitchen yourself. Here’s a rundown of some of the most important tips the pros use when they clean house.

Volcano Watch: Not just polka dots: the hidden dance of processing GPS data

For over 30 years, high-precision GPS (Global Positioning System) measurements have been a key tool used by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO). Scientists have come to depend on daily GPS positions to monitor changes in the shape of volcanoes and understand magma storage and movement underground.

Tropical Gardening: The first Hawaiians brought bananas for survival

When the first Polynesians arrived in the Hawaiian Islands, there were very few plants that were of use as edible or medicinal. Initially they probably lived on what could be taken from the sea like limu, fish, vana, opihi, squid, octopus and sea slugs, just to mention a few. Of course, many birds flourished on the land. They and their eggs were fair game as well.

Let’s Talk Food: Pumpkin in season

Happy Halloween! On this day, the souls of the dead return to their homes, according to ancient Celtics who celebrated a festival called Samhain on Nov. 1. They dressed in costumes and lit bonfires to ward off spirits,

Quick Fix: Honey Glazed Stir-Fried Pork is a sweet treat

The combination of soy sauce, honey and sherry adds a sweet glaze to this stir-fried pork tenderloin. I added Chinese noodles and broccoli florets to complete this easy meal. These noodles can be found dried in the Asian section of the market or steamed in the produce section. They only need a few minutes to cook. You can use angel hair pasta instead.

Try Tandoori Lamb with Cucumber and Tomato Rice for a great midweek meal

I love the intriguing aroma and flavors of foods cooked in an Indian tandoor oven. To capture some of these flavors at home, I used a spice seasoned yogurt sauce, using spices easily at hand, ginger, coriander and cayenne pepper. Although not made in a special oven, the meal fills my requirement for some great Indian food, midweek.

Tropical Gardening: Mark your calendar for fall gardening events

Starting this weekend, Saturday Oct. 21, the Hawaii Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society is having a tropical vireya outreach at the Pana‘ewa Zoo. Members will be there from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to share their knowledge and plants with the public. There is also a vireya garden you may visit at any time at the zoo. For further information call Sherla Berttelmann at (808) 966-9225.