Grow Hawaiian Festival returns: Free event features demonstrations, hands-on activities and more

Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook will hold its annual Grow Hawaiian Festival next Saturday, Feb. 26. This is the first festival they are holding since the pandemic shutdown shortly after their 2020 festival. It will be a special event for those who are interested in native Hawaiian plants and culture. Bring the family. Lots of demonstrations and hands-on activities will be happening to explore and enjoy.

Here are some of Pinterest’s top interior design predictions

Pinterest is one of the hottest places on the internet when it comes to the latest in interior design trends. From biophilic design to sprucing up your bathroom, there are a number trends picking up speed in 2023. Here are some of the most exciting trends to grace Pinterest this year.

Mango and papaya thrive in the heat

We usually think of lush tropical gardens when Hawaii comes to mind, but much of our land especially on the leeward side is desert. There are many delectable fruits that actually do best where conditions are hot and dry. Figs, pomegranates, papaya and dates are just a few that come to mind, but mangoes are by far the most popular.

HECO supports Hawaii Diaper Bank

The Hawaii Diaper Bank recently received a $10,500 donation from Hawaiian Electric to support its efforts to eliminate diaper need on Hawaii Island.

Style at Home: Inspiring spring 2023 trends

After the past few years of nonstop neutrals trending, in 2023 we’re anticipating a return of color in home decor, paint colors and bedding. With the return of color, we’re seeing that creating sumptuous, inviting spaces is top of mind for designers and homeowners alike. There’s a focus on creating restorative rooms, with a big trend toward creating luxurious bedrooms and reinventing modern takes on classic textiles.

Buy local for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is Tuesday. Luckily we have the weekend to prepare if you haven’t done shopping for your loved ones. You might consider jewelry or a fancy dinner at a local restaurant, but with today’s economy it might be better to be a bit conservative. Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate our love for spouses, friends and family, but most folks don’t know about the dark origins of this holiday. The history is shrouded in mystery. It appears to have started with the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia . Of course, they borrowed it from even earlier pagans. At any rate, before it became a Christian holiday, men sacrificed goats or dogs and then whipped the women with the hides of slain animals. This was supposed to enhance fertility! According to some historians, there was lots of drinking and nakedness. A lottery was often included where men would pull a woman’s name from a jar for a temporary match. Some matches lasted and some were one night stands. The result was almost certain fertility!