State DOH continues to monitor mainland measles outbreak

Although no additional cases of measles have been reported in Hawaii since two unvaccinated visitors developed the disease and were quarantined in January, state health officials continue to monitor mainland outbreaks as nationwide measles counts continue to climb.

Plant of the Month for May – Lignum vitae ‘wood of life’

Lignum vitae is an attractive member of the small Zygophyllaceae family. Surprisingly, this “wood of life” tree is underused in local landscapes mostly because of its slow growth habit. This slow growth and its small size at maturity can be seen as an advantage, however, for people with limited space.