|A guide to 84 varieties of taro is now online through University of Hawaiʻi. See more below.|
Photo from University of Hawaiʻi
TO PREVENT VOTE SUPPRESSION ON HAWAIʻI ISLAND, the Hawaiʻi County Democratic Party announced a campaign today to urge Gov. David Ige to veto a bill that just passed the Hawaiʻi Legislature. The bill is SB1350-CD1. At issue is which members of the military living here are considered permanent residents during reapportionment.
Hawaiʻi County Democratic Committee members voted unanimously on Sunday to ask the governor for the veto, stating concern with "the manner that the State Reapportionment Commission
The U.S. Census counts all residents who consider a state their primary residence – i.e., where they live and sleep most of the time. However, it’s often the case that military personnel, though stationed in Hawaiʻi, consider another state as permanent domicile where they vote.
The Hawaiʻi State Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that these military personnel must be subtracted from the count before reapportionment decisions are made and lines drawn for State House of Representatives and State Senate seats. According to the Democratic Party, "SB1350-CD1 seems to contradict this decision." Those interested can email https://governor.hawaii.gov/contact-us/comments-on-legislation/
“It is clear that a vaccinated campus is a safer campus for everyone, and a fully vaccinated student community enables the best opportunity for a healthy return to high-quality face-to-face teaching, learning and research,” said Lassner. “This decision does not come lightly, and is based on guidance from our own
All UH students and employees can sign up now to be vaccinated, and UH urges all members of the UH community to be vaccinated now. The university will also ensure there are vaccination opportunities over the summer and at the beginning of fall for members of the UH community who arrive from other
locations where they may not have been able to be vaccinated.
“Having fully vaccinated campuses will help tremendously to create a much safer learning environment and minimize any transmission of COVID-19 from person to person,” said Char.
According to the U.H. statement, the university will initiate formal discussions with the three unions that represent UH employees about possibly requiring COVID-19 vaccination.
|A kapu on entering waters at Kahaluʻu Beach Park aims to protect the reef-building cauliflower coral. See more on this coral at |
“While the park is closed, we are asking everyone to avoid snorkeling or swimming in the bay,” said Cindi Punihaole, KBEC director. “During these spawning events, corals emit reproductive materials known as gametes into the water column, which are carried by the tides to mix and generate planktonic coral larvae. When given a chance to settle undisturbed, the gametes have a greater chance of settling and growing in the bay.”
|Hawai`i Wildlife Fund advocates for the protection of cauliflower coral. Photo by Lindsey Kramer from HWF|
Generations of kilo, the Hawaiian practice of keen environmental observation, have provided critical knowledge about the timing of natural spawning cycles of cauliflower coral in Kahaluʻu Bay. The County of Hawaiʻi has worked with The Kohala Center and community stewards over the past three years to close the park during specific moon phases in mid to late spring and to educate visitors about this natural phenomenon and the importance of minimizing disturbances to the corals during this time.
“We totally support this voluntary measure as natural reproduction events are critically important,” said Brian Neilson, DLNR-DAR administrator. “With the absence of daily visitors and subsequent reduction in physical damage and impact of chemical sunscreens, growth and recovery along the shoreline has already been documented.
Research has shown that it can take up to 24 hours for corals to successfully reproduce and settle properly.” According to DLNR-DAR and Eyes of the Reef Network, cauliflower coral was once abundant on shallow coral reefs along West Hawaiʻi, including Kahaluʻu Bay. Environmental stressors and elevated ocean temperatures impacted West Hawaiʻi in 2015 and again in 2019, leading to the catastrophic bleaching and mortality of more than 90 percent of the cauliflower coral population in Kahaluʻu Bay. “It is our hope that visitors and community members will honor this sacred, natural process by giving our cauliflower corals the peace and space they need in order to reproduce,” Punihaole said. “It is vital that we do everything we can to rebuild Kahaluʻu’s coral community so that we can all continue to enjoy and benefit from a healthy reef ecosystem for generations to come.” For more information, contact The Kohala Center at 808 887-6411.
|One of 86 taro varieties in the guide at https://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/site/Taro.aspx|
TARO VARIETIES IN HAWAIʻI, THE 1939 BOOK, is now offered online by University of Hawaiʻi. The information in this online catalog is extracted from the book and contains detailed descriptions of 84 varieties of taro then found in Hawaiʻi. The taro originate from Hawaiian Islands, Samoa, Japan and other places. See the descriptions, uses, origins, photos and more at https://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/site/Taro.aspx
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