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Vintage guide to Hawaii vegetables now available as free download

July 20th, 2014 · 3 Comments

My mother, Helen Y. Lind, was the lead author on a slim 100-page volume, “Ways to use vegetables in Hawaii,” published in February 1946 as the University of Hawaii’s Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 97.

The softbound book featured nutritional information, along with hints on selecting, storing, and preparing a variety of vegetables, as well as recipes ranging from asparagus to watercress.

A digital edition of the original 1946 book is now available for free in pdf format as part of the UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources celebration of the 100th years of its Cooperative Extension program.

If you’re into vegetables, it’s quite an interesting resource.

My mother’s co-authors were Mary Bartow, then a UH Home Economics instructor, and Carey D. Miller, professor of foods and nutrition, and longtime chair of the Home Economics Department. My mother taught in home economics from her graduation from UH in 1935, until she resigned in 1942.

I have a copy of the original book autographed by all three authors, and donated a second autographed copy to the UH Hamilton Library, which is preserving a collection of Carey D. Miller’s personal and professional papers.

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Waiting to see if there’s more rain to come

July 20th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Oahu’s flash flood warning was just cancelled, according to an alert from Honolulu’s emergency management department, following the dazzling show of lightning and thunder over night here in Kaaawa, and across much of the state, overnight. We had a spot of rain, too.

The evidence was there this morning when we went out for our early walk to the beach.

There were a number of waterfalls visible on the cliffs behind Kaaawa, including this one, viewed over a neighbor’s house, as well as evidence of at least one mud slide.

Behind our house in Kaaawa

Makaua Streem was flowing, and there was lots of debris, and several large boulders, that appear to have been swept along by high water sometime overnight.

As we walked along the back roads through Kaaawa, there was standing water in several areas that are prone to flooding. Most of this yard on Puakenikeni Road was under water.

Flooding in Kaaawa

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Another look at a few of our Kaaawa K-9s

July 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Ms. BellaI recently fielded a request for more pics of our many canine friends here in Kaaawa. Luckily, this is the time of year when the sun is up early and there’s plenty of light for photographs when we’re out on our early morning walks. So here goes.

This is Ms. Bella, who we stop to visit with almost every morning (unless the tide is too high and we can’t walk along the beach in front of her house). And, yes, she is as sweet as she looks!

She and Mr. Murphy, her partner and the Alpha Dog in the household, watch for us, and come flying out of the house as we arrive. Bella used to fly right out of her yard onto the beach, but seems to have largely abandoned this risky behavior.

If I count correctly, I gave out dog biscuits to 17 dogs this morning, and managed to get pictures of most (but not all) of them.

–> See all of today’s Kaaawa K-9s!

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What’s going on with the UH Manoa budget?

July 18th, 2014 · 14 Comments

So what is going on at Manoa?

There were several reports yesterday that Chancellor Tom Apple has ordered a hiring freeze, but it isn’t exactly clear what is behind the move, which will certainly cause lots of disruptions when faculty start returning for the new semester (see KITV, and Hawaii News Now).

The Manoa administration has been burning through its reserves at something “in the neighborhood of $20 million a year,” according to a memo from Apple to UH deans and directors. This has prompted the hiring freeze as part of a broader effort to cut $10 million a year over the next two years.

According to Apple’s memo, deans have been “de-delegated” the ability to hire. Only accepted offers of employment that were done before July 15 will be honored, and every other job search currently underway “is suspended until further notice.” Only positions found to be “absolutely necessary” will be exempt from the freeze.

Any salary adjustments that require state funding “are frozen until further notice.”

And programs that ended the just completed fiscal year “in the red” will be forced to make up the prior year’s deficit from their current year’s budget, and will be subject to “special oversight on all expenditures.”

The hiring freeze applies to all positions, “including casual employees, student assistants, lecturers, and graduate assistants” if they are funded with state money, whether general funds, special funds, or revolving funds, according to a follow-up memo sent out Wednesday by four Manoa vice-chancellors.

For a campus heavily dependent on lecturers and student workers to function, this seems a huge step.

I have to conclude there’s more going on than we’re hearing. To what extent is this the result of the Board of Regents’ sudden decision to defer planned tuition increases? And what role do the continuing athletics deficits play?

In any case, you can read the two budget memos here.

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Feline Friday: All except Kili

July 18th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Mr. RomeoHere we are again, another Feline Friday, and Mr. Romeo once again extends his greetings.

Romeo has had another very good week. He’s been able to go outside for a boundary patrol every morning this week. No sign of Lumber, the wandering orange cat, although we did see him one day down the hill close to his own house. No Lumber, no fighting, no injuries. Romeo is happy and we’re happy.

And he has been good about coming in. He stays outside anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. He doesn’t come when I call him, but he manages to appear at the door within a few minutes. And I reward his return with a serving of canned food.

Life’s little pleasures!

Monday was Bastille Day, and the 16th anniversary of Ms. Kua’s passing. She was the younger of our calico generation and died at just 11 years. You can read a bit about her, and of course see a few photos, via this link.

Somehow I finished this week without any new photos of Ms. Kili, so today’s collection of felines is one short of the full house.

–> See the rest of today’s Friday Fotos!

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