Do you have a green thumb and like to get out into the community? If so, the Oahu Urban Garden Center is looking for you. The center needs volunteers to take part in educational programs such as garden maintenence, building infrastructure, fundraising and staffing their annual plant sale.
Smoking everything is one of 2015's hottest food trends, according to various professionals in the food industry. Look for smoked proteins, vegetables and even cocktails, adding spice and imparting a depth of flavor that only smoking can.
Those looking for a nontraditional sugary treat will find a variety of natural sugar alternatives in honey, agave and stevia. It's important to remember that these alternatives aren't necessarily calorie-free, and they might contain a fair amount of sugar, so read labels carefully.
The new year signals a fresh start, and many of us are resolving to make positive changes in our lives. Among those top goals is eating healthfully. That doesn't have to be a sacrifice, especially with some great recipes that deliver hearty and satisfying dishes.
With the winter season upon us, wouldn't it be comforting to warm up party guests with delightful nonalcoholic drinks? Whether they enjoy chocolate, tea or fruity beverages, these drinks will be perfect for adding to the celebrations.
Celebrate Arbor Day with a new tree or shrub. Hawaiian Electric and its partners will be giving away trees and shrubs — one per family at six locations Saturday — for the day, which is officially Friday.
Halloween is a yearly celebration observed in several countries around the world.Although it is a common belief that Halloween originated from the Christian observance of All Hallows' Eve (the day before All Hallows' Day Feast), some historians maintain that Halloween has roots in Celtic harvest festivals, a celebration of the close of harvest season.
Join the thousands of runners and walkers this weekend at the 20th Annual Komen Hawaii Race for the Cure on Sunday at Kapiolani Park. Up to 75 percent of funds raised in Hawaii stays here to support local breast cancer programs through educational outreach, while 25 percent is designated for research.
When the first large wave of Portuguese immigrants arrived in 1878, they brought a distinctive cuisine that bears Mediterranean influences and incorporates a variety of spices such as chilies, coriander, cinnamon and saffron.
This year, the Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival is profiling some of the state's best young cooks with Keiki in the Kitchen: Food, Fitness & Fun!, a cooking competition for youth, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Honolulu Zoo.
A healthy diet and proper nutrition are important for everyone, especially seniors. Many seniors find it challenging to stay motivated to cook healthy meals because they live alone or are intimidated by complicated recipes.
This weekend the Pan Pacific Festival will celebrate 35 years of bringing cultures together with food, art and dance from around the Pacific. Festivities begin with a hoolaulea in Waikiki, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday
On June 15 the Hawaii Kai Lions Club will serve more than 3,500 meals at its annual Father's Day Pancake Breakfast at Kaiser High School. For more than 40 years, the event has benefited such projects as vision testing for area preschoolers, Kaiser's Project Graduation and the Hawaii Kai holiday parade.
Get your kids in the kitchen and begin a lifelong culinary adventure. Every month the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center hosts its Kids in the Kitchen workshop to expose children ages 4 and up to new flavors, foods and healthy eating habits.
Are you welcoming a new addition to your ohana, planning a first-birthday luau or just want a one-stop shopping spot to find all the things your baby or toddler needs? Visit the 17th Annual Baby Expo on Saturday and Sunday.
The Kualoa-Heeia Ecumenical Youth Project, known as KEY and serving the area's multicultural community, will host its fifth annual Mothers & Others brunch benefit from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the project's center, 47-200 Waihee Road.
The Hawaiian Humane Society's Canine Game Day, 1 to 5 p.m. May 3 at Blaisdell Park, is a chance for our four-legged friends to enjoy a day of activities such as obstacle and agility courses, doggie massages and a doggie pool.
Celebrate Earth Month at the Grow Hawaiian Festival, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Bishop Museum. The event, presented by Hawaiian Electric Co., encourages clean energy, conservation, sustainable practices and native culture with hands-on family activities.
Did you know that one-third of a typical U.S. diet depends on honeybee pollination? Honeybees were introduced to Hawaii in the 1850s and have been relatively free of pests and diseases that commonly affect mainland bees.
For those with diabetes, it can be challenging to come up with healthful meals. One simple step is to revamp the pantry and replace refined grains with whole grains such as barley, bulgur, quinoa and whole-wheat flour.
The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii celebrates youths who inspire others with their leadership, resilience and service at the annual Youth of the Year awards, set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 8 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel.
Chocolate has a rich history in the islands, dating to the 1800s when cacao was introduced and the first farm was established on Hawaii island. Today there are hopes that Hawaii-grown and produced chocolates will become the state's new ambassador of aloha, similar to macadamia nuts or Kona coffee.
Anyone who has tried making reservations for Valentine's Day knows that without advance planning, you may have no plan. This year, with Valentine's Day falling on a Friday, more lovebirds will likely hit the restaurants.
Kaiser Permanente's Great Aloha Run, now in its 30th year, supports local charities while educating people about healthy, active lifestyles. The run, slated for 7 a.m. Feb. 17, is an 8.15-mile race from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium. Visit greataloharun.com.
Chinese New Year is just around the corner. If you haven't done so already, look up your horoscope and see what the Year of the Wooden Horse has in store for you. Whatever your sign, the new year should be celebrated with delicious food, family and friends.
Oahu's elementary school students are starting off the year right by making wise decisions on saving energy at home, based on illustrations in a New Year's resolutions drawing contest. The contest was part of the Home Energy Challenge, a yearlong energy conservation program.
With the start of the new year, many of us are more conscious of how we eat, whether it be eating light, consuming more fiber or incorporating more fresh vegetables. These recipes are filling and packed with flavor, to help keep your New Year's resolutions. Here's to a happy and nutritious 2014!
New Year's Day is just around the corner, and it's a time for stocking up on enough good luck to carry us through the coming year. Every culture has its own traditional good-luck food meant to ensure prosperity.
‘Tis the season for getting together with loved ones, but it can be challenging to find time for making those potluck dishes to take along. This week, we feature easy-to-make pupu for those who are on the go. Prepare these dishes in advance and heat up before the party.
Holiday season is in full gear. Our calendars are filled with Christmas shopping, office parties, family get-togethers and, of course, potlucks. It can be stressful to come up with a dish that will please friends and family yet not take an entire day to prepare.
Join us at the opening night of Honolulu City Lights and the Electric Light Parade on Dec. 7. Each year, Hawaiian Electric teams up with the Friends of Honolulu City Lights to light up Honolulu with festive cheer.
Community outreach is part of our local culture and that of the upcoming Thanksgiving Day holiday. The Institute for Human Services depends on the community's support to provide essential programs and services to those who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness.
In Hawaii, hurricane season runs through November, but the American Red Cross never stops preparing for emergencies. The Red Cross’ Oahu chapter encourages families to stock up on food, water and first-aid supplies for up to seven days.
October is National Energy Action Month, the perfect time to learn to use less energy. Weatherizing houses, buying energy-efficient appliances and investing in renewable energy are just a few ways to do so.
Eating local is easy for those who participate in Consumer Supported Agriculture, or CSA. CSA customers subscribe to a particular service and receive bagged or boxed fresh local products on a regular schedule.
Did you know a healthy heart is connected to brain health? The Alzheimer's Association has found strong evidence linking brain health to heart health and recommends following a Mediterranean diet, rich in seafood, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and fatty acids.
Each year, the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America, presents a Hawaii's Distinguished Citizen Award to a resident whose work
and leadership have contributed significantly to the growth and vitality of Hawaii.
Heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death in the U.S. and claim more than 813,000 lives annually. Support research, education and community programs by taking part in the American Heart Association's Heart & Stroke Walk on Saturday.
Xeriscaping is a great way to reduce outdoor water consumption by 30 to 80 percent while still maintaining a beautifully landscaped garden. Learn about xeric (dry) plants, water and energy conservation at the Honolulu Board of Water Supply's Unthirsty Plant Sale.
Obon season, a time to celebrate ancestors, typically runs from June through August. It is believed that during this time their spirits return to visit. Bon festivals are fun not only for the dancing, but also for the food. This week we feature some festival favorites.
Celebrate Korean culture at the 12th Annual Korean Festival this weekend at Kapiolani Park. Compete in a kim chee eating contest and peruse unique Korean products. Prepared food, such as kalbi, bi bim bap and kim chee fried rice, will be available for purchase.
Summer is the perfect weather to satisfy your craving for a frozen treat. The beauty of a homemade sorbet, or granita is its simplicity — a few ingredients go a long way. Best of all, they require little to no cooking time and use little energy.
If you brown-bag it every day, keeping lunches interesting can be a challenge. Mix things up with a Vietnamese banh mi. The sandwich features a Vietnamese-style French baguette made with rice and wheat flour, creating an airy loaf with a light, crackly crust.
If you're lucky enough to have a fruit tree of your own, remember to be safe while picking fruit. Be sure branches aren't touching power lines, and keep yourself and any tools at least 10 feet away from existing lines.
If you haven't figured out what to do with your keiki this summer, consider the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii programs. The nonprofit organization operates at 12 sites on Oahu and Kauai for children ages 7 to 17. The club emphasizes character development and teaches life skills.
Celebrate May Day at Kapolei High School's Eat the Street event Saturday. Indulge in local grinds and gourmet street food from a variety of food trucks, and enjoy hula, taiko performances and Kapolei's May Day program and court. This week we are featuring delectable street foods that you can prepare at home.
Enjoy a sea urchin release, keiki arts and crafts, and educational displays at the sixth annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo at the Waikiki Aquarium. The event shares how to be good stewards of our natural resources.
Spring signals new beginnings, so it's the perfect time to start fresh with getting healthy. Eating the right foods can help increase metabolism. Nutritionists recommend a diet high in fiber, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids.