|HVO scientists inspect a seismic station on Mauna Loa to evaluate an equipment upgrade. See more on the use|
of GPS to measure the changing shapes of the volcanoes in Volcano Watch, below. USGS photo
|'Aʻaliʻi, Dodonea viscosa by Joan Yoshioka|
Description:'Aʻaliʻi is an indiginous shrub or a small tree that is native to Hawaiʻi, as well as other tropical and subtropical locations across the globe. It is a member of the Soapberry (Sapindaceae) family.
Habitat:'Aʻaliʻi grow in open sites mauka to makai. Much like ʻōhia, 'aʻaliʻi has an impressive distribution, including lava flows, dry forests, high elevation shrublands, and even mesic (moderately wet) to wet forests. Notice the gorgeous stands of 'aʻaliʻi along the highway from Volcano to Pāhala - pull over and appreciate its beautiful seed capsules in a range of mahogany red, reddish purple, brown, orange, and yellow, and its glossy, green, slender leaves. Seed capsules nearly year-round though they seem to flourish around the holiday season, and the color contrasts make it a favorite in holiday wreaths and decorations.
Growing and Purchasing:'Aʻaliʻi germinate readily from seed. Pre-soaked seeds will sprout in about one month. Alternatively, plants may be available for purchase at Aileen's Nursery, Big Island Plants, and Future Forests. 'aʻaliʻi make lovely color contrasting hedges, accent plants, and even potted plants on a lanai with adequate drainage. They are perfect for home gardens with limited water, full sun, and even areas receiving salt-spray.
has the power to lead the world to a sustainable future and that she is committed to teaching her children and others from a "place-based" perspective.
About the Artist, Joan Yoshioka: A Volcano resident, Joan Yoshioka, is a conservationist at heart and has dedicated her life to preserving the native plants and animals of Hawai'i through her work with federal, state, and private organizations for more than 30 years. She said the key to the most fundamental and truest part of ourselves is found in nature and she constantly draws on it for inspiration.
CAMPAIGN SEASON IS HERE FOR GPS MEASUREMENTS OF CHANGES IN THE VOLCANOES. This week's Volcano Watch from USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory tells the story:
Geodetic surveys measure the change in shape of our volcanoes due to changes in magma supply and storage. The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has a long history of using many different types of
instruments and technologies over the decades to detect these changes.
Glwere used in the pastsummit elevations
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on Saturdays. Photo from St. Jude's
On Saturdays, free lunches (take out only) are available between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
St. Jude's is also working with Kaʻū High & Pahala Elementary for educational outreach and better internet for the entire Ocean View Community.
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