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Where Everything is Art by Jan TenBruggencate

From canvas to a Post Office wall. Hanapepe, home to the island’s popular Friday night art walk, claimed another art first for the island, and for the state, in 2006 with this mural. Mark Jeffers of Hanapepe Storybook Theatre (l) chats with artist Fred Tangalin in front of the Hanapepe Post Office. Tangalin had [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:42:26+00:00 January 21st, 2013|0 Comments

Ecosystem Services

  One Major Ecosystem Service on Earth  — It's The Water PlanetViewed from space, the most striking feature of our planet is the water. In both liquid and frozen form, it covers 75% of the Earth’s surface. It fills the sky with clouds. Water is practically everywhere on Earth, from inside the planet's rocky [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:42:30+00:00 December 23rd, 2012|0 Comments

Sound Impacts Taste

Sound impacts taste. Photo by Jan TenBruggencate   by Jan TenBruggencate Does fish and poi taste different to the sounds of “Hi`ilawe” than it does to the sound of car traffic, or perhaps Janis Joplin’s “Summertime?” There is evidence that it does. Sound impacts taste. Not only whether you like it, but how [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:42:32+00:00 November 22nd, 2012|1 Comment

Lost Birds — Nurturing Lessons from Failures

  Nene goose at Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge Complex. USFWS photo by Brenda Zaun Nurturing Lessons from Failures by Jan TenBruggencate  Much of the environmental nurturing we’re doing in the Islands is the direct result of our earlier environmental failures—whether conscious failures or not. Take birds. We’ve lost many of the Hawaiian archipelago’s [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:42:33+00:00 November 4th, 2012|0 Comments

Two Kinds of Farming

In Friendship House Garden, 20 garden beds, each 20-ft. long grow an abundance of kale, beets, lettuce, radishes and beans. Column by Jan TenBruggencate Farming has gone in two fundamentally different directions in the last couple of centuries. It’s easy to simplify the argument into big farms and small. But it’s more than [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:42:38+00:00 September 2nd, 2012|0 Comments

Uh-Oh! Mongoose!

Pat Gmelin, KISC Mongoose Response Technician, with first confirmed mongoose on Kaua`i captured near Lihu`e Airport. Photo courtesy of KISC Uh-Oh! Mongoose! by Jan TenBruggencate Kaua`i’s birdlife is different from that on the other islands—rich, diverse, sometimes noisy, colorful. The trapping recently of a live mongoose could signal an end to that. It’s [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:42:44+00:00 July 5th, 2012|0 Comments

Growing Vanilla

Vanilla blossoms cluster. Photo by Jan TenBruggencate by Jan TenBruggencate Kaua`i’s vanilla crop is one of the island’s best-kept secrets, although it’s still a very small secret, because vanilla is nowhere near being an industry on the island. We are not a player in the global vanilla market, as Madagascar, Tahiti, Indonesia, Mexico, [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:42:45+00:00 June 21st, 2012|0 Comments

Promiscuity in Bees

It may not work well in human society, but promiscuity is important in bees. Not promiscuity itself, actually, but rather, the genetic diversity robustness it helps create. For Kaua’i, the only Hawaiian island that has not yet been infested with key bee predators like the varroa mite and the small hive beetle, diversity [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:42:54+00:00 April 14th, 2012|0 Comments