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How High or Low Can the Oceans Go?

By Jan TenBruggencate Hanalei Bay We think of sea level changes in inches over periods of decades, but over longer time spans, the evidence is for far more dramatic rises and falls. How dramatic? Hundreds of feet different. Whole Hawaiian valley floors today were once underwater when oceans were higher. And some shallow [...]

By | June 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Liquid Sunshine Restores the ‘Aina

By Virginia Beck ‘Ohi‘a lehua trees with Kalalau Valley on the background. “I mohala no ka lehua i ke ke‘ekehi ‘ia e ka ua.” “The lehua blossom unfolds when the rains tread on it.” — ‘Olēlo No’eau, Mary Kawena Pukui The heavy rains of the past weeks are finally bringing relief to the [...]

By | June 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Tropic Care Is Back — Free Medical, Dental, Optometric Services

By Tommy Noyes Optometrist Maj. Tina Burr was deployed in Tropic Care Kaua‘i 2014, and assisted with free eye exams. This year from June 20 to 29, Tropic Care Kaua‘i 2016 will provide dental, medical, and optometric services including sports physicals, optometry exams, eyeglass production, adult health exams, tooth extractions, dental exams, and minor [...]

By | June 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Animal Chat — Trotting Piggy

By Pam Brown We humans usually assume animals understand the same things we do. But, as I am often reminded when communicating with animals, they rarely think like us. When my friends, Sid and Francie, moved into their new home, they brought with them their many planter pots of fresh zucchini, eggplant and lettuce, and [...]

By | June 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Be a Rainbow in Someone’s Cloud

By Léo Azambuja My friend Noe inspiring double rainbows in Lihu‘e. We never see rainbows in clear sunny days; that’s not when we need them. They only show up when it’s cloudy, lifting our spirits. And who doesn’t smile at the sight of a rainbow? “When it looked like the sun wouldn’t shine [...]

By | June 4th, 2016|0 Comments

The Ice Factor: New Info on Increased Sea Level Rise

By Ruby Pap This map of Kapa‘a shows flooding with 3 feet of sea level rise. Blue areas indicate water depth, with dark blue being the deepest. Green areas indicate low-lying areas not hydrologically connected to the ocean. NOAA/UH SeaGrant A new study of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet published in the journal Nature [...]

By | May 25th, 2016|0 Comments

The Nearly Lost Art of Weaving Makaloa

By Jan TenBruggencate Makaloa at Niumalu The loss of wetlands in the Islands to agriculture and development may have resulted in the decline of one of the iconic plants, the tallest of makaloa. This noble sedge, which likes to grow in moist to downright soggy soil, was the source of one of the [...]

By | May 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Sailing in the Hikianalia

By Léo Azambuja Capt. Dennis Chun and I soon after my first sailing trip in the Hikianlia. A few Sundays ago, I was having brunch following a photoshoot, just enjoying good food and company, when I received a text message from my friend Sy Shim, a regular crewmember at the sailing canoe Hikianalia. [...]

By | May 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Cane Juice, Hops, Yeast — the 1st Hawaiian Beer

By Jan TenBruggencate Hawaiian sugarcane Early European voyagers got their brew where they could find it. Certainly, ships left their home ports well supplied, generally, with casks of rum, and perhaps bottles of wine, and maybe some traditional barley beer, but by the time they got well into the Pacific, and long months [...]

By | April 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Seeking Balance

By Tommy Noyes Jacob “Smilie” Punzal and Candee Riopta of Au‘rai Fitness and the Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park have teamed up to produce a fun-filled Earth Day in Lydgate Park for the whole family on Saturday, April 16, starting at 7:30 a.m. The Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park invite you [...]

By | April 12th, 2016|0 Comments