Jan Tenbruggencate

There Are Monk Seals and There Are Monk Seals

By Jan TenBruggencate The Hawaiian monk seal is a mysterious species, a member of a small group of exceedingly rare or extinct seals, and the only one in the Pacific. New genetic research has shown [...]

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Selflessness

By Jan TenBruggencate When we set aside a few days each year to remember some of those who gave service, it ought to remind us of all the others who do the same. I think of the remarkable selflessness [...]

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The Cult of Xylem in Our Neck of the Woods

By Jan TenBruggencate I was drawn back into woodworking on a recent weekend. The smell of fresh-cut camphor, the hard smoothness of lemongum eucalyptus wood, the familiarity of monkeypod — the slab [...]

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History on the Beach

By Jan TenBruggencate History is where you find it, and on Kaua‘i, you don’t need a book. There are beaches all around the island that provide windows into life on Kaua‘i in generations past. I [...]

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Diversity and Uniqueness on the Westside

By Jan TenBruggencate The Westside of Kauaʻi, not easy to pigeonhole. In many ways, it is a place defined by its diversity. The rainfall on the leeward slopes minimal, but West Kauaʻi has always [...]

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Locally Grown

By Jan TenBruggencate Our island’s “Kauaʻi Made” program celebrates the value of things uniquely from the Garden Island, but for a view of how far this theme can go, turn to another Pacific [...]

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Mahele: Sustaining Communities Through Small-scale Inshore Fishing

By Jan TenBruggencate We don’t talk about it much, but there is a significant underground economy in the Islands. A barter economy—one that has been here for generations, even centuries. If I have [...]

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To Market To Market: Jiggety Jig

  By Jan TenBruggencate   If you’re on a diet of burger and fries, or  spam and rice, or even a steak and potatoes—your doctor will tell you that’s got to change.   There are [...]

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Life on Earth: A Balancing Act

 By Jan TenBruggencate The concept of sustainability can only be efficiently discussed if the concept of sustainability is broadly understood. It is far more than extracting as much from the [...]

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Wild Places: A Love Story

By Jan TenBruggencate Natural areas throughout Hawai`i and across the world have the confounding problem of often being loved to death. Everybody wants to be there, but everybody being there ruins the [...]

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