Jan Tenbruggencate

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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Summer bounty, sweat and cheers

By Jan TenBruggencate One thing about living sustainably: It’s hard work. There is a great deal of satisfaction in growing your own food, processing it, and proudly offering it to friends and [...]

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Hawai`i’s Ultra-Athletes at Sea and in Air

By Jan TenBruggencate The Kaua`i Marathon is this month, but human events are hardly the most arduous endurance events around the islands. The most remarkable ultra-athletes are in the animal world. [...]

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Recollections

By Jan TenBruggencate I’m a seed collector. If I eat a good piece of fruit, I slip the seed into my pocket. If I come across an interesting tree, I search the ground for seed. It can be a problem. [...]

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