USDA to Focus on Farm Labor

Throughout October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will conduct its biannual Farm Labor Survey. NASS will reach out to more than 440 Hawai‘i producers to accurately measure hired labor on Hawai‘i farms, according to USDA.

“Farm labor is a key component of the entire agricultural economy,” said Kathy King, State Statistician from […]

By |October 10th, 2015|0 Comments

Mark Oyama Inducted into Hawai‘i Restaurant Association Hall of Fame

Kaua‘i’s own Mark Oyama, Kaua‘i Community College chef instructor and owner of everyone’s favorites Mark’s Place and Contemporary Flavors Catering, was among Hawai‘i’s finest restaurateurs and food industry leaders inducted into the 9th annual Hawai‘i Restaurant Association Hall of Fame on Sept. 21 in Honolulu.

Inductees are chosen for their “demonstrated dedication and commitment to the […]

By |October 9th, 2015|0 Comments

Pacific Canoe Plants in Solomon Islands

In an age of increasing competition for dwindling resources and in a place where we rely heavily on imported goods, what lessons do our Pacific Island neighbors hold for us in Hawai‘i?

The National Tropical Botanical Garden and Kaua‘i Community College’s Balance of Nature lecture series continues on Tuesday, Oct. 13, with a free public talk […]

By |October 8th, 2015|0 Comments

Energizer Mas Sajady Coming to Kaua‘i

Renowned Oracle and Success Energizer Mas Sajady, who has transformed the lives of tens of thousands all over the world through powerful meditation and healing events, is coming to Kaua‘i to help people during six days, in the last week of October.

Interestingly enough, he says that his unique path of service wasn’t something he sought […]

By |October 7th, 2015|0 Comments

NWHI Expedition Finds Highest Rates of Unique Marine Species

Scientists returned last week from a 28-day research expedition aboard NOAA Ship Hi‘ialakai exploring the deep coral reefs within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

During the trip, scientists recorded numerous species of marine life never before seen, including a possible new species of seahorse and a sea star not previously found in […]

By |October 6th, 2015|0 Comments

Extreme Pacific Sea Level Events to Double

Many tropical Pacific island nations are struggling to adapt to gradual sea level rise stemming from warming oceans and melting ice caps. Now they may also see much more frequent extreme interannual sea level swings, according to University of Hawai‘i scientists.

The culprit is a projected behavioral change of the El Niño phenomenon and its characteristic […]

By |October 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Record Tourism, Stronger Construction Driving Hawai‘i’s Expansion

Hawai‘i’s economic outlook continues to look bright, according to the newest University of Hawai‘i Economic Research Organization (UHERO) report.

Tourism is pushing toward new records and the construction upswing is building in strength. The overall expansion remains solidly on track, delivering better labor market conditions and the prospect of further household income gains.

Still, in the midst […]

By |October 4th, 2015|0 Comments

UH Researchers ID New Invasive Butterfly

University of Hawai‘i researchers are saying Hawai‘i has “dodged a bullet” after a “probably harmless” species of butterfly has spread throughout the archipelago since it was first noticed in December 2013.

The butterfly’s larvae feed on an ornamental plant, and has not been deemed a threat to food crops or native flora, according to the researchers.

UH […]

By |October 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

19th Annual Coconut Festival at Kapa‘a Beach Park this Weekend

Are you ready to immerse yourself in all things coconut? There is something for everyone this weekend at the 19th Annual Coconut Festival: entertainment, cultural displays and experiences, shopping, history, games, cooking demonstrations, contests and food. Oh, did we mention the food?

The festival is at Kapa‘a Beach Park Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and […]

By |October 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Queen Emma’s Journey

By Léo Azambuja

In January 1871, Queen Emma, still grieving the loss of her husband and their young son, made a remarkable journey from Lawa‘i to Koke‘e, and through Alaka‘i Swamp to Kilohana Lookout.

Along the way, riding on horseback, dozens of hula dancers, women, children, musicians and folks from all walks of life joined the queen, […]

By |October 1st, 2015|0 Comments