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Jewels of Nature

By Jan TenBruggencate The Koki‘o (Hibiscus kokio subspecies saintjohnianus) is found only in the rugged mountains of northwestern Kaua‘i, in pockets of mesic forest and shrubland on steep cliffs along Napali Coast from Limahuli to Nu‘alolo valleys. Photo by ©David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton The Hawaiian Islands have a series of jeweled families: [...]

By | 2017-11-21T08:25:30+00:00 November 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Sunscreen Dangers

By Jan TenBruggencate xWaters sampled off Po‘ipū Beach in 2016 showed levels of oxybenzone of 281-419 parts per trillion, above the 72 parts per trillion that is considered harmful to coral cells. Photo by Ruby Pap The dangers of certain sunscreens to coral reefs are so serious that some Hawai‘i legislators are considering [...]

By | 2017-10-23T21:54:17+00:00 October 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Knocking on Hardwood

A new coffee table design Joe Sullivan calls his Rollerglide Revolver. It is stable because of the weight of a recycled truck disk brake drum. Its wood base spins in a lathe-turned groove filled with glass marbles. By Jan TenBruggencate In a dusty Lihu‘e warehouse, Joe Sullivan works with treasures — the hardwoods [...]

By | 2017-09-26T08:09:28+00:00 September 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Alakoko Fishpond

By Jan TenBruggencate Menehune Fishpond There are lots of versions of the story about the building of the Alakoko Fishpond. It is an island feature full of mystery and misinformation. The pond along the Hule‘ia River celebrates one of the longest rock walls in the Islands, one of the biggest geological features — [...]

By | 2017-08-18T11:31:58+00:00 August 29th, 2017|0 Comments


By Jan TenBruggencate These examples of the three edible Hawaiian ‘opihi are all of legal size for harvesting. At top, with green border, is makaiauli; right with yellow foot, is ‘alinalina; left, with gray foot, is ko‘ele. There are three species of edible limpets, called ‘opihi in Hawai‘i, that crawl the shoreline boulders. [...]

By | 2017-06-26T12:32:04+00:00 July 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Ouch! Those Stinging Portuguese Man-of-War

By Jan TenBruggencate A Portuguese man-of-war. Photo courtesy of NOAA Everybody’s got a theory on how to treat jellyfish and Portuguese man-of-war stings, but most of those treatments don’t work. Getting stung is pretty rare in Hawai‘i, but if it happens, it is memorable. I’ve looked down and seen the blue tentacle of [...]

By | 2017-06-13T14:46:14+00:00 June 25th, 2017|0 Comments

The Return of the Makaloa

By Jan TenBruggencate Margaret Lovett is seen here with a stalk of Makaloa. Photo by Jan TenBruggencate When the community group Mālama Hulē‘ia began removing weedy mangrove from a two-acre plot fronting Niumalu Park, it was a little like Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates. We didn’t know what we were going [...]

By | 2017-04-04T23:10:13+00:00 April 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Hawai‘i Love Legends

By Jan TenBruggencate 'Princess Kaia,' a modern artistic portrait shot by Daniel Finchum, exploring Hawaiian history and culture. Finchum uses wet plate collodion, a photographic technique developed in the 1850s, to add an antique feeling to his portraits. Hawai‘i is famous for its love stories, both real and imagined. Among the most tragic [...]

By | 2017-02-06T08:22:56+00:00 February 6th, 2017|0 Comments

The Beautiful Hibiscus

By Jan TenBruggencate A Hibiscus waimea subsp. Hannarae, or koki‘o ke‘oke‘o in Hawaiian, seen here in Hanakāpī‘ai Valley, Nāpali Coast. Photo by Seana Walsh/NTBG On a slope next to a trail, just above a stream on Kaua‘i’s Na Pali coast, I came across a clutch of gorgeous tiny hibiscus flowers on a series [...]

By | 2017-02-02T07:39:52+00:00 January 31st, 2017|0 Comments

When We Were Young

By Jan TenBruggencate Old coffee containers in display at Kaua‘i Coffee in Kalaheo. Things were different when I was a kid. It’s hard to even image how different. It was just after World War II. The folks around us had gone through the privations of the Great Depression and severe shortages during World [...]

By | 2016-12-10T11:04:58+00:00 December 10th, 2016|0 Comments