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Natureʻs Net Flings Beauty Across the Island

By Virginia Beck Kukui nuts Nature flings its net wide, spreading beauty to capture eyes and hearts. The gift of showers in the early mornings gives way to rainbows and cascades of blossom everywhere. The late afternoon creates more rainbows just before sunset, and glorious colors, a dramatic finish to a typical day [...]

By | September 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Transformational Achievement

By Tommy Noyes The Hawai‘i Energy Policy Forum recognized Kaua‘i’s exemplary planning efforts. Left to right, HEPF co-chair Mike Hamnett; Kaua‘i Island Utilities Cooperative Power Supply Manager Brad Rockwell; HEPF co-chair Sharon Moriwaki; KIUC President and CEO David Bissell, Gov. David Ige, Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., and County of Kaua‘i Transportation Planner Lee Steinmetz. [...]

By | September 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Global Climate Change Threatens Papahānaumokuākea

Laysan duck hunting brine flies. The Laysan duck (Anas laysanensis) is considered to be one of the most critically endangered waterfowl in the world, and is endemic to Hawaiʻi. Their population on Laysan Island is estimated to be between 503-682 individuals, and a relocated population on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is estimated to be close [...]

By | September 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Coconuts in a Nutshell

By Jan TenBruggencate Part of the coconut grove in Waipouli, Kaua‘i’s Eastside, is seen here. The grove was planted by E.H.W. Broadbent in 1914. Photo by Léo Azambuja If you love the look of a coconut, you shouldn’t prune your coconut trees, but if you don’t prune them, you shouldn’t stand under them, [...]

By | September 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Nēnē Awareness Celebration Events in Hanalei this Weekend

The nēnē, or Hawaiian goose, was officially designated Hawai‘i’s state bird on May 7, 1957. Once on the edge of extinction, with only 50 birds remaining in the wild, it is now possible for Hawai‘i visitors and residents to see nēnē in the wild across Kaua‘i and the state, thanks to conservation efforts, [...]

By | September 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Hawai‘i Wisdom — September 2016

Coconut trees are seen here at Morgan’s Ponds at Lydgate Park in Wailua. Volunteers from Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park have been maintaining and enhancing the public facilities at the park for more than 20 years. Some projects Kamalani Playground and Pavilion, Kamalani Kai Bridge and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Sports Park. [...]

By | September 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Mani’s Manners

By Pam Brown Mani with ‘her’ cat Braddha Kitty. Contributed photo Linda was exhausted. Her beloved part-airedale dog, Mani, had taken to barking outside the house most evenings, refusing to come indoors, keeping Linda awake night after night. It had gotten so bad that Linda was cancelling business appointments because she simply could [...]

By | September 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Research Forecasts Ocean Crisis (w/ video)

Photo courtesy John Burns/UH On the heels of President Barack Obama’s 2016 announcement to quadruple the size of the Papāhanaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Assistant Professor Matthew Knope is researching the emerging biodiversity crisis in the world’s oceans, according to a recent UH news [...]

By | September 16th, 2016|0 Comments

DLNR-HTA Partnership Spreads Conservation Message (w/ video)

Napali Coast sunset. Photo courtesy of DLNR As the state Department of Land and Natural Resources was exploring ways to reach more visitors and kama‘āina with information about conserving and protecting natural and cultural resources, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority was engaged in developing a five-year strategic plan. “Coincidentally, the stars were in alignment [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Islands Adapting to a Changing Climate (w/ video)

Honolulu Climate change is anticipated to have profound effects in the Hawaiian Islands. Key indicators of the changing climate include rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, rising air and sea temperatures, rising sea levels and upper-ocean heat content, changing ocean chemistry and increasing ocean acidity, changing rainfall patterns, decreasing base flow in streams, [...]

By | September 14th, 2016|0 Comments