Ecosystem Services

  Ecosystem Services by Jan TenBruggencate The voyagers who first arrived in the Islands had no problems about food. The ecosystem gave it to them. There’s a modern term for what they found [...]

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Sound Impacts Taste

  by Jan TenBruggencate Does fish and poi taste different to the sounds of “Hi`ilawe” than it does to the sound of car traffic, or perhaps Janis Joplin’s “Summertime?” There is evidence [...]

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Lost Birds — Nurturing Lessons from Failures

  Nurturing Lessons from Failures by Jan TenBruggencate  Much of the environmental nurturing we’re doing in the Islands is the direct result of our earlier environmental failures—whether [...]

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Vanilla blossoms cluster.

Growing Vanilla

by Jan TenBruggencate Kaua`i’s vanilla crop is one of the island’s best-kept secrets, although it’s still a very small secret, because vanilla is nowhere near being an industry on the island. We [...]

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Waimea Canyon

Celebrate Diversity

by Jan TenBruggencate There was a bumper sticker on the wall at my canoe club. It said (and I’m cleaning this up), “We don’t give a hoot how you used to do it in California.” The bumper [...]

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