Archive for November, 2012

Winners of Keeping It Green Hawai‘i

November 30th, 2012
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Volunteers helping to remove invasive species from the forest in Koke‘e on  Kauai. Photo courtesy of Hui o Laka.

Volunteers helping to remove invasive species from the forest in Koke‘e on Kauai pause to take a photo. Courtesy of Hui o Laka.

Congratulations to the 2012 recipients of the Keeping It Green Hawai‘i awards which were part of America Recycles Day on Nov. 15.

The awards recognize organizations with positive "green projects" in the community.

This year's recipients were:

Students participating in the ‘Aina in the Schools program. Photo courtesy of Kokua Hawaii Foundation.

Students participating in the ‘Aina in the Schools program. Photo courtesy of Kokua Hawaii Foundation.

>> The Kokua Hawaii Foundation

>> Hui o Laka (operators of the Koke‘e Natural History Museum)

>> Maui Tomorrow Foundation

>> The Kohala Center

>> Kanu o ka ‘Aina Learning ‘Ohana

>> Innovations Public Charter School

>> One Island Sustainable Living Center

>> Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast

>> Kohala Burger & Taco

>> Mr. K's Recycling & Redemption Center

"Since initiating the Keeping It Green Hawai‘i program in 2007, 46 businesses, organizations and schools have shared their ways and means of promoting green practices and sustainability," said Recycle Hawai‘i executive director Paul J. Buklarewicz. "The growing awareness and participation in Keeping It Green Hawai‘i by so many who express their conscious actions highlights their strongly held conviction in environmental stewardship of our fragile island communities."

Visit www.recyclehawaii.org to learn more about Keeping It Green Hawai‘i.

Kupuna and students making laulau as part of The Kohala Center's Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network. Photo courtesy of The Kohala Center.

Kupuna and students making laulau as part of The Kohala Center's Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network. Photo courtesy of The Kohala Center.

Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist

November 29th, 2012
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The Hawaii premiere of "Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist," a documentary film by Peter Brown showing the behind-the-scenes and below-the-decks daily life aboard the Sea Shepherd takes place at 7 p.m. today at McCoy Theater, Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

Brown is one of the earliest Sea Shepherd crew members and first mate to Capt. Paul Watson. He recently launched his own Internet TV channel, EZEARTH.TV.

Confessions, an official selection for Cannes 2011, offers a realistic and humorous take on the eco-movement. It documents more than 30 years of eco-pirating work by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Visit www.confessionsfilm.com for more about the film, which is set for its next release in Australia.

"It's time we put the real in reality television," said Brown in a press release. "We're continuing to help the world wake up to what the environmental bad guys are up to and when we catch them live, in action and red-handed, there will be no arguments about it. This platform is the next weapon in helping change the world's consciousness for a cleaner, safer plant..."

Prior to the film, enjoy a courtyard reception with Brown and Sea Shepherd crew members, who you may know best from "Whale Wars." Theater doors open at 7 p.m. Brown will stay for a Q&A after the film at 9 p.m.

There will also be a silent auction and musical performance by True Story.

Tickets are $25 from www.seashepherd.org/confessions. All proceeds benefit The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Save a Manatee this Holiday season

November 26th, 2012
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How about saving a manatee this Holiday season? Tomorrow, Tuesday, is a Day of Giving — or Giving Tuesday.

The Save the Manatee Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit group co-founded over 30 years ago by singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, offers emergency rescue responses for sick and injured manatees, waterway signage, public awareness and education anad research.

You can adopt a manatee for just $25, which offers you an adoption certificate, full-color photo and biography of your adoptee in Florida. Adopt a manatee for $35 or more and get a free 2013 manatee wall calendar. To learn more about manatees like Squeaky, Annie and Rocket, click here, or see the full list of manatee adoptees. Click on www.manatv.org to watch a live webcam of manatees at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Fla.

To learn more about manatee conservation efforts, go to www.savethemanatee.org.

Solar power for Seagull Schools

November 23rd, 2012
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Seagull Schools recently installed solar PV systems at three of its campuses, which should cut electricity costs by about one-third. Courtesy photo.

Seagull Schools recently installed solar PV systems at three of its campuses, which should cut electricity costs by about one-third. Courtesy photo.

Seagull Schools joins a growing list of Hawaii businesses and organizations to go solar before the end of the year.

The non-profit childcare provider expects to save more than $63,000 in annual energy costs through its new solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at its Ewa, Kapolei and Ko Olina campuses.

RevoluSun installed the three new systems, which are expected to cut the school's overall electric bill by about one-third.

Seagull Schools agreed to a leasing program which allowed it to install the solar PV systems without upfront costs.

The solar PV systems are expected to offset about 7.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the environment during its lifetime.

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America Recycles Day is Nov. 15

November 12th, 2012
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Many plastic containers, No. 1 and No. 2, can be recycled in Hawaii. Photo courtesy of Recycle Hawa‘i.

A visual example of the many everyday plastic containers, No. 1 and No. 2, that can be recycled in Hawaii. Photo courtesy of Recycle Hawa‘i.

This coming Thursday, Nov. 15, is America Recycles Day — a nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to embrace more of the everyday actions that lead to a sustainable lifestyle.

So it's a day to be conscious of what can be recycled instead of tossed into the trash can. I see a lot of items — SOLO beverage cups for instance (Which are No. 1), cardboard pizza boxes, and laundry detergent and shampoo bottles that end up in the trash when they could go in the blue bin for recycling.

Here are 15 tips for recycling more.

Recycle Hawai‘i on Hawaii island is working in partnership with Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful and all its affiliates to host events throughout the islands. The following is a brief list of those events:

Thursday, Nov. 15

>> America Recycles Day ConcertRecycle Hawai‘i sponsors the America Recycles Day Concert for invited schools from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Palace Theater in Hilo.

>> Zero Waste Cafeteria Day. Today, schools in Hawaii learn about the waste that can be diverted from the landfill and how to eat healthy. Visit www.recyclehawaii.org to find out more.

>> Recycle-Bowl Competition. Schools may participate in this national competition, in which schools receive recognition for their recycling efforts. State champions receive $1,000 as a prize. The national winner receives $2,500.

>> Take a tour. See first-hand how several green businesses on Oahu take the responsibility of recycling seriously through the city and county of Honolulu's "Tour de Trash" from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Start and finish at the Kahala Hotel & Resort. You'll also visit Whole Foods Market, Gyotaku Japanese Restaurant and the Hard Rock Cafe in Waikiki. Call 768-3200 to register or visit opala.org for more information.

Visit www.americarecyclesday.org for tips on recycling and more information about events.

Go Green at Palama Saturday

November 9th, 2012
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Palama Settlement at 810  N. Vineyard Blvd. invites community members to drop of recyclables for its "Going Green Day" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m on Saturday, Nov. 10 as part of the year-round Aloha Aina Earth Days.

Acceptable items include scrap metal, appliances, electronic equipment, HI-5 beverage containers, usable clothing and household items, corrugated cardboard, gold balls, 1 TV per car and more. The idea is to promote a community cleanup as well as divert waste from Honolulu's landfills.

Palama will also be accepting canned goods to support Hawaii Food Bank.

Free curbside pickup is available, as well as free towing for unwanted cars. Visit www.PalamaSettlement.org or Palama's Facebook page to see a complete list of acceptable items.

Funds raised from "Going Green"  benefit Palama Settlement's programs servinc low-income neighborhoods.

Call 848-2528 or email info@palamasettlement.org for more information.

Goodwill, Dell partner to offer computer recycling

November 8th, 2012
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T & N Computer Recycling hauls a tower of laptops and electronic equipment to  be recycled during Aloha ‘Aina Earth Day.

T & N Computer Recycling hauls a tower of laptops and electronic equipment to be recycled during Aloha ‘Aina Earth Day. Star-Advertiser photo by Jamm Aquino.

Before you throw the old computer monitor away, think again. E-waste recycling options in Hawaii are now expanding.

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii and Dell International are partnering up to offer Dell Reconnect — a free recycling program for unwanted computers or computer equipment of any brand and condition.

The first Dell Reconnect in Hawaii takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 on the corner of Ward Avenue and Ala Moana Boulevard (across from Ward Warehouse). The first 100 people to donate their e-waste receive a special gift.

Dell Reconnect's goal is to keep used computers and computer equipment from landfills in the U.S. as well as to educate residents of the importance of proper computer recycling.

Items that Dell Reconnect will take for recycling include: computers (both laptops and desktops), keyboards, printers, scanners, computer monitors, USB accessories, computer cords and computer mice.

DVD players, VCRs and stereos are not accepted. For those items, you might want to check with Pacific Corporate Solutions, which holds regular e-waste recycling collections around Oahu. Visit their blog to find out where.

Donors are advised to remove all data from hard drives and other storage media before donating to Goodwill. Visit earth911.com for more information on how to safely recycle your computer. Visit www.higoodwill.org to learn more.

Da Hui North Shore Cleanup & Kanikapila

November 3rd, 2012
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Hawaii green sea turtles on the North Shore are among marine mammals threatened by plastic litter on the shores. Photo by Nina Wu.

Hawaii green sea turtles on the North Shore are among marine mammals threatened by plastic litter on the shores. Photo by Nina Wu.

Surfers and non-surfers alike, mark your calendars for the "Da Hui North Shore Beach Clean Up" on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Check-in time is 8 a.m. at Turtle Bay Resort, where different groups will then be shuttled to various zones for the beach cleanup and treasure hunt scheduled between 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a free barbecue and live music afterwards at about 11 a.m. from Mike Love, Paula Fuga and other bands, plus a pro-surf autograph session at 12:30 p.m.

Da Hui (short for Hui O He‘e Nalu) teams up with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii for the clean up, as well as the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, Eddie Aikau Foundation and Surfrider Foundation, Oahu Chapter.

Quiksilver, Hurley, Volcom, Oakley and others are sponsoring the event.

All debris collected from the  beach cleanup will be tallied and reported to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hard plastics will also go to Method to be transformed into recycled packaging. Method recently came out with the first bottles made from a blend of plastic debris collected from Oahu's shores for its dish + hand soap, available at Whole Foods Market.

Arbor Day Tree Giveaway is Nov. 3

November 1st, 2012
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The Mau Hau Hele is a native Hawaiian plant, and the state's official flower. Courtesy Photo.

The Mau Hau Hele is a native Hawaiian plant, and the state's official flower. HECO is giving away free fruit trees, shrubs and plants on Saturday. Courtesy Photo.

There aren't a lot of freebies to go around, but here's one that will keep on growing.

The Hawaiian Electric Co. is once again giving away fruit trees, flowering shrubs and native plants starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 to celebrate Arbor Day. You might want to line up early, as there's usually a crowd.

For the first time, HECO is also giving away the Aimee Yoshioka gardenia, munroidendron and red sealing wax palm.

Arborists and volunteers from HECO, Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, Urban Garden Center and others will help you select the right tree.

Only one plant will be given per family, while supplies last. Be sure to arrive early.

Waianae:    HECO Kahe Power Plant – 7:00 a.m.
Pearl City:  Urban Garden Center – 7:00 a.m.
Honolulu:   HECO Ward Avenue Facility – 7:00 a.m.
Kailua: HECO Koolau Base Yard – 7:00 a.m.
Wahiawa: Wahiawa Botanical Garden – 9:00 a.m.
North Shore: Waimea Valley – 9:00 a.m.

Visit www.arbordayhawaii.com for more Arbor Day events across the state.