Archive for May, 2013

Summer Films at Waimea Valley

May 29th, 2013

Introducing the "Taste of Summer Film Series," which will offer a monthly series of inspirational and educational documentaries promoting the local food movement starting in June. The film series is presented by the Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation and Waimea Valley.

One film will be screened each summer month at 7:30 p.m. following the Haleiwa Farmer's Market from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays in Waimea Valley. Local food vendors from the market will be on hand serving an assortment of tasty and locally grown meals, snacks and beverages.

Admission and parking are free at Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Highway. Films will be shown in the Pikake Pavilion.

Here's the lineup of films:

>> June 6: "Ingredients Hawaii" — Captures Hawaii's farm-to-table movement as well as the vibrant food community dedicated to human, environmental and cultural health. 32 minutes.

>> July 11: "Seeds of Hope" — Exposes the world to the individual heroes who are working to solve the  biggest issue facing Hawaii — how can Hawaii feed itself? For 1,000 years the Hawaiian people produced enough food to support an estimated population of 1 million but today, an estimated 85 percent of food is imported to the isles. 87 minutes.

>> Aug. 1: "Truck Farm" — Tells the story of a new generation of quirky urban farmers from New York City to rooftops, windows and barges. Includes musical narration by The Fisherman Three. 48 minutes.

Visit for more information.

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Green job bank

May 28th, 2013

Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance has launched

Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance has launched

Looking for a green job? Your quest is just one click away.

The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Job Bank offers listings for conservation-based jobs, internships and volunteer positions at The job bank was created by HCA's Next Generation Program to help build the next generation of Hawaii's conservation leaders.

Some available positions as of now include associate attorney for Earthjustice, education and outreach assistant for the Lyon Arboretum at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, development officer for the Monk Seal Foundation, conservation program coordinator for Sierra Club Hawaii and lab technician at the Hawaii Cooperative Studies Unit at its Kilauea Field Station on the Big Island.

Conservation organizations are welcome to post available jobs, internship and volunteer positions at the job bank for free. Each submission will be reviewed by HCA staff and appear on the webpage after approval. It's free for job seekers as well, to visit  and peruse

The Hawaii Conservation Alliance is a cooperative collaboration of conservation leaders representing more than 20 government, education and non-profit organizations. If you have questions about the job bank, email

The 21st Annual Conservation Conference, by the way, is from July 16 to 18 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Registration is now open, with a special $50 rate for students. The theme this year is "Living Today, Sustaining Tomorrow: Connecting People, Places and Planet."

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Invasive Species Info on the Web

May 23rd, 2013

The Brown Tree Snake is an invasive species in the state of Hawaii. In Guam, the snake is believed to have been accidentally introduced hidden in cargo and has decimated bird populations there. Photo from

The Brown Tree Snake is an invasive species in the state of Hawaii. In Guam, the snake is believed to have been accidentally introduced hidden in cargo and has decimated bird populations there. Photo from

What do the Africanized Honey Bee, Brown Tree Snake, Cattails, Coqui Frogs and Wood Rose have in common? They are all considered high-profile invasive species in Hawaii.

If you spot one of them, you should report it right away to the Pest Hotline at 808-643-PEST. You can also report a pest online and find all the information you need at Hawaii's new one-stop shop website at


Coqui frogs have invaded the Big Island. From

The Hawaii Invasive Species Council and University of Hawaii launched the new website, which also details funded projects, reports to the state legislature and Hawaii's coqui frog management plan.

Invasive species are a big problem in Hawaii due to the state's geographic isolation. Hawaii's native plant and animal species (those that arrived here naturally via wind, waves and birds) have little defense against competitive species.

The results can be really destructive to Hawaii's natural ecosystem. Miconia, an invasive plant from South America, for example, overtakes forests and prevents the growth of other plants, causing erosion. The Brown Tree Snake decimated bird populations on Guam. If you've been on the Big Island at dusk, you've probably heard the chorus of Coqui frogs, which chirrup annoyingly from dusk to dawn, but also disrupt the balance of vulnerable native ecosystems.

While the Brown Tree Snake is not known to be present in Hawaii at this time, eight were discovered in the state between 1981 and 1998, mostly likely carried here in civilian and military vehicles or cargo from Guam.

The Wood Rose, with its yellow flowers, can be seen in many Hawaii yards, but the woody, climbing vine is considered invasive and chokes and smothers plants.

Click here to see a quick list of invasives in Hawaii.

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Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival

May 20th, 2013

Sometimes it takes a film to knock us out of our apathy and environmental ennui.

Knowledge in Motion brings the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival — A Climate of Change to Doris Duke Theatre from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 1.


The festival offers 14 great, eye-opening films, along with live music by the Matty McIntire Project, ono local food by The Hawaiian Chef, an art and book sale, door prizes and more.

The films to be showcased at the Doris Duke Theatre (900 S. Beretania St., enter from Kinau St.) include

>>Seeds of Freedom narrated by Jeremy Irons, tells of story of how global agriculture has been changed with conflicts of interest and control of the food economy. Includes interview with Vandana Shiva, who says seeds are at the center or reproducing the culture of life.

>> The Last Ice Merchant a documentary filmed in Ecuador about a man who for the last five decades has made a living harvesting glacial ice in Ecuador.

>> The Water Tower by Pete McBride. Set in central Kenya, film tells the story of Mt. Kenya, home to a local water god and vial to providing the nation's water supply.

>> Scars of Freedom by Celine Cousteau. The story of efforts to save an entangled humpback whale with a net that had cut halfway through the left side of her tail.

>> and others.

Tickets are $12 general, $10 museum members. All ticket purchasers will receive a copy of "Facing Hawai‘i's Future" and "Hawai‘i Wildlife Viewing Guide." Visit or click on this link for more information.

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To be a Wild Guide

May 15th, 2013

Let's hear it for Honolulu Zoo Society educators Stephanie Arne and Charles Lee, who are both finalists in a video contest to become the next "Wild Guide" for Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. The winner gets $10,000 and  hosts the award-winning wildlife TV show's new webisode series, premiering this fall on YouTube.

Lee and Arne are among 12 semi-finalists whittled down from 200 entrants. The public can vote for the top three finalists until May 23 at

In his video, Lee  — animal lover, adventurer and educator — says "My lifelong goal is to help wildlife and help people around the world appreciate them and their natural habitats."

Action speaks louder than words, according to Lee. He leaps along Oahu's rocky shoreline, tags an iguana, catches a mongoose, rescues a sea turtle with a hook in its mouth and teaches the public about how Hawaiian monk seals need to be given space to sunbathe on the shoreline.

Arne is also full of action. She kayaks, jumps into the ocean from a boat, climbs along the shoreline and introduces us to ring-tailed lemurs and how they groom one another. She takes us to the Oahu rainforest to look for Jackson chameleons — she's a great educator, showing us how their eyes can move independently and how they communicate through color.

Looks like they have some stiff competition from around the nation. Good luck to both of them!

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