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The IUCN Red List

August 9th, 2016

The Oahu Elepaio is on the list (status: endangered), as is the Hawaiian monk seal (status: endangered), the Kauai bog damselfly (status: near threatened), silversword (status: vulnerable) and Cyanea kuhihewa (status: critically endangered). The IUCN Red List, sometimes referred to as a barometer of life, has since 1964 been cataloging the conservation status of animal, fungi and plant speciesREAD MORE

Reinventing the wheel

July 12th, 2016

The Ala Wai Canal in Waikiki has for years been the collection point for plastic debris and litter, which in turn flows into the ocean, not to mention the site of the worst massive sewage discharge of 48-million gallons of untreated wastewater in 2006. Now, three non-profit groups — Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, 808 Cleanups and theREAD MORE

Free energy kits

July 6th, 2016

The Blue Planet Foundation, in partnership with Bidgely, an Energy Excelerator portfolio company and Hawaiian Electric, is offering free home energy monitoring kits to 750 homes across Oahu. The software kit allows participants to measure how much energy their homes and specific appliances – like the refrigerator or water heater – are using at aREAD MORE

808 Cleanups Volunteers

July 1st, 2016

You’ve got to hand it to them. Volunteers for 808 Cleanups are out there, spending their time, efforts and energy on cleaning up on any given day of the week — from Nanakuli to Hawaii Kai. From the depths of the ocean to the summit of Koko Crater . For them, Earth Day really is everyREAD MORE

Kupu out in force

June 23rd, 2016

This summer, several hundred students from Kupu Hawaii, a non-profit based in Kakaako, will be out in full force, doing conservation work throughout the Hawaiian isles. They’ll be participating in paid internships as part of the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps that give them hands-on experience restoring fishponds and wetlands, removing invasive species from natural areaREAD MORE

Off the hook

June 14th, 2016

There’s a simple way that fishermen and fisherwomen in Hawaii can help the Hawaiian monk seals and other marine mammals — by converting to a barbless circle hook. At the 13th annual Tokunaga Ulua Challenge Fishing Tournament weigh-in on Sunday, every fish caught with a barbless circle hook was given a special sticker, according toREAD MORE

#oceanfriendlyhi restaurants

June 8th, 2016

Restaurants in Hawaii can still offer takeout in polystyrene foam clamshells and plastic bags, but some are opting not to. On World Oceans Day today (June 8, 2016), certified Ocean Friendly Restaurants, part of a new initiative launched by various non-profit groups, will offer discounts and specials if you feature them with #oceanfriendlyhi. The Surfrider Foundation,READ MORE

Coastlines full of plastic

June 6th, 2016

It’s confirmed. Most of the marine debris landing on Hawaii’s shores is made up of — plastics. Very small plastics. An aerial survey by the Department of Land and Natural Resources and North Pacific Marine Science Organization of all coastlines in the eight main Hawaiian islands shows that plastics constitute most of the marine debrisREAD MORE

Saving ‘ohi‘a lehua

May 30th, 2016

New signs created by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources are aimed towards educating hunters, hikers, mountain bikers and others visiting state public lands about Rapid ‘Ohi‘a Death. Anya Tagawa and Jeff Bagshaw of othe DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife’s Natural Area Reserve program are hoping the signs help prevent the spreadREAD MORE

12 tons of trash

May 23rd, 2016

Located about 750 miles further northwest of Kauai, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. It is home to more than 7,000 marine species, one quarter of which are found only in the Hawaiian isles. It’s remote and the waters are pristine, except for the sheer amountREAD MORE

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