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808 Earth Day Roundup

April 15th, 2016

Earth Day falls on April 22, 2016. Nowadays, people like to celebrate it during the entire month. But of course, Earth Day is every day. The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, with approximately 20 million people taking place across the U.S. through demonstrations in the streets or parks for environmental causes.READ MORE

Earth Day Cleanup in Nalo

March 21st, 2016

Last year, Dr. Beach, or Stephen P. Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University, listed Waimanalo Beach Park on Oahu as No. 1 on his list of Top 10 Beaches in America. He praised Waimanalo as a great beach for its soft, white sands, which extend for more than five miles. He mentioned the turquoise watersREAD MORE

Humpback whales in our midst

March 14th, 2016

We admire them from a distance and have studied them for more than 30 years, yet they remain a mystery. Despite a late arrival, the humpback whales are back in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary, here to mate and nurse their calves in the warmer and shallower waters of the islands. While scientists have gainedREAD MORE

Calabash & Cooks

March 9th, 2016

The Malama Learning Center’s annual Calabash & Cooks fundraiser takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 at Kapolei High School. Professional chefs from Roy’s Ko Olina, Firehouse, La‘ela‘e and Pono Plates will be serving up some dishes, along with student chefs from six different public high schools — Campbell, Kapolei, Moanalua,READ MORE

Racing Extinction

March 7th, 2016

Academy Award-winning film director Louie Psihoyos exposes the underground world of the endangered species trade in his new film, “Racing Extinction,” which was screened for a Honolulu audience on Friday evening. The director of “The Cove,” which exposed the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan, and his team from the Oceanic Preservation Society focus this timeREAD MORE

Saving the ‘ohi‘a

March 3rd, 2016

In an effort to save the ‘ohi‘a lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha), the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s Lyon Arboretum launched a GoFundMe campaign last month. The goal is to raise $35,000 to help scientists collect and bank ‘ohi‘a seeds for the arboretum’s Seed Conservation Laboratory. As of this week, roughly three-fourths of the goal has been reached.READ MORE

Two-faced utility?

February 26th, 2016

Several non-profit environmental and solar advocacy groups united their voices this week in protest of the Hawaiian Electric Industries’ maneuvers to oppose renewable energy. Although HECO publicly claims to be working toward the state’s goal of using 100 percent renewables by 2045, its actions seem to support just the opposite. It’s like having a two-faced utility. HECO’sREAD MORE

Monk seal vaccinations

February 22nd, 2016

In an effort to further protect endangered Hawaiian monk seals, NOAA Fisheries announced the beginning of routine vaccinations of the pinnipeds on Oahu. The proactive measure, announced Feb. 19, is part of a concerted effort to protect the monk seals in advance against morbillivirus, a disease which could possibly be passed on to them viaREAD MORE

Waste wipeout

February 17th, 2016

The tally is in. Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii released a final analysis of the amount of waste it was able to divert during the 2016 Volcom Pipe Pro at Pipeline from Jan. 28 to Feb. 7. Total: 1,365 pounds. The grassroots non-profit group set up more than 10 waste diversion systems (pop-up recycling tents) along the coastlineREAD MORE

Solar jobs

February 12th, 2016

Hawaii ranked fourth in number of solar jobs per capita in 2015, according to a comprehensive Solar Jobs Census released by The Solar Foundation, a Washington DC-based non-profit group this week. The first-ever Solar Jobs Census offers data on solar jobs in all 50 states, with a breakdown for every state and federal congressional district.READ MORE

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