The Danger of Childhood Obesity in the 21st Century

Many reputable medical studies indicate that the number of children who are battling body-weight related problems is on the rise. Childhood obesity in developed countries such as the US has gone up by 25 percent in the past two decades. Based on recent research, it’s estimated that one out of four children is battling obesity … [Read more…]

Recycle Hawaii Awarded Grant

Thanks to a grant from Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Co., Big Island nonprofit Recycle Hawaii can now do even more to keep Hawaii beautiful. KAB and Coca-Cola have teamed up to support recycling efforts across the country. They have awarded recycling bins to a variety of organizations – including nonprofits, community and … [Read more…]

Kampachi’s Controversial Fish Farm

A Big Island fish farm is calling its aquaculture water pen a success so far, but others believe the experiment is a mistake. Kampachi Farms, run by former operators of Kona Blue Water Farms, has been growing fish in an underwater pen off the Big Island’s Kona Coast.  The pen is kept 30 feet below the … [Read more…]

Safeway Selling Unlabeled “Kona” Coffee

Coffee – the fourth most valuable crop in Hawaii – is a significant piece of our agricultural pie.  And as Hawaii is the only state in the country that produces coffee, the world-famous beans are quite unique.  More specifically, coffee from Kona is known for distinct, delicate flavor.  Even Mark Twain expressed his love of … [Read more…]

HECO and Big Wind Forced to Consider Energy Alternatives

A recent Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ruling threw a big wrench in Hawaiian Electric Company’s (HECO) Big Wind plans, forcing HECO to consider alternative energy proposals.  According to the ruling, proposals must be for 200 megawatts of renewable energy, but need not be focused on wind. So while HECO has been forced to pause and … [Read more…]

Military Buildup May Spread Brown Tree Snake

An important part of conserving the unique, natural beauty of our islands is working diligently to protect against invasive species.  Invasive species threaten native species that are not accustomed to defending themselves against foreign intruders. Non-native algae suffocate coral reefs while mongoose prey on native birds, small mammals, reptiles, insects, and plants.  Mongoose pose a … [Read more…]

Shark Fin Soup Banned in Hawaii

Conservation of our environment and the species that inhabit it involves hard work and often, sacrifice. Many restaurant owners and lovers of a certain Chinese seafood delicacy are facing one such sacrifice starting this week. On Friday, June 1, 2011, a law banning the sale, possession, and distribution of shark fins will officially take effect … [Read more…]

North Shore Bike Path Coming to Kauai

Connecting Communities, Promoting Healthy Living, Preserving the Environment The notion of a bike path is not new to Hawaii.  In fact, the state has had a Bike Plan since 1977.  Construction of Kauai’s bike paths began more recently, in 2000.  And now, after three years of planning, the North Shore of Kauai will finally be … [Read more…]

Boat Embarks on Research Expedition to Garbage Patch

We need not roam far to find rubbish.  It is all around us: in our own homes, neighborhoods, and sadly, on our beaches and in the ocean.  So why is a group of thirteen people setting out to sea in search of garbage today? Dr. Markus Eriksen, of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation and Research … [Read more…]

Hawaii Conservation Week

In an ideal world, everyone would celebrate and participate in some type of conservation effort or activity every day, whether it’s water conservation, energy conservation, environmental conservation or even cultural conservation. This week, the Hawaii Conservation Alliance is helping to make that possible by supporting and hosting daily Conservation Week events. Conservation Week kicked off … [Read more…]