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…]

Will the State of Hawaii Restore Public Access to Haleakala Trail?

Haleakala has long been revered as one of the most sacred sites in all of Hawaii.  Here, it is said, that the demigod Maui lassoed the sun, and the goddess Pele once made her home.  Here also lies a culturally significant trail, now being heavily disputed. For centuries, Hawaiians have visited this wahi pana (sacred … [Read more…]

Record High Gas Prices May Be Good News For the Planet

Across the nation, gas prices continue to climb, surpassing previous records and creeping closer to the $6 mark.  At an average of $4.51 per gallon of unleaded, gas here in the Aloha state is the most expensive in the country.  Residents of the island of Molokai have been paying $5.16 per gallon since last Tuesday, … [Read more…]

Eucalyptus May Provide Hawaii with Alternative Energy

The state may not have money to burn.  But we do have eucalyptus. The fast growing, flowering tree was introduced to Hawaii nearly 150 years ago and is now being tested for use as an alternative energy source.  Just last week, the state’s sole coal-fired power plant, AES Hawaii, Inc. began adding eucalyptus chips to … [Read more…]

Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods Donates Koa Poject

Through its Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation  Initiative, Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH) is donating 1,000 acres of  its 2,700 acre sustainable koa project to reforestation. Located on the slopes of  Mauna Kea, this historic site was once a majestic koa forest and the  personal property of King Kamehameha I. Sadly the land was cleared  nearly a century … [Read more…]