Kaupuni Village: A Model for Sustainable Living

While many cultural communities around the globe are being divided by developers and swallowed up by the tides of globalization, one community right here in Hawaii is offering hope – and a real life vision – of what sustainable cultural communities can look like. Just last month the Kaupuni Village dream became a reality, as … [Read more…]

Cleaning Up Kamilo Beach

Lanikai Beach is often described as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  The Big Island’s Kamilo Beach holds a far less complimentary title: Hawaii’s dirtiest beach.  It didn’t earn that name on its own and residents fear it will be a long time before Kamilo Beach can ever shake the lousy label. … [Read more…]

Celebrate Earth Day with Aloha

Earth Day is a chance to come together with your community, celebrate the earth, exchange conservation ideas, and commit to living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.  This week there are ample, island-wide opportunities to do all of that and more.  Here are just a few: If you’re on the Big Island… Saturday, April 23, 2011 … [Read more…]

Hawaii Seafood Council Launches Website

“Sustainability” and “buying local” are more than just buzzwords here in Hawaii.  They are the key to a healthy, environmentally friendly future in which we can become less dependent on imports and better stewards of our ‘aina. But choosing sustainable, local options is not always easy, particularly when it comes to seafood.  Competing facts, studies … [Read more…]

Critical Habitats for Monk Seals to Be Expanded

Three years after receiving a petition from non-profit KAHEA and the Center for Biological Diversity, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service is proposing 16 “critical habitats” in an effort to increase the protection of endangered monk seals and the areas they inhabit. Under the Endangered Species Act, the federal government is required … [Read more…]

Plastic Bag Ban In Hawaii

The old debate is back with a twist: Paper or Plastic or The Planet If you go to the grocery store on Maui or Kauai, don’t be surprised if the clerk doesn’t offer you a plastic bag at checkout.  He’s not being lazy or discourteous.  He’s following the law and saving the planet. The “plastic … [Read more…]

Volunteer on Vacation in Hawaii

Thousands of vacationers visit the Hawaiian islands every year. The damage they do is remarkable. A large number of people visiting beaches, mountains, parks, trails, campgrounds, and other Hawaiian destinations leave litter, seeds of invasive species, soil damage, and pollution. Thankfully, Hawaiians have a way to deal with the damage caused by tourism: Voluntourism–as described … [Read more…]

Recycling Programs In Hawaii

Of course we all know about the argument to maintaining a more sustainable lifestyle and the benefits for the earth. But certain businesses see their future riding on a cleaner planet. Tour operators that offer Maui scuba diving, scenic tours on Oahu, Kauai helicopter tours and the like have a vested interest in conservation in … [Read more…]

Building Green Resources

Resources Here are some websites that can get you started building green. Building Green is a great site for the latest green construction news and product reviews. HGTV Pro is a great place for green building videos. NRDC – The Earth’s Best Defense offers both commercial and residential solutions for sustainable building. Find global trends … [Read more…]