Category: Environment

Gallery: Bikeshare Hawaii Hosting Open Houses

Bikeshare Hawaii is moving forward with its ambitious plan to launch a 1,600-bike, 183-station bikesharing system in urban Honolulu. And now the non-profit is hosting “open house” events to allow the public to check out the offerings of four bikesharing systems and help choose the best system for the island....

Nerd Night to Tackle Telescopes, Trails, Taxes

On Tuesday, the monthly Nerd Nite meetup will mix talk of space telescopes, economics, and hiking trails with music and beer. Nerd Night Honolulu is part of a global network of events taking place in more than 90 cities. There are presentations, and they’re not nearly as time-constrained as Pecha Kucha (five minutes) or Ignite...

Conservation Conference to Celebrate Collaboration

The Hawaii Conservation Conference kicks off on Monday, marking the 23rd year that naturalists, researchers, and cultural practitioners will gather to explore ways to better protect Hawaii’s environment and better manage its natural resources. Local, national, and international experts will spend several days at the University of Hawaii at Hilo (and one off...

New Maps, App Prepare Hawaii for Extreme Tsunami

Tsunami have crossed the ocean and hit Hawaii many times in the last century: in 1946, 1952, 1957, 1960, and 1964. But it was the Japan tsunami in 2011 that shook local emergency planners to the core. Not because of what happened to the state, but because of what could have happened. “The...

New Energy Storage Startup to Take Hawaii Homes Off-Grid

One of Hawaii’s top entrepreneurs chose Independence Day weekend to announce his latest big idea: helping island businesses and households to get off the grid by integrating state-of-the-art battery storage with solar photovoltaic energy systems. Henk Rogers built his fortune by flying to Russia to secure the rights to international...

Gallery: Aloha, Solar Impulse!

The Solar Impulse plane landed in Hawaii early this morning after four days and 22 hours in the air, solo pilot Andre Borschberg breaking the world record for the longest solo non-stop flight. But what made the journey more remarkable was that the trip was made without burning a single...

Sailboat, Solar Plane Converging on Hawaii

The fastest sailboat in the world is expected to arrive in Hawaiian waters tomorrow in its attempt to break the Los Angeles to Hawaii trans-Pacific sailing record. This as the Solar Impulse plane is finally en route to Honolulu, after two aborted attempts. The Hydroptere was designed by a team led by prominent...

‘Race for Water’ Expedition Visits Hawaii

The Solar Impulse plane remains stalled in Nagoya, awaiting the next weather window to continue on to Hawaii on its historic around-the-world journey.  But today, another globe-spanning expedition reached island shores: the MOD70, a 69-foot multi-hull racing sailboat sponsored by the Race for Water Foundation, is in Honolulu as part of a...

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay Hosts Summer Education Series

A three-part educational program focused on ocean and shoreline ecosystems kicks off tomorrow at Hanauma Bay. “Te Moana Nui,” which will profile the different ocean zones around the bay, continues the spirit of World Oceans Day, which was on Monday. The events are offered by the Hanauma Bay Education Program from UH Sea Grant,...

Hawaii Aims to Quit Fossil Fuels in 30 Years

The Clean Energy Initiative? What Clean Energy Initiative? Today, Gov. David Ige committed the state of Hawaii to nation-leading goals for clean energy generation. Passed wholeheartedly by the state legislature in its most recent session, the four bills push Hawaii to wean itself off of fossil fuels entirely over the next...

Gallery: Behind the Scenes at Bishop Museum

Local school kids probably know Bishop Museum mostly as the place where traveling exhibits of dinosaurs or spaceships come through the state, and it always draws a solid mix of residents and tourists. But the areas open to the public — from Hawaii Hall to the Science Adventure Center, from the planetarium to the Castle Memorial Building —...

Solar Plane Diverts to Japan En Route to Hawaii

“Au revoir, Andre, our hearts, our soul, our love are with you… be safe, drive carefully, we’ll see you on the other side.” And with that, Swiss pilot André Borschberg — co-founder and CEO of Solar Impulse — left terra firma in Nanjing, China yesterday, beginning what was to be an...

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BioBlitz to Explore Nature, Culture at Volcano

More than a thousand students, scientists, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, and other volunteers will spread out across Hawaii Volcanoes National Park today and tomorrow in a “BioBlitz.” The annual event is a 24-hour species inventory, in which participants will try to discover and catalogue as many different forms of flora and fauna as they...

Take the Survey!

Please Take my Daughter’s Energy Survey!

How much energy do you use in your household, and how much do you pay for your electricity? I’m asking for my daughter. Katie is a junior at Mililani High School, my alma mater. Considering that my uncle Gordon was once principal there, I’m kind of glad to see a...

Solar Plane Preps for Historic Flight to Hawaii

Hawaii is the next stop on a globe-spanning attempt to make history and to prove what’s possible without relying on fossil fuels. The “Solar Impulse” team is halfway through it’s plan to achieve the first around-the-world flight using only solar power. The “Solar Impulse” solar plane — actually, the second...

Earth Day at UH Manoa 2014

Earth Day Celebrated Across the State

Tomorrow is Earth Day, a global day to champion environmental causes that has been around for more than 40 years. It’s one of the world’s largest secular holidays, and one that should have a great deal of resonance in Hawaii. Perhaps not surprisingly, college campuses are often where Earth Day celebrations converge. At...

Grow Hawaiian Festival

Festival Features Native Plants, Sustainable Living

This week brings Earth Day, and this weekend brings the 8th annual Grow Hawaiian Festival at Bishop Museum. The free event features native Hawaiian culture and native plants, and teaches families about conservation and sustainability. The festival got its start over a decade ago on the Big Island, hosted at the...

Island Pulse

Data Dashboard Offers Real-Time Energy Stats

One of the beautiful things about the otherwise esoteric open data movement is that it lays the groundwork for data visualizations that are both pretty and informative. “Big data” in its raw form is incomprehensible, but with tables and charts and graphs and other tools, you can illustrate facts and trends in...

Travel2Change Hawaii

Travel2Change Aims to Change Travel for Good

Tourism has an enormous impact on Hawaii. That impact includes $11.4 billion in visitor spending, $1 billion in tax revenue, and more than 150,000 jobs. But that impact also has considerable downsides, in Hawaii as it does everywhere else in the world: Damage to the environment, only aggravated by guide books that send...