Category: Environment

Alpha Wind Hawaii

Oahu Offshore Wind Farm Proposed

Hawaii is already a hotbed of renewable energy research, so perhaps it’s not unexpected to hear about a proposal to situate as many as one hundred 200-meter tall wind turbines off the coast of Oahu. But it’s where the proposal is coming from, and how it might come to fruition,...

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Free Power Strips Offered to Kill ‘Phantom Power’

For a limited time, you can get a free sensor-equipped power strip that can make sure your gadgets are actually off when they’re turned “off.” Kanu Hawaii is perhaps the state’s largest non-profit organization focused on sustainability (there’s that word again), and conserving electricity is a big part of that. One solution? Power...

Michael Kramer | Photo by Tina Stuart and Avi Okin/TEDxKamuela

Shifting from Sustainable to Resilient

Sustainability is a good thing, right? We want to live in sustainable communities, we want those communities to grow via sustainable development, we want to build sustainable businesses, and support them via sustainable investing. Earlier this year, we had a sustainability unconference here in Honolulu to explore all things sustainable. Of course,...

Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources

Seriously, Stay Away from Sacred Falls

Adventure seekers love to push boundaries and take risks. If they were invincible and immortal, this wouldn’t be a problem. But nobody is invincible and immortal, and too often in Hawaii, crossing the line is not a victimless crime. Just yesterday the Honolulu Board of Water Supply said it no longer wants...

Unconference Planned to Explore Sustainability

A pair of local sustainability experts is inviting other like-minded people to come together for the Sustainability Unconference. My favorite kind of conference is an unconference, which is still a conference, but one that tries to shed all the baggage that typically comes with them:pre-defined themes and sessions, sponsor-centric panels, and...

Hawaii Researcher Builds App for Yellowstone

An award-winning researcher who recently joined the University of Hawaii has created a mobile app that can predict eruptions and notifies users so they can be prepared for them. But the eruptions in question are made of water, not lava, as the app was built for Yellowstone National Park in...

Weekend Weather Watching

There was stormy weather over Hawaii on Friday night, which is unremarkable in the winter months. And living in Mililani, in central Oʻahu, we’re usually far removed from many of the most common natural disasters. But Mother Nature can surprise you, and this time our neighborhood saw some of the weekend’s stronger...

Puna Lava Meets Power Poles

Puna Lava Meets Power Poles

The slow-moving Puna lava flow crossed its first road in Puna, a long-anticipated milestone in a creeping natural disaster that has been unfolding since June 27. With the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Iselle in August fresh in their minds, the folks at Hawaiian Electric Light Co. hatched a plan to...

App lets anyone explore Heʻeia fishpond

App lets anyone explore Heʻeia fishpond

Heʻeia fishpond, located north of Kaneohe, is the largest remaining native Hawaiian fishpond on Oahu. Fishponds were once abundant in ancient Hawaii, dating back to the 14th century, and today they are valuable cultural and natural resources. The Heʻeia fishpond is also one of the most thoroughly studied spots on...

Hawaii’s best green restaurants up for vote

Hawaii’s best green restaurants up for vote

One Hawaii restaurant will be crowned the state’s best green restaurant in The Nature Conservancy‘s annual Nature’s Plate Awards. The finalists, selected from public nominations submitted last month, are: Greens & Vines (Honolulu, HI): Formerly Licious Dishes, the restaurant makes healthy eating a joy, reflected in chef and owner  Sylvia Thompson’s...

More Income, More Trees

More Income, More Trees

The wealthier the city, the thicker the trees. So writes Tim de Chant of the ‘Per Square Mile‘ blog, focused on density and geography. In ‘Urban Trees Reveal Income Inequality,’ he cites a 2007 study: They found that for every 1 percent increase in per capita income, demand for forest...

The Explosive History of Kilauea

The Explosive History of Kilauea

My family and I love the Big Island. We visit as often as we can, particularly over the New Year’s holiday. That’s not happening this year, unfortunately, making me especially wistful for Hawaii County. But while we won’t be able to vacation in the cool, lush rainforests of Volcano Village,...

Sushi Star Arrives on the iPhone

Sushi Star Arrives on the iPhone

I’m always excited to see new and creative things come out of Hawaii’s tech scene. But “Sushi Star,” a new game for the iPhone, is an app that I’m especially happy to see finally launch. “Sushi Star” hit the Apple App Store last week. A beautifully designed and carefully architected...

Knowledge is Power for Power Conservation

Knowledge is Power for Power Conservation

How much electricity do you use? Chances are, you can only answer that question once a month, when your electricity bill arrives. And if the numbers have gone up, you’ll probably tell yourself you need to cut back. But chances also are that you won’t think about it again. At...

Clean Energy App Brings Green Tech to Students

Clean Energy App Brings Green Tech to Students

In Hawaii, we’re surrounded by clean energy projects. We’ve got solar farms, wind farms, biofuel producers, geothermal and wave energy experiments… researchers are branching out, venture capitalists are moving in, and federal funds are flowing. And it seems as if every hot new electric car hits our streets early. While...

Juicies by Laurens-Laudowicz

Colorful Juicies Sprouting from Hawaii

If there’s anything Apple fans like more than Apple products, it’s Apple accessories. And a local company is hoping to harness the global hunger for stylish stuff to manufacture Juicies, a colorful line of cables for iPods, iPhones, and iPads. To make Juicies a reality, creator Laurens Laudowicz and partner Michael...

Electric Car Rally Next Week

Electric Car Rally Next Week

Owners and fans of electric vehicles are staging what they’re calling the first electric car rally in Honolulu next Thursday, Dec. 30. Organizers of “The EVent in the Park” are inviting the public to celebrate the start of the “Year of the Electric Car.” Now, it seems every year over...

E-Waste Recycling Next Week

E-Waste Recycling Next Week

Whether you’re a geek with a packrat streak or an organization with a closet full of old computers, next week brings a valuable opportunity to safely and responsibly dispose of your unwanted electronics — free of charge. The University of Hawaii is hosting its “Biennial Education & Government eWaste Disposal Days.”...