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March 2009 Blog Posts (48)

Environmental activist honored

State commission, governor salute Donna Wong



By Will Hoover

Advertiser Staff Writer



Environmental advocate Donna Wong was honored last week by Gov. Linda Lingle and the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women at a Washington Place reception celebrating Women's History Month and saluting women leaders in the Islands.

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Wong received the 2009 Women's History Month award. Indru Watumull and Dr. Donnis Thompson are the… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 30, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Curbside program grows

An expanding curbside collection program is making it easy for residents, but the companies collecting the castoffs are struggling financially



It's getting easier for local residents who want to recycle, with curbside collection carts arriving at households in Pearl City, Waipio and Wahiawa in preparation for an expansion of service in May.



But it is rougher for the recycling companies that collect the castoff newspaper, cardboard, plastic containers and aluminum cans. The… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 23, 2009 at 2:09pm — 2 Comments

UH Hilo Going Green

The newly established Energy Savings/Sustainability Committee at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is off to a flying start, having compiled a list of over 100 projects and ideas for sustainability and energy savings on campus, many of which are in various stages of progress.



“It’s very exciting to see such positive movement take place in the short period of time we’ve been working to make our campus more green,” said Dr. Debra Fitzsimons,… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 23, 2009 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Biology class goes to Maui on research trip

Written by Lucy Cammock

Friday, 20 March 2009



Sometimes it’s better to get out of the classroom to learn. At least that was the reasoning behind biology professor David Bybee’s field trip to Maui on Feb. 25.



“I wanted them to get some hands on field work experience in Marine Ecology. I wanted them to actually go out and work with specialist ecologists and gather data, to really know what it is to do marine ecology as opposed to just reading about it,” said… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 23, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Molokai bills stay active in the Hawaii Senate and House.

By Sean Aronson



There continues to be legislation that will have an impact on Molokai in the Senate and House. Issues that range from GMO’s to fisheries to Molokai Ranch have all seen the light of day in the past few weeks. Here’s a run-down of the action.



GMO’s



There are two separate bills addressing the use of genetically modified organisms, commonly known as GMO’s. One seeks to ban their use, while another hopes to take away the power of the legislative… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 23, 2009 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Rare vine in Hawaii designated endangered species

By AUDREY MCAVOY

ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER



HONOLULU -- A rare Hawaii vine has been added to the endangered species list, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday. It's the second species to be classified as endangered by the Obama administration. The first was the reticulated flatwoods salamander, an amphibian native to south Georgia, north Florida and coastal South Carolina. It was put on the list last month.



The Hawaii plant is found only in the wet forests on… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 23, 2009 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau launches green program





Pacific Business News (Honolulu)



The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau has launched its “Green Hawaii” program featuring resorts and hotels that practice sustainability.



The program offers meeting planners and groups a list of environmentally responsible and energy-saving programs initiated by resort and hotel properties.



“Taking part in ‘green meetings’… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 23, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Hawaii Students Heat Up National Conference





By Kirk Matthews



Story Created: Mar 17, 2009 at 6:46 PM HDT



Story Updated: Mar 17, 2009 at 7:47 PM HDT



The future belongs to the young.



That's the idea behind Power Shift '09, a national conference held in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, and Hawaii had three representatives there.



These home videos show how cold it was in Washington,… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 23, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Backyard brew





A brewed "tea" made from composted worm waste makes a nutrient-filled fertilizer for plants



By Rob Shikina



POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 23, 2009



Pulling into the dirt parking lot at Olomana Gardens in Waimanalo, visitors find nothing unusual until they learn the pile of fertilizer they parked next to is actually earthworm… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 23, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

White House Veggie Garden Opinion

Good for them! But they should consult organic gardening books and experts. Two things:



1) There is no need to dig out the grass. Simply use an old tried-and-true permaculture method called "sheet composting," or in more modern parlance, "lasagna gardening." This method is so easy (check out the great book Lasagna Gardening): you simply lay sheets of newspaper or cardboard (another great way to recycle these materials) over the grass and then start layering goodies like… Continue

Added by Barbara Fahs on March 21, 2009 at 9:46am — No Comments

Pacific Air Forces Units Bring Home 2008 Environmental Awards

March 19, 2009



Pacific Air Forces Units Bring Home 2008 Environmental Awards Read the original story



PACAF installations in Hawaii and Alaska have earned the Air Force's Gen. Thomas D. White Environmental Award recognizing the bases' pollution prevention and natural resource conservation programs as "best in the Air Force" for 2008. Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii ( Vocus / PRWEB ) March 19, 2009 -- PACAF installations in Hawaii and Alaska have earned the Air Force's Gen.… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 19, 2009 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Hawaii Ocean Expo at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall on March 28th and 29th.





VJ Entertainment LLC and KHON2 are proudly partnering together to bring you the 1st Annual Hawaii Ocean Expo (HOE). This expo is first of its kind in Hawaii and will be held at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall on March 28th and 29th. The family-friendly expo will appeal to all types of water enthusiasts with activities, vendors, educational opportunities, and the largest surf sample sale ever in Hawaii. Vendors and sponsors… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 19, 2009 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Hawaii event marketers focus on how to go ‘green’







Pacific Business News (Honolulu) - by Linda Chiem Pacific Business News



On any given day, entrepreneurs Jennifer Homcy and Scott Saville can be seen cruising around Old Haleiwa Town in their biodiesel-fueled vehicles.



Homcy’s 1982 Mercedes-Benz 240D, which runs entirely on biodiesel, and Saville’s Ford F250, which runs on used vegetable oil and biodiesel, save them more than $1,200 a year.



They’re… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 19, 2009 at 2:49pm — No Comments

VIDEO: U.S. and China meet on Big Island of Hawaii for renewable energy





Committee on U.S. - China Cooperation on Electricity from Renewables



March 19, 2009 - Hilo, Hawaii

VIDEO: David Corrigan



An international meeting of the world's top two energy consuming countries took place on the Big Island Wednesday, as the Committee on U.S. - China Cooperation on… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 19, 2009 at 2:43pm — No Comments

VIDEO: Farmer Richard Ha to join Environmental Management Commission





Richard Ha on his Hamakua Springs Country Farm in Pepeekeo



March 18, 2009 - Pepeekeo, Hawaii

VIDEO: David Corrigan



Only a few days before his initial confirmation by the County Council to a seat on its Environmental Management Commission, well known Big Island farmer and sustainability advocate Richard Ha takes time to show Big Island Video News around his 600… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 19, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

VIDEO: Supporters of Hawaii land fund angry with proposed suspension





March 19, 2009 - Keahou, Hawaii

VIDEO: David Corrigan



A decision on whether or not to stop putting money aside for the purchase of open space is being delayed by the Hawaii County Council, as they have decided to begin their budget review before making a decision.



The request, brought forth by Mayor Billy Kenoi's preliminary budget proposal, asks that the earmarking of 2… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 18, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Hawaii Hosting Official U.S.-China Energy MeetingHawaii Hosting Official U.S.-China Energy Meeting

By Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, 3/16/2009 9:34:43 AM



HONOLULU – Hawai‘i will host the Second Bilateral Meeting of the U.S.–China Cooperation on Electricity from Renewables from March 15 to 21 at the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism offices in Honolulu and at the University of Hawai‘i - Hilo.



These official bilateral meetings involve the National Academies of the United States (comprised of the National Academy of… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 16, 2009 at 9:03pm — No Comments

GRAND OPENING: Hale'iwa Farmers' Market





Sunday, April 5, 2009



Oahu's First Green Market



When the conch shell blows at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 5th, you are invited to be on hand for the ribbon cutting and Grand Opening of the Hale'iwa Farmers' Market. Come join in and celebrate this market, which embraces sustainability on our island by providing a vibrant marketplace for growers, food vendors and artisans. Over 40… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 16, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Leeward Festival Explores "Global Sustainability"





Leeward Community College’s annual International Education Festival is taking on the theme of "Global Sustainability" in its 16th year.



Expanding to a six-day schedule (PDF), the event includes lectures, demonstrations and presentations on "Global Sustainability" by UH… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 12, 2009 at 7:09pm — No Comments

Ag Sustainability Day at the Capitol





Farmers’ Market Features Produce and Flowers from around the Islands



WHAT: Hawaii farmers from around the state will hold a farmers’ market at the State Capitol as part of “Ag Sustainability Day at the Capitol”. The market will feature fresh fruit, vegetables, cut flowers, and value-added products, all grown and produced within the state of Hawaii. Proceeds from the sale of products will… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 12, 2009 at 6:15pm — No Comments

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