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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

Greenhawaii.com - Holistic approach

Social network for the environment

By Yisa Var

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 11:08 AM HST



Social networking seems to have taken over the business of communication at a pace that few of us expected. First it was MySpace, then Facebook, Twitter, Brightkite; the list goes on. The fact is social networking has the potential to do more than just help us to keep in touch with old friends. When applied in a unique way, it is able to… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 11, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Kohala nui: Education, environment and empowerment on the Big Island.



Andrea Dean

Mar 11, 2009



In 1999, Five Mountains Hawai‘i, a community health non-profit group on Hawai‘i Island, facilitated an ambitious community education and planning process. Faced with a rising tide of health and social problems, residents were asked “What would make us a happier and healthier community?” The community responded with three top… Continue

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State urges farmers to plant native species

HONOLULU — The state on Monday began promoting a new program that will pay ranchers and farmers to plant native species and restore wetlands on land they’re not using.



The $67 million program is designed to restore wildlife habitats for endangered and threatened species, reduce soil erosion, and prevent fertilizer and other chemicals from getting into streams.



The reduced runoff is expected to help Hawaii’s coral reefs grow.



The federal government is funding 80… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 10, 2009 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Whole Foods Market Hosts Festive Events for Spring

by Crystal Yamasaki



Whole Foods Market announced today a number of in-store events to help shoppers celebrate spring. In addition to the store's calendar of cooking classes and demonstrations, mixers and tours, the store will also host a Spring Into Green Fair on March 22 and the store's second Community Support Day on March 25, to benefit local Hawaiian charter school, Ke Kula O Samuel M. Kamakau School.



In April, celebrate Earth Day with Whole Foods Market and Kahala… Continue

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Deadline Extended for Hawaii Agriculture Management Assistance Program Applications

By Jolene Lau, 3/10/2009 10:28:44 AM



HONOLULU, HAWAII-- Applications are being accepted for the Agricultural Management Assistance Program, administered by the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Interested farmers and ranchers have until March 27, 2009 to submit their applications to be considered for this ranking period.



"We're focusing our conservation efforts on treating identified priority natural resource concerns… Continue

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Conservation Reserve Program a Win-Win for Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers and Environmental Restoration



By Deborah Ward, 3/10/2009 10:23:59 AM



HONOLULU – Hawai‘i farmers and ranchers can now participate in an innovative conservation program that will help restore habitats of native Hawaiian species, improve water quality in stream systems, reduce the spread of invasive species and enhance coastal and coral reef health.



At a news conference today, Hawai‘i Lt. Governor James R. “Duke” Aiona, Jr. and Steve Peterson, acting state… Continue

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Volcanic smog shutting down some Hawaii farmers

The Associated Press

Published: March 9, 2009



PAHALA, Hawaii: Leafless monkey pod and browning Norfolk pine trees litter Ted Seaman's nursery in the small town of Pahala on the southern edge of Hawaii's largest island.



At fault are the noxious fumes that have been pouring out of the Kilauea volcano in unprecedented volumes since last spring.



"You can only go so far before you say forget it," said Seaman, who has since taken a job trimming trees. The… Continue

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New bamboo coral identified



The coral was discovered among the islands of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument using a submersible research vessel in 2007. -- PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS



HONOLULU - SCIENTISTS have identified seven new species of bamboo coral discovered thousands of metres below the ocean surface, officials said on Thursday.



The coral was discovered among the islands of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument using a submersible research vessel in… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 8, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Wind, wave energy platforms proposed in Hawaii whale waters

Project would operate 100 platforms within humpback whale habitat



By Rob Perez

Advertiser Staff Writer



A Seattle company wants to develop a massive renewable energy project in the waters between O'ahu and Moloka'i, targeting an area that usually has Hawai'i's largest concentration of endangered humpback whales, is an important feeding ground for Hawaiian monk seals and is popular with commercial and recreational fishermen.

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The proposal… Continue

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Ag festival goes deeper than the plants, veggies being celebrated





By HARRY EAGAR, Staff Writer

POSTED: March 8, 2009

Maui County Agricultural Festival



When: Saturday March 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Where: Maui Tropical Plantation.



Highlights: Farmer's market, "barnyard games" for



children, food booths, workshops, entertainment.



Cost: Free… Continue

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Pearl City garden center hosts monthly workshops

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 06, 2009



On the second Saturday of each month, home gardeners can pick up tips about pest control, composting, organic gardening and other topics at the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City.



Need Help?

For gardening tips or help healing an unhealthy plant, call the Help Line at 453-6055, from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays. If a volunteer doesn't answer, leave a detailed message.



The series of informational sessions and demonstrations… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 6, 2009 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Hawaii lawmakers seek taro protection

By MARK NIESSE

Associated Press



Changing the basic structure of the sacred Hawaiian taro plant would become a crime under a compromise approved by a key legislative committee yesterday.





But some taro farmers said the ban on genetic modification of Hawaiian taro doesn't go far enough. Alterations of non-Hawaiian taro varieties would still be allowed in laboratory environments, which they say means the plant's seed could potentially escape and contaminate Hawaiian… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 6, 2009 at 10:19pm — No Comments

Organic agriculture certification workshop offered on Kauai

LIHUE, Kauai — Certification under the National Organic Program will be the topic of a workshop March 28 for Kauai farmers, beekeepers, ranchers, processors and handlers.



Louisa Wooten, chair of Hawaii Organic Farmers Association and co-owner of Kauai Kunana Farms, will be leading the workshop, which will explain the steps to certification, compliance issues such as record-keeping, and information on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cost-Share Assistance Program.



The… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 6, 2009 at 9:11pm — No Comments

Hawaii's Energy Trend Data Release for February 2009

By Doug Oshiro, 3/6/2009 10:21:47 AM



The February 2009 Monthly Energy Trend Data have just been released.



Following are highlights:



Crude oil price at the New York Mercantile Exchange averaged $39.26 per barrel in February 2009 which was 59% lower than the same month last year.



Hawaii’s import of foreign crude oil in December 2008 showed a 13.9% increase compared to the same period a year ago. For the year of 2008, Hawaii’s import of foreign crude oil… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 6, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Kaua‘i campus leads island’s sustainable food movement

from.. http://www.hawaii.edu/offices/op/sustain.php?brief=20



The Kaua‘i Food Industry Forum, created in 2004 under the leadership of Kaua‘i Community College, is sponsoring an open meeting on Sunday, March 8, at the Kaua‘i Community College Cafeteria from 8:30 a.m. to noon to discuss a proposed master plan for increasing food self-sufficiency on Kaua‘i.



Public participation is encouraged regarding ways to… Continue

Added by Clayton-Hoyt Uyehara on March 5, 2009 at 3:04pm — No Comments

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