Field Trip Friends took a group of parents and children on a bird-watching trip during February. Photo by Karen De Borja.

Friendly “Ed-Ventures”

Jackie M. Young

Cindy MacFarlane-Flores loooves the outdoors. “When I was an elementary school teacher at Epiphany Episcopal School (now merged with Mid-Pacific Institute) in the 2000s, they called me ‘Miss Nature,’ ” the owner of Field Trip Friends says with a laugh, “because everything I taught there I connected with the environment, the Hawaiian culture or the Read the full article…

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Pathways to Sustainability 2017

Hawaii Business magazine

The companies featured provide solutions that are innovative, efficient, and save money. This guide will help you plan better practices that will benefit your company and community.

May 2017 , Sustainability
May, 2017
Photo: Thinkstock

You Are What You Surf

Timothy Schuler

Last fall, Cliff Kapono could be found surfing waves off the coasts of Ireland, Spain, Britain and Morocco. After a brief stop home in Hilo this January, he planned to head south to Chile and then west to Indonesia. Kapono’s global itinerary isn’t your typical surf trip: it’s part of the Surfer Biome Project, a Read the full article…

Photography by David Croxford

The Future of Farming

Lianne Yu

Imagine a world in which robots, drones and artificial intelligence plant, monitor, harvest, and deliver your food. This may sound like science fiction, but it is, in fact, the emerging reality in farming. “We’re seeing robots that can plant, water and seed a 10-by-10 plot, pick strawberries and shake mac nut trees. There are infrared Read the full article…

Photography by Megan Spelman

Not Your Father’s Stock

Karen Iwamoto

Three Big Island breeders have welcomed 14 new alpacas to their pastures, part of what they say is a small but growing market in the state for the South American animals that resemble miniature llamas. “Especially in the past year, there’s been a significant increase in interest in buying alpaca stock,” says Jennifer Brundage, a Read the full article…