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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…

Photo by Logan Mock-Bunting

How Hawaii’s Beach Waters Rank

Hawaii Business magazine

Was Your Beach Tested? The state uses a tiered system based on risk to determine which beach waters to sample for bacteria. Tier 1: These beaches take priority because they are heavily used and have factors that could influence higher bacteria counts, such as nearby streams and storm drains. Tested at least once a week. Read the full article…

January 2017 , Sustainability , Tourism
January, 2017
Photography by Logan Mock-Bunting

Water Warning

Noelle Fujii

Most people are smart enough to stay out of the ocean when signs warn about bacteria in the water. The problem is we don’t always get that warning, or get it quickly enough, because Hawaii has 303 miles of recreational shoreline and only six state inspectors testing for bacteria. The good news is that volunteers Read the full article…