Sustainability

The Future of Recycling in Hawaii

A City & County of Honolulu leader wants to recycle less because she says it doesn’t make sense economically or environmentally. Environmentalists say “refusing” and “reusing” are much better than recycling. Here’s what you should know. Recycling is changing on…

The Cost of Climate Change in Hawaii

The world is literally changing and here are six issues we need to understand so we can begin calculating the costs and consequences of climate change and prepare for them. We won’t be able to save everything, so all of Hawaii…

Green Hawaii 2019

The path toward sustainability starts with each of us Our Message in Green Hawaii is Simple: The path toward sustainability starts with each of us. A business, nonprofit organization, family and individual can each do their part to promote a greener future for…

Energy Outlook 2018

2018 Energy Forecast Hawaii’s transition to a clean energy economy is making headway, thanks to the collaboration between the state, utilities, and private sector. Alternative fuel, energy efficiency, and a growing fleet of electric vehicles usher in more jobs, innovation,…

Tutu's Tale [Sponsored]

Kiana Frank is one of those people that knew her career path from childhood. As a keiki from Kailua, Oahu, she was a self-described “inquisitive, young explorer,” discovering the natural nuances of Kawainui Marsh. Her grandmother told Kiana the story…

Our Green Future

Contents Hawaii Forward The Power of Now: Achieving Hawaii’s Green Future Reduce & Save Work Smarter: Conserving Energy from 9 to 5 Get Inspired It’s Electric Bright Thinking Power Safe Mode The Clean, Green Team Meet Your Allies Sustainable Living…

Restoring Hawaii’s Forests

The long-term goal of the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative is to plant 1.3 million trees “Forests aren’t like other commodities. You cannot accelerate the time it takes to grow a tree,” says Jeffrey Dunster, executive director of the Hawaiian Legacy…

Snail Trail

There’s a secret zoo for snails hidden high on a central section of the Waianae mountain range. Jamie Tanino, rare snail conservation specialist, scans the leaves of ieie vines as part of a routine check for almost 300 Kahuli tree…

Friendly "Ed-Ventures"

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,…

You Are What You Surf

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…

The Future of Farming

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…

Not Your Father's Stock

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. Big…

Water Warning

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…