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Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning (HSWAC) proposes to cool down buildings with seawater, rather than fossil fuel-based air conditioning units, and it is getting some serious green to back it.Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning (HSWAC) proposes to cool down buildings with... more
The Kilauea Volcano is erupting in Hawaii. Molten hot lava is spurting high into the air while lava flows from the mountain. Staying true to its Hawaiian setting the volcanoes lava "wave" has an estimated height of 40 feet.The Kilauea Volcano is erupting in Hawaii. Molten hot lava is spurting high into the... more
Sharks and jacks, parrot fish and other colorful reef fish are quickly disappearing from coral reefs encircling the Hawaiian Islands, leaving three-quarters of reef fish in a dire state, federal scientists reported today.
The scientists blamed overfishing for the steep decline in dozens of species of fish once commonly found on coral reefs, delighting snorkeling tourists and feeding subsistence fishermen who live in coastal communities.
Many of these fish, ecologists say, are key to maintaining healthy coral reefs because they keep reefs clean by grazing algae that can quickly overgrow the stony corals and result in their collapse.
Alan Friedlander, a federal fisheries ecologist, said Hawaii still has relatively healthy reefs. "So everything hasn't collapsed yet," he said. "But we need to protect healthy reefs, because it's so much easier and safer to conserve now than it is to try to rebuild later."
The results of the study, the most comprehensive examination of of Hawaiian reef fish, was released at the International Coral Reef Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Nearly 3,000 scientists, managers and conservationists have congregated here to pore over the latest science and wrestle with ways to protect the world's coral reefs, which continue a steep decline.
Many prominent scientists believe that overfishing represents one of greatest challenges to maintaining and restoring healthy coral reefs.
Daniel Pauly, director of the University of British Columbia's Fisheries Centre, pointed out today that international authorities and local governments on Pacific island nations have little understanding of how many fish are being removed from coral reefs by small-scale, subsistence fishermen.
For the most part, catch data compiled by American Samoa and other such island nations, do not incorporate all of the small-boat fishermen who paddle or motor out to catch fish for themselves and their families. Comparing census data of per-person fish consumption and other sources, Pauly and his team of researchers discovered that in some cases the unreported catches were 17 times as high as reported catches. On average, they were at least twice as high.Sharks and jacks, parrot fish and other colorful reef fish are quickly disappearing... more
Even for the hardened adventurer, surfing in boiling waters just 20 feet from the flowing lava of an active volcano is pushing the boundaries of extreme sport.
But for professional surfer CJ Kanuha the thrill of a challenge was too good to pass up.
Hovering above in a helicopter, a photographer captured the moment he edged as close as possible to the molten lava of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island.
Kirk Lee Aeder, who took the shots, said: "It was one of the most thrilling photo shoots I have ever had in my life.
"One day I was talking to my pro-surfing friend, CJ and we began discussing the idea of him surfing, or should I say, stand up paddle surfing close to where the lava enters the ocean and that I would shoot it from a helicopter."
"We both knew it would make for an amazing shot if we could pull it off," the 49-year-old added. Before attempting the stunt, the surfer left an offering for the mythical Hawaiian goddess of fire known as 'Pele' on a nearby beach.
"Not leaving an offering could have resulted in bad luck, a value that most native Hawaiians strongly believe in," Mr Aeder said.
Mr Kanuha, 24, was helped into position by canoeist and a jet ski, before paddling as close as he could.
He said "I was tentative to get too close at first, and for good reason, the boiling water there is well over 200 hundred degrees in some spots, super hot, and it quickly melted the wax on the surfboard."
The surfer, who suffered peeling skin on his legs from the boiling water, added: "It was an amazing feeling to get so close to the power of the lava from the volcano."Even for the hardened adventurer, surfing in boiling waters just 20 feet from the... more
I think this is a huge step ahead...at least for one of our states. It is important to think about the water and energy supply on an island so far away from supplies of natural resources. Now the other 49 have to think of something!I think this is a huge step ahead...at least for one of our states. It is important... more
Hawai'i Catholics rejoiced yesterday at news that the pope had cleared the way for Father Damien's sainthood and began planning for the big event.
"There's excitement, but there's, 'Oh, what do we have to do next?'" said the Rev. Ed Popish, who served for years as a pastor in Kalaupapa, Moloka'i, where Damien volunteered to work with patients afflicted with Hansen's disease, then called leprosy. Damien contracted the disease himself and died in 1889 at age 49.
The Vatican reported yesterday that Pope Benedict XVI signed a decree accepting that the miraculous cure of Audrey Toguchi of 'Aiea from terminal cancer was attributable to her prayers to Damien for his intervention with God.
The pope has yet to set a date for the canonization ceremony, which will take place in Rome.Hawai'i Catholics rejoiced yesterday at news that the pope had cleared the way... more
The United States is an illegal occupying force that should hand the 132 islands of Hawaii back to the monarchy overthrown more than a century ago, according to members of a Native Hawaiian sovereignty movement.
For almost two months, the self-proclaimed Hawaiian Kingdom Government has peacefully occupied the grounds of the Iolani Palace, residence of the islands' last two monarchs, operating a shadow government from a tent erected in its stately grounds.
Her Majesty Mahealani Kahau, a descendant of Hawaii's last king who was elected "head of state" by the group, and her ministers gather each day to debate how to achieve their goal of restoring Native Hawaiian rule.The group, which claims 1,000 followers, is demanding the dissolution of the State of Hawaii and the return of land and bank assets totalling billions of dollars.
Hawaii has about 200,000 Native Hawaiians, or kânaka maoli, out of a population of 1.3 million. The Hawaiian Kingdom Government is just one of a number of sovereignty groups, many with similar names, waging independence campaigns.
All aim to "right the wrong" inflicted on Native Hawaiians in 1893 when a small, mostly American group of sugar plantation owners and other businessmen overthrew the Hawaiian monarchy with the support of US troops sent ashore from a Navy warship.The United States is an illegal occupying force that should hand the 132 islands of... more
Hawaii has become the first state in the nation to pass into law a requirement that all new homes built after Jan. 1, 2010, be equipped with solar or other energy efficient hot water systems.
Signed into law by Hawaii’s governor on June 26, the bill's introducer, Senate Majority Leader Gary L. Hooser (D-Kauai, Niihau) said, "Hawaii is almost totally dependent on imported oil for its energy needs and estimates show that, with this law, our oil consumption will be cut by 30,000 barrels during the first year and continues to decline exponentially thereafter."
While allowing for other energy efficient choices, the new law is widely seen as a solar hot water mandate and is expected to cut home energy usage in Hawaii by an average of 30 percent starting in 2010.
With the price of oil recently reaching $140 per barrel, Hooser considers Hawaii's move toward cheaper, cleaner energy "a vital decision for our island state."
"While the instituting of broad mandates is never an easy thing to do, the public benefits resulting from the passage of this measure are huge," he added.
Hawaii currently has the highest electricity costs in the nation and it is estimated that homeowners will save $600 annually for a family of four. "The additional disposable income combined with a cumulative multiplier effect of that income circulating in the Hawaii economy, rather than being exported to import foreign oil, will result in significant additional economic activity," Hooser said.
Economics aside, the groundbreaking measure enables Hawaii to lead the nation in the country's growing effort to combat global warming. Hawaii's switch to solar will prevent the emission of over 10,000 tons of greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere every year.
Aloha Hawaii! This is the way to go and show leadership as well. Who needs Washington Dc?Hawaii has become the first state in the nation to pass into law a requirement that... more
Mercer Consulting's survey for 2008 has found that Switzerland's Zurich is the best city to live in in the world.
Factors taken into consideration were traffic congestion, air quality, and safety.
The highest ranking city for the US was Honolulu at no. 28. Mercer Consulting's survey for 2008 has found that Switzerland's Zurich is... more
A new study shows that people take shorter strides while walking in rubber slippers to keep them from flying off, which could lead to lower leg and feet problems.
But just try getting Hawai'i folks like Bob Becker to give up the worn-down pair of $1.99 slippers he buys at Foodland.
Becker, a 58-year-old construction worker from 'Ewa, even wears his slippers on the job and has dropped tools and materials on his toes and had screws and nails pop through the soles of his size-12 slippers.
Somewhere, in the back of his slipper-loving mind, Becker's always wondered if wearing slippers so much could lead to foot and leg injuries.
"But I have a hard time putting anything else on," Becker said. "I feel so confined wearing shoes."
One of its recommendations — that slippers be thrown out every three to four months — runs counter to a Hawai'i culture accustomed to people wearing the same pair for years and even patching them with duct tape.A new study shows that people take shorter strides while walking in rubber slippers to... more
The world's first pregnant man, technically that is and not because of a beer belly (lol), is Tracy Lagundino, born in Hawaii to a Filipino father and a Caucasian mother. This is Tracy before she became a man..The world's first pregnant man, technically that is and not because of a beer... more
To create awareness of sea pollution created by plastic bottles, a group of adventurers are sailing from LA to Hawaii on a raft made from plastic, and they are blogging about their journey ... To create awareness of sea pollution created by plastic bottles, a group of... more
The end is near and Corina dropped her DOOM BOOK that Andi picked up plotting out her revenge on the bullies of the school. Can Andi make it in time to save everyone from a terrible tragedy?The end is near and Corina dropped her DOOM BOOK that Andi picked up plotting out her... more
Corina has been picked on all year long and she has taken all she can - this time she turns the tables on the Cool kids and no one can stop her ~Corina has been picked on all year long and she has taken all she can - this time she... more
Joy is still stuck in a terrible coma, Rachel finally comes to grips with what her actions have caused and is seeking forgiveness for everything she has ever done. Corina once again is being pushed out by the cool kids.Joy is still stuck in a terrible coma, Rachel finally comes to grips with what her... more
Joy is in the hospital and Rachel is confronted with the truth of her actions. Tristin refuses to take the fall for Joy's accident but Kawika makes sure he pays for his part in this nightmare.
Joy is in the hospital and Rachel is confronted with the truth of her actions. Tristin... more
Part 3 of "It's time for Rachel's Party, everyone is there but no body is ready for what is about to go down, not even Rachel."
Part 3 of "It's time for Rachel's Party, everyone is there but no body... more
PART 2 of "It's time for Rachel's Party, everyone is there but no body is ready for what is about to go down, not even Rachel."
In 2004, a group of teens got together and created the first film / series entirely made for teens by teens. Directed by a then, 15 year old award winning student filmmaker, Tabby Lester and her friends from the Island of Oahu developed a never been done before concept. The entire cast and crew consisted of aspiring teen filmmakers and actors from the ages 12 year old to 17 years old. Developed with the support of their parents and executive producer Michelle Fridley, these teenagers spent their entire summer creating movie magic, television/webisode history and dreaming of stardom in the land of Paradise - This is their story, this is their dream, this is
PARADISE DREAMS.PART 2 of "It's time for Rachel's Party, everyone is there but no body... more