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Sustainable. Locavore. Green. Hawaiian.

Sustainability. Green. Conservation. Environmental. Locavore. Whatever trendy term you call it, the movement to preserve our world isn't new. Living on islands now known to be the most remote body of land on the globe, Hawaiians were renowned for their conservation...environmental...sustainable...green...practices. Let's put it this way, whatever term you choose to use, those old time Hawaiians knew how to take care of their environment as if it was their living room. Or refrigerator. Or bathtub. Because, often, it was.

Here are some stories about Hawaii's [fill-in-the-blank] movement and how you can help.

Indigenous Soap Can Change Your Life
Close up of Love Chance, owner of Indigenous Soap, and her young daughterLove Chance was a sophomore at the University of Hawaii when she got into soap. Really got into it. She says she was going through her hippie phase at the time, studying lomilomi massage and Hawaiian medicinal plants. She wasn’t looking to start up a business. Soap would be fun to make soap, she thought, and mixed up her first batch with a friend on top of a washing machine in her home. They named their soap Aina. That was almost 10 years ago. Read more.

Ono Farms Delivers Organics
Ono Organic Farms tropical preserves and honey jarsThirty-five years ago, Chuck and Lili Boerner left Honolulu for remote Kipahulu on East Maui to start a family-run, organic farm at a time when most farmers were selling their land and moving to town. “It’s actually staggering for us to even comprehend. I hardly remember doing it. You just do it because you love it,” said Lili. Read more.

 

Welcome to Maui. Welcome to Whale Soup.
Hawaiian humpback whale breaching off MauiWe boarded a Trilogy's Elua catamaran on the sandy shores of Kaanapali, Maui at 4:00 on a hot February afternoon, as a Kona system from the south evaporated Hawaii's cooling trade winds and vog from Hawaii (Big) Island's Kilauea volcano settled on the islands of Lanai and Molokai to our west.  February is known for pretty much one thing in Maui: Whales. Read more.

 

Bagging Litter
muumuu heaven dresses on a rackAs I walked down the sidewalk, I passed a slip of paper on the ground. I looked at it long enough to note that it was the stub of a used boarding pass. In the early morning fog that is my brain, I remembered writing once about how important it is to stop to pick up slips of paper like this one. How the act, even for a scrap, completed over and over again, turns into a habit and a way of thinking about taking care of our environment as if it is our living room. Read more.

Top 10 Omiyage (Gifts) from Kauai
Java Kai Hanalei signOmiyage. The practice of gift-giving is an art in Japan. Those roots sprouted easily in the welcoming soil of Hawaiian culture when Japanese immigrants arrived. I've learned not to go anywhere with empty hands. Thankfully, these Hawaiian Islands offer a never-ending supply of gifts unique to Hawaii. Read more.

 

There's Plastic in My Fish Sandwich

Laysan albatross chick sitting in nest in rainThere are nine major oceanic gyres around the globe. The North Pacific Gyre sits just north of Hawaii, usually between 30 and 40 degrees latitude north and 130 to 155 degrees longitude west. When it moves south, the floating dump belches up debris onto Hawaii’s shores. The islands and atolls in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument receive the brunt of the garbage beast’s burps. Read more

Things You Can Do to Protect Coral Reefs
Underwater photograph of reef fish courtesty of NOAASure, don't step on the coral when you go snorkeling. And carry out your opala, trash. But there is much more you can do to help preserve our world's coral reefs. According to Sylvia Earle, marine scientist, every breath we take comes from the ocean. So, you may not live near one, but you depend on it. Wherever you live, there are many things you can do to preserve our coral reefs. This list comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program. Read more

Come. Join Donna Kahakui.
donna kahakui on outrigger canoe, kai makanaWhen you ask Donna Kahakui where she comes from, she answers, the ocean. "I come from a family of fishermen. To me, the ocean is my best friend," she says. "I am more coordinated in the ocean than I am on land." Read more

 

 
Volunteering + Vacation = Dream Come True
Visitor Julie Honnert monitors endangered Hawaiian monk seals on KauaiWhen Julie Honnert comes to Kauai on vacation, she doesn't sit on the beach and read a book. "One of my messages is volunteerism. I alway stell people I am on vacation. Most people have never thought of it--volunteering on vacation. Many turn to their spouse and say, 'Oh, honey, we should do this.'" Read more

 

Restoring Sacred Places
Overhead photograph of restored heiau on Hawaii (Big) IslandThe heiau, ancient stone temples, were at the center of an alii, or royal center. Heiaus like this one at Kailua-Kona are being preserved and restored all across Hawaii. A deeper understanding of the past helps create a culturally prosperous future--essential in the evolution of a prideful, flourishing society. Read more

 

Voluntourism: A New Way to Travel
Lava rock wall at Honokowai Valley, MauiMy husband and I are on Maui to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. We've planned the usual romantic activities for such an event, but we've also decided to try something different on this vacation. Seems like we're not the only ones who have discovered it. They call it "voluntourism," and it's a wonderful way to experience Hawaii. Read more

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