Here’s our Earth Week gift to you: The Weekly’s first all-local Sustainability Guide, filled with resources and simple steps you can take every day to live greener and better on our ‘aina. Mind you, it’s for your use all year.
Hawaii’s electricity prices are three times higher than the national average, which makes sense when you think about what it costs to get that electricity here. What doesn’t make sense is why we import so much energy when we have an abundance of solar, wind, geothermal and hydro energy that’s not only available to us, but benefits us greatly: A study for Blue Planet Foundation (BPF) found that for each solar credit dollar spent in Hawaii, the State receives up to $2.67 in additional tax revenues over the life of the system.
Though much of modern agriculture relies on chemical fertilizers and pesticides, these products aren’t friendly to the environment or human health. Petroleum-based fertilizers can actually kill the microorganisms that contribute to soil fertility, requiring ever-greater inputs; pesticides are increasingly linked to the decline of crucial pollinators, such as butterflies and bees.
Last month, OpConnect, the technologically advanced electric vehicle charging system based in Portland, Ore., bought the Better Place charging network in Hawaii. This means the 77 charge spots across the state, which include 154 charge points, will be replaced with OpConnect’s chargers.
Top 5 Green Local Websites [energy.hawaii.gov] [hawaiicleanenergyinitiative.org] [hawaiihomegrown.net] [heco.com] [slowfoodoahu.org] 5 Cutting Edge Trends Donate old athletic shoes to the Converse Outlet Store in Waikele (94-790 Lumiaina St., Ste. 105, Waipahu, 676-6096) Raise your own chickens for eggs (1830 Kanakanui St., [asagihatchery.com], 845-4522) Sort trash into more bins: e-waste, reusables, hazardous, compost ([opala.org]) Install a rain barrel to collect water for your plants ([boardofwatersupply.com]) Replace grass with Hawaiian plants (Lyon Arboretum, 988-0472) Top 5 Green Local Politicians Rep.
No ecotrip is complete without ono meals combining low-impact provenance and high-impact taste. Look for places that offer organic and/or locally grown foods.
Once you get off the plane, you’ve got to find stuff to do (that doesn’t ravish the ecosystem). Since DIYers typically default to what they know or have read about, you need the help of someone who can take you on adventures you probably never expected, an adventure-giver who doubles as an educator.
Spring Arts Visual Arts / Spring Arts Visual Arts Galleries and museum walls will exhibit concepts from visiting artists (Phoebe Cummings), as well as our own, some of whom have earned a piping hot and fresh art degree (UH’s 35th Annual Graduate Exhibition). Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams show up, as do local guys Mike Keany and Adam Funari, and humor is the nail that hangs Thurston Twigg-Smith’s collection of contemporary art (Serious Fun) that will force your tongue into your cheek.
Peg O’ CUPS Marked by his signature style of scaled-down pegs protruding from the bases, Daven Hee’s ceramic cups and bowls look neither Asian-influenced like most teacups nor completely Western–like the bowls one finds along the shameful shelves of Walmart. Rather, they are unassuming and contemporary–not impractically artsy, just uncommon enough.
For as long as we can remember, Chinatown has been notorious for drugs, homelessness and filthy streets. Some claim nothing has changed–and that it never will.
Bicyclists have long been overlooked by four-wheel riders on Honolulu’s congested streets. In the gleaming, armored pecking order of the road, cyclists are too often dismissed as lane hogs, hand-signaling nuisances and unfortunates who can’t afford cars.
The fate of some 1,525 acres of land at Hoopili in ‘Ewa may have been decided last Wednesday in Hawaii’s First Circuit Court. The decision might have gone differently, but the appellant attorneys’ strategy seemed to collapse as Judge Rhonda Nishimura picked it apart based on technical errors.
Last Thursday, May 9, the Caldwell administration revealed its action plan for solving Honolulu’s homeless problem. But at the City Council’s budget meeting the same day, Budget chair Ann Kobayashi wanted to know where the money for “Housing First” (see Cover Story, pg.
The Mayor Wright Housing project has been slated for major redevelopment by the Hawaii State Housing Authority (HSHA); requests for qualifications will be going out to developers in three to six months. Nonprofit group Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) wants to make sure the project’s tenants have a say in the redevelopment process, which could include major renovations or a total rebuild.
The Honolulu City Council held a special Committee on Transportation meeting on Tuesday, May 7, to go over its Complete Streets initiative with input from the department directors of Design and Construction (DDC), Planning and Permitting (DPP) and Transportation Services (DTS). At prior meetings, including the Moiliili workshop, community members pressed the idea of combining Complete Streets with Caldwell’s repaving projects, which Dan Burden of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute and some councilmembers have said makes sense.
Not much to agree with my friend Doc Berry (“Limits of Growth,” April 17). None of the scenarios he posits will ever materialize.
In your Diary of May 8 (“End of the 27th)” you reported on SB 1214, passed by the Legislature. In their nimble way, the Legislature tacked the wheel boot prohibition on a bill that was intended to abolish the Commission on Transportation.
On Friday, May 3, at 3:45 p.m., I was driving town bound through the Wilson tunnel on the Likelike. I was parallel to another car, and there were several other cars following closely behind me.
Congratulations Honolulu Weekly on the recent Pai award for investigative reporting (“Boss GMO,” Jan. 4, 2012).
When the biofuel guys say that costs are “confidential” (“Big-foot Biofuel,” May 8), I reply that since I am the one who is going to end up paying the cost, I have a right to know. Frankly, when everybody tries to hide the costs, I smell rat …
The Foster Botanical Garden never ceases to inspire for an urban setting it is like a step back in time (“See the Flora,” May 8). If Koko Crater Botanical Garden contains the world’s largest plumeria collection as suggested, it may be thanks in part to the Prussian born Dr.