Hawai’i – “endangered species capital of the world”

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    Crested Honeycreeper with 'Ohi'a Lehua 'Akohekohe Palmeria dolei Copyright 2001 David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton with Environmental Defense
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    Kaua'i Flightless Cone Head Katydid 'Uhini Banza kauaiensis Copyright 2001 David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton with Environmental Defense
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    Nohoanu; Hinahina Geranium arboreum Copyright 2001 David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton with Environmental Defense
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    Hesperomannia arbuscula Copyright 2001 David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton with Environmental Defense
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    Ka'u Silversword Argyroxiphium kauense Copyright 2001 David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton with Environmental Defense
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    Hawaiian Happyface Spider Nananana MakakiÕi Theridion grallator Copyright 2001 David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton with Environmental Defense
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    Koa Bug (adult) PuÕu Koa Coleotichus blackburniae Copyright 2001 David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton with Environmental Defense
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    Koki'o; Koki'o 'Ula; Koki'o 'Ula'ula; Maku Hibiscus kokio subsp. saintjohnianus Copyright 2001 David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton with Environmental Defense
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    'O'opu 'Alamo'o Lintipes concolor Copyright 2001 David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton with Environmental Defense
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    Blackline Damselfly; Rainbow-Eye Damselfly Pinao Anuenue Megalagrion nigrohamatum nigrolineatum copyright 2001 David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton with Environmental Defense
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    Hawaiian Tree Snails Kahuli; Pupu (Clockwise from top left): Achatinella livida; Achatinella lila; Partulina proxima; Achatinella mustelina; Partulina redfieldi Copyright 2001 David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton with Environmental Defense
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    Kamehameha Butterfly (adult) Lepelepeohina; Pulelehua Kamehameha Vanessa tameamea Copyright 2001 David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton with Environmental Defense

Photographs by Susan Middleton and David Liittschwager from “Remains of a Rainbow: Rare Plants and Animals of Hawai’i”

By Jeff Yamauchi
Ka Lā staff writer

On the main ground floor of the Hawai’i Convention Center, the photographic exhibit of Hawai’i’s endangered flora and fauna showcases the fragility and unique diversity. The running theme of the IUCN World Conservation Congress is the loss of biodiversity, and the prime example of loss and endangered species is unfortunately in Hawai’i. In “Remains of a Rainbow: Rare Plants and Animals of Hawai’i,” Susan Middleton’s and David Liittschwager’s remarkable photographs highlights the individual and inherent beauty that words and statistics can never really capture. These gorgeous oversized images naturally raise a plea for conservation and protecting what biodiversity remains in perpetuity. The alarming rate of species extinction in Hawai’i and elsewhere is great cause for concern.

If you haven’t had a chance to see the captivating photographs of Hawai’i’s endangered biota make sure to spend some time before it ends today, September 9th.

For Susan Middleton’s interview about her exhibit go to: http://thegreenleaf.staradvertiserblogs.com/2016/08/28/iucn-spotlight-remains-of-a-rainbow/

For a comprehensive assessment of threatened and endangered species in Hawai’i go to:
http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/hbs1.html

Welcome to the Anthropocene

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Eric Rheinheimer reports from the Intenational Union for Conservation of Nature Congress which is meeting this week in Honolulu:
Welcome to the Anthropocene. Were in the age of man! We’ve conquered the world and dominated nature.  There is no part of the planet that has not felt our influence What happens next is our choice.

We can choose to make this place a Garden of Eden or we can continue on our current path of emphasis on infinite growth on a planet with finite resources and continue to consume and destroy our natural resources as if we are at war with mother nature itself.

We have a choice right now: Do we want a future of a clean renewable energy technological utopia or a fossil fueled mad max style dystopia?

We have the technology. We have the solutions. We have the resources. Let’s stop manufacturing weapons and work together to make this planet a beautiful garden that supports us and all the creatures we choose to ally with.

More than 8000 government, NGO representatives, and other concerned citizens have gathered in Honolulu to discuss and work together towards solutions to our current crisis.

  • Some of the important conclusions that I’ve heard so far: given our current monetary system and wealth distribution, more private money needs to be used for projects that benefit the planet, as the state and charitable sources don’t control enough resources.
  • There needs to be more coordination and organization among entities as to who has authority to regulate matters, and in many places, the governments need to be empowered to enforce regulations as the private sector basically has a clear path to do what they will.
  •  Trusting multinational corporations to regulate themselves and do the best for the environment and the people is a mistake, one that needs to rectified both here in the United States and abroad.

That’s what this conference is about. Bringing the right people together so that we can implement the solutions to make sure our planet doesn’t continue down the path of consumption and pollution we currently on.

Planet at the crossroads.

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Pokemon has students on the Go

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By Cameron Cole
Ka LĀ staff writer

 

With over 10 million downloads in the first week of release, Pokemon Go has reached worldwide pop culture status. Even if you have never played Pokemon Go personally, you’ve seen it on social media, on the news, or even on the phones of fellow pedestrians.
Pokemon Go is played through compatible phones (Android, Apple) via an app. It involves searching for creatures called Pokemon, which appear in a virtual reality map displayed on the screen. The object of the game is to find and collect these Pokemon by searching oneʻs surroundings. HonCC student Kaitlen Daoang found herself unable to resist joining up, telling us “I didn’t think about downloading the app until I saw my two younger brothers playing it. They were talking about who caught the most “eevees” (a type of Pokemon), and me being the competitive person that I am, I had to download the game so I could catch more Pokemons than they could.”
Based on the extremely popular Pokemon videogames where players explore a virtual world while capturing, training, and battling Pokemon, Pokemon Go allows fans to take that sense of discovery and excitement out into the real world. Prospective Pokemon masters must physically walk around to find wild Pokemon, which will appear on the map once close enough. Once clicked on, the player will get a chance to flick a “pokeball” to capture and contain the Pokemon.

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Unearthing Hawaiiʻs lost streams

This article from the Next Cities website, tells the story of Honoluluʻs buried lost streams and how they are being brought back to life on the surface of our islands. Several of these lost streams once ran right through the area of our campus.

On a characteristically sunny day in January 2014, Race Randle and a team of architects walked from the Honolulu office of Howard Hughes Corporation to a parking lot near the center of the Ward Village, the real estate development company’s 60-acre master-planned community in Kakaako, close to downtown. Randle, a senior director of development at Howard Hughes, wasn’t sure what they were looking for, only that, according to a 1928 map of the area, a curious easement ran through the property, from Kapiolani Boulevard all the way to the shoreline.
“It was odd because Victoria Ward owns the property, and there was an easement in favor of Victoria Ward, which isn’t that common,” Randle says. After a few minutes of speculation, he says, “we just walked out there to see what the heck it was.”
When they reached the location marked on the map, they found what appeared to be a sidewalk, running between a Sports Authority and Marukai Market Place, a Japanese grocery. They followed the concrete path until they saw a manhole cover. Randle lifted it. About 3 feet below was water. Not stormwater or sewage, but a stream, clean and crystal clear, pocked by small fish, flowing south toward Kewalo Basin just a few hundred yards away.

To find out what happened next, keep reading  here:  https://nextcity.org/features/view/honolulu-sustainable-development-auwai-howard-hughes

Ka La, the graduation issue, is here

April1The April/May issue of Ka La, the student newspaper of Honolulu Community College, is now available all over campus.

In addition to the usual interesting stories about campus events and people, the final paper of the semester, also includes a complete list of those graduating or receiving certificates from the school this semester, as well as a list of all the students on the Deanʻs List for last fall.

You can pick up a copy of the newspaper at many places on campus or read it online here.

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