Loʻi Kalo park project needs volunteers

first-day-11-12kHonCC automotive instructor Robert Silva is inviting staff, faculty and students to participate in a community service project from 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Lo’i kalo park in Kapalama. Silva and others have been working to restore the natural spring in the park.
The entrance to the park is on the makai side of School Street right past (diamond head bound) the Mexican Restaurant.

Summer conservation internships applications available

pipes-logoThe Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) is now accepting applicationsfor Summer 2017. The program links undergraduate students to projects with mentors who are professionals in the fields of conservation, natural resources and sustainability in Hawai’i. Interns will participate in a 4-day orientation and 10-week guided research experience to complete a project based on their interests and their mentor’s work. The results of their projects will be presented at an end-of-summer symposium.
The program is open to all students students with a passion for and connection to our region’s island resources, including Native Hawaiians, kama’āina, and Native Pacific Islanders. and brings together students from diverse backgrounds and fields to network and support each other through their internships.
For more information about PIPES and to apply, please visit their website: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/uhintern/

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

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.

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