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Father-daughter duo cycle from coast to coast for a cause

A father-daughter team have recently completed a 3,700-mile bicycle trek across the United States to support underserved children in Asia. Riders Dawn Jones and Ray Gifford made the long journey to raise awareness in America about children in need in Asia and two of the charities that support them, Alpha Communities and Shining Light International.

“Not only did we want to ride our bicycles, but we wanted to ride with a purpose,” said Jones, a Springfield Township native.

The pair, who had been riding together since Jones was a child, started May 18 near San Francisco. They also had two support roadies, Chris Bergquist and Bart Williams. 

NOAA Considering Ban on Swimming with Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins

Imagine you're sleeping and a friend comes over unannounced. You might hang out for a few hours or you might walk them out. Either way, they eventually leave and you return to bed. You're just getting into that good sleep when another person knocks on the door. Then another and another. All night this continues. Then it happens again the next night. And the night after that. 

This is the current problem plaguing the Hawaiian spinner dolphin.

The BLOC in Los Angeles is the first building in the U.S. to engage in the BREEAM In-Use assessment. Photo Credit: Courtesy of ARTÉMIA Communications Inc.

BREEAM Certification to Share Green Market with LEED in U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO — The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM), the UK’s leading green-building rating system for 24 years, is coming to the U.S. as part of a partnership with San Francisco-based LEED consultancy BuildingWise. London-based Building Research Establishment (BRE) manages BREEAM certifications, and the new BREEAM In-Use International standard will evaluate the potential 5.6 million existing commercial buildings not currently certified in the U.S.

Student-run food truck at Kua Bay. Photo Credit: Aja Hannah

Student-run food truck at Kua Bay. Photo Credit: Aja Hannah

Planning the Perfect Weekend on the Kohala Coast

If it’s time to get away from the office and you’re looking for a Hawai‘i staycation, the Kohala Coast on Hawai‘i Island (the Big Island) is an exceptional choice. Best known for its white beaches and Waikoloa resorts, the Kohala Coast is viewed as the Big Island’s top destination for tourists, and a popular haven from the daily grind for residents. But travel a little further north and Kohala has a rugged, adventurous side waiting for those who are up to the challenge. Our Big Island real estate team has scoped out the best of both worlds to provide you with some excellent weekend getaway options.

Shark Tank start-up expanding to Akron area for WGC-Bridgestone

A year after securing an investment on ABC's Shark Tank, the AirBnb-like service Rent Like a Champion (RLAC) is coming to the Akron-Canton area for the 2017 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and the company is looking to sign up at least 25 houses near the golf course by the end of this year.

Established in 1999, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational is played on Firestone Country Club's South Course and professional golfers are already looking for places to stay nearby.

Damage assessments on Merci after Tropical Storm Iselle. Photo: Courtesy MERCI

When Disaster Strikes, MERCI Responds

THE APP
Mobile Emergency Response and Command Interface, aptly called MERCI, is an app developed by Oceanit Laboratories Inc. that streamlines the documentation of disasters to speed recovery and relief. All on one device, MERCI allows people to record the severity, location and cost of the damage after a disaster, natural or manmade.

Try Wait organizers link arms. Photo Credit: The Nature Conservancy Hawaii

Try Wait organizers link arms. Photo Credit: The Nature Conservancy Hawaii

Try Wait

After 17 years of diligent study and outreach by the Ka‘üpülehu Marine Life Advisory Committee (KMLAC) and its partners, a community-based proposal was signed into law by Hawai‘i Governor David Ige last July that designates Ka‘üpülehu a marine reserve for the next decade.

The new ruling aims to reverse the rapid decline of marine life in Ka‘üpülehu as a result of unsustainable fishing practices.

Before 1975, Ka‘üpülehu was an area of abundance, with nearshore reefs teeming with marine life, offshore fisheries, fishponds and anchialine pools located within Kekaha.

Hawaiian Natives Fight for Their Land

For centuries, the Native Hawaiian people struggled against the United States government to defend their land and customs. The fight continues in 2016, with scientists and the native population at odds over how to best preserve the ‘aina, or land.

Historically, scientific progress has almost always trumped Native Hawaiian rights and traditions. Land would be closed to the public, fenced off, and used for science. But co-ops and associations are trying new strategies to bring science and tradition together.

The five-story, 340,000-square-foot tower is estimated to cost $250 million. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Gresham, Smith & Partners

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Breaks Ground on Surgical Tower

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The M.T. Mustian Center at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) recently started construction with Birmingham, Ala.-based Brasfield & Gorrie. Demolition and site work was already underway for new surgical tower during the groundbreaking ceremony on June 3. The project, expected to take 30 months to complete, will wrap up in early 2019. It will bring modern design and equipment to the hospital’s adult intensive care and operating rooms.

A living wall grows in the lobby of Westin Maui’s Resort and Spa. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Westin Maui’s Resort and Spa

Three Maui Resorts Prioritize Sustainable Practices

MAUI, Hawaii — When a state relies on tourism as its main source of revenue, it can be difficult to prioritize environmental sustainability over the comfort of guests, but Maui resorts are finding a balance in going green. Three standout resorts are reducing water waste, using and recycling local products, and focusing on alternative energy.

1. Westin Maui’s Resort & Spa in Lahaina, one of 11 hotels chains under the Starwood brand, has pledged 30/20 by 20, which calls for a 30 percent reduction in energy use and a 20 percent reduction in water consumption per hotel room by 2020.

"Sensations" - Poetry published by Four Cornered Universe Digital Literary Magazine


Breaded twigs stuck with shining, salted sap
Snap between incisors
Crunch between molars
 
Fingers dip and dart
Graceful ballerinas
Steady soldiers
Sweeping the bag for the next rebel
 
Target sighted.
Take him to the hole!
 
Careful of the fingertips
Careful of the tongue
 
Not too quickly
Bite down quick
Clean the lips
the tips
the bits
of the dusted grits
Off the pretzel stick.
 

Restoration efforts at Kīholo fishpond combine western science with the traditional knowledge of the konohiki

Honoring the Konohiki

At the Kīholo fishpond on the Kona side of Hawaiʻi Island, stewards of the land are restoring its native beauty. Water, clear like fresh cleaned glass, provides a home for native fish and visiting sea turtles. The world past the shore is open and bright and old and new all at once.

In historic Hawaiʻi, leaders in places like Kīholo and neighboring Kaʻūpūlehu managed the natural resources of the ahupua‘a, a traditional Hawaiian unit of land management, on behalf of ali‘i (the ruling class) and makaʻāinana (commoners).  

These local natural resource managers were called konohiki  and their word was law.

When Tropical Storm Iselle struck, it provided a stark reminder of why we need to keep invasive species out of Hawaii.

The Albizia Problem

Walking through Pahoa today, you wouldn’t realize that nearly six months ago Tropical Storm Iselle hurtled through this quiet Big Island town, causing widespread power outages, road blocks, flooding and crop damage in the larger district of Puna. In the lush green bush of Hawaiian Paradise Park, an area hit hard by the storm, I find remnants of the main culprits for the damage: albizia trees.

I am reminded that a green forest isn’t necessarily filled with healthy native growth, a fact impressed upon me by Dr. Sam ʻOhu Gon, Hawaiʻi senior scientist and cultural adviser for The Nature Conservancy.

Tech Scores Big Win Over Car Thieves

If you are keeping score on whether technology makes our lives better or worse, put this in the plus column: Technology has dramatically cut the number of stolen cars in Hawaii over the past decade.

In 2003, 9,651 motor vehicles were reported stolen in Hawaii; in 2012, that number was down to 3,865 – a 60 percent decline, even though there were a lot more people and cars in Hawaii. In 2013, only 2,694 motor vehicle thefts were recorded in Honolulu County – the lowest total since statewide data collection began in 1975.

“Thefts have had their peaks and valleys over the years, but appear to be on a nice downward trend since reaching an all-time high in 2002."

Published in 2013 by Curiosity Quills

Zarconian Island

Possessing powers that are feared and shunned, eighteen-year-old Alexandra “Attie” Hotep is no virgin to attacks. Her ancestors, the Zarconians-- mixed-blood inhabitants of Atlantis--were rumored to be the English fairies who kidnapped children, the Caribbean sirens that sunk ships, and the dream-like apparitions who broke into psyches.