For native Hawaiians the Hawaiian hawk, or ‘io is a symbol of royalty and is considered an “‘aumakua”—a family or personal god—which made harming or killing this bird taboo. The hawk has also been in a battle for its endangered status listing since the George W. Bush administration. And while most Hawaiians oppose its delisting, […]Continue Reading 449 words
You might have heard the phrases, “we’re drowning in plastic” or “all the plastic we’ve ever made is still with us” and while this may get at the urgency of the plastic pollution crisis, it’s still difficult to visualize what this means. Sure, we’ve seen images of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch but what to […]Continue Reading 522 words
Hawai’i is known for its beautiful beaches, powdery sand, and crystal clear ocean waters. But it is also a hub in the Pacific for trash from Asia, including microplastics, derelict fishing gear, and even debris from the 2011 Fukushima tsunami in Japan. Local residents are not taking it sitting down! Organizations like Hawaii Ocean Ambassadors […]Continue Reading 504 words
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Aquaman, aka actor Jason Momoa, said that he might not be able to shoot the film’s sequel because he “got run over by a bulldozer trying to stop the desecration of his native land.” That’s because Momoa along with other peaceful activists and celebrities like the Rock have been protesting the construction of the $1.4 […]Continue Reading 83 words
The lava-spewing eruptions of the Kilauea volcano may be set for a reprise — scientists warn that the area could experience another dangerous eruption because a pond of water was discovered inside its summit crater, according to the National Park Service.Continue Reading 425 words
Hoola One, a machine developed by mechanical engineering students at the Université de Sherbrooke, is being used to clean up one of Hawaii’s dirtiest beaches by filtering out microplastics. As Atlas Obscura explained, Kamilo Beach was formerly a lovely white sand beach stretch which is now a trap for countless tons of trash. Nicknamed “Trash Beach,” or […]Continue Reading 551 words
For tourists visiting Hawaii, a swim with wild Hawaiin spinner dolphins (or “naia” in the Hawaiian language) has traditionally been a popular attraction. However, growing awareness of how human interaction can harm wild dolphins has encouraged regulators to enact protections for the charismatic marine mammals. As Bloomberg reported, “National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials are […]Continue Reading 323 words
A rare, cliff-dwelling, Hawaiian hibiscus flower–scientifically known as Hibiscadelphus woodii–that was previously declared extinct has now been rediscovered thanks to drone technology. The bright yellow flower makes its home on rugged cliff faces of Kalalau Valley on Kaua’i, Hawaii, a place difficult for scientists to physically access. As NatGeo explained, “the recent drone rediscovery of […]Continue Reading 107 words
This rare video captures the precious first moments just after a humpback whale gave birth off the coast of Maui. Lars Bejder, the director of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa’s Marine Mammal Research Program, said that this is the closest researcher has been to a live birth of a humpback whale in 25 years. You can […]Continue Reading 93 words