Our network

Environment

Manoa Library Celebrates Earth Day with Free Events in April

Manoa Library Celebrates Earth Day with Free Events in April

The Manoa Public Library will celebrate Earth Day 2014 with free programs and events for the whole family in April 2014:

•             April 19 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon – “Urban Farming with Malama Manoa.”  Malama Manoa, a non-profit organization, will present the following Earth Day activities:

               >             Laying Hens: Meet Ameraucana, Buff Orpington, and Cuckoo Maran (also known as ‘Chocolate Eggers’) and see their eggs

               >             Beehives and Honey: Experience an (empty) backyard beehive and taste homegrown honeycomb

maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

 maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

Hawaiʻi Students Encouraged to Participate in Poster Design Contest

HONOLULU – This year’s Aloha Festivals pays tribute to the upcoming worldwide voyage of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūleʻa and its mission to promote world peace with its theme, “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha.”

“The 2014 theme was inspired by a song composed by Irmgard Farden Aluli entitled ‘For a Peaceful World’ and honors the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to promote world peace,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals board of directors. “The mission of Aloha Festivals is to foster the Aloha Spirit through the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture and the celebration of the diverse customs and traditions of Hawaiʻi.”

Five more DOE schools now powered by the sun

 Five more DOE schools now powered by the sun

Hawaii Pacific Solar (HPS) recently completed the installation of photovoltaic systems at five Honolulu schools: Gus Webling Elementary, Washington Middle School, Palolo Elementary, King William Lunalilo Elementary and Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary. Each of these Department of Education schools is estimated to save $600,000 to $700,000 over the 20-year life of the system.

 

“As more and more schools rely on solar energy for power, the energy conservation and cost savings will continue to have a large impact on DOE and State budgets,” said Bob Johnston, president and CEO of HPS. “We have now 16 Oahu schools with PV systems, and 15 Kauai schools are in the process of installation and should be complete this summer.”

 

Hale Kipa’s Innovative Spring Education/Vocational Program Assists 15 Youth with Hands-On Learning

Hale Kipa’s Innovative Spring Education/Vocational Program  Assists 15 Youth with Hands-On Learning

 

Hale Kipa’s spring education/vocational (Ed/Voc) session helped 15 Oahu youth ages 12 to 18 years old gain critical job and life skills through hands-on, farm- and sea-to-table learning experiences at the Honolulu Fish Auction, Lyon Arboretum and the Agricultural Learning Center at Leilehua High School.

The five-day spring session was the latest in a series of four innovative Ed/Voc Program sessions held throughout the year to help teach youth effective habits for achieving success. The program is specially designed for youth who are struggling academically, reigniting youth’s interest in learning with multi-faceted lessons outside a more traditional classroom setting.

Punahou student videographer wins c-span award

 Punahou student videographer wins c-span award

Filmmaker Matt Shimura ’15 turned his lens on the issue of clean energy to produce a winning video that will be broadcast nationally during the month of April.

“Breaking the Gridlock,” a 7-minute documentary that highlights the need for a national clean energy plan, took second place in the high school – west division of C-SPAN’s 2014 StudentCam contest. Students were invited to answer the question: “What is the most important issue the U.S. Congress should consider in 2014?” The annual documentary competition drew 2,355 entries from 46 states, Washington, D.C., Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates.

Matt, who’s been making films since fourth grade, notes in the video that the issue of energy is especially acute in Hawai‘i, where “we still rely on fossil fuels for over 80 percent of our energy needs.” Even as the state moves ahead with a clean energy initiative, a national approach remains gridlocked by the lack of regulatory agreement among states.

The Pavel’s $10M Gift Invests in Premier UH Expertise in Ocean, Earth and Sky

The Pavel’s $10M Gift Invests in Premier UH Expertise in Ocean, Earth and Sky

When Victor and Margaret (Peggy) Pavel designated the University of Hawai‘i Foundation as the primary beneficiary of their estate, they wanted to keep their identity private and preferred no personal publicity for what would turn out to be the largest estate gift to UH in UH history. Fortunately, they gave us permission to posthumously acknowledge them, and let Hawai‘i know who provided the transformative $10 million estate gift that will support UH programs and students statewide.  In addition to who, the Pavel’s more importantly wanted to share with Hawai‘i “why.”  The Pavel’s believed deeply in the value of science education and nature preservation. They felt that UH, with its internationally recognized expertise in these areas, was an excellent investment.

RevoluSun helps Honolulu’s parking structures go green

RevoluSun helps Honolulu’s parking structures go green

RevoluSun, Hawaii’s leading provider of residential and commercial solar energy systems, announced today the completed installation of a 155 kW PV system atop a new Liliha Square Shopping Center carport. The covered parking solar array on the corner of Vineyard and Liliha signifies a growing trend amongst Honolulu commercial property owners to use their parking structures and lots as a means to lower their electricity bills.

“There were initially very few of these types of systems in Honolulu, but now business owners are seeing the top space of their parking structures and uncovered parking lots as a savvy way to lower utility overhead,” says RevoluSun Principal Eric Carlson. “RevoluSun’s partnership with American Piping & Boiler, a locally owned mechanical contractor in Hawaii since 1965, helps our expert technicians to design custom systems that will best utilize the space each unique parking structure and parking lot have to offer.”