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Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle Supports Scholarships at Windward Community College

Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle Supports Scholarships  at Windward Community College

"Our students are fortunate to have LKOC step forward and offer financial help."
 –Windward Community College Chancellor Doug Dykstra

 

KANEOHE, HI – The Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle (LKOC) recently donated $6,000 to fund scholarships at Windward Community College. This gift will be awarded to students during the 2015-2016 academic year.

“As part of our educational outreach, all of us at LKOC have been proud to provide these scholarships to the next generation of stewards of our ‘aina,” said Diane Harding, Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle president.

Disney Conservation Grant Continues Support for Coral Reef Research

Disney Conservation Grant Continues Support for  Coral Reef Research

HONOLULU – The UH Mānoa Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology has been awarded a $24,650 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) to support the Connecting Coral Reefs Worldwide project. This new award will build on the positive outcomes of their 2013 award.

The DWCF 2014-2015 award will allow researchers and students from the Palau International Coral Reef Center to travel to HIMB to learn new population genetics techniques that will improve the design of resilient Marine Protected Area (MPA) networks so that they are more effective in protecting coral reefs in Palau and throughout Micronesia.

Skyline Eco-Adventures Raises $7,500 in 'Zip for the Trees' Fundraiser

Skyline Eco-Adventures Raises $7,500 in 'Zip for the Trees' Fundraiser
On November 9, 2014, more than 70 volunteers planted 300 native trees on the slopes of Haleakala and raised $7,500 for youth charities during the fourth-annual Zip for the Trees community event and fundraiser organized by Skyline Eco-Adventures. 218 people zipped to raise funds, setting a course record! All proceeds from each tour benefitted three local charities: The Children’s Justice Center, the Hui Malama Learning Center, and Maui Youth and Family Services. Last year, the event raised $3,000 from nearly 100 discounted zipline tours for Hawaii charities and organizations, and more than 60 volunteers worked to restore nearly 1 acre of native forest. Four videos were produced by the Project YBeam youth on Maui during the event:


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RevoluSun Hires Kawena Uyematsu as Special Operations and Project Development Representative

RevoluSun Hires Kawena Uyematsu as Special Operations and Project Development Representative

HONOLULUwww.RevoluSun.com – RevoluSun, Hawaii’s leading provider of residential solar systems, has hired Kawena Uyematsu as a Community Project Developer for its Oahu division.

 

In her new role, Uyematsu will provide education about solar, how it works and tax incentives available to Hawaii homeowners, as well as assist in developing custom solar systems for each of her clients.  A veteran in the solar industry, Uyematsu brings a full suite of knowledge and experience to her RevoluSun clients.

 

Prior to working with RevoluSun, Uyematsu worked as an independent contractor for Rising Sun Solar.  She has also run a small business-consulting firm for the past eight years.   

Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative Named Among Four Winners of the 2014 Phoenix Award

Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative Named Among Four Winners of the 2014 Phoenix Award

The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI) was recently awarded the prestigious 2014 Phoenix Award by the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). HLRI, a Hawaii-based nonprofit organization devoted to reforestation, is one of four international winners of this year’s award, announced in conjunction with the SATW 2014 convention in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The award honors individuals and organizations actively involved in conservation, preservation, beautification and anti-pollution campaigns that further the growth and appeal of travel destinations. Winners are nominated by SATW members and are recommended by the Phoenix Award committee before being selected by the SATW board.

Skyline Eco-Adventures Offers Special Zipline Tours During its “Zip for the Trees” Fundraiser

Skyline Eco-Adventures Offers Special Zipline Tours During its “Zip for the Trees” Fundraiser

Skyline Eco-Adventures, Hawaii’s leading commercial zipline company and operator of the first zipline course in the United States, is hosting its fourth-annual “Zip for the Trees” community event and fundraiser from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at its Haleakala, Maui course.

Support native reforestation by zipping through towering eucalyptus trees on three exhilarating ziplines at Skyline’s original course on the slopes of Haleakala, including Maui’s only pendulum zipline reaching speeds of more than 45 miles per hour. Enjoy this special tour for just $30 per person, and unlimited zipping with a new pass for $50 per person. All proceeds from each tour benefit three local charities: The Children’s Justice Center, the Hui Malama Learning Center, and Maui Youth and Family Services.

Hawaii Solar Industry Leaders Receive Prestigious U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Award

Hawaii Solar Industry Leaders Receive Prestigious U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Award

HONOLULU – SafeConnect Solar, a venture started by Hawaii solar industry veterans Mark Duda and Todd Georgopapadakos of Distributed Energy Partners, today announced it has been awarded $500,000 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative.  The SunShot Incubator award supports development of SafeConnect’s patent-pending device that makes rooftop solar installations simpler, safer, and more affordable.

 

“Renewables are the future of energy generation, but price still limits adoption in many markets,” said Georgopapadakos, SafeConnect Solar Partner.  “For rooftop photovoltaics, the key challenge is reducing ‘soft costs’ – the expense associated with permitting, installation, interconnection, and maintenance.  These have remained persistently high even as module prices have plummeted. Our IP attacks these costs head-on.”