conservation

National Climate Assessment
National Climate Assessment

Climate change is an issue that resonates deeply within our communities in Hawaiʻi. Our economy, culture and health all depend on the health of ecosystems across the state. From the highest mountain peaks, to the coral reefs and near shore environments, we depend on these ecosystems for the survival of our society.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM)
Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM)

A large portion of the land mass of Hawaiʻi Island, is contained on the slopes of the tallest mountain in the world, Mauna Kea. The mountain is host to a variety of ecosystems, stretching from the coastal waters, to the arid aeolian desert of the summit area.

Christopher Phillips explains...

The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy

One of the most notorious and well documented threats to Hawaiʻi's forests ecosystem, comes in the form of sheep, pigs, and goats – the ungulates. The ungulates are responsible for much of the ecological devastation that has befallen the forest understory. Many precious plants species have been brought to the brink of extinction by the insatiable appetites of the ungulates.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Wikipedia
Wikipedia

Nestled atop of the lush Mānoa Valley watershed, there is the Lyon Arboretum. It is located a mere five miles from the bustling crowds and noise of Waikīkī. The Arboretum itself serves as a scientific and cultural resource for Oʻahu's mostly urban population.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Restoration Agroforestry, Dr. Travis Idol
Restoration Agroforestry, Dr. Travis Idol

The task of restoring Hawaiʻi's forests is nothing short of monumental. To truly make a difference in protecting precious island ecosystem it requires substantial financial investment, expenditure in manhours and a logistical train of plant materials, and support for volunteers, students, and professional scientists.

Christopher Phillips explains...

The Hawai'i Conservation Alliance
The Hawai'i Conservation Alliance

The Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance is composed of twenty organizations, including governmental, cultural, educational, and nonprofit. Their mission is to safeguard the biodiversity of Hawaiʻi's ecosystems.

Christopher Phillips explains...

HFIA
HFIA

Carbon reduction is a frequently mentioned topic in today's society. Society faces the specter of climate change and the consequences brought about by years of the unrestrained burning of fossil fuels. But what can we do here in Hawaiʻi to combat climate change?

Christopher Phillips explains...

Anthony Savvis
Anthony Savvis

Along the North Kona Coast of Hawaiʻi Island, there are a cluster of endangered plant preserves. Around 70 of them are located at the villages of LaʻiʻŌpua in Kealakehe. These precious sites of restoration are managed by the Hawaiʻi Forest Institute, the Hawaiʻi Forest Industry Association, and The Department of Hawaiian Homelands.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Toby Hoogs
Toby Hoogs

The future holds little certainty. Our planet and the wondrous multitude of lifeforms that inhabit its surface face a critical juncture. As the dominant life form on planet Earth, the choices we make in this century will define us for generations to come.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Kim Steutermann Rogers
Kim Steutermann Rogers

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is reminding Kaua‘i residents to be mindful of Albatross breeding season between now and July.  Laysan albatross nest primarily in Hawai‘i - returning to the same breeding areas each year and laying only a single egg.  Their ground level nests make the birds and their young vulnerable to attacks from domesticated dogs and cats.

But the albatross are also vulnerable to a long term threat from climate change as rising oceans cover their nesting areas further up the Hawaiian chain.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

 

  

   For over forty years community groups across O‘ahu have fought to preserve the natural coastline between Hanauma Bay and Makapu‘u.  The deadline now is August 30th to raise funds to purchase the last mauka parcels.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the effort to preserve the  Ka Iwi coast.

Christopher Michel / Flickr
Christopher Michel / Flickr

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants to increase protection for humpback whales. The plan includes an expansion of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. And that drew some sharp reactions at a recent public hearing on Kaua‘i. We get more on the story from Scott Giarman on Kaua‘i.  

Flickr / Simon_sees
Flickr / Simon_sees

There’s been a new development in the battle over land belonging to the Turtle Bay Resort. Governor Neil Abercrombie has announced a deal that would conserve 665 acres of land on Oahu’s North Shore. The $48.5 million agreement establishes a conservation easement, protecting the coastal area from future resort development. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

ka palaoa

  This weekend, Hilo is celebrating cetaceans and our relationship with them.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the Aloha Kanaloa Festival this Sunday and the Conservation Council of Hawai’i’s “Jive for Wildlife” party on President’s Day.   

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) Update

Sep 10, 2013
OTEC International Brochure

You have heard these figures before: Hawai’i burns five billion dollars worth of fossil fuel each year for 85% of the state’s energy needs. But, the Blue Planet Foundation has set a goal of transitioning to 100% clean energy by 2030, more than double the state’s clean energy objective. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit today to look at an old but promising technology that could lead Hawai’i to true energy independence.

He'eia Fishpond Restoration Update

Jul 22, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

The 21st annual Hawaii Conservation Conference was conducted last week and ended with a couple of tours for attendees to food and cultural sustainability projects. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka went on one of the field trips to Kaneohe to visit one of O’ahu’s premier Native Hawaiian resources.

Planting for Hawaii's Future, One Test Tube at a Time

Jun 24, 2013
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawai‘i is home to over 12,000 native plant species, with 90% found nowhere else in the world. Hundreds of these plants are endangered and teeter on the brink of extinction. HPR's Molly Solomon reports on a science lab at the center of a conservation effort that's working to save some of Hawai’i’s rarest native plants.

Flickr / whatstaiters
Flickr / whatstaiters

One of the most important duties of those who care for Hawaii's highest peak is conserving the natural resources. That includes both keeping invasive species out, and replanting endangered species. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

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