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Waste To Waves Recycling Program Gives Foam A Second, Ocean-Friendlier Life

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2013 | 5:50 PM

Holiday shopping is upon us, and whether they do it in the stores or online, Americans are going to buy an absurd number of appliances, electronics, gizmos and gadgets in the run-up to Christmas.

With those gifts will come millions of pounds of packaging. While the cardboard...

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Eddie Aikau Surf Contest Is Still The World's Most Unique Sports Competition

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 3:49 PM

“Eddie Would Go.”

It’s a phrase you’re sure to see or hear not long after arriving in Hawaii and, for many, it’s a creed by which to live.

It’s also the slogan for the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau surf competition, “the most...

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Shark Culling Considered In Hawaii And Australia After Slew Of Attacks

(7) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 4:38 PM

Governments around the world have been debating -- and experimenting with -- shark culling to mitigate shark attacks.

Culling is basically organized mass hunting. Governments sanction the killing of a certain number of sharks with the hope of stopping rampant attacks.

But it is unclear whether these methods work,...

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In Race For First Gay Wedding In Hawaii, This Couple Is Ready For Midnight

(22) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 12:03 PM

When same-sex marriage officially becomes legal in Hawaii at 12:01 am Monday, Jonipher Kwong and Chris Nelson hope to be the first gay couple to marry.

They will be in a race with at least six other couples who will be at the Sheraton Hotel in...

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Maui Signs Agreement With Monsanto Regarding Pesticide Use

(34) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 6:46 PM

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa’s office has announced the signing of a “Memorandum of Understanding” agreement with the biotech giant Monsanto.

The “Maui County AG Oversight Agreement (AGOA)” states that Monsanto will report all “restricted-use pesticides” that are sprayed in Maui County, how much is sprayed and the number of...

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Smart Wheel By FlyKly Could Change Everything About Commuting

(1238) Comments | Posted November 9, 2013 | 2:52 PM

The phrase “This changes everything” gets thrown around a lot, but in the sustainable commuting sphere, an invention out of New York by a group of bike enthusiasts just might actually change everything.

The Smart Wheel by FlyKly Bikes is a motorized bike wheel that can fit on...

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Huge Surf On North Shore Of Oahu Shows You Don't Have To Go To Nazaré To See Nature's Fury

(11) Comments | Posted November 2, 2013 | 6:32 PM

A possibly 100-foot wave off Nazaré, Portugal made headlines on Monday when two Brazilian surfers squared off against the behemoth. Maya Gabeira wiped out, broke her ankle and would have drowned had Carlos Burle not found her and brought her back to shore.

Burle made it...

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Aloha Surf Journal's Indonesia Photography Will Leave You Dreaming Of Bali

(8) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 10:15 PM

When French photographers Nora Lemoal and Benjamin Fabre set their travel sights on Indonesia, they were on a quest for waves. The couple runs an ocean-minded blog called Aloha Surf Journal, which sells their photography from around the world and gives 10% of the proceeds to the environmental...

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Kauai GMO Bill Vetoed By Mayor

(20) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 8:22 PM

Kauai Mayor Bernard P. Carvahlo Jr. has vetoed Kauai’s groundbreaking GMO-related Bill 2491. The bill passed on October 16 after a nineteen-hour marathon hearing that lasted until 3:30 in the morning, not to mention months of protests and debates running up to the hearing.

But Mayor...

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SoBe Bottle Ad Campaign Throws Away All Environmental Conscientiousness

(10) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 1:11 PM

You know how online ads are supposed to know exactly what you want to see and buy? Well online ads don’t know Stiv Wilson.

The communications director for the environmental nonprofit 5 Gyres was perusing Facebook last week when an ad for SoBe bottled drinks...

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Indosole Shoes Ease Bali Landfill Problem, One Motorbike Tire At A Time

(9) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 8:36 PM

In 2004, San Francisco-based Kyle Parsons went to Bali on a surf trip and bought a pair of sandals that used repurposed motorbike tires for a sole. He loved the idea behind the sandals but found they were heavy and uncomfortable.

So, like any good entrepreneur, he...

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Maui Voted Best Island In The World... And Has Been For The Last 20 Years

(61) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 1:13 PM

If Conde Nast Traveler readers are one thing, it's loyal. In the annual Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards that selects the Top 25 Islands in the World, Maui has come out on top for 20 consecutive years. It also regained its top ranking...

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Solar Storms Cause Dropped Cell Phone Calls And Amazing Light Shows

(53) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 8:51 AM

Stop blaming AT&T and Verizon; all those dropped calls you’re experiencing may be coming from the sun.

Eruptions of hot gas, called solar storms, produce shock waves that travel through space at millions of miles per hour. The energy from their unimaginable speeds causes electrons to create radio...

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Monk Seal Bites Hawaii Island Swimmers

(7) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 1:39 PM

Kamilo the Hawaiian Monk Seal is in time out.

Just like many preschoolers, it seems he confused biting with playing. His chosen playmates? Two triathletes swimming in Kamakahonu Bay on Hawaii Island.

The swimmers were training for the upcoming Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona when Kamilo started following...

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Yoga Classes In Hawaii Are Gorgeous And Affordable

(3) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 2:34 PM

Yoga is for everyone. Unfortunately, yoga is not priced for everyone. But Hawaii is the land of affordable yoga. Thanks to the number of people who practice in the Aloha State, there are an abundance of studios, instructors, co-ops and rogue lessons being taught out of houses, backyard, public parks...

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Shark Shield Offers Discount To Reunion Island Surfers

(9) Comments | Posted October 5, 2013 | 3:05 PM

When two enormous tiger sharks were trailing Meredith Novack on her record-breaking swim from Lanai to Maui last month, she claimed the only thing that kept her alive was her Shark Shield, a device that uses electric waves to fend off the predators.

Shark Shield shares...

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Liver Damage Cases In Hawaii Linked To Dietary Supplements

(6) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 8:34 AM

The number of recent liver damage cases linked to dietary supplements has risen from 10 to 30 in the last week. All 30 cases have been reported in Hawaii.

The cases range in severity, but seven people have suffered from complete liver failure, and one Maui woman has...

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New GoPro Hero 3+ Is A Slightly Smaller Version Of Awesome

(19) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 12:19 PM

When GoPro released the Hero 3, they let the tiny camera speak for itself in a five-minute, adrenaline-pumping, mind-boggling, awe-inspiring movie perfectly edited to every beat of Overwerk’s “Daybreak.” It left viewers repeatedly backtracking the video, asking themselves “How did they get...

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Encyclopedia Of Surfing Online Will Launch Monday

(2) Comments | Posted September 28, 2013 | 10:53 AM

An authoritative, multi-thousand-entry Encyclopedia of Surfing Online will launch on Monday, Sept. 30, and it’s going to be “off-the-chart awesome,” if creator Matt Warshaw does say so himself.

Warshaw, a former Surfer magazine editor and author of three books: Maverick’s, The History of...

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18 'USO Family' Prison Gang Members And Affiliates Indicted

(3) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 5:13 PM

Eighteen men associated with a Hawaii-based prison gang were indicted on racketeering-related charges yesterday, including drug-trafficking, bribery, violence and tax fraud.

All of the indictees were members of or associated with the “USO Family” prison gang. “USO” stands for United Samoan Organization, though the gang is multiethnic....

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