Dozens of youths have been working long and hard hours this month at Alii Fishpond on South Molokai. Teenagers from the island and Hana High and Elementary School's building program on Maui, Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike, are busy building an office, restrooms, a traditional hale and a performance platform.
Where does your coffee cup go? That is a question that Hawaii Pacific University students Krystle Golly, Brittney Walbaum and Jessica Wehling are asking consumers as part of a hands-on project for their "Building Sustainable Communities" class this semester.
For year-end tax planning, why not give a little green to some nonprofit groups that are striving to make the world a more sustainable place? There is a wide range of "green" nonprofit organizations -- both in Hawaii and on the mainland -- that work to keep our beaches and water clean and our natural habitats alive, and to prevent another oil disaster from happening.
Tucked into a small lot next to a rundown walk-up apartment building at 40 S. School St., the office of Philip White Architects is easy to miss. You could drive by it day after day without realizing it's there, yet if you were to walk into the third-floor office, you would be surprised to find a peaceful oasis.
As consumers we tend to assume the products we find on store shelves are safe — after all, there are regulations. Surely, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency wouldn't let anything harmful reach millions of consumers.