Kuleana Beauty: Bridging the gap between the beauty and biofuel industries with sustainable Hawaiian skincare

Kuleana Beauty, alongside its parent company Pacific Biodiesel, is joining the dots between the beauty industry and biofuel industry with its range of natural beauty oils and cleansers. The sustainable beauty brand handcrafted in Maui, Hawaii and its portfolio of skincare products are part of a zero-waste, community-based farming, and renewable fuel initiative. Kuleana Beauty’s product range includes beauty oils made in Hawaii with locally … Continue reading Kuleana Beauty: Bridging the gap between the beauty and biofuel industries with sustainable Hawaiian skincare

NoKa Fair: Recycled shipping container mall built with a Hawaiian flair selling local Kauai crafts and products

Shipping containers for use as shopping centres are no new feat – there’s the originals such as London’s Boxpark, and then there’s Bangkok’s Artbox, Seoul’s Common Ground and Mexico’s Container City to name but a few. And now the sustainable use of shipping containers as shopping malls has extended to Hawaii. NoKa Fair, located in Kauai’s North Kapaa, opened its doors last year selling local … Continue reading NoKa Fair: Recycled shipping container mall built with a Hawaiian flair selling local Kauai crafts and products

Limahuli Garden and Preserve: Protecting Hawaii’s ancient plants

Plant life exists everywhere – from gardens, rolling hills, in between pavement slabs in cities, to the more remote places in the world. In the Hawaiian island of Kauai, for the past 1,500 years, Limahuli Valley has been a green haven, a wilderness preserved to exist just as the native Hawaiians experienced it. Limahuli Garden and Preserve is located on the north shore of the … Continue reading Limahuli Garden and Preserve: Protecting Hawaii’s ancient plants

Hawaii-based hotel chain hand out sustainable sunscreen to help protect coral reefs from bleaching

One of the main culprits of coral bleaching is tourists that use sunscreen containing oxybenzone. That’s why Hawaii-based hotel chain, Aqua-Aston, are handing out sustainable sunscreen that aims to protect the vulnerable coral reefs. A common chemical in sunscreens — Oxybenzone, also known as BP-13 — also happens to be “highly toxic to juvenile corals and other marine life,” according to a report by the National Ocean … Continue reading Hawaii-based hotel chain hand out sustainable sunscreen to help protect coral reefs from bleaching

Saving Hawaiʻi’s rarest native plants from extinction

Hawaiʻi’s Plant Extinction Prevention Program (PEPP) is aiming to protect Hawaiʻi’s rarest native plants from extinction. PEPP focuses on species with fewer than 50 plants remaining in the wild and is committed to reversing the trend toward extinction by managing wild plants, collecting seeds, and establishing new populations. The Hawaiian Islands are the most isolated land masses on Earth. Their isolation has created a biological hotspot where … Continue reading Saving Hawaiʻi’s rarest native plants from extinction

Changing Tides: Short film shows the impact of ocean garbage patch on Hawaii

CHANGING TIDES is a short film about ocean waste and what it means for residents of Hawai’i and other Pacific islands and how they’ve been impacted. Hawai’i is the most remote land mass on Earth, the land mass closest to the North Pacific Gyre, and the first land mass to start seeing the effects of the world’s ocean debris. The 15-minute movie, made by filmmaker Danny Miller, … Continue reading Changing Tides: Short film shows the impact of ocean garbage patch on Hawaii

Island Earth: Documentary examines how the world’s population can be fed without destroying the planet

Island Earth is a documentary film that tells the story of a young indigenous scientist’s journey in Hawaii, through the corn fields of GMO companies and loi patches of traditional elders, revealing modern truths and ancient values that can save the future of our food. Island Earth follows Malia Chun, Cliff Kapono, and Dustin Barca – three Hawaiians seeking to make Hawaii a beacon of hope … Continue reading Island Earth: Documentary examines how the world’s population can be fed without destroying the planet