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Hawaii's only alpine lake disappearing fast, with no end in sight

posted by: Catherine E. Toth on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 10:34 AM The water level at Lake Waiau, located just below the summit of 13,803-foot Mauna Kea Volcano on the Big Island, has been dropping dramatically since early 2010. The lake has now almost completely disappeared.  More
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Hawaii Pollinator Week focuses on role of bees in maintaining diverse ecosystems

posted by: Stephanie Loui on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 11:13 AM Honey is cultivated on all of Hawaii’s major islands, with each colony producing a unique flavor. Some of the most popular honey varieties come from the ohia lehua blossoms, macadamia nut trees, and kiawe trees. So, what’s the latest buzz about?   More
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Stargazing anniversary celebrations slated for two Big Island astronomy sites

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 12:18 PM In mid-March, Mauna Kea’s Keck Observatory, which peers farther into the cosmos than any other astro facility, will hold its 20th anniversary celebration. Also, Imiloa Astronomy Center will mark its seventh anniversary this weekend.   More
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Humpback whale counts slated for Maui, Oahu, Kauai and Big Island shorelines

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 01:21 PM Hawaii visitors and residents alike are invited to take part in two shoreline surveys of visiting humpback whales. During the annual winter whale-watching season, some 12,000 whales swim in waters edging the Islands.    More
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World’s oldest known wild bird hatches chick in in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 03:06 PM A Laysan albatross believed to be at least 62 years old has hatched a chick on Midway Atoll. The bird, known as “Wisdom,” is rewriting wildlife record books and providing new insights into the biology of seabirds.   More
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Top 5 shoreline spots for whale-watching: HAWAII Magazine facebook poll results

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 07:30 PM We’re always asking our HAWAII Magazine facebook ohana about their favorite Hawaii things. Here are the top five picks from our most recent poll question: Where’s your favorite shoreline spot for whale-watching?   More
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TEDxMaui: “The Dream is Real” spotlights 20 innovators with strong ties to Hawaii

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 01:09 PM This weekend’s TEDxMaui event at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center will feature talks given by watermen, artists, environmentalists and others. The daylong celebration of innovation will be aired by way of live webcast, too.  More
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Hawaii turning to wind turbines to step up clean-energy efforts in the Islands

posted by: Leah Montalbano and Maureen O'Connell on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 01:10 PM Energy-generating operations at Kawailoa Wind project — the largest of four wind-energy endeavors constructed in Hawaii in the last six years — are now under way on Oahu’s North Shore.   More
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VIDEO: Kilauea volcano’s Halemaumau crater lava lake rising to highest-ever levels

posted by: Leah Montalbano and Maureen O'Connell on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 09:53 AM The lava lake swirling at Halemaumau crater — Kilauea volcano’s summit caldera — is hitting its highest levels since the vent’s explosive formation in 2008, according to the Big Island’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.   More
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Lanai’s new owner envisions island as “laboratory for sustainability”

posted by: Leah Montalbano and Maureen O'Connell on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 01:48 PM Months after wrapping up his purchase of all but a small slice of Lanai, Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of business software giant Oracle Corporation, spoke this week about his green-minded vision for the Pineapple Isle.  More
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service adds 23 Oahu species to Hawaii's endangered list

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 04:26 PM The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week added 23 species — 20 plants and three damselflies — to Hawaii's list of protected endangered species. Due, in part, to mid-Pacific isolation, Hawaii leads the nation in the listings.   More
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Weather Channel slated to debut “Hawaii Air Rescue” TV docu-series this week

posted by: Leah Montalbano and Maureen O'Connell on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM The Weather Channel’s “Hawaii Air Rescue,” a TV docu-series, follows an air ambulatory service in the Islands as its crew takes on medical emergencies while battling dramatic tropical weather and other challenges.  More
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Humpbacks are back! Hawaii’s 2012-13 whale-watching season now officially under way

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 01:17 PM This year's first sighting of our favorite 45-ton marine mammal may well be the earliest in recent history. Tour operators kicked off whale-watching season yesterday when they spotted a humpback in waters near the Big Island’s Kailua-Kona area.   More
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Hilo Orchid Society’s 60th annual show spotlights exotic species, Big Island hybrids

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 06:49 AM Hawaii’s largest orchid event, the annual Hilo Orchid Society show and sale, offers a chance to see — and purchase — award-winning tropical plants that you won't find in your typical retail garden store or nursery.   More
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Honolulu Surf Film Festival spotlights Hawaii watermen legends, intrepid stoke

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 12:12 PM The annual Honolulu Surf Film Festival will get under way this weekend with an opening-night lineup spotlighting Hawaii watermen, such as bodysurfing great Mark Cunningham and paddling legend Joseph “Nappy” Napoleon.   More
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