Tomorrow is another day

Every end is merely a beginning.

It is up to us to give it meaning.

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This year,

it’s almost half way gone.

Tomorrow is another day.

 

Peace,

Dohn

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The eerie aura of Mo’okini

From generation to generation the story of Mo’okini has been told.

On the northernmost tip of Hawai’i Island sits a massive stone ruins. The winds across Upolu Point rustle the grass of the hillside. The stones of the solitary ruins are silent. Once it was a place of human sacrifice.

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On the Kilauea Iki Trail

In 1959 a dramatic and violent eruption turned Kilauea Iki at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park into a cauldron of lava with fantastic fountains of fire shooting skyward.

A hike across Kilauea Iki crater is a walk into the heart of one of the most active volcanoes on the planet. It is an otherworldly experience.

Even though the crater looks tame from above, in the recent past this mile-wide opening was once consumed with fiery magma as it gushed from the Earth. After the eruptions of 1959 it took until the mid 1990’s for the lava lake under the surface to turn solid. It is a popular destination these days.

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Pele, Ohia and Lehua

The Lehua is known as Pele’s Flower

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The Ohia Lehua Tree has been sacred to the Hawaiian people since ancient times. It is  usually associated with the volcano deity Pele and often mentioned in legends, hula, songs, and chants. Continue reading

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The Volcanic Abyss Below

Noon, Thursday. April 30, 2015

 Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, Kilauea Volcano

 Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

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Halema’uma’u is a pit crater located within the much larger summit caldera of Kilauea in  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The volcano diety, Pele resides in Halema’uma’u.

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Hawaiian Hale

Hale. (HAH- leh). Hawaiian word for house.

Ancient Hawaiians lived sustainably and recognized that human civilization is an integral part of the natural world. If the human community is to survive, the natural world and nature must be preserved and perpetuated.

The Hawaiian Hale exemplifies the concept of sustainable design.

040Pursuing everyday activities in the midst of warm sunshine and gentle breezes ancient Hawaiians lived their lives mostly outdoors. The benign climate did not require a shelter of thick walls and insulation for protection against rough weather.

Traditional hale were constructed of native woods lashed together with cordage. Materials for thatching were provided by the renewable resource of plant leaves and grasses.

Ua mau ke ea o ka `aina i ka pono.

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Earth Day Project

Plastic Water Bottles

About six years ago I initiated a recycling program at my place of employment. I work at a vacation resort where guests stay for a few days or a few weeks. Having so many people come and go I recognized an opportunity to make a difference in the amount of trash being hauled to the land fill. Bins and bags are now provided for guests to place aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass and cardboard which is then separated and taken to a local recycling center. Two to three pick-up truck loads are collected every week. The largest portion of this ‘trash’ is plastic water bottles.

For Earth Day this year my maintenance team built a ten foot tall water bottle of recycled material to bring attention to the amount of plastic bottles that are used once and tossed away.

Recycling is not enough, we must Reduce disposable products and buy Re-useable items.

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Did you know that there are 8 million tons of plastic that enter the oceans every year? That equals 5 grocery bags for every foot of coastline around the globe. In the next decade that amount of plastic is expected to increase by tenfold unless the world finds a better way to manage it’s waste.

Plastic does not decompose like organic matter, it only breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. In the ocean environment fish, turtles and birds mistake the brightly colored particles of plastic for food. Undigested the plastic remains in the animals stomach and they die. Eventually some of those fish may end up on your dinner plate. The threat to our already endangered oceans is catastrophic.

That plastic water bottle that ended up in the ocean? It will remain in the maritime environment for 450 years, and fishing line….600 years. Let that sink in.

Can you please use a more permanent multi-use container for your drinking water?

Thank you for your help.

 

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