Jambalaya of Green Notes from USGBC Greenbuild 2014 “Leadership Jazz”

November 17, 2014

By: Tom Fee This year’s annual USGBC-sponsored Greenbuild 2014 Leadership Jazz Conference and Expo was held at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, on the banks of the Mississippi. The almost mile-long trade floor was jammed with green building products, including a LEED platinum home and an Environment Education Classroom created by New Orleans-based firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. The event showcased an […]

You know…your Grandma’s/Aunty’s/Uncle’s Compound where the ‘Ohana lives

November 03, 2014

By: Questor Lau Most people are familiar with ‘Ohana Dwellings – that studio in back of grandma’s house either used by extended family or rented for income. But according to Honolulu’s zoning code, these living arrangements are often illegal, making grandma an outlaw. The department of planning and permitting actually tracks permits for spaces they […]

HHF at the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation’s Kama‘āina of the Year event

October 17, 2014

By: Erin Higa HHF members joined a large gathering of Historic Hawai‘i Foundation supporters on the beautiful sunset-lit lawn of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel to celebrate the history and many community contributions of the Ai Family, who continue to own and operate kama‘āina company, City Mill, after 115 years. We were truly inspired by the […]

LICH Conference 2014: Essential fungi & the threatening scourge of the Coconut Rhino Beetle

October 17, 2014

By: Tomoko Naka The Landscape Industry Council in Hawaii (LICH) held its 12th Annual Conference and Tradeshow on October 9, 2014 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. A diverse crowd involved in Hawai‘i’s landscape industry came to the conference. Although resort and property management as well as  pesticide/pest management were the two main themes of […]

Green Apple Day of Service 2014 at Hālau Kū Māna Public Charter School

October 10, 2014

By Corlyn Orr Hālau Kū Māna Public Charter School is located in Makīkī Valley, where according to The Rainfall Atlas of Hawai‘i, the mean annual rainfall measures approximately 53 inches per year. With so much rainfall, teachers at Hālau Kū Māna have long talked about installing a rooftop rainwater harvesting system to teach their students […]

HHF at the HBL Century Ride 2014

October 07, 2014

By: Ryan Masuda The Hawai‘i Bicycling League hosted their annual 2014 Honolulu Century Ride this past Sunday. As the largest cycling event in Hawai‘i, the ride has gained recognition with local participants, as well as cyclists from around the world. Riders of all ages choose their desired cycling journey and pace. Since 2007, HHF Planners […]

Green Apple Day of Service 2014 at Wilson Elementary School

October 03, 2014

By: Erin Higa HHF Planners has taken part in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Apple Day of Service ever since its inception three years ago, and it’s an event that our staff really looks forward to. This year, we partnered with Sustainability Teacher, Mrs. Laura Hew on a project to create a Canoe Plant […]

Dillingham Transit Building

HHF Planners and the Historic Downtown Pau Hana Tour

September 05, 2014

By: Tina Bushnell and Ryan Masuda On a warm afternoon last week, the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation (another great HHF!) hosted its Historic Downtown Pau Hana Tour. The tour highlighted three of downtown’s historic buildings: the Dillingham Transportation Building, the Alexander & Baldwin Building on Bishop Street, and the Stangenwald Building on Merchant Street. Volunteer docents led […]

Hong Kong: Sustainability Among The Skyscrapers

August 29, 2014

A Travel Blog By: Chris Chavez I just returned from a trip to Hong Kong, one of the most densely populated cities in the world. With a population of over 7 million residents squeezed into 426 square miles, Hong Kong faces many planning challenges. Despite the density, I found great examples of park space, sustainability and […]