Parklets – Coming to a Sidewalk Near You?

March 06, 2014

By: Aydee Zielke Parklets are popping up all over different cities across the U.S.  Parklets often include a place for the public to sit, relax, interact, and perhaps enjoy art and landscaping.  They are basically the size of a parallel parking stall (or sometimes multiple stalls).  Parklets are designed to expand the sidewalk realm and […]

POW! WOW! Hawaii: An Urban Street Museum

February 26, 2014

By: Chris Chavez Spray paint on highway signs and city walls is often unsightly, illegal, and considered defacing of property. There are times, though, when you come across a piece that strikes you as more than vandalism; something that makes you stop and gaze. You are suddenly taken in by the artistry, technique, color and […]

Rick Quinn helps Manoa Resident Create a Vibrant Garden

February 19, 2014

Kudos to HHF Planners’ Rick Quinn on a recent mention in the Star Advertiser. Manoa homeowner, Nancy Walden, hired Rick a little over a decade ago to guide her on creating a beautiful backyard oasis. Since then, Nancy has worked avidly on the garden, transforming it into an explosion of tropical color. According to Nancy, […]

Inside a Planner’s Backpack: The 7 Most Essential Tools to Always Pack

February 13, 2014

Photo collage courtesy of the following brands: NorthFace, Apple, Canon, Belkin, and Lego. Pictures above from Australia and the Demilitarization Zone (DMZ) from previous business trips.  By Benjamin Warsinske As planners, we are often tasked with traveling to remote sites to understand the topography, landscape, the social and economic impact new development may have on […]

Car Share: Honolulu Bound?

January 30, 2014

By: Tara DePonte While Hawai‘i is all about beautiful beaches and breathtaking mountains, it’s also about traffic. Lots of it. And in our growing metropolis of Honolulu, it’s just getting worse. When the Star Advertiser ran an article in April 2013 noting Honolulu as having the second-worst traffic in 2012 (Los Angeles was ranked #1), you could […]

A Cyclist’s Guide to Honolulu

January 20, 2014

By John Hagihara DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST BIKE? Mine was a tiny, red Huffy with training wheels.  It was a hand-me-down from my brothers, and my ticket to explore our neighborhood. I enjoy asking people that question, because almost immediately a smile comes to their face as they recall the joy and freedom that […]

9 Things I Love About Planning

January 06, 2014

By Benjamin Warsinske   Planning is a unique and broad skillset that many people often do, but few people master. Planners have the ability to see the big picture, imagine what could be 20, 30, 50 years into the future. From that vision, they create a critical path to make the imaginative come to life. […]

HHF’s Saturday Morning Huki Event with Malama Maunalua and Hui Nalu Canoe Club

December 27, 2013

By: Corlyn Orr One fireworm sting, hunched shoulders and aching lower backs, and tender, almost raw fingertips.  A relatively short list of ailments for a roster of 50 volunteers that spent three hours harvesting nearly 5,000 pounds of invasive alien algae from Maunalua Bay. From Monday through Friday, we are part of a land use […]

Landscaping the Fungi Way

December 20, 2013

By: Tina Bushnell and Richard Quinn   For HHF’s landscape architect, Rick Quinn, what started out as a simple exercise in creating a Native Hawaiian plant garden has turned into an ongoing adventure in Native Hawaiian ecosystem creation.  For several years now, Native Hawaiian plants have been incorporated into built landscapes. It is fairly common to […]

Green Apple Day of Service at Hālau Kū Mana School

December 17, 2013

By: Richard Quinn, ASLA The second annual Green Apple Day of service was a great success, and HHF was there at the Hālau Kū Mana New Century Public Charter School with some strong hands to help get the work done.  Green Apple Day gives parents, teachers, students, companies, and local organizations the opportunity to transform their […]