Monthly Archives: October 2012

ALTERNATIVE & SUSTAINABLE BIG ISLAND ENERGY

Hydrogen fuel test project coming
By Nancy Cook Lauer

HILO —A first-of-its-kind demonstration project to stabilize the Big Island electric grid while creating hydrogen for public transportation could be off and running by the first quarter of 2013.

“This is all pretty state of the art stuff,” said Mitch Ewan, hydrogen systems program manager for the University of Hawaii’s Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, which is conducting an environmental assessment as the first step in the process.

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SIMPLY A-MAZE-ING

Just keep going’ — Corn, pumpkins and inspiration for future farmers

BY CATHERINE TARLETON
SPECIAL TO NORTH HAWAII NEWS


North Kohala pumpkin patch and corn field maze!

There’s kind of a whirring, whispering breeze inside the corn maze. Tall green cornstalks, their silky-tufted baby ears swaying lightly, make the path both inviting and mysterious. It’s easy to see how author W.P. Kinsella chose corn to create the “field of dreams” in his novel “Shoeless Joe.” But that’s not this story.

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Expedition gives researchers new info on opihi

By Erin Miller – West Hawaii Today

Researchers in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands picked up some new information about one of Hawaii’s favorite little invertebrates, including an observation that females live higher up in intertidal zones than males.

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SOME GOOD ECONOMIC NEWS FROM HAWAII

Hawaii visitor spending up 15% in August

Visitor spending in Hawaii rose by nearly 15 percent in August to $1.19 billion, while arrivals to the islands jumped 11 percent, the Hawaii Tourism Authority said Thursday.

Year-to-date, total visitor spending through August was nearly $9.6 billion, 20 percent higher than the same period in 2011, while arrivals rose 10 percent to 5.38 million visitors, the HTA said.

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