The Voice Notes We Shared

Two culture writers discuss the antidote to loneliness (spoiler alert: it involves water). Listen to our season finale.

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Hit Hard by High Energy Costs, Hawaii Looks to the Sun

The state is seeking to replace coal and oil with solar energy, aiming to rely extensively on rooftop panels on single-family homes.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #energy-and-power, #geothermal-power, #hawaii, #hawaiian-electric-co-inc, #hydroelectric-power, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #solar-energy

Native Hawaiian Hula Teacher Among Five Women Who Will Appear on Quarters

Edith Kanaka‘ole, who died in 1979, will appear on the coin next year along with four other notable women.

#coleman-bessie-1892-1926, #currency, #dancing, #hawaii, #hula, #idar-jovita-1885-1946, #kanakaole-edith, #native-americans, #native-hawaiians, #numismatics, #roosevelt-eleanor, #tallchief-maria, #united-states-mint, #womens-rights

The Queer Indigenous Artists Reclaiming a Fluid Sense of Gender

Colonialist conceptions of gender have long sought to erase more expansive views. But a new generation is making work that honors their cultures’ beliefs on their own terms.

#art, #cebu-philippines, #culture-arts, #gender, #hawaii, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #indigenous-people, #men-and-boys, #monkman-kent, #native-americans, #sandoval-isabel-film-director, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #women-and-girls

Europe Returns Ancestral Remains to Hawaii From Museums

A delegation from Hawaii is on a five-city tour to bring human remains home, some of thousands of such remnants in Europe taken from around the world.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #europe, #hawaii, #museums, #parzinger-hermann, #prussian-cultural-heritage-foundation

The Fish That Comes With a Year of Good Luck

A Hawaiian specialty cooked the way a local has been making it for 25 years.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #hawaii, #recipes, #seafood

Omicron Is Just Beginning and Americans Are Already Tired

A sense of dread about the variant’s rapid spread is growing even in places that had experienced a virus lull.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #florida, #hawaii, #puerto-rico

In Hawaii, Fears Grow Over Unsafe Levels of Petroleum in Drinking Water

State health officials warned residents at a military base near Pearl Harbor to avoid using the water after the Navy found petroleum in samples taken from one of its wells.

#del-toro, #environmental-protection-agency, #hawaii, #ige-david, #military-bases-and-installations, #oahu-hawaii, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #schatz-brian, #water, #water-pollution

Military Project That Identified 355 Crew Members Who Died at Pearl Harbor EndsIt’s a

The remains of 355 sailors and Marines from the U.S.S. Oklahoma were identified using DNA and dental records, but 33 crew members could not be.

#cemeteries, #defense-department, #defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #hawaii, #missing-in-action, #nebraska, #pearl-harbor-hawaii, #research, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-navy, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Storm Could Cause ‘Catastrophic Flooding’ in Hawaii, Forecasters Warn

Some parts of the islands could see as much as 25 inches of rain through Tuesday, meteorologists said. “This is an extreme weather event,” an emergency official said on Monday.

#cyclones, #floods, #hawaii, #hawaii-emergency-management-agency, #ige-david, #national-weather-service, #oahu-hawaii, #weather

Yes, There’s a Blizzard Warning in Hawaii. No, It’s Not That Weird.

The National Weather Service said roughly a foot of snow was expected to fall on the Big Island summits. “We do get snow there pretty much every year,” one local meteorologist said.

#floods, #hawaii, #hawaii-the-big-island, #honolulu-hawaii, #mauna-kea-volcano-hawaii, #national-weather-service, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather

Man Held in Hawaii for More Than 2 Years Over Mistaken Identity Sues the State

Joshua Spriestersbach, who was arrested in 2017 in Honolulu after a police officer mistook him for a man with an outstanding warrant, was held by the state for 32 months, his lawyers said.

#griffith-vedanta, #hawaii, #honolulu-hawaii, #oahu-hawaii, #police-department-honolulu-hawaii, #spriestersbach-joshua, #suits-and-litigation-civil

When Kilauea Erupted, a New Volcanic Playbook Was Written

Scientists learned lessons from the 2018 outburst on the island of Hawaii that are changing how responders prepare for eruptions in other places.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #drones-pilotless-planes, #geology, #hawaii, #kilauea-volcano-hawaii, #mount-baker-wash, #mount-hood-ore, #mount-rainier-wash, #mount-shasta-volcano-calif, #mount-st-helens-wash, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #social-media, #united-states, #united-states-geological-survey, #volcanoes, #western-states-us, #your-feed-science

The Price of Living in ‘Paradise’ Is Higher Than Ever

Land and homes in Hawaii, never inexpensive, are more in demand in these days of remote working — as in remote from the U.S. mainland.

#coastal-areas, #hawaii, #kauai-hawaii, #luxury-goods-and-services, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

A New 10-Year Plan for the Cosmos

On astronomers’ wish list for the next decade: two giant telescopes and a space telescope to search for life and habitable worlds beyond Earth.

#atacama-desert, #black-holes-space, #canary-islands, #chile, #europe, #hawaii, #james-webb-space-telescope, #national-academies-of-sciences-engineering-and-medicine, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #united-states, #your-feed-science

Some States Want to Charge for Rescuing Lost Hikers

The coronavirus pandemic sent a surge of inexperienced hikers into the wilderness. Many ran into trouble. Now states are looking to bill them for costly search and rescue operations.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fines-penalties, #hawaii, #hikes-and-hiking, #new-hampshire, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #rescues, #south-dakota

‘Stairway to Heaven,’ or Dangerous Nuisance? A Hawaiian Landmark Is Set to Be Scrapped.

Honolulu officials said that maintaining the Haiku Stairs, an illegal hiking trail of 3,922 steps that crosses a mountain range, is too much of a liability.

#accidents-and-safety, #environment, #hawaii, #hikes-and-hiking, #honolulu-hawaii, #land-use-policies, #oahu-hawaii, #trespassing

The Backyard Golf Course Can Be More Than a Dream

From a handmade seven-hole course in Kansas to a more lavish setup in Hawaii, enthusiasts have made their dreams a reality.

#golf, #hawaii, #kansas-city-mo, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rochester-ny

Wildfires Limit Outdoor Travel and Activity Across the West

Excessive heat and wildfires could disrupt the booming outdoor travel industry, as travelers now have to take a hotter and longer fire season into account.

#california, #global-warming, #hawaii, #idaho, #montana, #oregon, #travel-and-vacations, #washington-state, #western-states-us, #wildfires

Reconsidering Outdoor Travel in the West, as Wildfires Burn

Excessive heat and wildfires could disrupt the booming outdoor travel industry, as travelers now have to take a hotter and longer fire season into account.

#california, #fishing-sport, #global-warming, #hawaii, #idaho, #montana, #oregon, #travel-and-vacations, #washington-state, #wildfires

Why Vaccinated People Are Getting ‘Breakthrough’ Infections

The vaccines are effective, but they are not a golden shield against the coronavirus, particularly not the Delta variant.

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How Bad Are U.S. Wildfires? Even Hawaii Is Battling a Surge.

It’s among the wettest places on the planet, but shifts in rainfall, invasive grasses and a housing shortage are driving a wildfire spike on the islands.

#fires-and-firefighters, #hawaii, #hawaii-the-big-island, #invasive-species, #united-states, #weather, #wildfires

The Best Party Dessert Comes From Hawaii

What’s not to love about butter mochi? It’s simple to make, fun to eat and easy to customize.

#butter, #cakes, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #desserts, #hawaii, #simeon-sheldon

Traveling to Hawaii? Be Prepared to Pay

Interest in visiting the islands is running high, but the price of paradise can be multiple Covid tests, expensive stints in quarantine, long waits in line and more.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hawaii, #kauai-hawaii, #oahu-hawaii, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization

U.S. Senate Confirms First Muslim Federal District Judge

The judge, Zahid N. Quraishi of New Jersey, said after his selection by President Biden, “Candidly, I would prefer to be the hundredth, if not the thousandth.”

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #booker-cory-a, #bush-george-w, #council-on-american-islamic-relations, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #federal-courts-us, #hawaii, #hirono-mazie-k, #iraq, #menendez-robert, #muslim-americans, #muslims-and-islam, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #schumer-charles-e, #united-states-politics-and-government

6 U.S. Destinations for a Remote-Working Vacation

As workers prepare to return to the office in coming months, here are six towns and cities to consider squeezing in a working vacation or two.

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Surfing for the United States, but Representing Hawaii

U.S. Olympic surfers from Hawaii — the proud home of the sport — would prefer to compete under their own red, white and blue banner.

#florence-john-john-1992, #hawaii, #kahanamoku-duke-1890-1968, #native-hawaiians, #olympic-games-2020, #surfing

Colt Brennan, Former University of Hawaii Quarterback, Dies at 37

Mr. Brennan, who set an N.C.A.A. record for touchdown passes in 2006 and led the Rainbow Warriors to their only bowl series appearance, had recently completed a course of treatment at a rehab center.

#colleges-and-universities, #deaths-obituaries, #football-college, #hawaii, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #university-of-hawaii

10 Queer Indigenous Artists on Where Their Inspirations Have Led Them

While wide-ranging in scope and style, these pieces are alike in their power and depth.

#alaska, #art, #british-columbia-canada, #gender, #hawaii, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #indigenous-people, #mexico, #new-mexico, #spokane-wash, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Would the Pandemic Stop Paul Theroux From Traveling?

No. Of course not.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #hawaii, #theroux-paul, #travel-and-vacations, #under-the-wave-at-waimea-book, #writing-and-writers

Swell Energy’s new deal in New York shows how the company plans to spend the $450 million it’s raising

Back in December, Swell Energy said it would be raising $450 million to support the development of distributed power projects in three states. Now, with the announcement of a deal between the venture-backed startup and New York City’s utility, ConEd, industry watchers can get a glimpse of what those projects may look like.

The Los Angeles-based company has a new residential solar plus energy storage program for homeowners in Queens that’s going to be rolled out in partnership with ConEd.

It’s a project that will create solar-powered home batteries for eligible ConEd customers.

New York is actually targeting the rollout of 3 gigawatts of installed energy storage capacity by 2030 with a goal of moving the entire state’s electricity grid to zero emissions by 2040.

With the ConEd project, the city is hoping to create backup power for customers in Queens that they can tap independently of the energy grid’s own resources, which should free up power for customers that don’t have the energy storage tech.

Homeowners that participate in the project may qualify for incentives that lower the cost of the systems, which are initially being offered to residents of Forest Park, Glendale, Hunters Point, Long Island City, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Sunnyside, and parts of adjacent neighborhoods in Queens.

The New York virtual power plant differs from other initiatives from Swell in that it provides available capacity to specific distribution circuits on the grid to reduce customer demand on circuits during network overload periods, according to a Swell spokesperson.

With the virtual power plant, ConEd won’t need to build out new transmission and distribution infrastructure, but can still ensure network reliability. It’s what’s called a “non-wires solution” to the demand problem, Swell’s spokesperson said.

By contrast, the company’s Hawaii projects provide system-level capacity and frequency regulation and the California program with Southern California Edison, provide demand-response capacity for baseload energy management and overall load growth in the area where they’re operating.

#articles, #california, #electrical-grid, #energy, #hawaii, #los-angeles, #new-york, #new-york-city, #renewable-energy, #solar-power, #southern-california-edison, #spokesperson, #tc, #thomas-edison

Your Daylight Saving Time Questions Answered

A group of U.S. senators has joined the ranks of those who want to abolish daylight saving time, which has roots in cost-cutting strategies of the late 19th century.

#arizona, #daylight-saving-time, #electric-light-and-power, #florida, #hawaii, #railroads, #states-us, #united-states-chamber-of-commerce

Dam Overflows in Hawaii, Forcing Evacuation

An evacuation order affected people near the Kaupakalua Reservoir and Dam in the Haiku area of Maui. At least half a dozen homes were damaged or destroyed, officials said.

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #floods, #hawaii, #levees-and-dams, #maui-hawaii, #rain, #reservoirs

In Hawaii, Reimagining Tourism for a Post-Pandemic World

Before Covid, ‘tourism was at this point where everything was about tourists.’ With the one-year anniversary of travel’s collapse, the state, like other overtouristed places, is hoping for a reset.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diamond-head-oahu-hawaii, #hawaii, #honolulu-hawaii, #shutdowns-institutional, #travel-and-vacations

Surf’s Up. Grab Your Helmet.

Helmets used to be a rarity in surfing. Now, young surfers on the North Shore of Oahu are embracing the safety device as a necessity in the world’s most dangerous waves.

#hawaii, #helmets, #oahu-hawaii, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #sports-injuries, #surfing

New Zealand Faces Tsunami Threat After 8.1-Magnitude South Pacific Earthquake

The temblor was one of three powerful earthquakes that were recorded within eight hours off New Zealand, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

#auckland-new-zealand, #coast-erosion, #earthquakes, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #geology, #hawaii, #ige-david, #new-zealand, #tidal-waves-and-tsunamis, #tonga, #united-states-geological-survey

Kilauea Volcano Erupts in Hawaii, Prompting Warning About Ash

The civil defense authorities warned people to stay indoors to avoid the fallout of ash carried by the winds.

#earthquakes, #hawaii, #kilauea-volcano-hawaii, #united-states-geological-survey, #volcanoes

Hawaii’s Next Wave of Natural Skin-Care Brands

A new generation of beauty companies is rediscovering the islands’ powerful native ingredients, from taro to ferns.

#beauty-concept, #flowers-and-plants, #hawaii, #skin

Surfer Dies After Shark Attack in Hawaii

The 56-year-old man died a day after the attack in Maui. A surf competition scheduled in the area later that day was postponed and moved.

#hawaii, #maui-hawaii, #sharks, #surfing, #world-surf-league

Couple Boards Flight After Testing Positive for Covid-19

Wesley Moribe, 41, and Courtney Peterson, 46, were charged with reckless endangerment after they flew from San Francisco to Hawaii, despite being told to isolate, the police said.

#hawaii, #kauai-hawaii, #united-airlines

How to Pretend You’re in Hawaii Tonight

With a few easy-to-find items, you can discover the archipelago’s breathtaking biodiversity, savor its flavors and music, even delight in an island-inspired Thanksgiving.

#art, #beaches, #books-and-literature, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #hawaii, #islands, #movies, #museums, #music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #surfing, #thanksgiving-day, #travel-and-vacations, #volcanoes

Around the World at Home Series Lets Readers Explore Cultures

A new series, Around the World at Home, lets readers channel the spirit of a faraway place without hopping on a flight.

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Hawaii’s Reopening May Be Good for Tourism. Is it Good for Locals?

The travel industry and the islands’ authorities say using testing could create a model for reopening international travel. But some locals object to being part of the experiment.

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Hawaii’s Reopening May Be Good for Tourism. Is it Good for Hawaiians?

The travel industry and the islands’ authorities say using testing could create a model for reopening international travel. But some locals object to being part of the experiment.

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Now at the Boarding Gate: Coronavirus Tests

Airlines and airports are offering the tests as a way for travelers whose results are negative to avoid quarantines at their destinations, and to revive travelers’ faith in flying.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hawaii, #hawaiian-airlines-incorporated, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations, #united-airlines

United Airlines is making COVID-19 tests available to passengers, powered in part by Color

There’s still no clear path back to any sense of ‘business-as-usual’ as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, but United Airlines is embarking on a new pilot project to see if easy access to COVID-19 testing immediately prior to a flight can help ease freedom of mobility. The airline will offer COVID-19 tests (either rapid tests at the airport, or mail-in at home tests prior to travel) to passengers flying from SFO in San Francisco to Hawaiian airpots, beginning on October 15.

United worked directly with the Hawaiian government and health regulators to meet the state’s requirements when it comes to quarantine measures, so that travellers who return a negative result with this pre-trip tests won’t have to observe the mandatory quarantine period in place upon their arrival. That’s obviously a major barrier to travel to a popular tourist destination like Hawaii, since a two-week quarantine eats up all or more of the typical period of stay for anyone coming from the mainland.

The airline has partnered with two companies to provide the tests: Color for the at-home kit, which is ordered by a physician and provides results within 1-2 days of receiving the sample, and GoHealth Urgent Care, which will be provided the on-site tests at the airport using the Abbot ID NOW rapid COVID-19 test that returns results in just 15 minutes.

If passengers choose the Color option, they’re advised to request the test kit at least 10 days before they fly, and then to provide their sample for testing within 72 hours before they fly, in order to ensure first that they receive the sample kit in time, and second that the results are recent enough that it’s extremely unlikely they’ve contracted COVID-19 in the ensuing time prior to their flight. Passengers choosing this method can even return the sample via a drop box at SFO, with the results arriving after their landing, but still curtailing their mandatory quarantine period once received.

The on-site option will require scheduling a visit to the testing facility in SFO’s international terminal in advance, with tests available between 9 AM to 6 PM PT every day at the airport.

This is just a pilot program, and that’s a very good thing, because it will be crucially important to see what happens as a result of this kind of deployment, and its ability to skip the quarantine period. The two-week quarantine after travelling, which is fairly widely adopted globally at this stage in the pandemic, is intentionally meant to apply in most locations regardless of test results, no matter the source or recency.

That’s because at this stage in testing, the results aren’t anywhere near foolproof – testing has potentially less efficacy at detecting COVID-19 in asymptomatic individuals, for instance, and when viral loads aren’t yet high enough to provide reliable measurement. Those situations can result in false negatives, which isn’t an issue when the 14-day quarantine periods are mandatory and universal.

Tourism, especially domestic U.S. tourism, is vital to the economic wellbeing of states like Hawaii – and widespread testing could be a lever to open up more of this kind of economic activity both elsewhere in the U.S. and internationally. But it’ll require close and careful study, scrutinized by health professionals, as well as improvements in the accuracy and consistency of diagnostics before these measure should expand beyond the pilot stage.

#aerospace, #airline, #coronavirus, #covid-19, #gohealth, #hawaii, #health, #medicine, #physician, #prevention, #quarantine, #san-francisco, #tc, #united-airlines, #united-states

$1.85 Million Homes in Massachusetts, Hawaii and Georgia

An 1880 house in Provincetown, an off-the-grid home on the Big Island and a five-bedroom estate with two guesthouses in Rabun Gap.

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$2 Million Dollar Homes for Sale in Massachusetts, Hawaii and Georgia

An 1880 house in Provincetown, an off-the-grid home on the Big Island and a five-bedroom estate with two guesthouses in Rabun Gap.

#georgia, #hawaii, #provincetown-mass, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

New Virus Hot Spots: U.S. Islands from Hawaii to Puerto Rico

U.S. islands in the Caribbean and the Pacific have growing cases of the coronavirus, which can spike even in places far removed from urban centers when controls are relaxed.

#american-samoa, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #guam, #hawaii, #puerto-rico, #virgin-islands-us

Ex-C.I.A. Officer Is Accused of Spying for China

The arrest of a 67-year-old Hawaii resident is the latest case involving former intelligence officers charged with providing classified documents to Beijing.

#central-intelligence-agency, #china, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #hawaii, #informers, #justice-department, #ma-alexander-yuk-ching, #united-states-politics-and-government