Homestead with a View: Sustainable Living on Hawaii Island

March 2, 2017||CRC Listings: Residential, Sustainability and Off-Grid Living

This Upper Kaiwiki Road homestead offers the perfect opportunity to live a sustainable, green island lifestyle. It is sited to take full advantage of the sunlight, rainfall and tropical breezes found in East Hawaii, minimizing dependency on "the grid."

September 15, 2014||Big Island Communities: News

Proposed Honoka'a Agricultural Hub to Include Farmers Market and Demonstration Farm  

For those who grew up in Hawaii during the decline of the sugar industry, news about community based sustainability projects that will build stability for food security for our island brings hope and excitement. The proposed regional agricultural hub project Hamakua Harvest, is one such initiative. The proposed location for Hamakua Harvest is at the corner of the Hawaii Belt Highway (Hwy 19) and Mamane Street (Hwy 240). Visionary and groundbreaking in scope, the project is gathering steam and could start to become a reality as early as the Spring of 2015. The first planned phase is an all-weather farmers market that will feature local products from up to 26 vendors and serve as a venue for workshops, information booths, youth-focused activities and entertainment. Future phases may include: A full-service retail nursery Demonstration working farm and learning center Compost facility Value-added agricultural... Read More 

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August 6, 2014||Sustainability and Off-Grid Living

Sustainable Land Clearing: Grazin' in the Grass with Goat Dozers 

Big Island Goat Dozers: Green and Efficient Land Clearing If you are looking for a sustainable alternative for land clearing, here's the ticket! On a recent walk through my neighborhood, Puu Lani Ranch, I noticed some new temporary residents had moved in. The Big Island Goat Dozers were hard at work, in fact their slogan is "Will Work for Food." I stopped and spoke to the business owner Chris, who explained that he delivers the herd of goats (and "Patron," a Kona Nightingale guardian donkey), sets up portable electric fencing and checks the herd daily to monitor progress. Their web site explains the advantages of this green and efficient method of clearing: the brush is converted to organic fertilizer, goats can more easily clear difficult terrain with little negative impact and they are quieter than machinery. The added bonus, as you can see from the photos:  they are cute and lovable! Read More 

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April 1, 2011||Big Island Communities: Districts & Subdivisions

Waikoekoe: Off-grid Living Near Waimea 

A short two mile drive down the paved eucalyptus-lined Mud Lane, which runs behind the Waimea Country Club (a popular jogging spot), takes us to one of the most beautiful parts of the Hawaiian Islands. The first thing you notice when you drive into Waikoekoe, a gated community perched above magnificent Waipio Valley, is the smoothness of the rolling hills. Read More 

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January 6, 2011||Big Island Communities: Events

Waimea Ocean Film Festival Celebrates the Ocean Experience 

Because of our deep connection to the ocean, it's no surprise that Waimea's three theatres, Kahilu Theatre, the theatre at Parker School and the Ka Makani Theatre at Hawaii Preparatory Academy are host this week to the Waimea Ocean Film Festival. Read More 

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