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Brittany Lyte

16 April 2021

Hawaii, United States

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After a five-year effort to reintroduce the alala bird on Hawaii’s Big Island failed, conservationists are looking into releasing the nearly extinct Hawaiian crow on a different island. Of the 30 birds released in 201...

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Ku'u Kauanoe

4 April 2021

Oahu, Hawaii, United States

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Coconuts are making a comeback in Hawaii through the Uluniu Project, which will be distributing more than 400 seedlings in Oahu. The once-native tree provided a nutritious and staple food source as well as sustainable...

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Eleni Avendaño

28 March 2021

Hawaii, United States

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The government's response to the coronavirus pandemic eliminated many bureaucratic barriers and increased funding for health clinics across Hawaii, allowing the entities to offer services such as mobile clinics and te...

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Christina Jedra

1 March 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Honolulu could benefit from adopting the approach to mental-health crisis calls to 911 that Eugene, Oregon, uses. But it would need to make big changes first in its critical infrastructure. Eugene's CAHOOTS program se...

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Jack Truesdale

1 March 2021

Hawaii, United States

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The Bridges program helped alleviate food insecurity in Hawaii by connecting local food producers with food banks. As a result, struggling farmers, who saw a sharp decline in sales after the pandemic, were also able t...

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Christina Jedra

11 February 2021

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) proved itself in Seattle as effective at addressing the underlying problems of people experiencing homelessness, by waiving their criminal charges if they accepted needed serv...

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Allan Parachini

24 December 2020

Kauai, Hawaii, United States

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Affordable housing and wraparound services are being offered to residents experiencing homelessness in Kauai, Hawaii. A new development constructed from shipping containers isn’t meant to be a permanent solution but i...

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Allan Parachini

4 December 2020

Moloaa, Hawaii, United States

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Food hub projects are gaining momentum in Hawaii as a means to connect farmers with customers. The projects go against the narrative that produce should be sold to big-box supermarkets, and instead focuses on "allowin...

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Eleni Avendaño

1 November 2020

Hawaii, United States

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A group of health care workers and social workers formed to help connect hard-to-reach communities in Hawaii to COVID-19 testing and information about the pandemic. So far, they have been able to test more than 200 pe...

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Nancy Redfeather

11 October 2020

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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Thousands of small farmers moved onto homesteads in Los Angeles County in the 1940s and transformed the area into one of the most productive agricultural hubs in the United States. If the Hawaiian government could sha...

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Blaze Lovell

21 September 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Election officials in Hawaii made adjustments to their election regulations for the August 2020 primary that resulted in the highest voter turnout for a primary in two decades. The state offered multiple ways to retur...

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Wilfred C. Alik

11 September 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Pacific Islander communities in Hawaii have formed their own Covid-19 task forces to stop the virus’ spread, rather than wait for the government to respond. Despite a lack of resources, the task forces conduct communi...

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Eleni Avendaño

11 September 2020

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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The city of Honolulu has partnered with hotels to offer quarantine housing for those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 but have nowhere to safely self-isolate. The new units compliment other existing facilities – ...

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Kevin Knodell

6 September 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Members of the Marine Corps in Hawaii often pull double duty: military training and endangered species protection. For example, in June, the Marines roped off 13 green sea turtle nests on a local beach. Part of their ...

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Claire Caulfield

6 September 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Landowners, state employees, environmental groups, and local hunters are working together to protect Hawaii’s forests and drinking water by eradicating invasive plants from the state’s protected forests. By allowing n...

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Blaze Lovell

13 August 2020

Hawaii, United States

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The August 2020 primary election in Hawaii was the first run entirely with voting by mail and the result was increased voter turnout in all of the state’s voting districts. In fact, the 47.8% voter turnout was the bes...

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Blaze Lovell

3 August 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Voters with disabilities in Hawaii have more options for voting than in most other states. Electronic ballots in particular, which can be paired with assistive technology, allow voters more freedom and independence. A...

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Claire Caulfield

6 July 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Since single-use plastic usage has increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations in Hawaii are planning beach cleanup events to pick up the plastic waste. Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii’s first beac...

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Eleni Gill

26 June 2020

Iwilei, Hawaii, United States

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When Covid-19 began spreading throughout the United States, officials in Hawaii set up a quarantine facility for those experiencing homelessness that helped connect residents with other services to reduce their risk o...

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Suevon Lee

22 June 2020

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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Twelve Honolulu high school students, who had only ever met online, used social media to organize a Black Lives Matter protest that drew over 10,000 people. The teens used online forums to communicate about their goal...

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Blaze Lovell

17 June 2020

Hawaii, United States

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The groundswell for greater accountability in police shootings has barely caused a ripple in Hawaii, where the state’s Law Enforcement Officer Independent Review board has finished only one case in its first three yea...

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Suevon Lee

16 June 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Teachers and administrators at schools across Hawaii are adjusting to what it means to teach summer school during the time of coronavirus—and how it'll shape their protocols once fall rolls around. These adjustments i...

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Eleni Gill

20 April 2020

Hawaii, United States

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In Hawaii, an understaffed health department is struggling to keep up with the number of new COVID-19 infections, but they are doing what they can with a method known as contact tracing, in which disease detectives tr...

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Claire Caulfield

10 February 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Hawaiian farmers are increasingly concerned about the amount of plastic they’re finding in their compost, which can have long-term effects on their crop growth. Hawaii Earth Recycling, the island’s largest compost pro...

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Brittany Lyte

28 January 2020

Waianae, Hawaii, United States

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When blight and crime took over a treasured seaside park on Oahu and police seemed unable to help, a community group reclaimed the park and made it safe again by helping the people encamped there and cleaning up the s...

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