Hana Hou! One of the few university campuses in the world that the campus itself is an arboretum. Shout out to our friends at UH Mānoa and Trees for Honolulu’s Future Director Roxanne Adams and her team. (4/13/2021)
Thoughtful opinion piece on Moving Hawaii Beyond the Pandemic (of course trees are mentioned!) by Karl Kim, Ph.D., professor of urban and regional planning and executive director of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii. (3/26/2021)
Excellent Insight “Take Care of Nature, Which Cares for Us” in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (6/10/2020) by Ulalia Woodside of The Nature Conservancy in Hawai’i and TFHF Panel of Adviser Member. We are indeed interconnected and this period of pause gives us additional perspective. Ho’ola ‘aina, ho’oulu lahui: when we care for nature, nature will care for us.
In “improve walk and bike ways, plus add trees”, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (6/9/2020), Anthony Chang, active with TFHF partner Hawai’i Bicycling League, points to how trees add to the overall livability in support of healthier, active lifestyles.
TFHF panel of adviser member Jeff Mikulina coauthored this Star-Advertiser OpEd (4/22/2020) noting the parallels in the necessary response to coronavirus with climate change that appeared, suitably so, on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.
“Treehoo!” is the cheer around the University of Hawai’i Mānoa campus upon once again being recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA. Congratulations to TFHF Vice President Roxanne Adams, UH Mānoa director of buildings and grounds, and her hard-working crew.
This Commonweal article, Laudato si’ in an Old-Growth Forest (12/30/2019), outlines how no individual plant or animal, and indeed no species, exists in isolation. It identifies three connected lessons that an old-growth forest gives us humans: 1) creation is profoundly interrelated; 2) interrelatedness is not simply a truth about ecology that we observe; and 3) attentiveness can bring the limits of our knowledge into our moral imagination.
Do trees talk? Interesting article on a book that says “YES”. A teaser: “Every tree, therefore, is valuable to the community and worth keeping around for as long as possible. And that is why even sick individuals are supported and nourished until they recover. Next time, perhaps it will be the other way round, and the supporting tree might be the one in need of assistance. […] A tree can be only as strong as the forest that surrounds it.”
Honolulu isn’t unique. Check out how Los Angeles is struggling (and addressing) its lack of shade, particularly the unevenness of urban tree canopy. (12/1/2019)
Fascinating summary of a study on the heat island effect that quantifying the percent canopy coverage needed to make a difference from the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators website. This is an indication that the work Trees for Honolulu’s Future, our partners, and countless other groups, around the nation, is capturing the attention of policymakers. (10/19/2019)
Innovation in Action! City uses technology to help trees grow and prosper. We have a representative from the City & County of Honolulu on our Board — Matt Gonser — as well as numerous City officials on our Panel of Advisers. (6/10/2019)
Sobering. Josh Sanbro, member of Trees for Honolulu’s Future Panel of Advisers, and head of Honolulu’s Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency, is quoted in this timely piece (5/19/2019) on the changing level of carbon in our atmosphere.
“Urban Honolulu has lost 76,000 trees in the last four years, aerial survey finds” (April 15, 2019) Video coverage of Trees for Kaimuki initiative working to make change and reverse this disturbing trend.