Beach Walk 587 – Plastic Bags All Pau

One of the things I have not liked about our daily habits is the use of plastic bags to clean up Lexi’s poo.

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Recently I found about and ordered some corn-based bags that are fully biodegradable. The more I learn about plastic bags, the more I see them as a scourge on the planet (one million per minute!!), much like “plastic water/juice/soda bottles”:http://www.beachwalks.tv/2007/09/18/beach-walk-494-bottled-water-myths/. Get some “facts here”:http://www.reusablebags.com/facts.php on the enormous use of plastic bags and their repercussions.

Hawaiian Word:
Ke ʻeke ʻea: _plastic bag_
Pau: _finished, done_

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Beach Walk #580 – Preserve Beach Access Hawaii

This Saturday, “Beach Access Hawaii”:http://www.beachaccesshawaii.org is leading a statewide rally to raise awareness about beach access in Hawaii.

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No surprise to most, it is a shrinking resource despite a growing population. You know “me and math”:http://www.beachwalks.tv/2006/07/01/beach-walk-129-math-with-rox/ – and this equation doesn’t work out well! You can read an awesome list of facts and state regulations collected by the “Kahea Foundation”:http://www.kahea.org/more.php?id=467_0_3_0_C and the “Surfrider Foundation”:http://www.surfrider.org is a perennial source of good data on beaches and ocean activity.

This issue affects both residents and visitors. Locals: I hope you will attend one of the “rallies”:http://www.beachaccesshawaii.org this Saturday. Visitors: I hope you will “sign our online petition”:http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/hawaii-beach-access!

Mahalo to Joe Philipson of “Philipson Photography”:http://www.philipsonphotography.com/ for introducing today’s episode! Check out a couple of pics he posted to “Flickr”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/jphilipson/2230442384/in/photostream/.

Hawaiian Word:
Kahakai: _beach_

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Beach Walk #579 – Diving Boobies

Heavy rains came in today so we are sharing some footage from this past Saturday.

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Every winter the “boobies”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booby come to town and take up fishing at the south end of Lanikai Beach. I can sit and watch them for long periods of time; birds seem to hold an aspect of freedom that I find so appealing. If we keep this up, we might have to join forces with “The Animal Planet”:http://animal.discovery.com/!

Hawaiian Word:
Manu: _bird_
ʻā: _Booby_

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Beach Walk #577 – A Special View

I had so much fun today speaking at the Hawaii Advertising Federation conference.

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One of the key messages was about using web 2.0 technology to listen and talk to your “users” – your customers, your audience. One of the main reasons why is because their view of the situation is different from the one inside the company walls. By coincidence, we were on our way home and stopped to take in this beautiful just north of Makapuʻu Point.

Hawaiian Word:
ʻIkena: _view_

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Beach Walk #569 – Pluto and Dark Skies

My guest today is Richard Wainscoat, PhD, an astronomer at the “University of Hawaii”:http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/users/rjw/ and also a “photographer”:http://www.wainscoat.com.

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He was on the committee that “de-commissioned” “Pluto from being a bonafide planet”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_definition_of_planet (and tells us why) and is also working with the “International Association of Dark Skies”:http://darksky.org and the City and County of Honolulu to “reduce light pollution”:http://starbulletin.com/2006/09/26/news/story13.html. Apologies for rushing my guest somewhat; I just wanted to address several of the interesting things with which he is involved!

Hawaiian Word:
Lani: _sky_ But really, check out the richness of the concept of “sky” “in the Hawaiian language here”:http://wehewehe.org/gsdl2.5/cgi-bin/hdict?a=q&r=1&hs=1&e=q-0hdict–00-0-0–010—4—-den–0-000lpm–1haw-Zz-1—Zz-1-home—00031-0000escapewin-00&q=sky&j=pm&hdid=0&hdds=0.)

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