Mauna Kea Telescope: Symbol of Hope and Faith

There is a cultural controversy occurring in Hawaii over whether it is right – a moral, not legal issue – for the state to build a $1.4 billion thirty-meter (18 stories!) telescope on Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano on the island of Hawaii. Ethnic Hawaiian elders claim this state-owned site has religious significance and want… Continue reading Mauna Kea Telescope: Symbol of Hope and Faith

Thankful, Patient, Mellower

People change all the time.-Tony Shalhoub People can change, and when they do, we are fortunate to witness it. I recently started working with my dad. He’s an old school architect in his 70s, still drawing plans by hand and driving all over Oahu to measure houses. Recent environmental regulations for storm water runoff on… Continue reading Thankful, Patient, Mellower

A Series on Obstacles to Increasing Housing Density

I just completed a blog series covering Hawaii problems with housing density for All Kinds Drafting Services. Although the articles are Hawaii-specific with a few local terms and neighborhoods, people all over the world have similar concerns. Making sure elderly parents are taken care ofWanting our kids to be safe and get to their activities… Continue reading A Series on Obstacles to Increasing Housing Density

A Lava Cricket Rave

cricket sitting on black, wet lava

Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii oozed tons of lava daily for years. It covered roads, burned homes, and remade acres of land. Yet, on top of this unlikely Candyland, lava crickets flock to mate and gorge on plant debris and sea foam. ‘ūhini nēnē pele in Hawaiian and Caconemobius fori in scientificese,… Continue reading A Lava Cricket Rave