2008 Olympics Artist Wyland Announces Grand Finale Mural

Posted: June 27th, 2008 | Comments Off

2008 Olympics Artist Wyland Announces Grand Finale for Epic “Whaling Wall” Project. Mile-long mural in Beijing this summer with thousands of children will celebrate the “Green Olympics

Marine life artist and conservation advocate Wyland, who first began his quest to paint 100 gigantic marine life murals 27 years ago, will announce the final mural in the project – a mile long “clean water” themed mural in Beijing with thousands of children from around the world to celebrate the Green Olympics.

The announcement will take place on Wednesday July 2, 2008 / 11:00 a.m. Hawaiian Time – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time and can be watched via a LIVE video stream right here on 808Talk. The stream will be viewable on this current page as well as at our LIVE broadcast site – http://live.808talk.tv.

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Who Is Wyland?

Laguna Beach artist Wyland, 51, has painted murals in more than 75 cities in fourteen countries that are seen by a billion people each year. The artist, who recently completed murals in American Samoa, England, and Brazil, is an official artist of United States Olympic Team for the 2008 Olympic Games, with a special focus on the environment, and was the keynote speaker on the subject of Water at the 2008 United Nations Environment Program International Children’s Conference, June 15-20, in Stavanger, Norway. His underwater photography is being displayed this summer in the Smithsonian Institution.

Wyland’s efforts for conservation awareness have been recognized by the United Nations, Sierra Club, Rotary International, Riverkeeper Alliance, and Surfrider Foundation. He is the creator of the Whale Tail license plate for the state of California, which has raised millions in grant money for coastal cleanups and education.

His Wyland Foundation, in partnership with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is actively engaged in teaching millions of students around the world to become caring, informed stewards of our oceans, rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands.


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Start Or Stop Light Rail Transit In Honolulu…You Decide!

Posted: June 19th, 2008 | Comments Off

One of the most debated subjects currently in Honolulu is whether or not “Light Rail Transit” is the solution to the traffic nightmare and therefore a good thing.

Cost, loss of more natural Hawaiian landscape and noise pollution are high on the list of given Cons to light rail. Pros given are pretty much in line with just easing the traffic congestion that plagues Oahu motorists everyday.

Two non-profit groups, one on each side of the fence, have emerged and offer great insight into whether or not this is the right or wrong approach to solving all the bustling traffic of this metropolitan city located in the middle of the Pacific. The key points of both organizations are highlighted below.

Those for light rail claim:

  • Best For The Local Economy
  • Best for the Environment
  • Best for Our Community

Those against light rail claim:

  • It Will Cost $Billions And $Billions And $Billions
  • It Will Not Relieve Traffic Congestion
  • It Is Noisy
  • It Will Be An Environmental Blight

TV Commercials

Support Rail Transit    Stop Rail Transit

What do you think? Take a minute and cast your vote in our current poll listed below. If you want to build your opinion before you cast your vote, feel free to visit the links to both sides of the debate and then come back and submit your vote.

Comments are also open below so let us know how you feel. Are you a local resident, tourist or just concerned party that wishes to voice your opinion?

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Conquer The Rocks At Three Tables Pūpūkea!

Posted: May 22nd, 2008 | Comments Off

On this wonderful “Aloha Friday” I wanted to share with you a beautiful place called “Three Tables” which is located in the PÅ«pÅ«kea area of Oahu’s North Shore. Yesterday me and a few friends went to Three Tables which is popular for diving and snorkeling. We took a journey out to the flat rock farthest to the left when looking from the beach and snapped a few photos and documented a short video. The swim out there is a very short and mild one so most can accomplish this with just a few things to keep in mind. Since the rocks are only visible during low tide and mostly in the summer you shouldn’t attempt this at any other time especially during the winter months when strong waves are in force. Also wearing reef shoes and some gloves is not necessarily required, but recommended to prevent cutting yourself on the sharp rock.

If you live on Oahu or visiting and just want to check out a chill place to have some fun, do some snorkeling, or go under the sea for diving, then be sure and put Three Tables on your list of things to see and do.

View Three Tables on Google Maps

Quick Facts:
Three Tables gets its name from the three flat sections of reef visible at low tide.
Three Tables is located within the Pupukea Marine Life Conservation District.

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Earth Day Is Everyday, How Will You Kokua (HELP)

Posted: April 21st, 2008 | Comments Off

Today marks the official “Earth Day” which is set forth with the intension to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. In today’s society there are so many options and resources available to us to help preserve and protect Mother Earth for generations to come. Recycling, cutting your dependence on fossil fuels;oil, coal, gas (which nowadays can save TONS of money), and going paperless for billing are just some ways you can help protect our planet. Other more in-depth options include, getting involved in outreach programs that protect wildlife and nature, creating natural wildlife habitats in your own backyard, and partnering with agencies such as the National Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Geological Survey. No matter how you choose to contribute to the cause, every little bit helps so be sure and do your part.

Here in Hawaii there is a lot of awareness to protect not only Earth as a whole, but also our aina (land), and one of the most recognizable organizations is the The Kokua Hawaii Foundation. The Kokua Hawaii Foundation “supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaii and provides students with exciting and interactive encounters that will enhance their appreciation for and understanding of their environment so that they will be lifelong stewards of the earth.” One of the avid supporters of this foundation is none other than the talented Jack Johnson who headlines the Kokua Festival every year which is a benefit concert for the Kokua Hawaii Foundation. Putting together various artists and sharing tips to protecting Earth combines for a greater means of awareness to the public.

Check out some of the video links below of past visitors to the Kokua Festival and see what they set forth as resolutions to help protect our environment, then after that write down your resolution/resolutions and makes goals to achieve them. Things like commuting to work with others, riding a bicycle, and using your own reusable beverage container are ways you can help. Even washing your car at a local automated car wash rather than at home can help the environment. Bottom line is, there are hundreds of ways to put for an effort and kokua! Earth Day is everyday, not just once a year.

Have a Happy Earth Day…and spread some ALOHA while you’re out there today. Got a great idea to help the planet? Pass it along in the comment section below.

Earth Day Links:
Earth Day Network
Hawaii Earth Day Fair
Hawaii 2008 Earth Day Events
Ten Tips For Earth Day

Other Great Links:
Kokua Festival
Kokua Hawaii Foundation
Maui Brewing Company: Hawaii-Friendly & Earth-Friendly
Big Island’s Mauna Lani Among Earth’s Most Earth-Friendly Resorts
Red Earth Hawaii Clothing

Video Links:
Kokua Festival Earth Day Resolutions Part 1
Kokua Festival Earth Day Resolutions Part 2
Kokua Festival Earth Day Resolutions Part 3

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NWHI Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

Posted: April 11th, 2008 | Comments Off

The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is the single largest conservation area under the U.S. flag, and the largest marine conservation area in the world. It encompasses 137,797 square miles of the Pacific Ocean (105,564 square nautical miles) – an area larger than all the country’s national parks combined.

The extensive coral reefs found in Papahānaumokuākea – truly the rainforests of the sea – are home to over 7,000 marine species, one quarter of which are found only in the Hawaiian Archipelago. Many of the islands and shallow water environments are important habitats for rare species such as the threatened green sea turtle and the endangered Hawaiian monk seal.

Papahānaumokuākea is also of great cultural importance to Native Hawaiians with significant cultural sites found on the islands of Nihoa and Mokumanamana.

The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument was created by Presidential proclamation on June 15, 2006. See announcement and video here.

Source: NOAA.gov

Other Links:
808T E.93 – Papahanaumokuakea

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