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Hawaii Becomes First State in The Nation to Ban Plastic Bags

The state followed a nationwide trending of cities, finally banning plastic bags.

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In the past couple of years, cities and towns across the nation have started to ban plastic bags. Less than one percent of plastic bags are recycled, and it costs more to recycle a plastic bag that create a new one. That’s why Oahu, the most populated Hawaiian island, decided to join the other Hawaiian islands and officially ban plastic and other non-compostable bags from their stores. Beginning Wednesday, Hawaii will become the first state in the nation to ban plastic bags.

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Hawaiian Lawmakers Say “Aloha” to 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2045

Hawaii’s plans to go all-green mean it’s one state down, fourty-nine to go.

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The green energy revolution is in full swing. Look around and you’ll see entire cities—and even countries—committing themselves to renewable power in the coming decades. Advances in wind, solar, and even wave power technology have inspired communities to explore the process of weaning themselves off fossil fuels in favor of more ecologically sound sources of energy. And while the renewable power industry (or, industries, as the case may be) is still very much in flux as a whole, the continued momentum toward the adoption of green tech has moved the dream of environmentally friendly energy policy away from “wishful fantasy,” and well towards “plausible inevitability.”

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Travel to Hawaii Like You Give a Damn: What's Your Idea?

Travel2change is looking for people to share their passion and ideas to travel to Hawaii with a purpose.

While Hawaii evokes tropical breezes sifting through palm trees and oceans with picturesque sunsets, the island is not a paradise for all. Aside from all the beauty Hawaii has to offer, it also faces numerous problems: The already large homeless population is increasing, many parks and beaches are littered, and the fragile natural environment is slowly being eroded. Mass tourism is only helping to perpetuate this cycle. Clearly not all travel benefits local communities. A gap exists between the Hawaiian community and the visitor industry.

Hawaii needs people who care about preserving its beauty and travelers who don’t just travel, but travel to change—their lives, the lives of local communities, and our world.

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At travel2change we are looking for people to share their passion and ideas to travel to Hawaii with a purpose. How can you use your skills to create a positive impact on the lives of local communities in Hawaii? You are challenged to create a trip idea that benefits the communities you visit in Hawaii. If your idea wins, we’ll put $500 towards your trip.

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A Sophie's Choice for Liberals: Unions vs. Environmentalism in Hawaii

In Hawaii, a fight for decent wages clashes with a business trying to do right by the environment.


The Starwood Hotels brand started their "Make a Green Choice" program, through which hotel guests can turn down room service in exchange for a $5 food voucher or 500 hotel points, in their outpost in Kauai, Hawaii, in 2007. Since then, according to Starwood, the program has been a rousing success, with more than 200,000 guests across North America adopting the program in its first six months, subsequently saving more than 8.2 million gallons of water, 38,000 kilowatts of electricity, and reducing chemical usage by 11,000 gallons.

At face value, the program sounds great, especially for conscious travelers who've shaken their head at an unnecessary room cleaning after being away at work or play all day. But there's a problem: Unions hate it.

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Hawaii's Loco Moco and the First Plate Lunch President, Explained Video: Sarah Vowell's Unfamiliar Fishes

What the plate lunch says about the history of Hawaii, President Obama, and America, according to This American Life regular Sarah Vowell.

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Sarah Vowell's latest book, Unfamiliar Fishes, will be out at the end of this month, although the book trailer is out now. (I know, of all the things you could be watching, a book trailer might rank low. But trust me!) In it, Vowell lends her distinctive voice to one of Hawaii's distinctive regional foods: the plate lunch.

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