Summer course at HIMB

by Austin Yeung 2015-07-24

I had a blast with my marine biology class at the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), a world-renowned research institute at the University of Hawai’i (UH) at Manoa, this summer.

Located on Moku o Lo’e (Coconut Island) in Kane‘ohe Bay, HIMB is the only marine research facilities that are built on a coral reef and an island by itself.  It provides excellent research and learning opportunities located just 15 miles from the main UH campus and downtown Honolulu.

I took this marine science summer course in July, 2015 at HIMB on Coconut Island. It’s a one week course, with a class of 20 high school students. If interested in more, please view my video.

Wonderful experience!

‘Plastic bag ban’ in Hawaii

by Alan Yeung 2015-07-07

In Hawaii, residents are responding and adjusting to a state-wide ban on plastic bags that went into effect on July 1.  During this inaugural week, while the jury is still out on its impact, environmentalists are keeping up the pressure on retailers, criticizing and wondering why so many are still being given out at local grocery checkout stands.

Plastic bag in Kaneohe BayBeach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawaii (B.E.A.C.H.) voiced its concern that the ban was having little effects on reducing litter on beaches. It surveyed the trash left behind at Ala Moana Beach Park on Sunday, July 5, and found plastic bags littered everywhere.

The new law exempts plastic checkout bags from takeout food, drinks and bakery goods. The so-called re-usable bags already thrown away shows that most consumers are not keeping them for reuse. People are treating the thick plastic bags the same as the disposable plastic bags like before.

Why ban plastic bags?

Because they seem to find their way to the coastal waters and the oceans in garbage patches.  Besides their impact on sustainability, plastic bags adversely affect wild lives such as sea turtles and birds, making them susceptible to being caught and trapped, or they inject these plastic substances and became ill.

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