Hawai‘i Ranked No. 3 for Eco-friendly Singles Looking for Love

Hawai‘i is ranked the No. 3 place for eco-friendly singles in search of love, according to Just Energy, a world leader in renewable energy and green living.

The JE team pulled data on each states’ singles per capita—creating a ranked list for The Best States for Eco-Friendly Dating (see below for complete rankings).

The rankings take into consideration how green friendly each state’s dating atmospheres might be, from having enough EV charging stations to having veggie-friendly restaurants for green lovers to spark the fires of an eco-friendly romance.

Oregon outranked every state as the No. 1. It ranked high for every category, with plenty of singles in the dating pool, and lots of green living options throughout the city.

With tons of singles ready to mingle, more progressive populations, and plenty of earth-friendly date options, the top 10 states for green dating were largely coastal, with only Nevada as an outlier.

Although Alaska has the most coastline in the US and scores the highest in terms of general well-being, it comes in second to last for green dating.

With New York and Florida in the top 10 best states to find green love, the data correlates with online green dating trends from GreenSingles.com and the Conscious Dating Network

And it’s no wonder—with singles ready to mingle, progressive mindsets, and plenty of Earth-friendly date options, it makes sense that planet-minded people might have good luck finding love in these places.

The JE team sought input from Jill Crosby, founder of the Conscious Dating Network, to learn more about this niche dating pool.

“Our members tend to have jobs and businesses that are in alignment with their hearts and values,” said Crosby, “Many of our members have jobs and own businesses in renewable energy industry, and… [are] involved with charitable organizations that help others and create more sustainability.”

According to Crosby, membership in CDN sites has been increasing steadily as more people seek out relationships with others who have similar values and ethical standards.

But sometimes finding that kind of love means being in the right place at the right time.

If any eco-minded couples are looking to plan their first in-person meeting or a romantic getaway, Just Energy’s rankings of the best states for green lovers can help guide them to their next destination.

Hawaii anyone?

Try these spots on the Big Island to look for love in all the right places…

Get close to nature and to your significant other this Valentine’s Day, Kohala Zipline offers a Canopy Adventure Experience the thrill of zipping from tree-to-tree, reaching speeds up to 45 mph while taking in the beauty of the forest canopy.

Kohala Zipline is among the Big Island activities certified as a Sustainable Tour Operator by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association. For more information about this certification, click here.

For 10 days only, Feb. 8 through 17, Kohala Zipline will offer Zippin to Love! Kama‘āina receive two for the price of one on Kohala Zipline’s Canopy Adventure ( Hawai‘i ID required) Call (808) 331-3620 to book a romantic rendezvous under a tropical canopy.

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Or enjoy a romantic, local and fresh lunch or dinner at Foster’s Kitchen in Kona. This famous eatery on Ali’i Drive collaborates closely with local farmers by utilizing their fresh fruit, vegetables and meats. The menu proudly features and integrates products that are made locally, from craft beers to kombucha, local freshly baked breads and Kona coffee to locally made ice cream and dessert.

For more details, and to read a Big Island Now review of the kitchen, click here.

What about a heart-felt, home-cooked, locally-sourced Valentine meal by candlelight? Shop for ingredients at one of the Big Island’s farmers markets, such as the Kona Sunset Market, open every Wednesday at the HPM parking lot in Kona.

Pressed for time? Let technology give you a hand so you can focus on other romantic preparations—order your groceries online at ChoiceMART.

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Hawai‘i Telescope Spots SpaceX Tesla Roadster in Flight

ATLAS 2 on Mauna Loa. Courtesy photo.

The University of Hawaiʻi ATLAS (Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System) telescope on Mauna Loa captured images on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 of the Tesla Roadster launched into space as part of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy test.

ATLAS is an asteroid impact early warning system being developed by the UH Institute for Astronomy (IfA) and funded by NASA. It consists of two telescopes, 100 miles apart, which automatically scan the whole sky several times every night looking for moving objects. ATLAS was not looking for the Roadster – it was found during routine observations and automatically identified as a near-Earth object.

The Tesla Roadster was seen as a moving object in four separate observations. After it was detected by the automatic software system, the object’s positions were submitted to the International Astronomical Union Minor Planet Center, which is responsible for determining the orbits of asteroids and other small solar system objects. It was immediately identified as the recently launched Tesla Roadster. ATLAS’ orbit determination software pinned down the orbit from the four observations, measuring it about 0.005 astronomical units (about 500,000 miles) from Earth, speeding away at about 3.6 km/sec (8,000 mph).

ATLAS photo of Tesla Roadster

“We were lucky to catch the Roadster before sunrise during our regular observing,” said IfA’s principal investigator for the ATLAS project Larry Denneau. “This really demonstrates the power of our system to find small objects that could hit Earth, and accurately measure their orbits to see if they’re dangerous. Their mission is designed to look for things coming toward Earth, but this time investigators found something going away from Earth. As a fan of what SpaceX is doing, it is fun to be a part of advances in science.”

Falcon Heavy, billed as the most powerful rocket in the world, lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Falcon Heavy’s payload was a midnight-cherry-colored Tesla Roadster owned by SpaceX CEO and lead designer Elon Musk.

Learn more about the Falcon Heavy at the SpaceX website.

Learn more about UH’s ATLAS telescope here.

‘Hōkūleʻa’ Makes Historic First Sail into Pearl Harbor

For the first time in Hōkūleʻa’s 42-year history, the legendary canoe sailed into the waters of Pearl Harbor this morning, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, and was welcomed by the Puʻuloa community, elected officials and the US Navy at Rainbow Bay Marina.

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Entering the mouth of Pearl Harbor at approximately 8 a.m., the arrival began with a greeting, or rendering honors, between Hōkūleʻa and three Navy ships: the USS Hopper, USS Chafee, and the USS Chung Hoon. Sailors saluted from the decks of the three ships and blew a ceremonial whistle to honor the canoe’s arrival and Hōkūleʻa’s crew responded by blowing a pū (conch shell).

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The sail into Pearl Harbor continued with Hōkūleʻa sailing and paying respects by blowing the pu and scattering plumeria flowers at cultural and historical sites throughout the harbor including Halealoha Halemau (Fort Kamehameha Reburial Platform), USS Nevada, Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri, Ford Island, USS Utah and Loko Paʻaiau Fishpond.

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During the brief stop at Loko Paʻaiau Fishpond, a hoʻokupu of fresh fish was handed to a canoe paddler who delivered the special offering to the sacred side. Loko Paʻaiau fishpond is located at McGrew Point Navy housing and is one of only three fishponds out of an original 22 in the Pu’uloa area which are still relatively intact. In September 2014, the Navy invited members of the local Hawaiian civic clubs and ʻAiea community members to begin work on restoring the historic fishpond.

Hōkūleʻa Courtesy Photo

As Hōkūleʻa approached and docked at Rainbow Bay Marina, the crew was welcomed with traditional Hawaiian protocol including chants and a hula performance by ʻAiea High School. Welcome remarks were made by Rear Adm. Brian Fort, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific; Representative Aaron Johanson; Councilmember Brandon Elefante; and Winston Lum of the Aliʻi Pauahi Hawaiian Civic Club.

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Hōkūleʻa’s visit to Puʻuloa fills our hearts with profound gratitude and love,” said Winston Kalina Lum, Sr., Aliʻi Pauahi Hawaiian Civic Club board member and genealogical descendant of the early inhabitants of ʻAiea, Kalauao and Keʻehi. “It has been hundreds of years since a voyaging canoe last landed on our shores. As our community works together to preserve our cultural sites and educate our children, the canoe’s presence reminds us that we, too, can bring peace and Aloha to the planet,” he added.

“You honor us by sharing your insights and your wisdom gained during your Mālama Honua Voyage,” said commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific Rear Adm. Brian Fort. “I am a firm believer that the values that unite us are far greater than any distractions that divide us. We are truly inspired by the brave but humble navigators of Hōkūleʻa and the values you cherish and represent. If you ask any of our Navy sailors here about our Navy core values, he or she will tell you honor, courage and commitment. I know that you share these values.”

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“The statements made here today are very important: what happens next week, what happens next year, what happens a decade from now,” said president of PVS Nainoa Thompson. “I hope this is another day that we take one step at a time towards coming together as a community, and working towards renewal together.”

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Hōkūleʻa is scheduled to be docked at Rainbow Bay Marina until Saturday, Feb. 17. The week-long engagement will include school visits, public dockside tours and a crew talk story event. As part of the Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail, the purpose of Hōkūleʻa’s visit is to bring the canoe to more of Hawaiʻi’s children, honor Pearl Harbor’s ancient culture and history, and to learn about the efforts to restore the area’s cultural sites including Loko Paʻaiau Fishpond. More than 1,000 school children are scheduled to visit Hōkūleʻa and participate in educational activities during her stop at Puʻuloa.