Zero-Waste Holiday Decorating and Gift Giving

Get ready for the holidays in style with these simple decorating ideas that will transform any home into a winter wonderland. Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Alternatives: Make your gift standout under the tree this season with these alternative gift wrapping options made from old magazines, maps, and newspapers. Learn more. DIY Ornaments: Decorate your Christmas tree […]

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Zero-Waste Cooking this Thanksgiving

Holidays can be stressful, but deciding what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers should be a piece of cake! Get creative with these recipes made from Thanksgiving staples like turkey, bread and veggies. Turkey Jook: For a local take on leftovers, grab some ginger and rice to make this delicious turkey jook. Read the full […]

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How to Be “Green” on Black Friday

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, millions of shoppers around the world will soon be flocking to malls, department stores, and retailers in celebration of the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday. Although this unofficial shopping bonanza creates opportunities for bargain hunters to save on their favorite brand names, Black Friday also generates […]

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BMP Tip: Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans

What is a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)? Do you have a plan in place that identifies potential sources of storm water pollution on your construction project and best management practices and procedures to be implemented throughout all phases of construction to minimize the amount of pollutants in storm water? Construction sites are dynamic, […]

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Storm Water Treatment BMPs and Maintenance

Over the past several years the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division (DOT-HWYS) has continued to design and construct permanent storm water treatment best management practices (PBMPs) as part of their Post-Construction Storm Water Management Program, Action Plan for Retrofitting Structural BMPs, and Trash Reduction Plan. As of the summer of 2018 there […]

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Make a Difference Month

Across the nation, millions of people will be joining forces this October to celebrate “Make A Difference Month.” In Hawaii, the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), Highways Division is calling all keiki, kupuna, and concerned local residents to “make a difference” by helping prevent storm water pollution throughout October in celebration of Make […]

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2018 Annual Maintenance Baseyard Storm Water Training Champions

Congratulations to the Honolulu Crew for winning the Annual Maintenance Baseyard Storm Water Training Quiz Competition. The training and quiz event took place in July, with heavy competition between the 13 maintenance crews. The Honolulu Crew had the highest average score on the post-training quiz (average of 19.45 points out of 20 possible). As the […]

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DOT HWYS Oahu’s Q3 2018 Adopt-A-Highway Champions

Congratulations to the Kaneohe Bay Base Fuels, HDOT Highways, Oahu District’s Third Quarter 2018 Adopt-A-Highway Champions! Their route is from Kaimalolo Place and Kamaka Place in Kaneohe. “As members of the U.S. Navy and Marines, we feel it is our duty to maintain our island home and protect its natural beauty,” said Ronald Watters from […]

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Construction BMP Tip: Types of Erosion

Is erosion occurring on your project? Erosion is the process by which soil particles are removed from the land surface by wind, water, or gravity. Sedimentation occurs when soil particles erode and then settle out. While natural erosion occurs at slow rates, erosion can be accelerated as a result of ground disturbing activities on construction […]

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High-Performance Mulch Application

As part of the Permanent Erosion Control Program, DOT-HWYS continues to repair areas of erosion along state highways. For this site along Kalanianaole Highway in Kailua, traditional landscaping methods could not be used due to its steep, unstable, and irregular terrain. In order to allow the existing trees, and their root systems to remain undisturbed […]

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