Hawaii Loves Horses

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People who work with horses in Hawaii agree on two things: It’s a tough way to make a living and a great way to make a living. Tough, because the costs of importing and feeding horses are high and the financial returns are usually low, but great because you spend your day with animals you love.

The most recent USDA Census reported Hawaii had 5,114 horses and ponies in 2012, down from 6,547 in 2007, but well above every other equine census since at least 1992. Horses were originally brought to the Islands to help Hawaiians herd cattle. While they still do that, many horses serve today by giving trail rides and riding lessons, and performing in rodeos and polo matches.

To read more, go to: http://www.hawaiibusiness.com/hawaii-loves-horses/

Storm Warning: Hawaii Buildings Not Up to Code

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Almost everyone living in Hawaii in 1992 can still remember the devastation left by Iniki, which came ashore on Kauai as a Category 4 hurricane. It took more than a decade for the Garden Island to fully recover.

That’s why it’s troubling that Hawaii’s building code only requires new structures to be built to withstand a Category 3 hurricane. Most Mainland states base their codes on a more recent and stricter version of the International Building Code, including many states that have not been hit by any hurricanes in modern times.

One day last summer, Hawaii had three “Category 4 hurricanes in our neighborhood,” says Gaur Johnson, assistant professor of structural engineering at UH Manoa. Knowing that “our building code is intended to design for a Category 3 storm, I was extremely worried.”

To read more, go to: http://www.hawaiibusiness.com/storm-warning/