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An 11 Year Old Embraces Change - Unlearning What We've Learned

An 11 Year Old Embraces Change - Unlearning What We've Learned

"Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty...
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Labor of Love - Freediving with an Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

Labor of Love - Freediving with an Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

Meet B1819, he’s a five-year-old critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal born on the Big Island of Hawaii. Back in 2010 he had just turned three when he arrived in Kealakekua Bay.
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Witness to a Tragedy: Finding Beauty in the Death of a Blue Shark

Witness to a Tragedy: Finding Beauty in the Death of a Blue Shark

I went out fishing with my friend Colin Cornforth and his eight-year-old son Cameron. We took my 17’ Boston Whaler for rigged with everything from spear guns and fishing poles to my land camera and underwater camera. I wanted to be ready for anything.
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Five Reasons to Support Organic Agriculture

Five Reasons to Support Organic Agriculture

This article is in response to the article by Amy Waxman titled, GMOs May Feed the World Using Fewer Pesticides, she along with many others subscribe to the theory..
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The Story of the Tiger Shark, Mahi Mahi Carcass & The Freediver

The Story of the Tiger Shark, Mahi Mahi Carcass & The Freediver

Returning from a morning snorkeling trip we entered the harbor at around 1:30 pm, when a lot of the other morning trips were returning. There was a gathering of people on either side of the harbor channel where there is only a large landing craft moored for use as an offshore fish farm.
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My Patriotic Fourth of July Clothing and US Flag were Made in China?

My Patriotic Fourth of July Clothing and US Flag were Made in China?

It's truly amazes me that here on Fourth of July 2013 PuraKai Clothing has a project on Kickstarter to create Made in the USA clothing grown from USA grown organic Pima cotton.
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5 Reasons to support Made in USA Organic Cotton Clothing Kickstarter

5 Reasons to support Made in USA Organic Cotton Clothing Kickstarter

When we set out to create clothing "For the Love of Water" we didn't realize how relevant that tag line would become. The Love of Water came from the love of surfing, spearfishing, stand up paddling, kayaking and all sorts of other water related sports. It wasn't until my daughter and I started sourcing fabrics that we found there was a connection between fabrics in clothing and the health of the rivers, lakes, and streams and ultimately the ocean.
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Living the life you should be living, less time taking, more time giving

It was a year ago today that I had a Conversation with a Seal, picked up the book The Responsible Company, thought to myself " I may not be living the life I should be living, that I should be spending less time taking, and more time giving", and launched this is idea to create PuraKai.
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Consumption without Consequences: Organic Cotton Clothing

Consumption without Consequences: Organic Cotton Clothing

Back in June when I first started the journey to become a Socially Responsible Entrepreneur I had no idea what product or service I was going to create. The only thing I knew was I needed a business idea that was bigger than just making a profit, and it had to be an idea that would help heal and protect the oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams.
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Made in the USA - What do I stand for?

Made in the USA - What do I stand for?

At the rental ski house where I'm staying I happened to pick up Tom Brokaw's book "The Greatest Generation". Inside the front cover it said, "This generation was united not only by a common purpose, but also by common values, -duty, honor, economy, courage, service, love of family and country, and, above all, responsibility for oneself."
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Altruism, Nihilism, Whale Oil and Learning from Tesla

Altruism, Nihilism, Whale Oil and Learning from Tesla

If you lived in the mid 1700's and early 1800's one of your primary sources of lighting would have come in the form of a lamp fueled by whale oil. Can you imagine killing whales for fuel? It would seem almost unimaginedable today.
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No Swimming Allowed: Urban Runoff, Contamination, & Bioaccumulation

No Swimming Allowed: Urban Runoff, Contamination, & Bioaccumulation

Last week in San Diego we had our first rain in 140 days. The first storm dropped a record setting .44 inches in Oceanside, just up the coast from downtown San Diego. When I was surfing and paddling a day before the rain we had blue water with 40 feet of visibility along the coast, the day after the rain it was a nasty brown with a few feet of visibility.
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