Biomimicry in Hawaii (Life Imitates Art)

Today I'm heading off to Hawaii for the VERGE Hawaii Asia Clean Energy Summit. Hawaii is extraordinarily progressive on environmental issues, and well ahead of the curve on implementing Biomimicry. Obama explicitly wants biomimicry included in his presidential library design, and HOK was inspired by the monkeypod trees around Honolulu for the NOAA Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center. There are Biomimicry education initiatives at the Punahou school in Kailua and another one at Haleiwa's Sunset Elementary. Polaris has a biomimicry initiative, as does the University of Hawaii. For good reason - Hawaii is a biologist's paradise and an exciting natural laboratory for understanding evolutionary processes. While I'm here, I'll be leading a Biomimicry Hike at the historic Lyon Arboretum in the Manoa Valley, with interim director Carl Evenson. The Arboretum is amazing, but the reforestation work they've done in the valley is truly remarkable. Not all the species are native, but the restoration of ecological services has a dramatic effect for the whole island, increasing the water supply and reducing erosion to preserve valuable soil.