Jan TenBruggencate

Jan TenBruggencate was the science and environment writer and Kauai Bureau Chief for the Honolulu Advertiser. He left to start a communications consulting firm, Island Strategy LLC. His science writing has generated awards from the Hawaii Audubon Society, Hawaiian Academy of Science, The Nature Conservancy, the Conservation Council for Hawaii and others.
New Study: Go Ahead And Pour Another Cup Of Coffee Courtesy of LBD Coffee

New Study: Go Ahead And Pour Another Cup Of Coffee

Researchers have found the more coffee you drink, the longer you’ll live.

Kauai Storm Was Bad And Ugly, But The Good Was Overwhelming Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kauai Storm Was Bad And Ugly, But The Good Was Overwhelming

As terrible as the flooding has been, the crisis was managed competently and selflessly.

When Rats Were Wiped Out On This Island, So Were The Mosquitoes Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

When Rats Were Wiped Out On This Island, So Were The Mosquitoes

Scientists are excited about the ramifications after removal of rodents from Palmyra also got rid of the disease-carrying Asian tiger mosquito.

Don’t Overlook Hawaii’s Teachable Moment From False Alarm Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Don’t Overlook Hawaii’s Teachable Moment From False Alarm

The mistaken ballistic alert reveals how our community should not be unprepared in the future.

Cause Of Kauai Whale Stranding Still A Mystery Jan TenBruggencate

Cause Of Kauai Whale Stranding Still A Mystery

Five whales that died are being examined to see if a cause of death can be determined.

Mass Stranding Of Whales On Kauai Jan TenBruggencate

Mass Stranding Of Whales On Kauai

UPDATED: At least five whales have been found dead and others may have been attacked and killed by sharks or injured on the rocks.

The Rats Of Lehua Appear To Have Taken The Bait Jan TenBruggencate

The Rats Of Lehua Appear To Have Taken The Bait

Rats appear to be gone from the island after officials dropped poison bait in an effort to help bird populations that had been threatened.

Hawaii Needs All Types Of Farms, Including Industrial Operations Courtesy of Alexander & Baldwin

Hawaii Needs All Types Of Farms, Including Industrial Operations

Before you cheer the demise of Maui's last sugar plantation, consider that the islands need agricultural diversity in order to feed local people and help the economy to thrive.
Stinkweed: The Malodorous Shrub That Launched Kauai’s Pesticide Wars Jan TenBruggencate

Stinkweed: The Malodorous Shrub That Launched Kauai’s Pesticide Wars

Some on the Garden Isle think local pesticide use has caused foul smells, headaches and more. But a whiff of Cleome gynandra may convince some otherwise.
Managing Pesticide Drift: Farmers Get It Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Managing Pesticide Drift: Farmers Get It

Concerns over pesticide drift from farming operations are misplaced. Homeowners, however, could learn a thing or two about properly controlling pesticide spraying.