The Survivor’s Guide To Living In Hawaii

Amy holding a walking catfish.

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I’m on a journey to make my own food and live sustainably here in Hawaii because we have a fantastic climate all year round! I like aquaponics, hydroponics, aquaculture, gardening, and harnessing the power of the sun and I’m constantly working on more backyard DIY projects. Here’s how I live in Hawaii and I hope it inspires you to start your own backyard DIY projects, too!

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Aquaponics has been in Hawaii for a long time so there are actually plenty of resources out there if you want to get into the hobby/lifestyle. Tilapia is really easy to get in Hawaii and we even have a “homegrown” media of lava rock that is relatively cheap and easy to obtain. Here are a few posts to get you started:

  • My first aquaponic system: My first big aquaponics system carried 250+ gallons of water and was a fun father and daughter project.
  • Radial flow settler: How I upgraded my solids filter to a radial flow settler.
  • Raising catfish: If you’re wondering about raising catfish in your system, read this first.
  • Mari’s Garden: Hawaii’s largest aquaponic and hydroponic farm is a great resource for hobbyists.

Solar cooking

Since I’ve been growing my own vegetables and raising my own fish, I’ve also been interested in cooking my own food sustainably. I’ve really been enjoying building my own solar cookers and using them on a daily basis here in Hawaii.

  • Build a basic solar cooker: My first DIY solar cooker, excellent because of how easy it is to set up and you can use it as a slow cooker and cook steaming hot soups and stews for dinner.
  • Hard-boiled eggs: One of my first attempts at using my basic solar cooker. Now I “boil” eggs without water all the time!
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