Carlie: Thanks for having me, Spiffy. Schmidt Ocean Institute is boldly exploring our unknown ocean with our research vessel Falkor (too) and underwater robot ROV SuBastian. We provide ship time for scientists around the globe to conduct cutting-edge science with the goal of generating new information and interest in our ocean and the creatures that live in it. We openly share all of our discoveries to inform the wise stewardship of our planet.
Sterling Higa: Though Hawai‘i is often stereotyped as paradise, it comes at a price. The cost of living in Hawai‘i is more than many locals can afford. Housing is the largest expense for most families. The underlying economics of building in Hawai‘i, a burdensome system of regulations, and NIMBY ("not in my backyard") opposition groups combine to create a system where not much housing is being built at a price that local families can afford. Housing Hawaii's Future rallies students and young locals to educate themselves, get civically engaged, and take action to address the housing affordability crisis in Hawai‘i.