One of our goals at HILuxury magazine is keep readers ahead of “the cool curve,” to fill each issue with cool new things you wouldn’t find anywhere else. So when i saw the recent news coverage of a new White House swing set and jungle gym for first daughters Malia and Sasha Obama, it looked awfully familiar. it also gave the HLuxury team a satisfying sense of mission accomplished.

Because you may recall back in our October-November 2007 issue – just the third issue of HILuxury – when we featured the rainbow King Kong Carl McKee Custom Jungle Gym, a play system for keiki that retails for about $45,000. That’s not the exact set President and Michelle Obama ordered for their girls, but like the King Kong their set also comes from rainbow Play Systems of South Dakota.

In this issue of HILuxury, as always, we’re trying to stay ahead of the cool curve. and nothing these days is quite as cool as being Earth-friendly. Nobody does that better, or with more class and style, than our cover subject renée Loux. The author of Easy Green Living and The Balanced Plate, renee has earned the title “Queen of Green.”

Following in the footsteps of so many music, film and culinary stars, HILuxury visited renée and her husband, Hollywood uber-agent Shep Gordon, at their Kihei, Maui, beach home to get the scoop on all of the things, both large and small, that folks can do to improve our islands’ – and planet’s – health.

In this issue we also introduce you to musician Jack Johnson, animal Planet host Jeff Corwin, business executives ray anderson, who has been called the greenest CEO in america, and Everett Dowling, perhaps the greenest CEO in Hawaii, as well as a variety of eco-friendly products from jeans to Tvs to wine.

I’ve written before in this space about living the good life, however you define it. To me, getting greener is really a matter of preserving, and even improving, that good life. Plus, it’s cool.