A remote atoll within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is home to an extraordinary collection of seabirds. More than 3 million converging on a tiny space: some 1500 acres. It’s the only nesting ground for two seabird species that face an imminent threat from an unlikely source: invasive house mice that attack and kill nesting Black-footed albatross and Laysan albatross.
Toxoplasmosis is a parasite-borne infection that can wreak havoc on wildlife, humans with compromised immune systems, and pregnant women. The parasite that causes toxoplasmosis comes from cats, specifically their faces. It has been blamed for the death of at least eight Hawaiian monk seals, the endemic Hawaiian crow, and several other vulnerable bird species. However, there is little agreement over a solution to the problem. The debate largely boils down to one question: should feral cats be eradicated?
Toxoplasmosis is a parasite-borne infection that can wreak havoc on wildlife and humans with compromised immune systems. The parasite that causes toxoplasmosis comes from cats, specifically their feces. It has been blamed for the death of at least eight Hawaiian monk seals, the endemic Hawaiian crow, and several other vulnerable bird species. It was the subject of a forum this past weekend sponsored by the University of Hawaii Law School. We wanted to continue the conversation about how to manage the situation.
Paʻulaʻula o Hipo, the site of Fort Elizabeth, the fort built by Russian trading interests in the early 19th century, is best remembered as the setting for the brief alliance between the Russian-American Company and Kauai's High Chief Kaumualiʻi. But there's more than one story behind what is now a National Historic Landmark.
Hurricanes and tsunamis get a lot more attention, but wildfires are one of the state's most common threats. Hundreds of wildfires break out across Hawaii every year. The vast majority of them are human-caused.
The vast majority of food and vital goods arrive in Hawaiʻi via cargo ship. The big ships dock in Honolulu Harbor where Young Brothers Shipping then distributes their cargo to ports around the state. A "just-in-time" delivery model means that most shipments go directly from a ship to store shelves, rather than a warehouse. Young Brothers knows how vulnerable island communities are to a disruption of its services and is constantly on alert for the next disaster.
Hawaii is the most isolated island chain in the world. Home to a permanent population of 1.4 million and tens of thousands of visitors on any given day, Hawaii and its inhabitants are highly dependent on imports of food and fuel from elsewhere in the world. With help potentially days or weeks away and minimal redundancy, Hawaii's systems and people are highly vulnerable to a major disaster. This series explores those vulnerabilities and how the community can become more resilient.
In Hawaiʻi, there is a lot that ties the state to the Asia-Pacific. Part of that is geography, but it's also culture and economics. Although Hawaiʻi doesn't export much in the way on physical goods, the trade policy set in motion by the Trump Administration could have ripple effects for the Aloha State. Dr. Adam Posen, President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, shared his perspective on trade issues with The Conversation.
There are almost 90,000 cesspools across Hawaiʻi releasing 53 million gallons of untreated sewage into the ground each day. The State of Hawaiʻi is trying to wean residents off them, and part of that effort could be the creation of County-level task forces to spearhead the transition.
Invasive species have been corrupting Hawaiʻi's environment since the first human contact, but recent generations have seen new invasive species arriving at an ever-increasing rate. To date there's been no single statewide agency to deal with the problem, which is why state lawmakers are considering Senate Bill 2399. The measure would create a "Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Authority."