conservation

David Yee

Final oral arguments in the contested case hearing for the Thirty-Meter Telescope land use permit will be heard today in Hilo. Parties to the contested case will make their case before the state Board of Land and Natural Resources. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi tells us what we can expect.

Andrew Laurence / Malama Maunalua

Invasive seaweeds have taken a stronghold on Hawaiʻi reefs over the last half of the 20th century, contributing to a decline in the health and productivity of once-thriving marine ecosystems. HPR's Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi visits one community that is fighting back. 

Rich Downs / Hui Manu O Kū

Natives are recolonizing urban Honolulu. Native birds, that is. The white tern or Manu O Kū is thriving in Hawaiʻi’s most populous city, and so is its fan base – the Hui Manu O Kū. HPR reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi joined a group of white tern enthusiasts on a bird expedition in downtown Honolulu.

Matthew Shepard, Xerces Society
Matthew Shepard, Xerces Society

It’s a historic but sobering event for Hawai‘i’s native bees.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added seven species of Native Hawaiian yellow-faced bees to the endangered species list.  It’s also the first time any bees in the US have been added to the list.

Ready, Set, IUCN!

Aug 31, 2016

    

The World Conservation Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature or IUCN starts tomorrow at the Hawai‘i Convention Center and the Neal Blaisdell Center.

Carl Meyer

Proposed Moratorium on Fishing in North Kona; Na Hōkū Nominee Joni Llamedo; Shark Behavior in Maui; Competitive High School Equestrian

Proposed Ka’upulehu Marine Reserve: Aunty Hannah Springer

The Conversation: Monday, May 2nd, 2016

May 2, 2016
Flickr - Ben Wagner

Crowd-funding Open Government; Past and Future Conservation in Hawai‘i; HART Chair Colleen Hanabusa; New Discoveries About Coral Growth

Hui for Good Government Crowd-funding: Keiko Bonk

The Conversation: Friday, April 8th, 2016

Apr 8, 2016
Wikipedia

Hawaiian Homelands; Hula Choreography; Kaho'olawe Update

$17-million Funding Request for DHHL: Sharla Manley

J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

Hawaiʻi has been called by some 'the endangered species capital of the world', but it may not be known as such for long.  There is a group of people working to stem the tide of plant species loss in the islands.  They are the men and women of the Plant Extinction Prevention Program.

Christopher Phillips explains...

J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

The designation of state flower would lead one to believe that the Hawaiian Hibiscus is prolific amongst the Hawaiian Islands. In fact, the populations of these plants are staggeringly small. The primary reason: habitat degradation.

Christopher Phillips explains...

HFIA
HFIA

We are all stewards of the ʻāina; we cannot rely on conservationists alone to shoulder the burden.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Yvonne Yarber Carter
Yvonne Yarber Carter

When we think of forests under threat, we often think of the tropical rainforest; however, on the island of Hawaiʻi, it is the dryland forest that is far more endangered.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Formed in 1997, the goal of the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project is to protect and preserve the numerous endangered birds that inhabit the forests of the island.

Christopher Phillips explains...

J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

The Hawaiʻi Public Seed Initiative aims to improve, increase, and promote biodiversity of crops across the state. By working with local communities, farmers, and gardeners, the Initiative aims to grow, harvest, store, and improve the very best seeds that thrive in Hawaiʻi. This will ensure that local producers can continue to provide locally grown -- not flown -- produce for island dinner tables.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Jill Wagner
Jill Wagner

The banking of seeds is a vital tool in the campaign to protect Hawaiʻi's forests. Hawaʻi Forest Institute's Hawaiʻi Island Native Seed Bank specializes in rare, threatened, and endangered species. This genetic safety net will provide native species with a valuable insurance policy.

Christopher Phillips explains...

J.B. Friday
J.B. Friday

The slopes of Mauna Kea shelter a variety of ecosystems that are as diverse as any in the Hawaiian Islands. The Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project is an effort to protect the precious forest environment and reverse the destructive trends of the past.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Nurseries

Feb 3, 2016
Jill Wagner
Jill Wagner

There are a number of private nurseries in the state which contribute to preserving the rich natural tapestry of Hawaiʻi's forests. They can scale up their nursery operations, supplying vast numbers of plants for use in crisis situations.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Koa Wilt

Feb 3, 2016
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

The species of the Hawaiian forests are faced with a variety of different threats to their health and survival. One of the hardest threats to combat is that of disease. The majestic Koa tree is under attack from a microscopic enemy.

Christopher Phillips explains...

J.B. Friday, University of Hawai'i
J.B. Friday, University of Hawai'i

The great outdoors beckons us. We roam the forest trails of Hawaiʻi gazing with wonder and quiet reflection at the forest around us. The trails we walk take us on a journey not only through the beauty of the natural world, but also through paths trodden by those who came before in times past.

Christopher Phillips explains...

J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

Along the Ka'u coastline of Hawaiʻi Island, there is a very special piece of land. It is the Kapapala Canoe Forest. It is a parcel of land over 1200 acres in area. It is a crucial cultural and educational resource and link between land and sea, past and present.

Christopher Phillips explains...

DLNR
DLNR

The Natural Area Reserve System, or NARS, is spread across the state of Hawaiʻi. It was established by the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources to preserve a variety of natural areas which support local communities, areas of natural flora and fauna, and important geological sites.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Paul Jokiel
Paul Jokiel

It is often said that the coral reefs of Hawaiʻi are the tropical rainforests of the ocean. Just as the land forests of the Hawaiian islands are home to an incredibly diverse selection of ecosystems, so too are the coral reefs.

Christopher Phillips explains...

State Parks

Feb 3, 2016
DLNR Division of State Parks
DLNR Division of State Parks

Hawaiʻi's state parks are home to some of its most iconic and celebrated landscapes, cultural treasures, and recreational opportunities. There are 50 parks across the state, covering a total area of around 30,000 acres. These parks can be found everywhere, from the urban sprawl of Honolulu, to the remote and rugged wild lands of Hawaiʻi Island.

Christopher Phillips explains...

National Climate Assessment
National Climate Assessment

Climate change is an issue that resonates deeply within our communities in Hawaiʻi. Our economy, culture and health all depend on the health of ecosystems across the state. From the highest mountain peaks, to the coral reefs and near shore environments, we depend on these ecosystems for the survival of our society.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM)
Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM)

A large portion of the land mass of Hawaiʻi Island, is contained on the slopes of the tallest mountain in the world, Mauna Kea. The mountain is host to a variety of ecosystems, stretching from the coastal waters, to the arid aeolian desert of the summit area.

Christopher Phillips explains...

The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy

One of the most notorious and well documented threats to Hawaiʻi's forests ecosystem, comes in the form of sheep, pigs, and goats – the ungulates. The ungulates are responsible for much of the ecological devastation that has befallen the forest understory. Many precious plants species have been brought to the brink of extinction by the insatiable appetites of the ungulates.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Wikipedia
Wikipedia

Nestled atop of the lush Mānoa Valley watershed, there is the Lyon Arboretum. It is located a mere five miles from the bustling crowds and noise of Waikīkī. The Arboretum itself serves as a scientific and cultural resource for Oʻahu's mostly urban population.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Restoration Agroforestry, Dr. Travis Idol
Restoration Agroforestry, Dr. Travis Idol

The task of restoring Hawaiʻi's forests is nothing short of monumental. To truly make a difference in protecting precious island ecosystem it requires substantial financial investment, expenditure in manhours and a logistical train of plant materials, and support for volunteers, students, and professional scientists.

Christopher Phillips explains...

The Hawai'i Conservation Alliance
The Hawai'i Conservation Alliance

The Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance is composed of twenty organizations, including governmental, cultural, educational, and nonprofit. Their mission is to safeguard the biodiversity of Hawaiʻi's ecosystems.

Christopher Phillips explains...

HFIA
HFIA

Carbon reduction is a frequently mentioned topic in today's society. Society faces the specter of climate change and the consequences brought about by years of the unrestrained burning of fossil fuels. But what can we do here in Hawaiʻi to combat climate change?

Christopher Phillips explains...

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