Neighbor Island News

Reports from across the Hawaiian Islands

Andre Raine / kauaiseabirdproject.org
Andre Raine / kauaiseabirdproject.org

A few weeks ago, a helicopter was sent on a rescue mission to a remote location deep in Limahuli Valley on Kauai’s north shore.  This time, it wasn’t a hiker in distress needing rescue.  The mission was part of an on-going effort to save the endangered Newell’s Shearwater from extinction.  From Kaua‘i, HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region

Maui County is contributing money and resources for the eradication of coqui frogs.  $1.2 million has been allotted to the Maui Invasive Species Committee to increase efforts to stop the spread of coqui during over a five-year plan.

Officials say if nothing is done, the tiny frogs will multiply to population levels that were previously seen on the Big Island.  Maui Invasive Species Committee Manager Adam Radford says the 80 to 90 decibel screech is a threat to communities as well as tourism.

Eileen Chao
Eileen Chao

A ferry service on Moloka‘i is struggling to stay afloat and may have to shut down. The company that has been operating the service for nearly 30 years says low ridership and competing air fares are to blame. 

Mālama Olowalu
Mālama Olowalu

The State Department of Transportation has scrapped a plan to construct a seawall in West Maui following a week long protest.  The plan was to build a wall of boulders near mile marker 16 along the shoreline of Honoapi‘ilani highway to protect the road from erosion.  But environmentalists say the wall would threaten coral reefs and surf breaks by altering the natural flow of sand.  They added that it would ruin beach access, and not truly alleviate the road’s safety issues.  

Heavy Rains And Flooding Hit Maui Hard

Sep 14, 2016
Maui County / Lois Whitney
Maui County / Lois Whitney

Major flooding and heavy rain prompted an emergency proclamation Wednesday in Maui County. The wet weather knocked out a water line, flooded parks and homes, and caused several mudslides. HPR’s Molly Solomon says it’s just the latest in what’s been a wetter than normal couple of months.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

One of key questions hanging over the state is what happens to the Alexander & Baldwin land on Maui after HC&S closes for good at the end of the year.  While the phrase diversified agriculture seems to be on everyone's lips, what that means could be anybody's guess. We'll take up that up with Alexander & Baldwin President & Chief Executive Officer Christopher J. Benjamin, HC&S General Manager Rick Volner, & Scott Enright, Chair of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture.

Kauai Set To Launch Island's First Voyaging Canoe

Sep 7, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

More than 17 years in the making, Kaua‘i’s first traditional voyaging canoe is ready to set sail. The island plans to celebrate with a launch party Sunday, September 11. HPR’s Molly Solomon visited the Garden Isle recently and has this report.

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Experienced Teacher Turned Down by DOE; Learning Polynesian Wayfinding; The Future of A&B Land on Maui


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Pay Raise for DOE Administrators; 2016 Greek Festival; From The Farm; Ho’olaule’a In Hana

Pay Raises for DOE Administrators: Corey Rosenlee

Maui Memorial Medical Center
Maui Memorial Medical Center

A standoff over control of three Maui hospitals appears to be over.

A settlement between the United Public Workers Union and the state was announced Friday.  The state run Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, and Lanai Community Hospital will transfer to the supervision of Kaiser Permanente.  Employees represented by the union will work under Kaiser until their contracts expire next June.

Marlene Hapai Facebook
Marlene Hapai Facebook

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been taking a closer look at some of the candidates and issues involved in Hawai‘i County’s mayoral race. As Saturday’s election nears, we bring you the story of Marlene Hapai. As HPR’s Sherry Bracken explains, this candidate’s background does not include time in local government or politics.

Kenneth Lu / Flickr
Kenneth Lu / Flickr

If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a better way to forecast vog….help may be on the way.

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a $750,000 grant to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop Vog sensors on Hawai‘i Island.  Volcanic Smog or “Vog” is a mixture of sulfur dioxide and fine particulate matter which has negative impacts on human health, as well as agriculture.

Harry Kim Facebook
Harry Kim Facebook

Hawai'i County has a contentious race for Mayor, with 13 candidates running for the office.  Between now and Saturday’s primary election day, we’re taking a closer look at some of the candidates and their priorities.  One of the candidates has held the job before.  From Kona, HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports.

Friends of Wally Lau
Friends of Wally Lau

While national politics are centered on the presidential race, here in Hawai‘i the attention is focused on local contests—including mayoral races.  In Hawai‘i County, 13 candidates are running to succeed Mayor Billy Kenoi.  We continue our reports on some of the candidates and issues with a closer look at Wally Lau, who served as the county’s Managing Director for 7 years. Sherry Bracken has more from Kona. 

Friends of Pete Hoffman
Friends of Pete Hoffman

Hawai'i County has a contentious race for Mayor, with 13 candidates vying for the job.  Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll take a closer look at some of the candidates and their priorities.  First up, former Hawai'i County Council Member Pete Hoffmann, who served Kohala in that job for 8 years.  From Kona, HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports.

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Hawai‘i Republicans take Stock; Collegiate Theatre Festival; Tight Primary Races on Maui; Storytelling for Children on Maui

Hawaii Republicans Take Stock After RNC

US Coast Guard
US Coast Guard

Tropical Storm Darby rumbled ashore Saturday afternoon on Hawaii Island. Sustained winds were 40 miles an hour, but gusts were higher--and the impacts began before the storm ever hit land. HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update from Kona.

The Conversation: Monday, July 19th, 2016

Jul 19, 2016
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Red Flags in the Housing Market; Archeology Discovery on Kauai; Neal Conan; What a Kaua‘i Author Learned Living on an Island

Warning Signs in the Housing Market– Daren Blomquist

Tanya Maile Naehu
Tanya Maile Naehu

   A new show at the ARTS at Marks’ Garage showcases the joy and community spirit of the Friendly Isle.  Recently, five professional off-island artists banded together with three artists and sixteen teens from Moloka‘i for a visual exploration of legends and values cherished there.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports what happened was an unforgettable deepening of commitment to the island.

 

The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land

Restoration work has begun on the Kuamoʻo battlefield and burial grounds on Hawai‘i Island.  The 47 acres of land south of Kona was purchased earlier this year through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land and managing group- Kuamoʻo ʻĀina.

Flickr / Starr Environmental
Flickr / Starr Environmental

A national environmental group is worried that bright lights at a Kaua‘i military base are harming the island’s native seabirds. The Center for Biological Diversity is seeking legal action after more than 120 endangered shearwaters and petrels were harmed or killed by artificial light at Kōke‘e Air Force Base over a two-week period last year. 

The Newell’s shearwater spends most of the day burrowed in the mountains of Kaua‘i. It’s not until the sun goes down that the endangered seabirds take flight. Shrouded in darkness, it’s hard to see them. But you can definitely hear them.

Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project
Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project

Feral cats are continuing to kill and eat endangered Hawaiian petrels on Kaua‘i.

Last week, researchers discovered the bodies of six-birds at a remote breeding colony in the Hono o Na Pali natural area reserve.  The petrels had been dragged from their breeding boroughs and partially eaten, including one incident that was caught on camera.  Although several colonies are being protected by seabird management, a single cat can kill a large number of nesting birds in a small time.

Native Hawaiians In Support of TMT; Aloha International Piano Festival; Chair of the Hawai‘i LGBT Caucus on Orlando Shooting; Cabaret on Kauai

Native Hawaiians Support TMT: PUEO Keahi Warfield

pfly / Flickr
pfly / Flickr

Kauai’s Kokee State Park is home to the Alaka‘i Wilderness Preserve. At an elevation of one mile, it’s the world’s highest rainforest swamp.  It’s also home to numerous endangered species as well as haunting and majestic vistas for visitors.  A boardwalk was built back in the ‘90s both to protect the rare plants and animals and also for hiker safety.  But that boardwalk is no longer what it used to be.  HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more from Kaua‘i.

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Environmental Issues on Maui; Benny Rietveld and Alicyn Yaffee; Remodeling Maui Wrap Up; Bridge of Peace Festival

Environmental issues on Maui: Albert Perez

The Conversation: Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Jun 9, 2016
Flickr - Ron Cogswell

Outlook for Tourism on Maui; Combining Jazz and Reggae with Monty Alexander; Land Use on the Valley Isle; Magician-Storyteller Yasu Ishida

Maui’s Tourism Industry: Terryl Vencl

Remodeling Maui

Jun 8, 2016
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Remodeling Maui

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Maui Job Market; Kaua‘i Voices Concert; Neal Conan; The Rat and The Octopus come to the MAAC

Maui’s Jobs Market: Linda Chu Takayama

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