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Improvements, but no lifeguards, for Kekaha Kai park | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The state Department of Land and Natural Resources reissued a finding of no significant environmental impact for the second phase of improvements to Kekaha Kai State Park.

Source: Improvements, but no lifeguards, for Kekaha Kai park | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/improvements-no-lifeguards-kekaha-kai-park).

Accessed on 11 October 2016, 15:50 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Comment:

Now that the state Department of Land and Natural Resources has found “no significant environmental impact” for the second phase of improvements to Kekaha Kai State Park, upgrades can continue at the popular ocean recreation site along the Kona Coast.

One component of the park that remains unresolved is the adding of lifeguards “to the increasingly popular but risky Kua Bay”.  The state has yet to release $200,000 for lifeguards.  North Kona Councilwoman Karen Eoff and Hawaii Island state Representative Cindy Evans vowed “to keep working to get lifeguards at the beach.


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Ige mum on land transfer; Mauna Kea board expresses frustration over proposal to shift acreage to DLNR | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


If Gov. David Ige wants the Office of Mauna Kea Management to give up more than 10,000 acres, he’s going to have to talk to the agency first.

Source: Ige mum on land transfer; Mauna Kea board expresses frustration over proposal to shift acreage to DLNR | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ige-mum-on-land-transfer-mauna-kea-board-expresses-frustration-over-proposal-to-shift-acreage-to-dlnr).

Accessed on 05 October 2016, 14:45 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Part of Hawaii Governor David Ige’s plan to reduce the number of telescopes on Mauna Kea was the transfer of more than 10,000 acres of land managed by the Office of Mauna Kea Management to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.  That proposed transfer isn’t sitting well with the board of directors, who want to meet with the governor before the actual land transfer takes place.  Land management on the Mauna Kea summit has been in limbo since the start of a second contested case hearing for the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Critics of the governor’s 10-point plan are questioning whether DLNR can do a better job protecting the cultural and natural resources of the mountain.  Currently, the University of Hawaii leases 11,288 acres of the mountain from the state as part of the Mauna Kea Science Reserve.

According to reporter Tom Callis, “It remains unclear if the 10-point plan, which also calls for the removal of three telescopes by the time the controversial TMT is built, will still be implemented if construction of the $1.4 billion project ever resumes.”


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Amano visits TMT site; Contested case hearing officer gets ‘firsthand’ look at several locations on Mauna Kea’s summit | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Parties in the contested case for the Thirty Meter Telescope toured the summit of Mauna Kea on Monday morning.

Source: Amano visits TMT site; Contested case hearing officer gets ‘firsthand’ look at several locations on Mauna Kea’s summit | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/amano-visits-site-contested-case-hearing-officer-gets-first-hand-look-several).

Accessed on 27 September 2016, 18:30 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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Comment:

On Monday, 26 September 2016, contested case hearings officer, retired judge Riki May Amano, visited the proposed site of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the Mauna Kea summit.  According to the DLNR, the visit “provided a way to see firsthand the location and observable impact of the …project.”

The second contested case hearing is set to begin on 11 October 2016, 10 a.m., at the Hilo Naniloa Hotel.

The project has been opposed by some Native Hawaiian groups, who consider the mountain sacred.  Other Native Hawaiian groups support the TMT, saying astronomy is “an important part of Hawaiian culture.”


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Manta ray tour proposals debated | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — Several dozen people packed into a room at the Hawaii Community College Palamanui Campus Saturday to discuss new proposals aimed at reducing crowds at popular manta ray viewing sites in West Hawaii.

Source: Manta ray tour proposals debated | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/manta-ray-tour-proposals-debated).

Accessed on 26 September 2016, 16:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Cameron Miculka (“West Hawaii Today”).

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According to reporter Cameron Miculka, the proposed rules from the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) include “a call to limit access at Keauhou Bay and Makako Bay, commonly known as Garden Eel Cove, by limiting the number of vessels at each site and requiring operators to get new permits in order to run manta ray viewing tours…”

Although any proposed restrictions on manta ray tours would have to go through an approval process, those attending Saturday’s meeting at the Hawaii Community College’s Palamanui Campus felt new regulations would cause some tour business to close their doors.

Hawaii Oceanic owner Jason Thurber said “Putting people out of business is not the answer.”  Thurber added that restricting access “doesn’t necessarily reduce the number of people in the water”, and limiting access “is only going to encourage companies to go with the biggest boat that can get with the highest maximum capacity.”

However, Martina Wing, the managing director of Hawaii Ocean Watch, said she supports the new regulations and permitting process, adding that DLNR officials have been “very receptive” to concerns about the sites. Wing says the process has been very transparent and “every boat operator was invited.”  Wing contends that the DLNR rules establish standards “to cover divers and snorkelers, prevent injuries to rays and set rules for boats at the sites.”


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State urged to make ohia quarantine permanent | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Taking one step closer to a permanent quarantine on transport of ohia plants from the Big Island, state Department of Agriculture officials concluded a series of public hearings Wednesday night.

Source: State urged to make ohia quarantine permanent | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/state-urged-make-ohai-quarantine-permanent).

Accessed on 09 September 2016, 16:30 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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Comment:

Those attending Wednesday’s meeting (07 September 2016) agreed that the temporary quarantine on the transport of ohia logs and products is limiting rapid ohia death to Hawaii Island.  The DLNR says the fungal disease “has affected more than 38,000 acres here…”  Because of the quarantine measures imposed, the disease has not spread to any other island in the state.

Ohia products can only be shipped off Hawaii Island if they are tested for Ceratocystis fimbriata and “properly  permitted.”  Those attending the meeting are urging the state to impose a permanent quarantine on ohia products until methods are found to stop the spread of the fungus.

Big Island Invasive Species Committee project manager Springer Kaye said “This rule represents to me the really excellent commitment (by the state).” BIISC communications director Franny Kinslow Brewer added that “There are so many great teams working around the clock to try to stop it.”  She expressed concern that these efforts may run out of funds before a way is found to stop the fungus.

Some relief from the federal government may help stop the spread of the fungal disease.  Last week, Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz announced the release of additional federal funds to combat the disease.

Hawaii Department of Agriculture representative Jonathan Ho said he expects the state Board of Agriculture “to make a decision on the quarantine rule at its next meeting later this month.”


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Working together will be the key; State’s biosecurity is responsibility of more than just one agency | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


A proposed biosecurity plan for the state seeks additional funding and increased cooperation between government agencies to stop the spread of invasive species.

Source: Working together will be the key; State’s biosecurity is responsibility of more than just one agency | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/working-together-will-be-key-state-s-biosecurity-responsibility-more-than-just-one-agency).

Accessed on 08 September 2016, 12:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Scott Enright, the chairman of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, says his department can’t stop the damage done by invasive species by itself. That goal can only be attained if state agencies work together and convince shippers, producers, and retailers to thoroughly inspect products before they are shipped to Hawaii.

Enright says a new Hawaii Interagency Biosecurity Plan address more than 150 “action steps” needed to prevent invasive species from reaching Hawaii “in the first place.”

The biosecurity plan would incorporate efforts by the University of Hawaii, the state Department of Health, and the Department of Land and Natural Resources into a single, unified approach to stopping invasive species before they arrive in Hawaii.


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DLNR keeps areas closed due to Hurricane Lester’s approach | Hawaii 24/7


Due to the uncertainty over the track of approaching Hurricane Lester, all Hawai‘i island, Maui, and O‘ahu State Park camping and lodging areas will be closed to overnight use beginning Friday, Sep…

Source: DLNR keeps areas closed due to Hurricane Lester’s approach | Hawaii 24/7 (http://hawaii247.com/2016/09/01/dlnr-keeps-areas-closed-due-to-hurricane-lesters-approach/).

Accessed on 02 September 2016, 14:55 hrs, UTC.

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Because of the approach of Hurricane Lester, the Department of Land and Natural Resources has extended park and campground closures on Hawaii Island, Maui, and Oahu from Friday, 02 September to 05 September 2016.  Weekend hunts scheduled for Maui and Hawaii Island have been cancelled.  Camp and park closures on Kauai are possible, depending on the final track of Hurricane Lester.

DLNR is advising people to avoid streams and beaches where runoffs can cause flooding and other unsafe conditions.

Hurricane Lester is expected to pass north of Hawaii Island on Saturday, 03 September 2016.


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