Tag Archives: DLNR

Laupahoehoe has driest September on record


Hawaii News Digest, 07 October 2017, 1555 UTC, Post #15730.

Source:

http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/laupahoehoe-has-driest-september-recod-below-average-rainfall-continues-east-hawaii

Reporter:  Jeff Hansel (Hawaii Tribune-Herald).

Accessed on 07 October 2017, 1555 UTC.

Please click link to read the full story.

Comment:

A prolonged dry period continues for much of the Hamakua Coast of Hawaii Island.  According to National Weather Service hydrologist Kevin Kodama rainfall in East Hawaii “reached below normal throughout the county.” Laupahoehoe even set a record for lack of rain for the month of September.

Here are the rainfall totals from Kodama and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources:

“In 2017, Laupahoehoe so far has received 45.43 inches of rain, 43 percent of its normal 106.45 inches. Papaikou received 88.69 inches in 2017, 59 percent of the 149.97 inches it normally gets by the end of September.”

“Hilo International Airport, for the year, has recorded 57.53 inches, 64 percent of its normal 89.88 inches for the year, according to the NWS.”

“Kona got 6.3 inches so far this year, 77 percent of the normal 13.79 inches. But September was a bright spot for the West Hawaii area.”

“The Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport gauge recorded more than double its normal September rainfall — 1.97 inches compared to the typical .84 of an inch.”

“That, Kodama said, might have helped Kona have fewer water-shortage problems while two deep wells weren’t functioning.”

“He said the Kona area has actually been doing better lately, with the entire coffee belt looking relatively good for moisture accumulation.”

“Kodama said it was “an unusual September” for weather on the Big Island, and for Hawaii in general.”

Kodama adds that rainfall totals in East Hawaii will continue to fall below normal for the next several months.

For the latest State of Hawaii, Hawaii Island, and local sports news, please check the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Until next time,

Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest

https://prgnewshawaii.wordpress.com

Advertisements

Land Board approves TMT permit


Hawaii News Digest, 29 September 2017, 0645 UTC, Post #15677.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/09/28/breaking-news/state-land-board-grants-construction-permit-for-thirty-meter-telescope/

Accessed on 29 September 2017, 0645 UTC.

Please click link to read the full story.

Comment:

The Hawaii State Board of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has voted 5-2 to approve a conservation district use permit for the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea.  That decision was opposed by environmentalists and Native Hawaiians who consider the mountain sacred.

DLNR chairperson, Suzanne Case, said the decision was difficult and complex:

“This was one of the most difficult decisions this board has ever made …The members greatly respected and considered the concerns raised by those opposed to the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope at the Mauna Kea Science Reserve.”

The new construction permit is subject to 43 environmental and cultural controls. Construction of the TMT is expected to provide jobs for more than 100 people, and “permanent jobs for as many as 140 workers” upon completion.

For the latest State of Hawaii, Hawaii Island, and local sports news, please check the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Until next time,

Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest

https://prgnewshawaii.wordpress.com

6 Hawaiian crows released into the wild


Hawaii News Digest, 27 September 2017, 1620 UTC, Post #15668.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/6-hawaiian-crows-released-into-wild

Accessed on 27 September 2017,1620 UTC.

Please click link to read the full story.

Comment:

The Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources is trying again to reestablish the Hawaiian crow or ‘alala into its former range on Hawaii Island. The ‘alala became extinct in the wild in 2002, and DLNR personnel have tried to restore the bird’s numbers through a captive breeding program.

On Tuesday, 26 September 2017, DLNR researchers released six captive-reared Hawaiian crows into the wild as “part of an effort to reintroduce the critically endangered bird to its former range.”

The first ‘alala release in December 2016 was a failure, with three of the birds dead after their release. The two surviving birds were returned to captivity.

For the latest State of Hawaii, Hawaii Island, and local sports news, please check the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Until next time,

Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest

https://prgnewshawaii.wordpress.com

Brush fire forces closure of Kauai State Park, popular Kalalau hiking trail


Hawaii News Digest, 27 September 2017, 0545 UTC, Post #15661.

Source:

http://khon2.com/2017/09/26/brush-fire-forces-closure-of-kauai-state-park-popular-kalalau-hiking-trail/

Accessed on 27 September 2017, 0545 UTC.

Please click link to read the full article.

Comment:

Hawaii Island isn’t the only place suffering from brush fires.  On Kauai, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources has closed Haena State Park and the popular Kalalau Trail because of a brush fire along Kauai’s Napali Coast.

DLNR staff remain on the trail to warn hikers to stay where they are.  Here’s the current fire update:

“Firefighting efforts are currently focused on the Limahuli side of the fire. There are two helicopters making water drops on the flames, including the Kauai Fire Department’s Air 1 chopper and a Division of Forestry and Wildlife contract helicopter.”

“The cause of the fire, containment, and control predictions are not currently available.”

For the latest state of Hawaii, Hawaii Island, and local sports news, please check the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Until next time,

Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest

https://prgnewshawaii.wordpress.com

Amid controversy, DLNR completes final drop of rat poison on Lehua Island


Hawaii News Digest, 13 September 2017, 0505 hrs, UTC, Post #15578.

Source:

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/36352460/lehua-island-rodentcide-drops-complete

Reporter:  Lisa Kubota (Hawaii News Now).

Accessed on 13 September 2017, 0505 hrs, UTC.

Please click link to read the full report.

Comment:

The State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources has completed its final and controversial rodenticide drop on Lehua Island. State officials will have to wait a year to see if the poisoned bait kills the rats that have harmed nesting birds and their eggs.

Critics of the poison drop feel the discovery of 45 dead fish and 2 seabirds may be connected to the anti-rat project.  According to Hawaii News Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is testing the dead animals and will have results by November 2017.

DLNR chair Suzanne Case says “short-term risks are far outweighed by the benefits.”

For the latest State of Hawaii, Hawaii Island, and local sports news, please check the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Until next time,

Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest

https://prgnewshawaii.wordpress.com

 

Animal control dates announced


Hawaii News Digest, 07 September 2017, 0810 hrs, UTC, Post #15555.

Source:

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/animal-control-dates-announced-0

Accessed on 07 September 2017, 0810 hrs, UTC.

Please click link to read the full story.

Comment:

Personnel from the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, will conduct animal control activities in selected areas of Hawaii Island.  These activities, including the hunting and trapping of moulon hybrid feral sheep and feral goats, “is required for compliance with the federal court order mandating the removal of sheep and goats from critical habitat for palila, a bird endemic to Hawaii.”  Aerial hunting will be required to reach some of the more remote locations where the feral animals graze on mamane leaves and trees–staples of the palila diet.

Here is the updated hunting and trapping schedule:

“The next control dates are Sept. 13 and 14. Public access to Mauna Kea Forest Reserve, Mauna Kea Ice Age Natural Area Reserve, Palila Mitigation Lands, the Kaohe Game Management Area and Mauna Kea Hunter Access Road will be restricted and allowed by permit only for animal salvage purposes on the following dates: 7 a.m. Sept. 13, and 6 a.m. Sept. 14.”

For more information, please call 974-4221.

For the latest State of Hawaii, Hawaii Island, and local sports news, please check the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Until next time,

Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest

https://prgnewshawaii.wordpress.com

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”).

Please click link to read the full story.

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.


For the latest Hawaii Island, state of Hawaii, national, and sports news, please check out the blog sidebars. These news feeds are updated daily.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today!

Until next time,

Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest