Tag Archives: KAUAI

Poison drops kill rats on Lehua Island-marine impact monitored


Hawaii News Digest, 17 October 2017, 1540 UTC, Post #15789.

Source:

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/36615776/poison-drops-kill-island-rats-marine-impact-monitored

Accessed on 17 October 2017, 1540 UTC.

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Comment:

Nesting seabirds on tiny Lehua Island near Kauai are safe now that aerial poison drops have killed the invasive rat population.  According to Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project worker Andre Raine, Hawaii’s plan to eradicate rats from Lehua Island has succeeded, “with no signs of negative impact on marine life.”  Recovery project workers are monitoring the 279-acre island following the last air drop on 12 September 2017.  A similar effort in 2009 met with mixed results.

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Video: State, federal agencies respond to several beached whales on Kauai


Hawaii News Digest, 14 October 2017, 1600 UTC, Post #15772.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/10/13/breaking-news/state-federal-agencies-respond-to-whale-breaching-on-kauai/

Accessed on 14 October 2017, 1600 UTC.

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Comment:

According to the “Honolulu Star-Advertiser”, five stranded pilot whales found on Kauai’s Kalapaki Beach were taken out to sea Friday afternoon (13 October 2017), while three other whales died.

NOAA marine mammal response network teams and several other agencies handled the return effort.

The U.S. Navy, which has been accused of disorienting marine mammals during sonar and explosives tests, said “there is no evidence that this incident is related to any naval activities.”

The “Honolulu Star-Advertiser” says the navy has been to court several times on charges that it endangered marine life:

The Navy said the stranding of a marine mammal “is an unfortunate but routine occurrence in nature. The Navy employs protective measures to minimize the potential for its training and testing activities to harm the marine environment.”

“In July of 2004, 150 to 200 melon-headed whales milled in shallow waters of Hanalei Bay, Kauai. NOAA Fisheries said the event coincided with the Navy’s Rim of the Pacific maritime exercises, but evidence precluded a conclusive finding regarding the role of sonar in triggering the event.”

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Kauai pro-surfer Bethany Hamilton makes big announcement


Hawaii News Digest, 10 October 2017, 0526 UTC, Post #15743.

Source:

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/365568839/kauai-pro-surfer-bethany-hamilton-makes-big-announcement

Accessed on 10 October 2017, 0526 UTC.

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Comment:

Kauai pro-surfer Bethany Hamilton, who went on to international fame after losing her left arm to a shark attack in 2003, has some great news for those following her career.

On Sunday, Bethany and her husband Adam Dirks announced that they are expecting their second child in March 2018.

Bethany became a professional surfer ten years ago and now tours the world as a motivational speaker.

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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.

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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.”

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Man receives 20-year sentence for crushing a man with a car on Kauai


Hawaii News Digest, 14 September 2017, 0650 hrs, UTC, Post #15587.

Source:

http://khon2.com/2017/09/13/man-receives-20-year-sentence-for-crushing-man-with-car-on-kauai

Accessed on 14 September 2017, 0650 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

On Wednesday, 13 September 2017, a Kauai court sentenced 36-year-old Evon Randal Craft to a 20-year prison term for killing 37 year-old Michael Helppie with his car on 01 June 2015 near the Nawiliwili Tavern in Lihue.

Kauai police said Craft got into a physical argument with Helppie, ending with Craft driving forward and crushing Helppie.

Kauai Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar praised the thoroughness of the police investigation:

“Detective Christian Jenkins and Officer Shawn Hanna were able to determine through the use of advanced scientific techniques that Craft actually accelerated forward and steered towards Helppie, who was walking across the parking area in front of Craft’s car. That’s what convinced us this was an intentional act and not an accident,”

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U.S. shoots down medium-range ballistic missile in Hawaii


Hawaii News Digest, 31 August 2017, 1610 hrs, UTC, Post #15520.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/state/us-shoots-down-medium-range-ballistic-missile-hawaii-test

Reporter:  Audrey McAvoy (Associated Press).

Accessed on 31 August 2017, 1610 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

The successful intercept and destruction of a medium-range ballistic missile off Hawaii comes amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.  North Korea continues to launch ballistic missiles into the north Pacific Ocean, while U.S. President Donald Trump says “all options are off the table.”

The successful test was conducted by the Pacific Missile Range Facility near Barking Sands, Kauai and the destroyer USS John Paul Jones. According to the Missile Defense Agency, the Hawaii test “gives navy ships enhanced capability to defeat ballistic missiles in their last stage of flight.”

The missiles under development in North Korea have sufficient range to hit Hawaii, Alaska, and the west coast of the United States.

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Video shows Kenoi using profanity at conference hospitality room | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Guests in a hospitality room at the Hawaii Congress of Planning Officials Conference on Kauai got an impromptu earful they hadn’t planned on — courtesy of Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi.

Source: Video shows Kenoi using profanity at conference hospitality room | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/video-shows-kenoi-using-profanity-conference-hospitality-room).

Accessed on 23 September 2016, 16:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

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Comment:

Things are going from bad to worse for Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi following the release and later withdrawal of a profanity-laced video taken at the Hawaii Congress of Planning Officials Conference on Kauai this past Wednesday.

A facebook video taken by Hawaii Land Use Commissioner Jonathan Likeke Scheuer showed the mayor giving a rambling speech praising Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho on Wednesday night “during a social gathering at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa in Koloa.”

Reporter John Burnett said reaction to the mayor’s extemporaneous remarks was mixed, noting that “while there was some applause and howls in the room, that mood did not appear to be unanimous.”

Scheuer admitted to posting the video on facebook but “declined to otherwise comment.”

The conference ends today, with a Land Use Commission meeting set for 1 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Kauai.


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