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Draft report proposes new ways to eradicate mongooses

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP)Federal wildlife officials have reopened a public comment period for a draft environmental impact statement regarding the eradication of mongooses and rodents in Hawaii’s native ecosystems and wildlife refuges.

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The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing the use of mechanical traps, compressed carbon dioxide and rodenticides to control mongoose and other rodents in conservation areas.  Wildlife officials say that current control measures used in urban and agricultural areas have to be adapted to conservation lands.  Mongoose and other rodents have led to the extinction and rapid decline of many native Hawaii plant and animal species.  Aloha, Russ.



Oldest telescope to be renovated; Improved UH observatory could rival Hubble

Following a year of a setbacks, from protests to lawsuits, the astronomy community in Hawaii might have something to look forward to in 2016 as the oldest observatory on Mauna Kea gets a major makeover.

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Guenther Hasinger, the director of the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy, tells reporter Tom Callis that the University of Hawaii plans to start a $6 million renovation of its 2.2-meter telescope that will allow the 46-year-old instrument to be remotely controlled.  Hasinger says the result will be a “modern robotic telescope‘ able to open and close its dome automatically.  The project should be complete by 2016.  Hasinger adds that adaptive optics, which adjust for the distortion in the atmosphere, could help the UH telescope “rival the Hubble Space Telescope, which has a slightly larger 2.4-meter aperture.”  Hasinger calls the upgrade “a huge improvement.”  Aloha, Russ.


Average gas prices in Hawaii fall 4.5 cents per gallon the past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Hawaii have fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.70/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 gas outlets in Hawaii. Thi…

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According to the most recent GasBuddy daily survey, gasoline prices continue to fall slowly in Hawaii.  Many areas of the country are near $2.00 a gallon for regular gasoline.  Refinery issues in California are keeping the price from falling even further.  Alaska and California are showing the highest prices of motor fuel in the United States.  Aloha, Russ.


Feds flying illegal immigrant minors to Hawaii, Alaska; 30K transported across … – Washington Times

Feds flying illegal immigrant minors to Hawaii, Alaska; 30K transported across …
Washington Times
Over 30,000 unaccompanied minors that have illegally crossed the U.S.

Source: www.washingtontimes.com

According to “The Washington Times” reporter  Kellan Howell over 30,000 unaccompanied children that have entered the United States illegally have been taken to sponsor families across the country, including Alaska and Hawaii.  Most of the abandoned children have been placed with Texas families.  Records show that the federal government used tax dollars to transport five minors to Alaska and eight to Hawaii.  The children are placed with foster families until immigration issues are resolved.  Many of these children are escaping gang violence and drug wars in Mexico and in several Latin American countries.  Aloha, Russ.


Learn to recognize Hawaiian medicinal plants – YouTube

A free four-week workshop starting in July will help people recognize Hawaiian medicinal plants in their own backyards. Subscribe to KITV on YouTube now for …

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A nice, concise video from KITV-4 News in Honolulu about an upcoming month-long workshop on recognizing Hawaiian medical plants in your own back yard.  Cultural practitioner Leina’ala Bright will teach the course.  For details, visit http://kitv.com.  Aloha, Russ.

Garden friends not always furry or feathered

It is easy to love feathered friends in our garden such as mynahs, finches, cardinals and doves. If we are fortunate we may even have some native birds such as apapane, iiwi or amakihi.

Source: westhawaiitoday.com

A totally fascinating article by Hawaii Island plant expert Norman Bezona.  In this special report for “West Hawaii Today“, Bezona looks at some of the indigenous and imported animals, lizards, and birds that have added to the wealth of living creatures in Hawaii.  Bezona says most of our “imported” animal species such as lizards and birds “are harmless and even beneficial.”  But, he cautions that quarantine inspections are vital to keep harmful and dangerous plant and animal life away from the state.  Bezona believes it is human mismanagement and carelessness that have created most of the problems for indigenous Hawaiian species and not the “imported” animals themselves.  Quarantine stations must be maintained to prevent problems before they occur.  Good article.  Aloha, Russ.

7 spectacular black beaches

White beaches? There are hundreds of them. Why not try one of these black beaches for a change?

Source: www.skyscanner.net

Two outstanding Hawaii Beaches are on this list:


Punalu’u Beach on Hawaii Island.

Wai‘anapanapa Beach on Maui.


For a real treat, why not visit a rare “green” beach on Hawaii Island? This beach made from green olivine sand can be found about four miles northeast of South Point on Hawaii Island.  You’ll have to hike into this remote area, but the trip is worth the effort…truly stunning! Aloha, Russ.