News Releases

Today, the Department of Land and Natural Resources delivered the Closing Report for the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress (Congress) to the Hawaii State Legislature. This follows closing of the accounting for the State’s hosting of the Congress as of March 31, 2017

Ka Iwi Coast Mauka Lands - a culturally important and spectacular scenic coastline located in east O'ahu that has been threatened with development for decades - will be preserved in perpetuity in its natural state. The announcement, made today by the City and County of Honolulu, State of Hawai'i, Ka Iwi Coalition, Livable Hawai'i Kai Hui and The Trust for Public Land, ends a 40-year-long struggle to protect this beloved landscape

Officers from the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) joined with county and federal partners on this past Saturday to monitor the spring break “flotilla” occurring at Waikiki beach.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources will be holding a summer series of community “talk story” outreach events on Kauai to help local residents and visitors learn about, and understand the Garden Island’s natural and cultural resources, cultural protocol, and regulatory aspects.

A 10-month-old female Hawaiian monk seal was moved today from the Lihi canal at Kapa‘a to a beach on Kaua‘i’s west side. RH92 had been frequenting the canal in recent weeks, likely attracted by discarded fish scraps. A team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s, National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) translocated the seal and fitted her with a satellite tag (to track her movements) before she was released back into the wild.

The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for the navigable waters surrounding the Kilauea Volcano active lava flow entry into the Pacific Ocean on the southeast side of the Big Island, Hawai’i, Tuesday.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife will briefly close the Keanae Arboretum for two days, on Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30, 2017. This closure will allow a contractor to safely remove trees that recently fell across the trail within the arboretum. The arboretum will reopen on Friday March 31.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, is now accepting applications for vacant seats on the Laupāhoehoe Advisory Council (LAC) and the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Advisory Council (PAC) on Hawai‘i island. Both forest areas are part of the Hawaii Experimental Tropical Forest. DOFAW works with the Forest Service to do research in these areas.

Traffic along Diamond Head road and Beach Road may experience delays starting next week while a contractor carries out work to remove rockfall hazards along the makai side of Diamond Head crater. Prometheus Construction has been contracted by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to address three areas of rockfall hazard potential on the exterior and interior of Diamond Head State Monument.

The popular 2.5 mile Waihe‘e ridge trail that climbs the windward slope of the west Maui mountains is again closed through April 7 to allow completion of improvements for increased public safety through surface improvements, drainage upgrades, and vegetative management.