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- 10/26/23-STATE LAND BOARD TO CONSIDER LĀHAINĀ WILDFIRE DEBRIS DISPOSITION SITE(HONOLULU) On Friday, the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) will consider a request from Maui County to utilize land currently under DLNR’s jurisdiction as a final disposition site for disposal of fire debris from the August 8 wildfires. The County of Maui’s current landfill in central Maui is 25 miles away from Lāhainā. The site suggested from the Solid Waste Division of the Maui County Department of Environmental Management, next to the closed Olowalu Landfill, is within five miles of the impact zone.
- 10/23/23-KAHALUʻU BAY OCEAN WATERS COMMERCIAL USE PERMIT LOTTERY(Kailua-Kona) – A lottery next month will be conducted to determine four applicants eligible to receive a Kahalu‘u Bay ocean waters commercial use permit for surf school operations. After the maximum number of permits is reached, the lottery will continue and remaining participants will be placed on a waitlist in the order of lottery selection, in case another applicant drops out. The four permitted commercial operators in Zone A of the bay can have no more than four students in the water, regardless of the number of instructors in the ocean. Zone A is the only part of Kahalu‘u Bay where commercial surf instruction is allowed.
- 10/23/23-A HYDROLOGISTS PRIMER ON INTERIM INSTREAM FLOW STANDARDS(OLOWALU, MAUI) – From the banks of Ukumehame Stream, looking to the top of the West Maui Mountains, you’d imagine you’re taking in a view of the desert Southwest. The barren landscape provides a dramatic example of how climate change and drought are impacting lands and how limited water resources are allocated.
- 10/21/23-THOUSANDS OF HANDS HELP RESTORE 600-YEAR-OLD ALAKOKO FISHPOND WALL (ALAKOKO FISHPOND, KAUA‘I) – It was an impressive sight. People of all ages, in a half-mile long line, each placing rock after rock on an ancient wall that protects the Alakoko fishpond, just outside Līhu‘e. Organized by the non-profit Mālama Hulē'ia as the organizations five-year anniversary workday, it appears the ambitious goal to have 2,000 volunteers helping today was realized.
- 10/20/23-INFORMATIONAL MEETING NEXT MONTH ON RECOVERY AND OPERATIONAL UPDATES REGARDING LĀHAINĀ HARBOR AND MĀLA WHARF(LĀHAINĀ, MAUI) - The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) invites the community to an informational meeting on Wednesday November 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for recovery and operational updates regarding Lāhainā Harbor and Māla Wharf, including updates from the following DLNR divisions:
- 10/19/23-MARCONI POINT LANDOWNERS NOTIFIED OF ALLEGED CONSERVATION DISTRICT VIOLATIONS(HONOLULU) – The DLNR Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL) is notifying 15 landowners in the Marconi Point area of Kahuku on O‘ahu’s north shore, of potential violations involving unauthorized clearing of land, tree removal, and spreading of mulch in a state Conservation District.
- 10/18/23-ISLAND SCHOOL STUDENTS WATCH IN AWE AS ‘A‘O HEAD TO THE OPEN OCEAN(LYDGATE PARK, KAUA'I) A trio of endangered Newell’s Shearwaters, or ‘a‘o was blessed and released this morning from Lydgate Park on Kauaʻi by a group of 40 Island School students and the Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP). The practice has become an annual rite of passage, both for students and for the seabirds, rehabilitated by KESRP.
- 10/17/23-PARTICIPATE IN THE “IMAGINE A DAY WITHOUT WATER” EVENT(HONOLULU) - Imagine a Day Without Water is a day observed nationally to pause and reflect on the many ways that water and water systems impact our lives and communities, and to commit to ensuring a sustainable water future for generations to come.
- 10/13/23-WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AGENCIES (STATE & FEDERAL) ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO PROTECTING FOREST BIRDS FROM MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASES ON KAUAIHONOLULU — The Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are one step closer to protecting forest birds from mosquito-borne diseases in key high-elevation native forest bird habitat on Kauaʻi, with their proposal to employ Incompatible Insect Technique (IIT) to reduce mosquito populations. A jointly prepared Environmental Assessment (EA) has been finalized and issuance of a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) at the state and federal levels.
- 10/12/23-MAUI’S MÃLA WHARF TO REOPEN EARLIER THAN ANTICIPATED(LĀHAINĀ, MAUI) – After receiving a trailer from Maui County, this morning, to serve as staff space at Māla Wharf, the facility is reopening much sooner than anticipated. The ramp and facilities will reopen full-time for recreational vessel activity on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 6:00 a.m. People will be able to use the facility to access vessels moored offshore.