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- 01/27/23 – KĪHEI BOAT RAMP WASH DOWN AREA TO UNDERGO DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS(Kīhei, Maui) – Drainage improvements to the Kīhei Boat Ramp wash down area on Maui will begin Feb. 6, 2023. The project contract was awarded to Global Specialty Contractors, Inc. by the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR).
- 01/25/23 – LEHUA ISLAND RESTORATION CONTINUES WITH SEABIRD SOCIAL ATTRACTION PROJECTS(Lehua Islet) - After being declared rat-free in 2021, restoration and monitoring efforts continue on Lehua Islet (Lehua), a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Kauaʻi. Monitoring of native seabird species breeding on the islet by the Kauaʻi Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP) and the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) indicates a success story, based on increased reproductive success following eradication of the rat population. Work on Lehua is now in the restoration phase. Lehua is a State Seabird Sanctuary managed by DOFAW.
- 01/23/23 – FOREST RESTORATION GIVING NATIVE HAWAIIAN BIRDS A FIGHTING CHANCE(Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve, Hawai‘i Island) – Native hawaiian honeycreepers face multiple threats from predation, habitat loss, and disease. Their declining populations contribute to Hawaiiʻs unfortunate reputation as the “Extinction Capital of the World”. However, the decades-long reforestation of Puʻu Makaʻala provides an outstanding example of the value of native forest restoration and endangered species protection.
- 01/20/23 – STRANDED ELDERY COUPLE SINGLES OUT VETERAN STATE PARKS CARETAKER FOR EXTRAORDINARY HELP(Kahului, Maui) - A random act, actually continued acts of kindness, is bringing to light the Aloha spirit demonstrated by a long-time state parks worker.
- 01/18/23 – REMOTE BEACH ON KAHO‘OLAWE CLEAN OF MARINE DEBRIS…FOR NOW(Kihei, Maui) – An estimated five tons of marine debris was airlifted this morning from Kaho‘olawe to Maui, with most of it destined for recycling as “new life” products.
- 01/10/23 – FIRST RESPONDERS TRAIN FOR HUMPBACK WHALE DISENTANGLEMENTS(Maalaea, Maui) – A dozen or more times each season, humpback whales while on their principal breeding and calving grounds within the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (sanctuary) or nearby waters get spotted entangled in fishing gear or marine debris. In the worst cases this material can kill the animal.
- 01/06/23 – CLIMATE ACTION DAY TO ADVANCE A CLIMATE READY HAWAIʻI(HONOLULU) – Next Monday (Jan. 9) is Climate Action Day in Hawai‘I and will mark the beginning of Hawai‘i Climate Week. The Hawai‘i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption Commission (Commission) is organizing the State Climate Conference on this day to explore the challenges and solutions of address climate change through discussions on statewide actions.
- 01/05/23 – INPUT SOUGHT ON ADDITION OF NEARLY 100 LAND PARCELS TO RESERVE SYSTEMS AND RULE CHANGES(HONOLULU) – DLNR is seeking comments on a proposal to protect nearly 100 unencumbered State land parcels across Hawai'i as part of the State Forest Reserves, Natural Area Reserves, and Wildlife Sanctuaries systems.
- 01/01/23 – FIRST DAY HIKE AT KAIWI STATE SCENIC SHORELINE ATTRACTS HUNDREDS(Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline, O‘ahu) – A little rain fell after sunrise, but the brief shower was a fitting conclusion to the 10th First Day Hike hosted by the DLNR Division of State Parks (DSP).
- 12/30/22 – UPDATED SEA LEVEL RISE VULNERABILITY AND ADAPTATION REPORT RELEASED(HONOLULU) - New science shows increased need for cross jurisdictional coordination, funding, and capacity for sea level rise action as outlined in an updated report by the Hawai‘i State Climate Commission.