News Releases

(HONOLULU) – Forestry and agricultural interests have been intertwined in the Hawaiian Islands since well before statehood.

(HONOLULU) – The pro-active education and outreach about the illegal burning of Christmas trees at Ahu O Laka (Kāne‘ohe Bay sandbar), last year was successful. The DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) received no reports of tree burnings in late 2021 or early 2022.

(HONOLULU) - Tis the season for giving. This holiday season, recruits for the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) Academy Program went the extra mile to connect with their community and boost holiday spirits.

(Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve, Hawai‘i) - The fate of several types of Hawaiian honeycreepers hangs in the balance, with the possibility of at least two species going extinct in the very near future.

(HONOLULU) - Due to hazardous conditions and impassable roads and trails caused by this week’s heavy rains and strong winds, the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) has closed the Waihou Spring Forest Reserve on Maui.

(HONOLULU) – The Waikīkī-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area (SFMA), O‘ahu, will be closed to fishing for one year, from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2023.

(HONOLULU) – As one of the best attended First Day Hike events in the country, the trek to the Makapu‘u Overlook for the first sunrise of 2023 is back.

(HILO) – Four times, over the past nine years, Gene Tamashiro of Hilo has been cited or arrested for leading the planting of a so-called “Kanaka Garden” in the middle of the Wailoa River State Recreation Area.

(WAIKOLOA, HAWAI‘I) – Fire managers from around the country got an up-close, post-fire tour of the Māna Road fire area on Thursday. They gathered on Hawai‘i Island this week for a state fire chiefs conference, along with meetings of the Western Fire Leadership Council and the Hawai‘i Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO). 

(WAILUKU) – Collaborative investigations by the Maui Police Department (MPD), and the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), into last week’s disappearance of a 60-year-old Washington State woman off the south coast of Maui, classify the case differently but with the same basic conclusion.