News Releases

(HONOLULU) – Despite being some of the rarest, slowest-moving creatures on Earth, our kāhuli (Hawaiian land snails) are popping up in living rooms across the country. Their sudden appearance is thanks to a new episode of the Pacific Heartbeat series produced by local nonprofit Pacific Islanders in Communication and broadcast nationally by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). The hour-long episode, titled “Hawaiʻi’s Precious Resources,” combines three short documentary films that feature natural and cultural resources in Hawaiʻi.

The resources below document U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hazardous materials (HAZMAT) recovery teams working in the Lāhainā impact zone, as well as in the Kula fire area. 

(HONOLULU) – Numerous temporary jobs with the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) are available immediately on Maui. These temporary, 89-day jobs bypass the often-lengthy state hiring process and may be renewed for additional terms. Currently there are seven vacant positions that may be filled by 89-day-hires in three different DLNR divisions, all based on Maui.

(HONOLULU) —The State Climate Commission has released three new reports detailing clean transportation investments that promote walking, biking, rolling, and transit across the state, as an integral component to help Hawaiʻi address its climate emergency. Although the electrification of transportation remains an important factor in addressing energy and climate challenges, reducing car travel (or vehicle-miles traveled) through improved clean transportation choices is also an essential strategy.

(LĀHAINĀ, HAWAI‘I) –To the untrained eye, the 150-year-old Banyan Tree in Lāhainā isn’t showing any signs of life. Thousands of leaves on the mammoth tree are scorched but its multiple trunks show little sign of being singed during the August 8 firestorm that devastated this historic, coastal West Maui community. 

(LĀHAINĀ, HAWAI‘I) – Preliminary water testing in the nearshore waters off Lāhainā are showing that physical parameters, like temperature, PH, salinity, and dissolved oxygen, are currently in normal ranges. 

(LĀHAINĀ, HAWAI‘I) – Today, aboard the Kai ‘Aiki, a boat operated by the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), a trio from the FBI’s Underwater Search and Evidence Response Team (USERT) began probing waters off-shore from Lāhainā. 

HONOLULU - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Honolulu District, in partnership with the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation, is announcing the release of a second Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment (IFR/EA), which identifies a proposed plan for beneficial use of dredged material along the Hale‘iwa Beach Park shoreline, in Hale‘iwa, Island of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i (Figure 1).

(KAHULUI, MAUI) –  Underwater search efforts for human remains that began last Saturday, continued today in near-shore waters near the Lāhainā Small Boat Harbor and along the Front Street breakwater. 

(HONOLULU) – Dean Uyeno, a 25-year-long staffer with the Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM), has been assigned on a temporary basis as the interim DLNR Water Deputy.