HALEAKALÂ, MAUI –The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has included a recent 3,721-acre addition to The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Waikamoi Preserve into the State’s Natural Area Partnership Program (NAPP). The DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife offers the program to encourage partnerships for conservation across landowner boundaries. There are over 30,000 acres currently enrolled in the program statewide. The innovative partnership program provides State funds on a two-for-one basis with private funds to protect the privately owned East Maui forest preserve.

HONOLULU – Higher than normal sea surface temperatures (SSTs) have resulted in above-normal levels of coral bleaching at numerous near-shore locations on Oahu. This is especially severe along the windward coastline. Reports from ocean users and Eyes of the Reef Network ( volunteers prompted a response from the Dept. of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) Coral Rapid Response Team.

For 10 years now Makai Watch volunteers have helped be the eyes and ears for the protection of special places across Hawaii. Makai Watch State Coordinator Luna Kekoa described the program today for the members of the Hawaii State Board of Land and Natural Resources.

PAHOA, HI -- Tropical Storm Iselle brought down or damaged thousands of trees in Hawaii Island's Puna District. At the request of Hawaii County, DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife crews have been operating chain saws and heavy equipment to clear entire trees, large limbs and other vegetation debris from roads in the Pahoa area.

WAILUKU, Maui – Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui and Mayor Alan Arakawa today joined with Maui community leaders and sporting organizations to break ground for the new Central Maui Regional Sports Complex.

HONOLULU –The people of Tanohata Village, in the Iwate Prefecture, on Japan’s northeast coast “are slowly, but surely walking on the path to recovery as a united body,”according to Tanohata Village Mayor Hiroshi Ishihara. The tiny village was devestated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011.

Today, representatives of the Division of Land and Natural Resources/Division of State Parks and the nonprofit Pacific Historic Parks dedicated a new Interpretive Kiosk and Gift Shop in Diamond Head Crater. It represents a creative and collaborative project to enhance the visitor experience at one of Hawaii's most iconic geological features and landmark destinations. Diamond Head or Le'ahi is among the most recognizable and cherished landmarks representing Hawaii to the world. IN 2013, visitors to the park frequently exceeded 3,000 people a day, making it one of the most heavily visited destinations in the state.

(Click on image to watch video) Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii’s four county mayors, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) leadership jointly launched the Aloha+ Challenge: A Culture of Sustainability – He Nohona ‘Ae‘oia at a declaration signing held today at the Hawaii State Capitol. The statewide joint leadership commitment sets clear targets for clean energy ...
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A small infestation of the invasive little fire ant (LFA) was confirmed in late May and has been undergoing treatment at a hotel in Wailea, Maui. The Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) detected the infestation, which was confirmed by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA).