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Monk Seal Pup To Be Relocated From Waikiki Beach Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Monk Seal Pup To Be Relocated From Waikiki Beach

The risks of leaving Kaimana at the popular beach where she was born outweighed the risks of moving her to a remote location on Oahu, officials said.

Lawmakers Consider Having Neighbor Islands Help Pay For Oahu’s Troubled Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Consider Having Neighbor Islands Help Pay For Oahu’s Troubled Rail Project

With a special session set for the end of August, the Hawaii Legislature will lay out several funding options for the public at a briefing next week.

Kauai Council Says No Thanks To $100K To Fight Climate Change Courtesy: Alana Eagle

Kauai Council Says No Thanks To $100K To Fight Climate Change

Opponents of taking the money question whether the county needs its own plan. One said the work should be left to the federal government.

Experts: Why Do So Many Hawaii Visitors Die Snorkeling? Marina Riker/Civil Beat

Experts: Why Do So Many Hawaii Visitors Die Snorkeling?

A doctor says new full-face masks are a “recipe for disaster.” He wants to measure the breathing resistance in various types of snorkeling tubes.

Save Beaches Or Property? Climate Change Will Force Tough Choices Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Save Beaches Or Property? Climate Change Will Force Tough Choices

A coastal hazard expert briefs Hawaii officials and others about the need to adapt to rising sea levels and warmer temperatures.

Kauai Man Gets 4 Years In Prison For Harassing Monk Seal Courtesy: DLNR

Kauai Man Gets 4 Years In Prison For Harassing Monk Seal

Authorities say it may be the first felony conviction under a statute designed to protect the endangered marine mammals.

Emergency Meeting Held To Oppose Trump Weakening Marine Monuments Courtesy: Kelvin Gorospe/NOAA

Emergency Meeting Held To Oppose Trump Weakening Marine Monuments

UPDATED A marine sanctuary advisory group wants to block opening Papahanaumokuakea to energy exploration or mining.

We Do Practically Nothing To Control Wild Cats Threatening Rare Seals And Birds Courtesy: Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project

We Do Practically Nothing To Control Wild Cats Threatening Rare Seals And Birds

While Hawaii’s animal rights and environmental groups are sharply divided on solutions, there’s little government support even for steps the two sides agree on.

Hawaii Governor Vetoes Aquarium Fishing Bill, 12 Others Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Governor Vetoes Aquarium Fishing Bill, 12 Others

Gov. David Ige faced a heavy lobbying campaign from both sides on a bill phasing out commercial collection of fish for the aquarium industry.

Legislature Schedules Special Session On Rail Funding In Late August Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislature Schedules Special Session On Rail Funding In Late August

Hawaii lawmakers will convene for a week to figure out how to fund the rest of Honolulu’s over-budget project.

Ige Signs Bill To Unite Married Couple In Care Facility For Elderly Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Signs Bill To Unite Married Couple In Care Facility For Elderly

After balking two years ago, state officials now feel there are sufficient safeguards to prevent private-paying clients from displacing those on Medicaid.

Why The Fishing Industry Wants More Say On Papahanaumokuakea NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration

Why The Fishing Industry Wants More Say On Papahanaumokuakea

As federal officials sift through public comments on national monuments, supporters of Hawaii commercial fishermen say they merit special consideration.