From The Garden Island:

Lawmakers in both the Hawaii Senate and House are pushing for legislation that would prohibit outsiders from fishing around “The Forbidden Island” of Niihau.

Kauai legislators, however, aren’t taking the bait.

 “I’m against it, I’m against it, I’m against it,” said Rep. Dee Morikawa, D-Koloa-Niihau. “Nobody should be shutting down those resources when it’s for everybody’s use.” Read more.

And here’s the latest in other neighbor isle gov’t and politics:

Kauai whale counting well underway

Kamehameha Ave. roadwork set to begin

Waimea’s famed cherry blossom trees blooming

Lawyer: Kauai County pro bono quest illegal

THC-Hawks? Pot puns pack this Super Bowl

Wailuku inmate faces charges after failed return

Chun appointed per diem judge

County seeks international flights to island

Pagoda Hotel owner plans Maui expansion

Chinese tourism to Big Isle expected to jump

Kamehameha center link to community

10 new Maui buses help serve 2.5 million ridership


Photo: Niihau. (Starr Environmental)

—Chad Blair