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A New Roadmap For Battling Hawaii’s Intensifying Natural Hazards Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A New Roadmap For Battling Hawaii’s Intensifying Natural Hazards

Hawaii is vulnerable to hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, lava flows and sea level rise. A new guidebook offers local leaders tools for tackling these hazards.

Squeezing Along Narrow Sidewalks And Racing Crosswalk Timers In Waikiki Brittany Lyte

Squeezing Along Narrow Sidewalks And Racing Crosswalk Timers In Waikiki

A volunteer initiative, Waikiki Safe Walk, is documenting pedestrian hazards and eyesores in a campaign to make the tourism hub easier to walk.

Lawsuit Challenges Hawaii’s Termination Of Youth Mental Health Services At 18 Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Challenges Hawaii’s Termination Of Youth Mental Health Services At 18

The suit filed in federal court alleges a young woman received minimal care when her case was turned over to Hawaii’s adult mental health division, leading to the deterioration of her condition.

How These Travel Hotspots Are Trying To Make Tourism Pay Its Own Way Chad Blair/Civil Beat

How These Travel Hotspots Are Trying To Make Tourism Pay Its Own Way

From California to the Galapagos, overwhelmed tourist destinations are experimenting with ways to control the overflow and pay for repairing the damage.

Rat Lungworm Disease’s Silent Victims: Cats, Dogs, Centipedes, Toads, Coqui Frogs and Horses Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Rat Lungworm Disease’s Silent Victims: Cats, Dogs, Centipedes, Toads, Coqui Frogs and Horses

So far this year six people have contracted rat lungworm disease. But researchers on the Big Island have also begun to study the presence of the infection in animals.

More Rooftop Solar Coming To Molokai Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More Rooftop Solar Coming To Molokai

Employing new technology to absorb excess electricity that could overwhelm the grid, researchers and energy regulators have found a way to boost Molokai’s solar energy supply.

Illegal Parking Fees Rise From $35 To $235 On Kauai’s North Shore Cyril Fluck/Flickr

Illegal Parking Fees Rise From $35 To $235 On Kauai’s North Shore

The steepened penalty is expected to deter problematic illegal parking near popular beaches, trailheads and attractions on Kauai’s secluded North Shore.

This Rare Island Waterbird Is Becoming Citified Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

This Rare Island Waterbird Is Becoming Citified

The endangered Hawaiian stilt is increasingly found on soccer fields, golf courses and wastewater treatment sites. But its adaptability poses new risks.

Federal Judge Rules Toxic Water Discharged Off Kauai Is Illegal U.S. District Court

Federal Judge Rules Toxic Water Discharged Off Kauai Is Illegal

Pesticides, heavy metals, sediment and other pollutants have been discharged by a state agency through an illegal plantation-era ditch system since 2015.

Heavenly Mound Or Hill Of Destruction? Naming Volcano’s Newest Feature Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Heavenly Mound Or Hill Of Destruction? Naming Volcano’s Newest Feature

With its conic shape, Fissure 8 is the most prominent feature of the 2018 eruption in Kilauea’s lower East Rift Zone. Now a small group appointed by state regulators is working to find a name for it.

Helping Seniors Survive The Hazards Of High-Rise Living In Honolulu Ku'u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Helping Seniors Survive The Hazards Of High-Rise Living In Honolulu

Many older people live in condo towers. Now the push is on to encourage the buildings and their residents to better prepare for disaster.

‘Like A Christmas Present’: Hawaii’s Medical Aid In Dying Law Eased Patient’s Anxiety Contributed by Kathy Johnson

‘Like A Christmas Present’: Hawaii’s Medical Aid In Dying Law Eased Patient’s Anxiety

Steve Johnson was the second person to die under the state’s new assisted suicide law. The state reports eight patients so far have received prescriptions for lethal drugs.