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Maui’s Victorino and Kauai’s Kawakami lead in the most recent returns for mayor, while dozens of county council seats get fresh blood.
Local fishermen say the impact of the April storm on tourism has been a boon to the fish population.
A Senate bill would promote the hiring of more federal botanists and encourage the use of native plants in federal projects.
ECHO Hawaii, a new digital learning program, connects psychiatric experts with local doctors.
The state health department is staffing shelters and opening clinics to help people affected by the disaster.
Even with assistance from police psychologists, some emotionally disturbed residents keep officers returning again and again.
“There are many unpredictable things that could happen,” says the head of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.
A naturally occurring berm has so far halted the flow’s advance, but officials warn if the lava does hit the plant’s underground wells it could trigger the release of poisonous gases.
But a UH archaeologist says the Russian presence was minimal — and any plan should focus on the fort’s place in Native Hawaiian history.
Kauai County had already cracked down on hundreds of remote visitor rentals. The flood might have doomed many more.
Kauai has historically allowed development along rivers and in coastal areas vulnerable to flooding.
The state’s detailed assessment of damage includes destroyed homes and roads, lost tourism dollars and PTSD among residents.