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Conservationists Threaten To Sue Maui Resort Over Injured Seabirds Courtesy: Andre Raine/2021

Conservationists Threaten To Sue Maui Resort Over Injured Seabirds

For more than a decade, artificial lighting on the grounds of the Grand Wailea Resort has been causing endangered seabirds to fall from the sky, a pair of conservation groups says.

Hawaii Longline Fleet’s Switch To Shark-Friendly Gear Taking Longer Than Expected Courtesy: Kaikea Nakachi

Hawaii Longline Fleet’s Switch To Shark-Friendly Gear Taking Longer Than Expected

The transition was supposed to be done by July. Now, expect it done by the end of the year, an industry leader says.

SLIDESHOW: Diving For Tires And Trash In Kaneohe Bay Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2021

SLIDESHOW: Diving For Tires And Trash In Kaneohe Bay

Divers and other volunteers conducted a major cleanup effort of the bay on Sunday.

Native Seabirds Keep Turning Up Dead On A Popular Kauai Walking Trail Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2021

Native Seabirds Keep Turning Up Dead On A Popular Kauai Walking Trail

Feral cats and off-leash dogs are killing wedge-tailed shearwaters at Kauai’s Makahuena Point. Efforts to stop the carnage so far haven’t worked.

SLIDESHOW: Cleaning Up In Waimea Valley Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2021

SLIDESHOW: Cleaning Up In Waimea Valley

Civil Beat photographer Ronen Zilberman tagged along on an environmental restoration project in the Waimea Valley this weekend.

Hawaii Has A Ban On Sunscreen Chemicals But No One’s Sure Who Should Enforce It Courtesy of Kiera Ryon and Kiana Liu

Hawaii Has A Ban On Sunscreen Chemicals But No One’s Sure Who Should Enforce It

Selling sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate became illegal this year, but lawmakers are relying on sellers to self-police and consumers to hold them accountable.

The Heat Is Especially Dangerous For Honolulu’s Homeless Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

The Heat Is Especially Dangerous For Honolulu’s Homeless

Honolulu wants to plant 100,000 trees in the next few years to help provide shelter from rising temperatures and a growing urban heat island.

The Problem With Honolulu’s Single-Use Plastic Ban At Restaurants Rafael Bergstrom

The Problem With Honolulu’s Single-Use Plastic Ban At Restaurants

Honolulu’s plastic reduction effort is eliminating fossil fuel waste, but also reflects the struggle to find a solution that’s both eco-friendly and convenient.

Maui County Loses Again In Federal Court Over Pollution Discharges Courtesy: Petey/Flickr

Maui County Loses Again In Federal Court Over Pollution Discharges

For years, the county has violated the Clean Water Act by discharging treated wastewater into the Pacific Ocean through injection wells at a Lahaina sewer plant.

September 2021

Friday, September 17

Conservationists Threaten To Sue Maui Resort Over Injured Seabirds

Thursday, September 16

SLIDESHOW: Diving For Tires And Trash In Kaneohe Bay

Friday, September 10

Native Seabirds Keep Turning Up Dead On A Popular Kauai Walking Trail

August 2021

Monday, August 30

SLIDESHOW: Cleaning Up In Waimea Valley

Tuesday, August 3

Hawaii Has A Ban On Sunscreen Chemicals But No One’s Sure Who Should Enforce It

July 2021

Sunday, July 25

The Heat Is Especially Dangerous For Honolulu’s Homeless

Thursday, July 22

The Problem With Honolulu’s Single-Use Plastic Ban At Restaurants

Friday, July 16

Maui County Loses Again In Federal Court Over Pollution Discharges

Thursday, July 15

Navy To Review Impact Of Pacific Training After 2 Whales Die During Exercise

How One Hawaii Man Is Using An Invasive Tree To Nurture His Community

Tuesday, July 13

Lawsuit: State Board Fails To Protect West Hawaii From Aquarium Trade

PODCAST: Hawaii’s Complicated Relationship With European Honey Bees

Sunday, July 11

Navy Agrees To Fix Pearl Harbor Wastewater Treatment Plant

Saturday, July 3

Conservationists Threaten Lawsuit Over Maui Lights That Harm Seabirds

Friday, July 2

Thousands Of New Rooftop Solar Systems Could Be Going Up On Oahu

June 2021

Monday, June 28

UH Report Finds Hawaii Needs To Prepare For More Frequent High-Tide Flooding

Thursday, June 24

This North Shore Community Has Had Enough Of Towering Wind Turbines

Monday, June 21

Power Struggle: A Major Source Of Air Pollution On Oahu Is Also Keeping The Lights On

Monday, June 14

Why The Pandemic Made It Harder To Protect Birds From Hawaii’s Feral Cats

Thursday, June 10

Experts Forecast A Destructive Wildfire Season In Hawaii This Year

Wednesday, June 9

Scientists Are Running Out Of Time To Save This Critically Endangered Kauai Bird

Tuesday, June 8

Hawaii Marks World Oceans Day With 9 New Laws To Protect Sharks And Marine Life

Wednesday, June 2

An Explosion Of Green Parakeets Is Causing Big Problems On Kauai

May 2021

Tuesday, May 18

‘The Situation Is Critical’: Saving This Maui Beach Won’t Be Easy Or Cheap

Monday, May 17

Big Island Aquaculture Gets Boost With Big Grant

Friday, May 14

PODCAST: Lessons from Hawaii’s Successful Battle With The Avocado Lace Bug

Friday, May 7

Navy Investigating Fuel Leak At Red Hill

Monday, May 3

Will Hawaii’s Spinner Dolphins Finally Get A Rest From The Crowds?

April 2021

Tuesday, April 27

NOAA Keeps Deploying Fishery Observers But With Limits Amid Pandemic

Maui Is No Longer Safe For Hawaii’s Endangered Birds, Biologists Say

Friday, April 23

With Its New Climate Plan, The City Aims To Curb Oahu’s Growing Carbon Pollution

Wednesday, April 21

Lehua Island Is Finally Free Of Rats, Scoring A Big Win For Native Seabirds

Friday, April 16

How Scientists Are Pivoting In Their Quest To Save Hawaii’s Crows

Sunday, April 4

Want To Combat Climate Change? Feed Seaweed To Cows

Thursday, April 1

Kahuku Wind Farm Case Goes Before Hawaii Supreme Court

Leonardo DiCaprio Lends Support To Hawaii Bill Protecting Sharks

Biden Plan To Conserve More Ocean Habitat Worries Hawaii Fishing Interests

March 2021

Friday, March 19

Big Island Scales Back Plans For Recycled Water

Wednesday, March 10

Brian Schatz: ‘Native Wisdom’ Needs To Be Part Of US Climate Policy

Monday, March 1

The Fish We Eat Are Eating Plastic. That’s Not A Good Thing

February 2021

Friday, February 19

Could Hawaii’s Fossil Fuel-Powered Cars Soon Be A Relic Of The Past?

Thursday, February 18

Proposal To Protect Pacific Corals Exempts Military Training Areas

Monday, February 15

Condo Complex’s Plan To Uproot Trees Has Residents Worried About Kaneohe Bay

Tuesday, February 9

Feds Consider Paintballs And Sponge Grenades To Thwart Endangered Monk Seals

January 2021

Friday, January 29

This UH Researcher Is Studying An Unusual Invasive Species — Figs

Thursday, January 28

Kauai Is Moving Forward On One Of The Nation’s Most Advanced Energy Projects

Monday, January 25

Molokai’s Fabled Axis Deer Are Starving To Death In Droves

Monday, January 18

EPA: Hawaii’s Military Bases Dumped 630,000 Pounds Of Toxic Nitrate Into The Ocean

Thursday, January 14

New Boulder Barriers Aim To Protect Monk Seals From Illegal Off-Roading

Thursday, January 7

Monk Seal Killings On Kauai Highlight Human Threat To Endangered Species

Monday, January 4

How Hawaii Scientists Are Keeping Their Research Alive During The Pandemic