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Maui Residents Fight To Save Kihei’s Last Wetlands Marina Riker/Civil Beat/2023

Maui Residents Fight To Save Kihei’s Last Wetlands

County officials continue to approve new building permits close to shore despite rising seas.

NOAA: Young Monk Seal Most Likely Killed Intentionally On Oahu The Marine Mammal Center, NOAA Permit #24359/2023

NOAA: Young Monk Seal Most Likely Killed Intentionally On Oahu

The seal had been rescued as a pup, cared for, and released in January. Its body was found in March with blunt-force trauma.

Maui Condo Owners Are Trying To Buy Time In The Fight Against Rising Seas Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2022

Maui Condo Owners Are Trying To Buy Time In The Fight Against Rising Seas

A lengthy hearing Monday left County Council members with unanswered questions about using a new financing tool to replenish the beach.

Coconut Rhinoceros Beetles Make Landfall On Kauai David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023

Coconut Rhinoceros Beetles Make Landfall On Kauai

The invasive insect has decimated the Pacific's coconut palm populations. Now it's been found on Kauai.

‘This Is Gold’: An Unprecedented Push To Restore Urban Honolulu Watersheds From Ridge To Reef Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2022

‘This Is Gold’: An Unprecedented Push To Restore Urban Honolulu Watersheds From Ridge To Reef

A nearly $8 million project will take the Hawaiian approach to land management and apply it to busy parts of town.

Study: Pacific Tuna Fleets Rarely Fish In Waters Proposed For New Sanctuary Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Study: Pacific Tuna Fleets Rarely Fish In Waters Proposed For New Sanctuary

The analysis comes amid calls to halt marine protections that would further limit where commercial fishing can occur.

Mayor Insists City Didn’t Downplay Health Concerns Over Kailua Sewage David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023

Mayor Insists City Didn’t Downplay Health Concerns Over Kailua Sewage

Blangiardi and the state health director pushed back against assertions made by state clean water supervisors monitoring the situation.

‘This Shouldn’t Happen’: State Says City Downplayed Public Health Risks From Kailua Sewage Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2023

‘This Shouldn’t Happen’: State Says City Downplayed Public Health Risks From Kailua Sewage

The Department of Health is investigating what caused high levels of bacteria in treated sewage from the wastewater plant at the popular bay.

State Inches Closer To Restoring Access To Big Island Boat Ramp 5 Years After Eruption Courtesy: DLNR/2023

State Inches Closer To Restoring Access To Big Island Boat Ramp 5 Years After Eruption

Fishermen and residents say it's time to reopen the Pohoiki Bay boat ramp to subsistence fishing, cultural practices, recreation and other uses.

‘The Water Needs To Be Cleaned’: Pokai Bay Has Gone From Pristine To Polluted Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2022

‘The Water Needs To Be Cleaned’: Pokai Bay Has Gone From Pristine To Polluted

State legislators called for government agencies to prioritize the cleaning and testing of the area.