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The island’s highest point received monumental precipitation in 2018, and it wasn’t even ground zero for the rain bomb that caused April flooding.
Rapid ohia death, which has felled hundreds of thousands of the environmentally and culturally important trees on the Big Island, was first spotted on Kauai in May.
Hawaii Dairy Farms was thwarted by regulatory obstacles, lawsuits and community opposition.
The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative is far ahead of the statewide schedule for conversion to alternative energy sources for producing electricity.
Kauai has tightened requirements for shoreline development, but they don’t take into account more alarming recent predictions of the impact of climate change and rising seas.
The county and a community association try to discourage visitors, especially during the wettest months, but tour books point the way.
The Facebook founder said he would no longer try to acquire “kuleana” parcels held by families for generations on Kauai’s North Shore, but now they’re being auctioned off.
A few precautions can prevent the spread of undesirable plants and critters, ecotourism operators are told. But the advice applies to everyone.
KKCR, which started broadcasting from the North Shore in 1994 and manages to stay on the air 24/7 with a paid staff of five and some volunteers, is trying to build a statewide audience.
Kee Beach, once nearly loved to death by tourists, is now a place of solitude after last spring’s punishing storms cut it off from the rest of the island.