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Endangered Species In Hawaii

Drawing the Line on How to Protect Hawaii Seabirds

Drawing the Line on How to Protect Hawaii Seabirds

Surprising Land Board decision could indicate new approach.
Once Adversaries, Aila and Army Now Teaming Up

Once Adversaries, Aila and Army Now Teaming Up

The new director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources will work with military — sometimes.
Buck the Firds? Kauai’s Championship Football Game Under the Lights

Buck the Firds? Kauai’s Championship Football Game Under the Lights

Regular season games were held Saturday afternoons to prevent further deaths of endangered seabirds.
Big Island Urges State to Protect Reef Fish

Big Island Urges State to Protect Reef Fish

Weeks after Maui county passed a bill to protect aquarium fish, Hawaii County lawmakers encouraged the state to increase its protections.

Kauai Admits To Causing Seabird Deaths

The County of Kauai announced Thursday it has struck a plea deal with the U.S. Department of Justice to avoid penalties for causing the deaths of at least 18 rare birds. The county is guilty of one misdemeanor.

Kauai Wants License to Kill 15 Birds Per Year

With football games already moved from Friday nights to Saturday afternoons, the county government has applied for a habitat conservation plan that will take other steps to protect threatened birds.
Maui Could Be First County To Protect Aquarium Fish

Maui Could Be First County To Protect Aquarium Fish

Maui County is poised to pass an ordinance today that would make it the first Hawaii county to require permits and reports for the capture of aquarium fish from local reefs. Some say the industry is pillaging one of Hawaii's most treasured resources.
Lights Out: Birds Trump Friday Night Football

Lights Out: Birds Trump Friday Night Football

Kauai, a haven for seabirds, recently unveiled a high school sports schedule that moves popular football games to Saturday afternoons. Tonight will be the final game under Friday night lights, upsetting those who say football on Friday nights is an important part of local culture. The move comes months after the local electric company was indicted for not doing enough to protect birds.
UPDATE: Justices Decline to Reconsider Turtle Bay

UPDATE: Justices Decline to Reconsider Turtle Bay

The Hawaii Supreme Court voted 4-1 not to review a decision that requires an update to a 25-year-old environmental study before an expansion can occur. A dissenting justice said the court overreached.
Islands Bear the Brunt of Climate Change

Islands Bear the Brunt of Climate Change

Players from several federal agencies gathered Friday to discuss how global warming affects Hawaii. Meeting will produce a plan to help humans manage climate change that will be presented to President Obama.
Ten Years, Ten Endangered Species Indictments

Ten Years, Ten Endangered Species Indictments

A U.S. Department of Justice response to a Freedom of Information Act request from Civil Beat shows that criminal charges against corporations for killing rare plants and animals are rare, but more common when Democrats occupy the White House.

Background On Endangered Species In Hawaii

As part of our ongoing coverage of endangered species in Hawaii, we started a topic page on the subject.
Endangered Species In Hawaii