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.
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.
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.
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.
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.