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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.
Rats Threaten Native Species, Army Steps Up Attack

Rats Threaten Native Species, Army Steps Up Attack

U.S. Army efforts to limit destruction of endangered and native species of plants and animals by the rodents includes an eradication program. A pilot project in Makua Valley using a grid of snap traps around the most sensitive species has had some success.
Endangered Species In Hawaii