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Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

State Board Again Rejects Plan To Demolish Kahala Swimming Cove Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Board Again Rejects Plan To Demolish Kahala Swimming Cove

But a museum foundation seeking to reduce its liability wants a contested case hearing — or for the state to take possession of the shoreline.

Manoa Professors Raise A Stink About Sludge Pits — And Get Results Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Manoa Professors Raise A Stink About Sludge Pits — And Get Results

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources officials say they will postpone a stream dredging plan in Manoa to confer with residents.

Hawaii’s Failure To Keep Bad Cops Off The Job Is Criminal Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Failure To Keep Bad Cops Off The Job Is Criminal

If the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl isn't enough to move the Legislature to finally act, what would it take?
Woman Sues Hawaii For Hiring Ex-Cop Who Then Assaulted Her Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Woman Sues Hawaii For Hiring Ex-Cop Who Then Assaulted Her

The Department of Land and Natural Resources ignored HPD's warnings not to hire Ethan Ferguson.
Chad Blair: Did Hawaii Really Try To Thwart CNN’s Homelessness Report? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Did Hawaii Really Try To Thwart CNN’s Homelessness Report?

The DLNR explains its reasons for not granting a permit for access to an encampment near the Waianae Boat Harbor.

Land Board: Alexander & Baldwin Can Keep Diverting Maui Water Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Land Board: Alexander & Baldwin Can Keep Diverting Maui Water

Opponents say water drawn from streams by the Hawaii land company harm the environment.

No Water For The Homeless At The Waianae Boat Harbor Camp Natanya Friedheim/Civil Beat

No Water For The Homeless At The Waianae Boat Harbor Camp

Residents of the camp are scrambling to make do by getting water from relatives and nearby parks.

How Hawaii Hopes To Protect Its Coastal Waters Courtesy of Raphael Ritson-Williams

How Hawaii Hopes To Protect Its Coastal Waters

New regulations — and better enforcement of existing laws — will be sought during the next legislative session.

‘Ecological Roulette’: Almost 70 Species Rode Tsunami Debris To Hawaii Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

‘Ecological Roulette’: Almost 70 Species Rode Tsunami Debris To Hawaii

New research shows non-native species can survive years at sea on buoys, nets, lost boats and trash before reaching distant shorelines.

Another Growing Threat To Hawaii’s Coral Reefs: Invasive Algae Courtesy: Randy Chiu/Flickr

Another Growing Threat To Hawaii’s Coral Reefs: Invasive Algae

Several years ago, the state stopped the infestation of leather mudweed by pulling up 3 million pounds of the algae. Now it’s back.

Constant Flooding in Mapunapuna May Lead State To Cut Lease Payments Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Constant Flooding in Mapunapuna May Lead State To Cut Lease Payments

Businesses that rent from DLNR in Mapunapuna can ask for rent reductions when their leases come up for renewal.

Commercial Catching Of Aquarium Fish Halted By Hawaii Supreme Court FromSandToGlass/Flickr

Commercial Catching Of Aquarium Fish Halted By Hawaii Supreme Court

UPDATED Justices rule the state’s practice of approving all properly prepared applications is inadequate.

May 2018

Friday, May 25

State Board Again Rejects Plan To Demolish Kahala Swimming Cove

Tuesday, May 22

Manoa Professors Raise A Stink About Sludge Pits — And Get Results

January 2018

Friday, January 5

Hawaii’s Failure To Keep Bad Cops Off The Job Is Criminal

Wednesday, January 3

Woman Sues Hawaii For Hiring Ex-Cop Who Then Assaulted Her

December 2017

Friday, December 29

Chad Blair: Did Hawaii Really Try To Thwart CNN’s Homelessness Report?

November 2017

Friday, November 10

Land Board: Alexander & Baldwin Can Keep Diverting Maui Water

Monday, November 6

No Water For The Homeless At The Waianae Boat Harbor Camp

Friday, November 3

How Hawaii Hopes To Protect Its Coastal Waters

October 2017

Monday, October 9

‘Ecological Roulette’: Almost 70 Species Rode Tsunami Debris To Hawaii

September 2017

Monday, September 18

Another Growing Threat To Hawaii’s Coral Reefs: Invasive Algae

Friday, September 15

Constant Flooding in Mapunapuna May Lead State To Cut Lease Payments

Wednesday, September 6

Commercial Catching Of Aquarium Fish Halted By Hawaii Supreme Court

July 2017

Friday, July 21

Honolulu City Council May Seek Crackdown On Waikiki ‘Floatilla’ Events

June 2017

Friday, June 23

DLNR Urges Ige To Veto Bill Phasing Out Aquarium Fishing In Hawaii

Wednesday, June 21

Kaneohe Bay Kayak Rentals Continue Despite State’s Disapproval

May 2017

Tuesday, May 23

Denby Fawcett: Pushing For Tough Penalty In Albatross Killings

January 2017

Thursday, January 12

Is Hawaii Spending Enough To Protect Its Natural Resources?

December 2016

Thursday, December 8

State Hides Work History Of Former Cop Charged With Sex Assault

September 2016

Friday, September 16

State Investigating Placement Of Human Remains At TMT Site

August 2016

Wednesday, August 17

Hawaii’s State Of The Environment: Good, Bad And Ugly

June 2016

Thursday, June 30

Ige Signs Act Prohibiting Most Ivory Sales in Hawaii

Tuesday, June 21

Enforcement Chief Leaves DLNR

Monday, June 6

Big Island’s New Marine Reserve Was A Long Time Coming

May 2016

Monday, May 16

Judge Seeks ‘Fresh’ Start, But Acrimony Over TMT Resurfaces

State: Fires, Drought Threaten Hawaii

Future Of Hawaii Capitol’s Reflecting Pools Is As Murky As The Water

April 2016

Tuesday, April 19

Not So Public: Hey DLNR, We’re Still Waiting For That Info On Commercial Tours

Tuesday, April 12

Hawaii Senate Approves Water Rights Bill Over Loud Protests

Tuesday, April 5

Maui’s Ancient Water Rights Debate Headed For Capitol Showdown

January 2016

Tuesday, January 26

NOAA Withdraws Proposal To Expand Whale Sanctuary

December 2015

Wednesday, December 16

Should Hawaii’s DLNR Cops Carry Semi-Automatic Weapons?

November 2015

Monday, November 16

Hawaii Rejects Demand For Aquarium Fishing Moratorium

October 2015

Thursday, October 8

DLNR Names New Head of Parks Division

August 2015

Monday, August 31

Convicted Car Dealer Poised to Donate Hawaii Kai Land for Nature Reserve

Wednesday, August 26

Hawaii DLNR Official Has Close Connection to Virginia Shootings

Tuesday, August 4

Ige Signs Rules to Create Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area

July 2015

Thursday, July 16

‘Energy and Passion’ for Maunalua Bay Drives a Deep Debate Over the Future of the Marine Sanctuary

April 2015

Tuesday, April 14

DLNR Rules Linger in Governor’s Office

Friday, April 10

The Projector: Voyage Recalled, Rail Debated, New DLNR Pick and the Mountaintop Scene

Wednesday, April 8

Senate Committee Sets Hearing for Ige’s New Choice to Head DLNR

Thursday, April 2

Deadline Looms for Ige to Pick New DLNR Chair

March 2015

Friday, March 20

Remembering Laura Thielen’s Own DLNR Confirmation

Thursday, March 12

LIVE: Day 2 of Carleton Ching’s DLNR Nomination Hearing

Wednesday, March 11

LIVE: Carleton Ching’s DLNR Nomination Hearing

Thursday, March 5

Cabinet Website Says Ching Already Leads DLNR

February 2015

Thursday, February 26

Ige Urges Senators to Support Carleton Ching Nomination for DLNR

Tuesday, February 17

Pod Squad on Carleton Ching, Ige’s Controversial DLNR Pick

Thursday, February 12

Governor Stands Behind Decision to Nominate Ching for DLNR Director

November 2014

Monday, November 17

DLNR: ‘Serious Natural Resource Damage’ Leads to Kaena Point Changes

June 2014

Thursday, June 19

Thielen, DLNR to Join Civil Cafe Discussion on Hiking in Hawaii

December 2013

Friday, December 13

Debate Rises Over Development Plan for Kailua Marsh

October 2012

Thursday, October 25

Lawsuit: DLNR Must Study Effects of Aquarium Fish Trade on Hawaii Reefs

August 2012

Wednesday, August 15

Native Hawaiians Sue City Over Haleiwa Park Sale

July 2012

Wednesday, July 25

Hawaii Land Corp. Pushes Forward on Projects, Despite Lack of Rules

May 2012

Thursday, May 17

Hawaii Historic Preservation Office Spent Job Money on Cars, iPads

April 2012

Wednesday, April 4

Governor’s Water Commission Choices Are Once Again Under Fire

December 2011

Friday, December 23

Hawaii Cracks Down on Beachfront Property Owners in Kahala

November 2011

Saturday, November 19

Kauai Pushes for Ban on Aquarium Trade

October 2011

Monday, October 24

AG, DLNR Back Pedal On Problems With Land Development Corp

Friday, October 21

NOAA: Americans Willing to Pay $33 Billion to Protect Hawaii’s Reefs

Saturday, October 1

New State Lands Agency Violates Abercrombie Order on Public Meetings

September 2011

Tuesday, September 27

Conservation Groups Drop Lawsuit against Kauai Utility

Wednesday, September 21

Who Controls the Mineral Rights to Hawaiian Home Lands?

Tuesday, September 6

Hawaiian Nene Being Kicked Off Kauai

August 2011

Tuesday, August 30

State Needs Executive Director to Spearhead Public Land Development

Monday, August 29

Rail Opponents: DLNR Statement on Burials ‘Patently False’

Tuesday, August 23

Hawaii Development Corp. Trips Over Sunshine Law

Thursday, August 4

Environmental Groups Move to Thwart Hawaii Caged Fishing Operation

July 2011

Friday, July 22

More States Turn to Private Companies to Develop Public Lands

New Law Jumpstarts Hawaii Land Development

June 2011

Wednesday, June 8

DLNR Hires Firm To Shore Up Historic Preservation

May 2011

Thursday, May 19

Hawaiian Rights Fight Lands at Supreme Court

April 2011

Friday, April 22

Do Native Hawaiians Have The Right To Break Rules?

Tuesday, April 12

Aila: FTA Required Phased-In Approach For Rail

March 2011

Wednesday, March 16

Planning for Disaster on Big Island of Hawaii

Saturday, March 5

Week 44: Jousting At The Senate

Friday, March 4

One Final Attack Before Senate Confirms Aila

Wednesday, March 2

Transcript Paints Picture of a Divided Hawaii Senate

Democrats Talk, Give Aila Nomination Green Light

Senate Democrats to Hold Special Meeting on Aila

Tuesday, March 1

Hawaii Senators E-Bicker Over Land Chief Nominee

February 2011

Friday, February 25

Hee Speaks on Aila Confirmation Delay

Wednesday, February 23

Aila Debate Lands on Hawaii Senate Floor

Amid Ethics Questions, Aila Confirmation Delayed

Saturday, February 19

Government Exempt From New Burial Protections

Friday, February 18

What a Difference a Day Makes

Wednesday, February 16

Case Study in Hawaii Ethics Enforcement

Saturday, February 12

Aila Nomination Sails Through Committee

Tuesday, February 1

Are Further Protections for Burials Feasible?

January 2011

Friday, January 14

Once Adversaries, Aila and Army Now Teaming Up

Old Proposal Alive Under New Land Chief

December 2010

Friday, December 3

Open Iolani Palace to All? Some Native Hawaiians Say No Thanks

Thursday, December 2

State Land Chief: Hawaii Parks in ‘Deplorable’ Condition

November 2010

Thursday, November 18

Next DLNR Chief Has Work To Do

May 2010

Monday, May 17

UPDATE: A Long History Of Requests To Develop Farmland

Monday, May 3

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