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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.

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

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

Councilman Trevor Ozawa wants the state to ban offshore alcohol use and disorderly behavior at holiday weekend events.

DLNR Urges Ige To Veto Bill Phasing Out Aquarium Fishing In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

The head of Hawaii’s aquatic resource division said he’s not sure lawmakers “knew what they were doing” when they passed the bill.

Kaneohe Bay Kayak Rentals Continue Despite State’s Disapproval Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kaneohe Bay Kayak Rentals Continue Despite State’s Disapproval

A nonprofit organization that maintains a state park says the rentals are the only way to pay for the work.

Denby Fawcett: Pushing For Tough Penalty In Albatross Killings Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Pushing For Tough Penalty In Albatross Killings

The prosecutor wants the judge to visit Kaena Point where protected Laysan albatrosses were killed before sentencing the defendant.

Is Hawaii Spending Enough To Protect Its Natural Resources? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Is Hawaii Spending Enough To Protect Its Natural Resources?

The challenge facing the DLNR is called “overwhelming,” but the agency hasn’t hired all the people it’s authorized to.

State Hides Work History Of Former Cop Charged With Sex Assault Screen shot

State Hides Work History Of Former Cop Charged With Sex Assault

But state law requires disclosure of detailed information about a public employee’s job qualifications.

State Investigating Placement Of Human Remains At TMT Site Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Investigating Placement Of Human Remains At TMT Site

The Department of Land and Natural Resources acknowledged the probe in response to a public records request but won't say more