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Hawaii’s State Of The Environment: Good, Bad And Ugly Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

A new report highlights challenges and opportunities.
Ige Signs Act Prohibiting Most Ivory Sales in Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Signs Act Prohibiting Most Ivory Sales in Hawaii

Retailers of products made out of endangered species have one year to purge their inventory before the sales are banned.
Enforcement Chief Leaves DLNR Capitol TV

Enforcement Chief Leaves DLNR

UPDATED: Land Board Chair Suzanne Case thanked Thomas Friel for his brief tenure but offered no explanation for the abrupt departure. But new information suggests that he was terminated due to a lack of confidence in his performance.

Big Island’s New Marine Reserve Was A Long Time Coming Ana Giliberti-Ippel/Civil Beat

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

The state's decision to establish a "no take zone" along a popular stretch of the island's west coast is hailed by some, derided by others.
Judge Seeks ‘Fresh’ Start, But Acrimony Over TMT Resurfaces Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Native Hawaiians flood a pre-hearing conference Monday as lawyers argue about what's ahead for a June 17 contested-case hearing.

State: Fires, Drought Threaten Hawaii

Most of the state is facing drought conditions and wildfires have already consumed thousands of acres.
Future Of Hawaii Capitol’s Reflecting Pools Is As Murky As The Water Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Dead fish float in the greenish-brown pools, which have long been a headache for state maintenance workers.
Not So Public: Hey DLNR, We’re Still Waiting For That Info On Commercial Tours Marina Riker/Civil Beat

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

Four months later, and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources has yet to provide information about permits, fees and fines.
Hawaii Senate Approves Water Rights Bill Over Loud Protests Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate Approves Water Rights Bill Over Loud Protests

An amendment failed that would have ensured the measure wouldn't continue Alexander & Baldwin’s stream diversions in East Maui.
Maui’s Ancient Water Rights Debate Headed For Capitol Showdown Alexander & Baldwin

Maui’s Ancient Water Rights Debate Headed For Capitol Showdown

UPDATED 4/6/2016: Big Ag has long diverted water to serve Central Maui at the expense of others, and the dispute is outliving sugar cane farming.
NOAA Withdraws Proposal To Expand Whale Sanctuary Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

NOAA Withdraws Proposal To Expand Whale Sanctuary

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources objected to the plan, considering it a federal overreach.
Should Hawaii’s DLNR Cops Carry Semi-Automatic Weapons? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Citing an increased risk of terrorism, conservation officers want more semi-automatic rifles and shotguns to protect the state's vast natural resources.