The list of 25 included seven winners from Hawaiʻi, with West Maui’s Kāʻanapali Beach taking the top spot in the islands at number three. The number one and two slots went to Florida’s #1 Siesta Beach and Saint Pete Beach respectively.
Fewer than one in five Hawaiian monk seal pups in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands survive their first year due to threats like starvation, entanglement in marine debris, male aggression due to abnormally small population size, and more.
The fine for violating the law starts at $257 on Maui, with higher fines of $347 in school or construction zones. During the 2014 fiscal year, the county police departments issued more than 11,000 distracted driving citations statewide.
A federal judge ruled on March 31 that the National Marine Fisheries Service acted illegally in approving testing and training activities by the US Navy in the Pacific Ocean that threatens widespread harm to whales, dolphins, sea turtles and other marine mammals.