The Story Behind Molokai’s Kapuāiwa Coconut Grove

July 22, 2016, 8:15 AM HST · Updated July 21, 11:22 AM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments

Planted in the 1860s, it is said that the grove was once 10 acres in area and contained a thousand trees, but it is now greatly reduced in size. Billy Akutagawa, director of Na Pu’uwai talks about the history of the grove, why the trees are dying and what is being done to preserve it.
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Meteorologist Malika Dudley
Malika was born and raised in Hilo. She began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. As a part of the Hawaii News Now weather team, Malika was nominated for two Emmy Awards for excellence in weather reporting and won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Hawaii’s tsunami damage in 2011. In 2019, Malika was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter in the category of Science Reporting for her Big Island Now news report on what was happening beneath the sea surface at the ocean entry of the Puna lava flow.  

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