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November 05, 2020

Hawaiʻi to Celebrate 115th Year of Arbor Day by Distributing Thousands of Trees on Nov. 7

The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife's Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program and its partners will celebrate the state’s annual tradition of planting and giving away trees in their 115th year of celebrating Arbor Day in Hawaiʻi.
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October 13, 2020

Hawaiʻi Awarded $1.5 Million in Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants

Hawaiʻi will receive more than $1.5 million in funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund to support the City and County of Honolulu and the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources with improvements to parks on Oʻahu, Kauaʻi and Maui.
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September 25, 2020

Kauaʻi Rapid Response Team Identifies New Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death

The Kauaʻi Rapid Response Team's recent helicopter surveys detected the presence of virulent fungal pathogens that cause the rapid killing of ‘ōhi‘a trees in two new areas on Kaua'i. The recent Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death discoveries were along the upper Hanalei valley and along the north side of Powerline Trail.
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September 02, 2020

Luxury Yacht Owner to Pay $100,000 for Coral Damage

The state Board of Land and Natural Resources voted Friday to impose a $100,000 fine on the owners of a luxury yacht that damaged hundreds of coral colonies when its anchor swung through the coral bed during an incident in October of 2018 at Kailua Bay on Hawai'i island.
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August 30, 2020

Single Cat Results in the Death of Nine Endangered Native Seabird Chicks on Kaua‘i

A single, free-roaming cat killed at least nine endangered native Hawaiian seabird chicks over the course of three days on Kaua‘i. The native Hawaiian seabirds on Kaua‘i have no natural defenses against feral cats which have resulted in repeated fatalities to the endangered species.
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June 29, 2020

State Continues Exploring Options for Removal of Unexploded Ordnance at Molokini

The state continues to explore options for the safe removal of unexploded ordnance at Molokini Crater in Maui County. In no way do we, as the agency responsible for the protection of Hawai‘i‘s natural resources, want to agree to anything that might create unmitigated damage,” said Case. “Conversely, we must be mindful of the potential hazard to human health and safety this UXO can pose,” she said.
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June 26, 2020

Concerns Raised Over Possible Remediation of WWII-Era Bombs at Molokini

"At this time there are no firm dates or final plans for any operations to remove these UXO and the public will be informed in advance of any such operations. Initial information about this proposed operation and other UXO removal projects was provided in November 2019 (see release posted below)."
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June 03, 2020

Boating Rules Relaxed and Commercial Water Sports Allowed To Reopen

Effective immediately, emergency restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic for commercial and recreational boating and ocean recreation are being relaxed statewide. Commercial and recreational boating can now include up to ten people on a vessel at one time, operating under new COVID-19 “Act With Care” guidelines.
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May 25, 2020

Large Beach Party Broken Up by Law Enforcement at Ka‘ena Point State Park, North Shore O‘ahu

DOCARE Chief Jason Redulla said, “This is exactly the kind of bad and selfish behavior we’ve all been asked repeatedly not to engage in during this emergency. It’s unfortunate, that at least in the case of the Sunday night party, from our officer’s contact and observations of those involved, many were off duty military personnel. This is a day when we remember the sacrifices of the men and women who’ve given their lives in defense of our country and its disappointing that the urge to socialize and party, at this particular time, overrides any obligation to duty and common sense.”
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May 24, 2020

Family Atmosphere on First Day of Holiday at Ahu O Laka “Kane‘ohe Sandbar”

A "family feel" is how state officers with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources described the atmosphere at Ahu O Laka, "the Kaneʻohe sandbar" on Saturday, the first day of the three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend.
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May 23, 2020

Unanimous: Hawai‘i Land Board Rejects Aquarium Fishers EIS

After reviewing the applicant aquarium fishers’ proposal and testimony and deliberating for over four hours, the BLNR determined that the EIS did not adequately disclose the potential environmental impacts from the issuance of ten aquarium fishing permits for West Hawaiʻi.
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May 19, 2020

DLNR Begins Review of Maunakea Comprehensive Management Plan

In order to provide the DLNR and the Board of Land and Natural Resources relevant information, including community input, into whether Maunakea is being effectively managed, the department is launching an independent evaluation of the University of Hawai‘i’s (UH) compliance with the Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP).
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May 18, 2020

Kaua‘i Temporarily Adds Hunting Days for COVID-19 Response

“Some hunters have asked us to increase open hunting days to help them feed our community during the COVID-19 global pandemic,” said Sheri S. Mann, Kaua‘i Branch Manager for the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW). “With so many people out of work, free food drives happening and growing concerns about national meat shortages, many are interested in hunting during the middle of the week.”
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April 28, 2020

DOCARE Issues 107 Citations, 304 Warning Amid Park Closures

As of last Friday, across the state, officers with the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement issued a total of 107 citations for various violations associated with emergency rules.
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April 02, 2020

“Vandalism, Destruction and Filth” at Small Boat Harbor Restrooms Since Reopening Last Week

"Toilet paper has been stolen from all bathrooms and almost all have had their dispensers broken. On Maui, all harbor restrooms have been vandalized with graffiti and worse on the walls,” said Ed Underwood, DOBOR Administrator. At least one restroom facility has been closed due to the toilet being stuffed with materials.
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