Hawaii Island News, afternoon edition, 23 Jan 2019

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Accessed on 23 January 2019, 2055 UTC, Post 18310.



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Waikapuna top open space priority for 2018
The Kau lands of Waikapuna, Kahilipaliiki, and Kahilipalinui are the number one priority for preservation, according to the 2018 Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Commission Report to the Mayor. The 2,209 acres of land contains remnants of an ancient field system and the famous coastal village site of Waikapuna, the report says. The Ala Kahakai Trail traverses the area. Big Island Video News.

County nixes purchase of parcels inundated by lava during 2018 eruption
Hawaii County’s land conservation program, known by its acronym PONC, will save a few bucks by nixing the purchase of properties now covered by lava. The County Council authorized purchase of the two parcels, totaling 322 acres, in 2013. The deal would have included the Kapoho tide pools and a large adjacent lot, both of which were covered by lava from the 2018 Kilauea eruption. Tribune-Herald.

Fire ants have captured the attention of South Kona farmers
Populations of Little Fire Ants have exploded around Kona farms. The primary threat to crop yield is a lack of pickers who are willing to suffer LFA stings day after day. Coffee and fruit farmer Kurt Weigelt is advocating for more cooperation and less denial throughout the agricultural community when it comes to LFA.  West Hawaii Today.

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Russ Roberts