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|Cats blamed for ‘debilitating’ disease striking Hawaiian monk seals
In just the first month this year, two Hawaiian monk seals have been killed or sickened by a disease that is released into the environment by cat feces. The parasitic disease, known as toxoplasmosis, has led to the death of a juvenile male monk seal name Sole on the shores of Lāʻie and caused a near fatal illness for a female seal known as Pohaku off Ko ʻOlina. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KHON2.
Study finds marine monuments are not hurting Hawai‘i’s tuna fishing industry
Lawmakers again propose raising car rental tax to fund highway projects
Uber and Lyft oppose parts of a house bill giving the DOT more power to regulate them
Officials ponder what the coronavirus’ economic impact will be
Schatz: Repeated delays of coronavirus test kits for Hawaiʻi ‘unacceptable’
20 for the Next 20: Aimee Malia Grace, University of Hawaiʻi
Grace is the director of health science policy at UH, where she directs the university’s strategic health initiatives and federal affairs. She also leads the UHealthy Hawai‘i initiative, which aims to leverage UH’s health sciences programs to improve health care in the state and the Pacific… read more.
|Ala Moana park plan OK’d without playground or dog park
The Honolulu City Council this week gave Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s administration a permit for a host of improvements at Ala Moana Beach Park but made sure the list of projects doesn’t include an “inclusive” playground, dog park or changes to the parking on the mauka side of Ala Moana Drive. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Officials seek input on setting rates to ride rail
Applicants sought for affordable rental complex for seniors in Kapolei
Watch: RKT Media’s February Rundown
Catch up on all the events happening around Hawaiʻi this month, including a big surprise for one Bank of Hawaii employee, the 150th anniversary of Alexander & Baldwin and more… view now.
|Thurston lava tube reopened
After more than a year of closure, the Thurston Lava Tube in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is once again open for visitors. One of the three biggest attractions in the park the lava tube, also called Nāhuku, has been closed since the park shut down in 2018 during the Kīlauea eruption. Tribune-Herald. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Date for removal of two Mauna Kea telescopes pushed back to 2023
Kona hospital unveils $6M renovation project Kona Community Hospital unveiled its newly remodeled state-of-the-art operating rooms Thursday morning. Over two years of planning and construction went into the complete renovation and upgrade of the Kealakekua-based facility’s three operating rooms. West Hawaii Today.
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