Hawaii’s coastal and mountain forests are under assault.
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Like so much of the tropical world, the forests of Hawaii’s coastal and mountain regions are under assault. Over the years we have seen massive timber clearing for pasture and sugarcane. Now thousands of acres have been abandoned and are being naturally reforested with non native species like guava, albizia, African tulip, gun powder trees (Trema orientalis) and scores of others. These trees are sometimes called weeds, but remember that they are pioneer species attempting to heal the wounds created by nature and human activities. On the positive side, they continue to supply oxygen, sequester carbon and minimize erosion. On the negative side, they are not native.
A proposed environmental impact statement — produced by aquarium fishers to reopen West Hawaii’s coastal waters to 10 commercial aquarium fishermen — was rejected in a 7-0 decision by the Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday.
Konawaena High School held a drive-through graduation ceremony on Saturday for its Class of 2020.
The Hawaii State Public Library System announce Saturday the statewide launch of Library Take Out at 47 public libraries. Starting Tuesday, May 26th, library patrons may now schedule a Library Take Out appointment time to pick up their hold item(s) at their favorite library.
Kealakehe High School held a drive-through commencement for the Class of 2020 on Friday.
WHEA graduates its Class of 2020 with a special ceremony amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Max the Catalina macaw is on break from his usual job of calling out to folks entering and leaving the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo. These days, he’s chatting with construction workers while the zoo undergoes a $9 million renovation to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A Hawaiian monk seal pupped in late April on West Hawaii’s shores is doing well, experts say.
A group of students and faculty at the University of California are calling on the university to divest from its financial involvement in the Thirty Meter Telescope project after obtaining documents that allege the university has concealed the extent of that involvement.
COVID-19-mandated school closure and the sudden shift to distance learning has challenged everyone — students, families and teachers. One Hawaii Island school has found an innovative way to connect teachers with students and families and keep the learning happening.
A large gap in sites for the state Department of Education’s summer grab-and-go program, which provides free meals to children, is raising concerns in West Hawaii.
The Hawaii Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 29-year-old Melissa E. Murdock who was reported as missing.
Fire officials are investigating the cause of a structure fire shortly before noon Friday in the Nanawale Estates subdivision of Puna.