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Hōkūleʻa will return home in wake of the Maui fires
The Polynesian Voyaging Society announced the double-hulled canoe will temporarily return to Hawaiʻi from San Diego, California in late December, putting the Moananuiākea Voyage on pause. Polynesian Voyaging Society CEO and Pwo Navigator Nainoa Thompson said Lahaina is a voyaging powerhouse and an integral part of the ʻohana waʻa, or voyaging family.
Mayor Bissen announces timeline for phased reopening of West Maui to visitors
Bissen said the phased reopening will provide a more deliberate process in helping displaced residents with their housing needs as well as the opportunity for residents to return to work and help their keiki settle into temporary schools. The first phase of the reopening, to begin Oct. 8, will allow visitors into the area between the Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua and Kahana Villa.
Car tire, burnt trees, utility pole may be key in Maui wildfire investigation
As investigators sift through blackened debris to explain the deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than a century, one fact has become clear: Hawaiian Electric’s right-of-way was untrimmed and unkempt for years, despite being in an area classified as being at high risk for wildfires.
Emergency management leaders across the state produced a singular document that summarizes the protocol for major hazards in Hawai‘i. HI-EMA said that the summary will provide public clarity but also offer a glimpse into the diverse factors that go into the decision making process when faced with a hazard.
The Goal: Tourism That Regenerates Hawai‘i, Not Degrades It
Kamealoha Hanohano Pa-Smith is the program administrator for Hanalei River Heritage Foundation. The nonprofit’s work is supported by the Hō‘ihi Grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior. The program gave nearly $1 million to seven Native Hawaiian organizations in fiscal year 2022. And it acknowledges that tourism has long been an extractive and transactional experience for Native Hawaiians.
Oceanit’s Coral Shield Gains NOAA Support for Enhanced Coral Preservation
NOAA will enable the development of innovative aerial mapping and monitoring techniques using drone platforms equipped with hyperspectral cameras. Oceanit will conduct development, deployments and field tests of optical systems and AI for analyzing corals.