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Rep Gabbard calls for labeling of GMO foods, votes against contrary act

On Thursday (July 23) Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) voted against H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, also known as the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, which would roll back years of progress in ensuring that food with genetically engineered ingredients is properly labeled.

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Protection of Hawaiiʻs Native Forest and Watersheds. DLNR Photo

Vandals destroy fencing protecting native plants from invasive animals, repairs to cost over $100K

Nearly two miles of ungulate proof fencing, surrounding the Pu’u Maka’ ala Natural Area Reserve (NAR), built in the early part of this decade, was recently cut and destroyed by vandals. Ungulate fencing is intended to keep feral goats, pigs and other invasive animals away from native plants.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park with the EPA’s Federal Green Challenge Regional Overall Achievement award as part of its efforts to encourage federal departments to reduce their environmental footprints through sustainable practices.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is EPA Green Challenge winner

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park with the EPA’s Federal Green Challenge Regional Overall Achievement award as part of its efforts to encourage federal departments to reduce their environmental footprints through sustainable practices.

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HVNP BioBlitz, Biodiversity & Cultural Festival (May 15-16)

MEDIA RELEASE Grab your daypack and join the National Geographic Society and the National Park Service at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park BioBlitz and Biodiversity & Cultural Festival, Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16. During the free, two-day event, teams of scientists, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, students and the public will join forces to discover […]

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Public hearing on proposed Kahaluu rules (April 29)

MEDIA RELEASE Heavy usage of Kahaluu Bay is prompting the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) to propose rule changes for specific ocean recreation activities in the bay. Proposed amendments to HAR § 13-256-152 include regulation of certification requirements for commercial surf instructors and to limit commercial surf instruction to four (4) permittees […]

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Endangered Hawaiian hawk heading for Honolulu Zoo

Injured io nicknamed ‘Hawaii’s Warrior Princess’

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Community workshops help save historic places (June 18-19)

MEDIA RELEASE Historic Hawaii Foundation (HHF) will offer a series of five community workshops on how to nominate historic properties to the Hawaii State and National Registers of Historic Places. “Historic sites are under increasing pressure and stress across all the islands,” said Kiersten Faulkner, executive director. “One way that home owners and community members […]

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DLNR seeks comment on 2015 Outdoor Recreation Plan

MEDIA RELEASE The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks in partnership with PBR HAWAII & Associates, Inc., is inviting the public to review the draft of the 2015 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). The comprehensive recreation plan is updated every 5 years to assess Hawaii’s outdoor recreation trends, needs and […]

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More than 10,000 acres of forest now protected

MEDIA RELEASE More than 10,000 acres of native Hawaiian forest are now protected from development by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), U.S. Forest Service, and the Hokukano Ranch. This follows the recent acquisition of a 1,000-acre conservation easement in South Kona. The area known as the Kaawaloa Forest, together with the adjacent […]

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Public workshops on statewide Water Resource Protection Plan

MEDIA RELEASE The Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM) is in the process of updating the statewide Water Resource Protection Plan (WRPP) and is seeking the community’s input on water resource issues of importance. The purpose of the Water Resource Protection Plan is to establish policies and identify actions needed to ensure the long-term protection […]

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Oceanic microbes behave in synchrony across ocean basins

MEDIA RELEASE Researchers from UH Manoa and colleagues found that microbial communities in different regions of the Pacific Ocean displayed strikingly similar daily rhythms in their metabolism despite inhabiting extremely different habitats – the nutrient-rich waters off California and the nutrient-poor waters north of Hawaii. Furthermore, in each location, the dominant photoautotrophs – light-loving bacteria […]

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Ocean users asked to keep distance from PacIOOS in Hilo Bay

MEDIA RLEASE The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) in the UHM School for Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology recently performed routine maintenance of the Hilo Bay wave buoy and retrieved harmful gear that was wrapped around the mooring line. In order to keep the buoy operational, ocean users are kindly asked to carefully […]

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Aug 31, 2015 / 5:15 pm

 

 

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