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County recycling program no longer accepts #5 plastics

Due to changes in global recycling markets, starting December 1, 2018, the County of Hawai’i will no longer accept #5 plastics, plastic grocery bags, nor any clam shell-type plastic (salad, bentos, fruit, etc.) in the mixed recyclable bins at the Recycling & Transfer Stations.

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Hunters and researchers collaborate on game bird survey on the slopes of Mauna Kea

Two weeks before the hunting season for game birds opens in Hawai‘i, hunters, researchers, and staff from the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) traipsed across the rugged terrain on Maunakea’s north slopes to gain a better understanding of game bird density, variety and populations.

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Dying Ohia Trees from Rapid Ohia Death (ROD). Photo courtesy of DLNR.

Aggressive strain of Rapid Ohia Death found at Kalopa State Park

During a regularly scheduled quarterly aerial assessment of forests on Hawai‘i island in late July, spotters detected more trees “symptomatic” for the presence of C. lukuohia, the fungus more commonly known as Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death. These trees are in the Kalōpā State Recreation Area on the Hamakua Coast and after the helicopter surveys utilizing digital […]

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Five more ‘Alalā Project birds released into the forest

Tomorrow will mark a year since the successful reintroduction of critically endangered Hawaiian crows into the forests of Hawai’i. Yesterday researchers with The ʻAlalā Project released five more ‘Alalā into the Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve. These birds will join eleven ‘Alalā already thriving in native forests on the windward slopes of Mauna Loa. The […]

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Pohoiki Boat Ramp and the new black sand beaches. DLNR Photo

DLNR visits Pohoiki Boat Ramp to determine if it can be reopened

The formerly popular Pohoiki Boat Ramp area, along the lower Puna coast, shows no damage to the ramp itself. However, an estimated 14,000 cubic yards of black sand, deposited during the recent East Rift Zone eruption.

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County Wastewater Division to conduct dye test of wastewater treatment plant outfall pipe in Puhi Bay

The County of Hawaii, Department of Environmental Management, Wastewater Division, will be conducting a dye test of the Hilo Wastewater Treatment Plant outfall pipe. The dye test will be completed September 21, 2018, and will provide information for inspection of the outfall pipe. The inspection is being done to confirm the integrity of repairs completed […]

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ʻAlalā Project teaches birds with sight and sound cues to avoid predators

Predator recognition and aversion are tactics that have been used by other reintroduction efforts where captive animals need to learn about predatory threats.

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State commission adopts recommendations on impacts of climate change sea level rise

The Hawai‘i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission (Climate Commission) at its regular quarterly meeting yesterday adopted a series of recommendations and finalized a mission statement to help guide Hawai‘i’s response to the impacts of climate change. The Climate Commission is led by the DLNR Chair and the Director of the State Office of Planning […]

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Eleven Alala birds in the wild doing fine after Hurricane Lane

In their forest home in the Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve on Hawai‘i Island, eleven ʻAlalā (native Hawaiian crows) appear to have little difficulty following several days of heavy rains generated by Hurricane Lane. The critically endangered birds, the first to have been successfully released into the wild from conservation breeding facilities last fall, are […]

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A new species of the brown alga Sporochnus from 96 m (315 ft) depth at Lisianski, Northwestern Hawaii.

New limu species revealed in Hawaii’s deep waters

A new study on Hawaiian limu reveals that some are only found in deep, dimly lit waters. Limu, or algae, are photosynthetic protists with a myriad of uses, from food and food additives to cosmetics, paints, toothpaste, and biofuels.

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Dying Ohia Trees from Rapid Ohia Death (ROD). Photo courtesy of DLNR.

UH-Hilo awarded over $197K for a study on the impact of Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death on animals

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo was awarded a grant of $197,056 by the National Science Foundation Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) to study the effect of Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death (ROD) on animal communities in Hawai‘i. The project, entitled “RAPID: Cascading effects of rapid and widespread mortality of a foundation tree species on animal […]

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Residents can dispose of unwanted vehicles via Hawaii County in August 2018

The County of Hawaiʻi Department of Environmental Management Derelict and Abandoned Vehicle Section is initiating a short-term program starting in August 2018 that is designed to assist County residents with the disposal of unwanted vehicles. This Vehicle Disposal Assistance Program is to help registered vehicle owners dispose of vehicles legally and properly, in an effort […]

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Governor David Ige signs bill making Hawai‘i first in the world to ban certain sunscreens

Gov. David Ige signed SB 2571, Act 104 — prohibiting the sale, offer of sale, and distribution of sunscreens that contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate in Hawai‘i, beginning Jan. 1, 2021. The purpose of this law is to preserve marine ecosystems, including coral reefs. Scientific studies have shows that oxybenzone and octinoxate are toxic […]

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Hawaii to receive EPA funds for beach water quality monitoring

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing more than $300,000 to the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) to support beach water quality monitoring and information-sharing throughout the state. “This funding allows the state of Hawaii to monitor beach water quality and make the results more easily available to the public,” said EPA Pacific Southwest […]

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