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A new giant virus found in the waters off Oahu

A new, unusually large virus that infects common marine algae has been characterized by researchers at the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography. Much of the phytoplankton that grows in the ocean every day gets eaten, thereby sustaining animals in the marine food web. It is common, however, for viral infections to spread through […]

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park re-opens with limited services

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park reopened Sunday at 3 p.m. following a sequence of large, violent earthquakes that prompted a two-day closure and evacuation of park visitors and staff last Friday.

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Two trails and more land added to closed area at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Approximately 31,660 acres of the 333,308-acre park are closed. Most of the park remains open, including Jaggar Museum, Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube), Mauna Loa Road and much more.

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A volcanic eruption could occur without warning in Puna, residents are urged to prepare for the worst

Hawai’i County Civil Defense is on high alert on a 24-hour basis for the possibility of a volcanic eruption in the lower Puna area. All areas bordering the East Rift Zone are at high risk for eruption activities.

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Kahaluu Beach Park partial closures due to coral spawning in May and June 2018

Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation is informing the public that Kahalu‘u Beach Park will be closed from 7 a.m. – 12 noon on May 1, May 2, May 31, and June 1, 2018, due to anticipated coral spawning events.

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Community group condemns the latest spill of cow manure into local waterways

Residents of Ookala are outraged over the latest public report admitting spillage of approximately 300 gallons of cow manure from Big Island Dairy, an industrial dairy confining nearly 2,600 cows, uphill from the town of Ookala, northwest of Hilo, at the base of Mauna Kea. The spilled cow manure has contaminated Alaialoa Gulch, the local […]

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‘Alalā released on Hawaii Island in 2017 appear to thrive

The eleven young ‘Alalā living in the Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve on the Island of Hawai‘i continue to thrive, showing increased natural behaviors, foraging on native plants, and even challenging the occasional ‘Io, or Hawaiian Hawk. Conservationists are cautiously optimistic about the birds’ continued success in native habitat and are working together with researchers […]

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Ohia growing at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit. Hawaii 247/7 File Photo

Rapid Ohia Death plant pathogens to receive Hawaiian names

Researchers in Hawaiʻi, working with national and international specialists, have published a paper providing new insight into the origin and development of the tree disease called Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD). Scientists at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the University of Hawaiʻi worked with colleagues at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute at the […]

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Green waste bins at the Keaau Transfer Station in Puna. Photos by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

Fact sheet about mulch procedures and availability at Hawaii County facilities

In order to minimize the spread of invasive species such as insects, weeds, and diseases, the mulch at the East Hawai’i Organics Facility in Hilo undergoes an enhancement process.

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Youth make leaf rubbings and buttons at U.S. Army Garrison-Pōhakuloa Training Area’s annual Earth Day fest. Photo courtesy of PTA

PTA open for Earth Day on Friday (April 20)

The U.S. Army Garrison-Pōhakuloa Training Area invites the community to its annual Earth Day fest Friday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Kahaluu Bay beach cleanup and sunscreen swap Saturday (April 14)

The Kohala Center’s Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center, in partnership with the Kona Kai Ea Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, will kick off National Volunteer Week and Earth Day activities with a community beach cleanup and sunscreen swap at Kahalu‘u Bay and Beach Park this Saturday, April 14, from 8 to 11 a.m.

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UH Hilo led algae research may produce energy with negative CO2 emissions

Researchers from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, in affiliation with Duke and Cornell Universities, have authored a study that suggests making croplands more efficient through algae production could unlock an important negative emission technology to combat climate change.

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DLNR seeks input on draft Environmental Impact Statement for Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay is one of the most culturally and historically significant places in Hawaii, and a park planning process is moving forward to balance the preservation of the cultural values and historical sites with the recreational use.

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‘Alalā naming contest begins online Monday, April 9, 2018

In Mrs. Wines’ fifth grade classroom at Connections Charter School recently, 21 students were hard at work drawing pictures of ʻAlalā, the Hawaiian crow that’s been extinct in the wild for nearly two decades.

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