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DLNR division employee one of 2 Oʻahu residents charged in death of newborn monk seal pup

PO7’s death in May on Oʻahu’s North Shore is the third known death of a monk seal resulting from a dog attack in the main Hawaiian Islands. In 2014, pup RFX4 was killed on Kauaʻi. Pup RS48Hoʻomau, also known as Lehua, was killed in 2023 on Oʻahu.

Māla lā‘au coming to Wailuā Homesteads Park on Kaua‘i; nonprofit wants neighborhood input

The Understory Alliance is behind the proposed māla lā‘au, or forest garden, at an East Side park. It’s a unique project, one county official said.

Expect lane closures on Maluhia Road through Thursday afternoon

Maluhia is well-known as the “tree tunnel” due to the impressive foliage shading it from the sun.

Kaua‘i shines at 2024 Hawai‘i on the Hill in Washington

The event, now in its tenth year, is a collaboration between U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and the Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i.

Closed through end of year: Loop Road in Wailuā on East Side of Kaua‘i

State officials say the extended closure is due to hazardous and impassable conditions caused by storm damage.

West Side boat companies host second annual free tour event for local residents

“Just watching all of these local people’s faces get off the boat, and they’re just so stoked and they’re so happy and they brought their kids and their relatives and it’s just … This is what it’s about,” said Candice LeCroix, a founder of the Kikiaʻola Boaters Alliance.

Blood Bank of Hawai‘i schedules 3-day drive on Kaua‘i

Blood Bank of Hawai‘i is partnering with and giving back to Special Olympics Hawai‘i this summer from June 1 through Aug. 31 for its “Give Blood. Empower Athletes.” campaign.

State agency offering grants throughout Hawai‘i to promote more tree plantings

The deadline to apply is July 15.

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DLNR division employee one of 2 Oʻahu residents charged in death of newborn monk seal pup
Māla lā‘au coming to Wailuā Homesteads Park on Kaua‘i; nonprofit wants neighborhood input
State archive digitizing 2,000 PBS Hawai‘i films for nationwide project
Expect lane closures on Maluhia Road through Thursday afternoon

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Visitor arrivals throughout Hawaiian Islands are down, state officials report
DLNR finalizing investigation into cruise ships reported close to Na Pali Coast
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority launches new campaigns to stimulate meaningful travel demand
Local event: Easter brunch at Kōloa Landing Resort
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Charges filed in case of monk seal pup death

In accordance with the Act and NOAA’s Policy for the Assessment of Civil Administrative Penalties and Permit Sanctions, both individuals were jointly assessed a $20,000 civil penalty in the case of an attack by unleashed dogs causing the death of the Hawaiian monk seal pup. 

CNHA acquires 43 acres in Hilo for affordable housing development

The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) has acquired 43.08 acres of land in Hilo that will be designated for affordable housing. The acquisition signals CNHA’s plan to establish a private land trust specifically for housing Native Hawaiian and other Hawai‘i families. The parcel, located in the Kaumana subdivision of Ponahawai, Hilo, was purchased for an undisclosed amount from a landowner who wishes to remain anonymous.

Hawaiʻi State FCU announces five management promotions

Hawaiʻi State Federal Credit Union has announced five management team promotions, including Ellen Liddle, Genesis Nicklaw, and Ashley Noji to senior vice president, and Reid Hinaga and Jason Martinson to division manager.

May 2024 Hawai‘i Hotel Performance Report shows continued impact of August wildfires on Maui

Maui County hotels continued to be impacted by the Aug. 8, 2023, wildfires, but still led the counties in May 2024 revenue per available room (RevPAR) due to comparatively higher average daily rate (ADR).  Maui County hotels achieved RevPAR of $302 (-10.9% vs. 2023, +14.6% vs. 2019), with ADR at $517 (-4.2% vs. 2023, +49.8% vs. 2019) and occupancy of 58.3% (-4.4 percentage points vs. 2023, -17.9 percentage points vs. 2019). 

Maui Behavioral Health Resources provides supportive events for wildfire survivors in West Maui

As many wildfire survivors struggle with adapting to the changes in their lives, Maui Behavioral Health Resources is hosting free supportive groups and activities for women, families and individuals in West Maui.

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Update: High bacteria notification canceled for Kua Bay

State says water sample retesting results showed enterococci levels no longer exceed the threshold level.

Kalapana Transfer Station to extend hours following community feedback

Beginning July 17, the transfer station will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays during normal dump hours.

2 Oʻahu residents, one of them employed by a DLNR division, charged in dog attack that killed newborn monk seal pup

PO7's death is the third known death of a monk seal resulting from a dog attack in the main Hawaiian Islands. In 2014, pup RFX4 was killed on Kauaʻi. Pup RS48Hoʻomau, also known as Lehua, was killed in 2023 on Oʻahu.

State issues high bacteria count notification for West Hawai‘i beach

Levels of 364 per 100 mL of bacteria were recently detected during routine beach monitoring at Puako Middle of Lot in Kohala, above the acceptable threshold; however, the state Health Department is uncertain about the representativeness of the first sample.

Motorcycle rider dies after being ejected, striking utility pole in Kona crash

The 29-year-old man was driving a black 2023 Yamaha XTZ690 that clipped a silver 2006 Nissan Frontier pickup truck at the intersection of Palani Road and Kealakaa Street in Kona.