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We Ignore Thousands of Threatened Plant Species at Our Own Peril

We Ignore Thousands of Threatened Plant Species at Our Own Peril

By Lorraine Chow Kokia drynarioides is a small but significant flowering tree endemic to Hawaii’s dry forests. Native Hawaiians used its large, scarlet flowers to make lei. Its sap was used as dye for ropes and nets. Its bark was used medicinally to treat thrush. But Kokia drynarioides — commonly known as Hawaii tree cotton, […]

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    33 Native Hawaiians Arrested Protecting Sacred Mountain From Giant Telescope

    33 Native Hawaiians Arrested Protecting Sacred Mountain From Giant Telescope

    A decade-long fight over the proposed construction of a giant telescope on a mountain considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians came to a head Wednesday when 33 elders were arrested for blocking the road to the summit, HuffPost Reported. The most recent protests kicked off Monday, when construction on the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope […]

    U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Hawaii Clean Water Act Case

    U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Hawaii Clean Water Act Case

    In a case watched closely both by polluting industries and clean water advocates across the nation, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up an appeal of a Clean Water Act case out of Hawaii concerning treated sewage flowing into the Pacific Ocean from injection wells. Last March, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […]

    Did Hawaii Just Receive Its Lowest Snowfall Ever?

    Did Hawaii Just Receive Its Lowest Snowfall Ever?

    A damaging storm pummeled the Hawaiian islands over the weekend, downing trees and power lines, raising 60-foot-waves, and potentially breaking records for wind speed, low temperatures and snowfall. And scientists say this is exactly the kind of extreme weather event made more likely by climate change. “There’s no place on the planet where (people) can […]

    Will Hawaii Ban Purposeful Killing and Abuse of Sharks and Rays?

    Will Hawaii Ban Purposeful Killing and Abuse of Sharks and Rays?

    Hawaiian lawmakers and conservationists are pushing for a landmark law to protect the Aloha State’s sharks and rays. House Bill 808, which outlaws the intentional killing, capture, abuse or entanglement of sharks and rays in state marine waters, passed its first committee meeting on Wednesday. The upper chamber version, Senate Bill 489, secured its first […]

    World’s Largest Solar + Battery Plant Unveiled in Hawaii

    World’s Largest Solar + Battery Plant Unveiled in Hawaii

    Hawaii has a new, game-changing tool in its renewable energy arsenal. Power producer AES Corporation and the not-for-profit Kaua’i island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) unveiled what’s claimed to be the world’s largest solar-plus-storage peaker on the island of Kauai on Tuesday, the Lāwa’i Solar and Energy Storage Project. This is a significant step to help the […]

    U.S. Has 18 ‘Very High Threat’ Volcanoes

    U.S. Has 18 ‘Very High Threat’ Volcanoes

    Did you know that the U.S. is one of the most volcanic countries in the world? There are more than 160 active volcanoes in the nation—but which ones could cause the most damage if they erupt? On Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released an update of its national volcanic threat assessment for the first […]

    Hawaii Devastated by Flooding as Lane Rainfall Nears U.S. Record

    Hawaii Devastated by Flooding as Lane Rainfall Nears U.S. Record

    Although Hawaii avoided a direct hit by Hurricane Lane, which weakened to a tropical storm over the weekend, areas of the Big Island were inundated with waist-deep water and flash flooding. Mountain View, located on the east side of the island, received a preliminary total of 51.53 inches of rain from Aug. 22-26—the third highest […]