Kauai

Syracuse University Lava Project

Kauai Pesticide Report; Dangers of Downsizing Marine Preserves; Art and Science of Creating Lava

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Micro Unit Affordable Rental Project; Salvinia Invasion on Kauai; Pilot André Borschberg; Antonio Carlos Jobim Tribute Concert

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Pixabay

When it comes to converting to renewable energy, the biggest success story in the islands is on Kaua‘i. Less than a decade ago, about five percent of the Garden Island’s energy came from renewable sources. Now it’s more than eight times that figure. But the island is also making progress on another important issue: how to make use of solar energy when the sun isn’t shining. HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more from Kaua‘i.  

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Free-Photos / Pixabay

The Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative held its annual meeting last night in Līhu‘e. It’s the only electric utility in the state that is not part of the Hawai‘i Electric Family. It’s also a national leader when it comes to approaching a goal of 100-percent renewable energy. HPR contributing correspondent Scott Giarman looks at the island’s energy past, present and future from Kaua‘i.

Kumu's Cupboard
Kumu's Cupboard

A store providing free school supplies for teachers on Kaua‘i will open its doors this weekend.  An organization called Kumu’s Cupboard in the Kukui Grove Center will provide resources for local teachers who would otherwise be using their own money to buy basic school supplies.

Andre Raine / kauaiseabirdproject.org
Andre Raine / kauaiseabirdproject.org

A few weeks ago, a helicopter was sent on a rescue mission to a remote location deep in Limahuli Valley on Kauai’s north shore.  This time, it wasn’t a hiker in distress needing rescue.  The mission was part of an on-going effort to save the endangered Newell’s Shearwater from extinction.  From Kaua‘i, HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more.

Kauai Set To Launch Island's First Voyaging Canoe

Sep 7, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

More than 17 years in the making, Kaua‘i’s first traditional voyaging canoe is ready to set sail. The island plans to celebrate with a launch party Sunday, September 11. HPR’s Molly Solomon visited the Garden Isle recently and has this report.

The Conversation: Monday, July 19th, 2016

Jul 19, 2016
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Red Flags in the Housing Market; Archeology Discovery on Kauai; Neal Conan; What a Kaua‘i Author Learned Living on an Island

Warning Signs in the Housing Market– Daren Blomquist

Flickr / Starr Environmental
Flickr / Starr Environmental

A national environmental group is worried that bright lights at a Kaua‘i military base are harming the island’s native seabirds. The Center for Biological Diversity is seeking legal action after more than 120 endangered shearwaters and petrels were harmed or killed by artificial light at Kōke‘e Air Force Base over a two-week period last year. 

The Newell’s shearwater spends most of the day burrowed in the mountains of Kaua‘i. It’s not until the sun goes down that the endangered seabirds take flight. Shrouded in darkness, it’s hard to see them. But you can definitely hear them.

Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project
Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project

Feral cats are continuing to kill and eat endangered Hawaiian petrels on Kaua‘i.

Last week, researchers discovered the bodies of six-birds at a remote breeding colony in the Hono o Na Pali natural area reserve.  The petrels had been dragged from their breeding boroughs and partially eaten, including one incident that was caught on camera.  Although several colonies are being protected by seabird management, a single cat can kill a large number of nesting birds in a small time.

The Conversation: Monday, June 13th, 2016

Jun 13, 2016

Native Hawaiians In Support of TMT; Aloha International Piano Festival; Chair of the Hawai‘i LGBT Caucus on Orlando Shooting; Cabaret on Kauai

Native Hawaiians Support TMT: PUEO Keahi Warfield

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pfly / Flickr

Kauai’s Kokee State Park is home to the Alaka‘i Wilderness Preserve. At an elevation of one mile, it’s the world’s highest rainforest swamp.  It’s also home to numerous endangered species as well as haunting and majestic vistas for visitors.  A boardwalk was built back in the ‘90s both to protect the rare plants and animals and also for hiker safety.  But that boardwalk is no longer what it used to be.  HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more from Kaua‘i.

The Conversation: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Jun 7, 2016
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Maui Job Market; Kaua‘i Voices Concert; Neal Conan; The Rat and The Octopus come to the MAAC

Maui’s Jobs Market: Linda Chu Takayama

5 Killed in Skydiving Plane Crash on Kauai

May 23, 2016
Kauai Fire Department
Kauai Fire Department

Officials are investigating the cause of a fiery plane crash on the south shore of Kauai that killed all five people on board. 

The crash happened at Port Allen Airport shortly after takeoff in Hanapēpē. Sarah Blane, a spokesperson for the County of Kaua‘i, says the plane, a single engine Cessna, is owned by the company Skydive Kaua‘i.

Four of them were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. One adult male was transferred to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, where he was then pronounced dead.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

  Many former youth symphony members remember the neighbor island tours they did with the Hawai‘i Youth Symphony, HYS.  An annual highlight, this year, the members of HYS’ top orchestra went to Kaua‘i  for a series of concerts.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa accompanied them to the Garden Island for this report.

     

We left O‘ahu in the dark!  Blinking and a little bleary, ninety-seven teens and 26 adults boarded that early 

The Conversation: Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Apr 12, 2016
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HPR Leadership: Past, Present and Future; Kauai Singers Showcase; Neal Conan 

HPR Leadership: José Fajardo & Michael Titterton

The Conversation: Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Apr 5, 2016
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Advice for Saving Money; Tales of the Windward Side; Neal Conan; Women In Theater

Financial Challenges Being Faced by Hawaii Residents: David Tasaka

The Conversation: Monday, April 4th, 2016

Apr 4, 2016
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Alternative Perspective on Kauai Pesticide Draft Report; Lemoande Alley's Chief Lemonhead; Tom Cridland CEO; Artist Snowden Hodges

Alternative Perspective JFF Group Draft Pesticide Use Report: Joan Conrow

The Conversation: Friday, April 1st, 2016

Apr 1, 2016
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Kauai County Mayor; Indian Storyteller in Hawaii; Ocean Conservation with the Schmidt Family Foundation; Ko'oalu Writers Workshop

Kauai County Check-In: Mayor Bernard Carvalho

The Conversation: Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Mar 30, 2016
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Millennial Political Participation; Contemporary Photography; Report on Pesticide Use on Kaua'i; Japanese Tea Ceremony

Long View: Neal Milner

The Conversation: Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Mar 24, 2016
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Big Island Land Conservation; Kaua'i Orchid Festival; State Gun Control Legislation; Woodworking Workshop

The Kohala Center’s Ainaho’i Program: Dr. Kamana Beamer

Michelle Tribe / Flickr
Michelle Tribe / Flickr

A group of eleven Kaua‘i citizens recently released a draft report about pesticides on the island. The Joint Fact-Finding Study Group was convened by the County and the State Department of Agriculture—and represented viewpoints from both sides of the controversy, at a cost of $100,000 dollars. The findings seemed definitive, but they have not put an end to the pesticide debate on the Garden Isle. HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more from Kaua‘i.

Kauaʻi Coqui

Feb 3, 2016
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

The Coqui frog threat is far more serious than mere noise pollution. It dines on unique species of spiders and insects and competes with endemic birds and other native fauna. On the Garden Isle, the Kauaʻi Invasive Species Committee has successfully managed to eradicate an army of invading Coqui frogs.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Robert Linsdell / Flickr
Robert Linsdell / Flickr

The popular Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai closed its gates to the public on January 17th.  It’s not expected to re-open until the end of April.  Scott Giarman on Kauai has more on the reasons for the closing and the Refuge’s plans for visitors during the closing period.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

Voters on Kauai elect their County Council members at-large. That means all seven members represent the entire island.  But every other county in Hawaii has some form of district voting and Kauai may be about to move in that direction.  Scott Giarman has more from The Garden Isle.

Kauai voters have considered changing the system of choosing County Council representatives from at-large to district voting since the ‘80s.  Proponents say if Council members represent specific regions of the island they would be more responsive to voters in their area. 

Keith Ketchum
Keith Ketchum

  

Hawai‘i Fashion Month is coming to a crescendo in Honolulu and this year on Kaua‘i, they’re wrapping up the month with a Kaua‘i designers’ runway show.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a ground swell of fashion activity on the Garden Isle.

The Kaua'i Chamber of Commerce estimates about 20 designers participated in Kaua'i Fashion Month this year.  The third annual Kaua‘i Fashion Week, a separate event from Fashion Month, was held this past April at the Kaua‘i Marriott.  Gypsy Rain, Kaikini Bikini, and Louda Larrain were among the designers featured there.   

USFWSmidwest / Flickr
USFWSmidwest / Flickr

The Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on the north shore of Kauai is one of the most visited national parks in the country.  Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the refuge every year. It’s home to some of the largest populations of nesting seabirds in Hawai‘i - and now Fish and Wildlife officers are taking a new step to protect some of the most endangered bird species in the world.

Kauaiʻs Power Plants

Sep 18, 2015
Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

Kaua‘i is the only major island in the state that does not get its electricity from the Hawaiian Electric family of companies.  The island relies on the Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative—KIUC.  Recently, the cooperative announced a partnership with California-based Solar City to develop a solar electricity farm that will be the first of its kind in the nation.  HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more from Kaua‘i.

Nogwater / Flickr
Nogwater / Flickr

When people think of traffic issues in Hawai‘i, O‘ahu is usually part of the conversation. But a recent event on Kaua‘i was the latest reminder that the Garden Island also has some challenges on the road. HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more from Kaua‘i.

A couple of Fridays ago, a brush fire just south of the Wailua River closed Kaumuali‘i Highway around three in the morning. Five hours later, the road was re-opened, but traffic didn’t start moving until later in the morning.

Andrew Turner / Flickr
Andrew Turner / Flickr

The Kauai County Council recently passed a bill requiring negligent adventurers to pay for their rescues. But determining what costs to recover and what sorts of rescues would be included was not so easy.  We get details from HPR contributor Scott Giarman on Kauai.

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