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Christopher Michel / Flickr

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants to increase protection for humpback whales. The plan includes an expansion of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. And that drew some sharp reactions at a recent public hearing on Kaua‘i. We get more on the story from Scott Giarman on Kaua‘i.  

Who is Ron Kouchi?

May 20, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

 

Leadership changes in the state senate will have a big impact on the next legislative session. The new president of the senate, Ron Kouchi, is an unusual leader in several ways, including the fact that he comes from a neighbor island. We get more on his background from Scott Giarman on Kaua‘i.

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Prayitno / Thank you for / Flickr

How much would you guess a beachfront home in Hanalei sells for? If you guessed $11 million dollars, you’d be right. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more. 

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For the past week, HPR has been looking at the issues Hawai‘i faces around solid waste. We’ve looked at the proliferation of plastic, the possibility of pollution from particles smaller than we now measure, and the struggles of each county to reduce mounting “waste” in landfills.  Over the past 20 years, a movement has been building around a mind shift—HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found that waste could translate into resources.

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Hawai‘i Public Radio’s continuing look at solid waste this week focuses on the island of Kaua‘i  today.   In 2011, the county council adopted a Zero Waste Resolution, committing the county to diverting 70% of its waste away from landfills by 2023.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found that on Kaua‘i waste disposal is on the verge of changes.  

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Wikipedia Commons

  

  

The story of the 442nd regimental combat team is a familiar one to most in Hawai‘i.  During World War Two, the 442nd was made up of Japanese-American soldiers, and along with the 100th Infantry Battalion, the unit was very highly decorated.  An exhibit called “Go For Broke” has been touring the islands and its final stop was Kaua‘i.   That’s where HPR contributing reporter Joe Day sat down for a conversation with one of the veterans of the 442nd.

Wayne Yoshioka

The House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection conducted a hearing yesterday on pesticide applications around schools and hospitals.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the testimony was one-sided.  

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  International artist Patrick Dougherty creates massive environmental sculptures with sticks.  As part of their fiftieth anniversary celebration, the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kaua‘i commissioned a giant new installation for the McBryde Garden in Lāwa‘i .  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Here’s the link to the National Tropical Botanical Gardens

Here’s Patrick Dougherty’s website.

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Flickr / yeeyes

A federal judge has struck down a Kaua‘i County law that would require agribusinesses to disclose the presence and use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. U.S Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled Monday that Ordinance 960 was invalid because state laws preempt county laws. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

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Flickr / yeeyes

The legal battle over GMOs continues. Today a U.S. district court judge will take up the case of a lawsuit filed by 4 large agribusinesses against the county of Kaua‘i. They’re suing to overturn a new law that would require them to disclose the presence and use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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