Kauai

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Rick McCharles / Flickr

When adventurers find themselves in trouble on Kauai, rescue personnel are on call to help.  But at what point does a person’s own negligence make it reasonable to require them to pay the cost of their rescue?  That’s a question Kaua‘i’s County Council is considering. We get more on the story from HPR contributor Scott Giarman on Kaua‘i.

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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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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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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.

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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.

Federal Judge Rules Kauai GMO Law Invalid

Aug 25, 2014
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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.

Federal Court Hearing on Kauai's GMO Bill

Jul 23, 2014
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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.

Fire at Coco Palms Hotel

Jul 4, 2014
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Mandy and Alicia Flores-Nunes via hawaiinewsnow.com

  On the Garden Island a major blaze took place today at the Coco Palms Hotel site.

Long Distance Sailing Lands in Kauai Harbor

May 8, 2014
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  According to Hawaii Business Magazine, nearly 15-thousand boats are registered across the state, which is the fewest for any state.

But despite the relatively small numbers, many a sailing adventure begins or ends on the shores of one of our islands.

That’s the case with a recent arrival to Kauai’s Hanalei Bay.

The 55-foot sloop just completed a journey of nearly four-thousand miles from Fiji.

And HPR contributing reporter Joe Day was on hand to meet the crew.

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  Plans for a new dairy farm on Kauai are stirring up some controversy. The Ulupono Initiative backed by billionaire Pierre Omidiyar has big plans for the South Shore. But as HPR contributor Joe Day reports from Kauai, not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

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   The National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kauai is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.  Thousands of plant species are spread over nearly 2,000 acres at the natural preserve.   It’s also home to the Breadfruit Institute, the world’s leading center for the study of the plant.  Dr. Diane Ragone heads the institute and spoke with HPR contributing reporter Joe Day.

Questions about Fukushima Radiation in Hawaii

Mar 27, 2014
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It’s been a little more than three years since a major earthquake and tsunami shattered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northern Japan.

For many in Hawaii, there are still questions about the lingering impact of that disaster…including the possibility of radiation reaching the islands.

That was the topic of a recent conference on Kauai…organized by Kauai Community College and the Surfrider Foundation.

HPR contributing reporter Joe Day spoke with several scientists at the conference—including marine biologist Doctor Carl Berg.

Kauai: From Protestors to Lawyers

Mar 20, 2014
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  On the west side of Kauai, many acres of former sugar cane fields have been converted to a major testing area for genetically modified seeds.

The battle over their future has now moved from protestors to attorneys.

As part of our continuing series “Genetically Engineered: Beyond Emotion,” we get details from HPR news contributor Joe Day on Kauai.

DLNR Investigates Kauai Lanternfish, Squid Die-Off

Jan 29, 2014
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DLNR

Between 500-800 lanternfish and squid were found dead or dying near Nawiliwili on Kauai. That’s according to Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Frazer McGilvray works in the DLNR’s Division of Aquatic Resources. He says they’ve partnered with U-S Geological Survey biologists to collect samples to identify potential causes.

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Flickr / camerai2i

A date has been set for a Kauai County Council meeting to vote on whether to accept or override Mayor Bernard Carvalho’s veto of Bill 2491.

The bill would require large agriculture companies to disclose the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. The six-member council would need five votes to override the Mayor’s veto. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

GMO Debate Heats Up On Kauai

Oct 14, 2013
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Flickr / yeeyes

The next step in the battle on genetically modified organisms takes place on Kauai. The Kauai County Council is taking more time to consider a bill that would require companies to disclose the presence and use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. HPR’s Molly Solomon has the latest.

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