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Report Skims Surface on Hawaiʻi Cesspool Mess

Jan 11, 2018

Kahalu‘u and Upcountry Maui top the state’s list of priority areas for cesspool replacement. The state Department of Health shared its latest assessment of Hawai‘i’s nearly 88,000 cesspools with legislators yesterday. The report found half of those cesspools pose a potential risk of contaminating drinking water or coastal ecosystems and should be replaced as soon as possible. But exactly how to replace them and who’s going to pay for it remains in question. HPR’s Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi reports.

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Wikimedia Commons

A bottled water product from Hawaii just get an infusion of funding all the way from France. We get details from Pacific Business News editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier.

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Wikimedia Commons

Hawai'i County water users in the North Kona District are being asked to cut back on their water use.  HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken explains what's going on, and how long the restrictions will last.

Lenny K Photography / Flickr
Lenny K Photography / Flickr

While this is a week of holiday celebrations for many, it’s a difficult week for millions of people in Malaysia. That’s because their water has been shut off—and in many cases it’s not coming back until the weekend. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawai‘i’s Board of Land and Natural Resources approved a one-year permit to Alexander and Baldwin that will allow them to continue diverting water from streams in East Maui. 

Watershed

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

The forested watershed is the well from which life in the islands spring. Without it soils would erode into the oceans, coral reefs and fishing would be devastated. Water supplies would vanish, leaving the islands exposed to threats such as drought, a consequence of which would be immeasurable economic and environmental chaos.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Kaua‘i Watershed Alliance
Kaua‘i Watershed Alliance

Water, it is the single most important ingredient for life on planet Earth, and for life in the Hawaiian Islands. The ecosystems of the Hawaiian Islands are entirely dependent on water for their survival, as are the humans that inhabit these islands.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Maui’s Water Wars: The Next Stage

Dec 7, 2015
Will Scullin / Flickr
Will Scullin / Flickr

Eight years ago, the Maui County Council was concerned about the impact of new construction on water supplies. The result was the “Show Me the Water” ordinance—a provision ensuring new subdivisions would have access to water. But now the council is considering repealing the law. From the Maui News, Eileen Chao explains why.

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We’ve got the ISS and a few plants to look for, as well as learning about a discovery on the Mauna Kea summit relating to dead galaxies, plus we celebrate the Red Planet bearing aqua, as HPR All Things Considered Honolulu Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.             

Settlement Restores Water to Maui Streams

Apr 21, 2014
Flickr / Marcia Berkowitz Maui Hawaii
Flickr / Marcia Berkowitz Maui Hawaii

A decade–long Maui water dispute has been settled. Over the past 10 years, Native Hawaiian and conservation groups have been caught in a legal battle with Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company and Wailuku Water Company over how much water the companies should divert from Na Wai Eha, or The Four Great Waters. These include Iao, Waihee, Waiehu and Waikapu streams.

On most measures of water quality, Hawaii scores well compared to other states. But recent reports from Asia show two of the region’s largest countries face a growing crisis when it comes to water pollution. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.