Neighbor Island News

Reports from across the Hawaiian Islands

Ashley Takitani Leahey
Ashley Takitani Leahey

  

  Maui's Island Plan, adopted in 2012, makes it a priority to preserve the unique character of Maui's small towns.  The idea is to be able to drive through largely agricultural or undeveloped areas between these distinctive centers.  

A Housing Question on Maui

Nov 23, 2015
Eileen Chao
Eileen Chao

As Maui's population continues to grow, so does the need for housing.  A proposed development in West Maui could go a long way in meeting some of the island's housing needs, but some say the tradeoffs aren't worth it.  Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

The project has been in the works for nearly a decade, but now opposition has grown.

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.   

Future of Maui Sugar Plantation Unclear

Nov 16, 2015
Matt Thayer / Maui
Matt Thayer / Maui

Sugar cane was once Hawaii’s most important crop - but today only one sugar plantation remains in the state.  That’s Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar on Maui, but they are now considering changing their crop.  Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News. 

Growth Plans for Kula Agricultural Park

Nov 9, 2015
Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

“Eating local” is a popular concept across Hawai‘i… as it is in a growing number of communities. But farming in Hawai‘i can be a tough business—and one of the biggest challenges is access to land.  Now in upcountry Maui, farmers may be getting a little help with that.  Eileen Chao has more from the Maui News.  

Flickr/Melissa Emmons Photography
Flickr/Melissa Emmons Photography

The state Department of Health has confirmed 4 more people have dengue fever. That brings the total up to 15 cases on Hawai‘i Island. It’s prompted Hawai‘i County to close Hookena Beach Park in Captain Cook. Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira says it’s the first time the county has closed a beach in response to dengue fever.

Jai Mansson / Flickr
Jai Mansson / Flickr

Governor David Ige’s emergency proclamation to deal with the homeless could sweep camps in Honolulu as early as next week.  1.3-million dollars was issued under the emergency proclamation – with a little less than half of that going to help the homeless situation on neighbor islands.

Maui’s Movie Magic

Nov 2, 2015
Jai Mansson / Flickr
Jai Mansson / Flickr

The natural beauty of Hawai‘i has led to its use in many Hollywood films and television productions.  And while O‘ahu has been the setting for current or recent projects from Hawai‘i Five-O to Jurassic World, another island will soon be getting in on the action.  Eileen Chao has more from the Maui News. 

Flickr / USDAgov
Flickr / USDAgov

Hawai‘i is ground zero when it comes to tackling invasive species. Nowhere is that more apparent than on the Big Island, where residents deal with everything from little fire ants to coqui frogs. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, it’s the focus of an upcoming community forum.

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.

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