Campaign seeks public’s help to protect Kauai forest birds through rat control


A new crowdfunding and outreach campaign has been launched to generate support for protecting the native birds of Kauai by controlling rats with humane, self-resetting traps, the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project announced recently.

Source: westhawaiitoday.com

This seems to be a worthwhile project, considering the amount of damage to both animal and human habitats done by rats.  Hawaii’s native birds are also endangered by mongoose which attack birds and steal their eggs.  Aloha, Russ.

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Stabbing suspect has history of violence, mental illness – Hawaii News Now


The homeless man accused of violently stabbing a 23-year-old Kailua woman has a history of mental illness and violence. Chauncey Ingraham, 30, was charged Tuesday with attempted murder, kidnapping…

Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com

Why was this person ever allowed back on the street, considering his past tendency to violence?  This just doesn’t make sense.  He’ll probably be ruled incapable of defending himself and be left in the state Hospital for an extended stay.  Not much consolation to the victim.  Aloha, Russ.

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SUV sales surge as gas prices fall in Hawaii – Hawaii News Now


As gas prices plunge, sales of trucks and SUVs are surging in Hawaii. New car sales have increased by 4.9% while sales of larger vehicles …

Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com

This trend will hold until the next oil crisis.  Just wait until fuel prices increase after the surplus of oil is used up.  All it takes is for Saudi Arabia to restrict production.  The oil market is quite volatile.  Aloha, Russ.

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New calls for regulation as vacation rental popularity grows


For years people all over the state have been renting units to visitors under the table. The state is losing tens of millions of dollars every year prompting a new push for more regulations.

Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com

The state is eyeing more ways to generate tax revenue.  The latest effort focuses on the unregulated renting of vacation units to tourists. The state feels it "is losing tens of millions of dollars every year, prompting a new push for more regulations."  It’s always about the money. Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Public Radio will build transmitter tower at Kulani Cone.


HPR to bring second programming stream to Hawaii Island.

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald/Hawaii Public Radio.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

Hawaii Public Radio is just about ready to erect a tower and transmitter at Kulani Cone on the slopes of Mauna Loa.  The new facility will broadcast its second programming stream, KAHU-FM or HPR-2, to East Hawaii.  On Wednesday, HPR announced the receipt of a major gift of $40,000 from the McInerny Foundation, which will supplement grassroots fundraising.  HPR needs a little over $15,000 to reach its construction goal of $150,000.  That sum will cover the projected costs of state-of-the-art equipment, engineering and legal services, and the first year of operation.  Once the new transmitter signs on early next year, East Hawaii residents will be able to receive news, locally produced talk shows, and "an eclectic variety of music from contemporary Hawaiian to Latin Jazz."  Aloha, Russ.

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Body found at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.


Body may be that of a missing 13-year-old boy.

Source:  West Hawaii Today.

Reporter:  Bret Yager.

 

Rescue personnel have recovered what they believe is the body of a missing 13-year-old boy who went cliff diving on Sunday near Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.  Searchers found the body "deep within a cavern system just yards from where he jumped into the water.  According to rescue personnel, the boy was reportedly from Waikoloa and didn’t know how to swim. The Hawaii Police Department hasn’t released the name of the dead boy. Acting fire battalion chief Patrick Parish said the boy was probably forced into the cavern by 3-foot waves faces on Sunday.  Aloha, Russ.

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Lava flow could impact the Pahoa Marketplace by Christmas.


Lava flow  about 5 or 6 days from the Pahoa Marketplace.

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald/Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Reporter: Tom Callis.

 

According to Hawaii County Civil Defense, the June 27 lava flow could impact the Pahoa Marketplace by Christmas.  Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira told reporter Tom Callis that the flow was "about five to six days from reaching the shopping center based on its current rate."  The flow advanced 220 yards within 24 hours on Wednesday morning, putting the molten rock about 0.9 miles from Highway 130 and 1,200 to 1,300 yards from the marketplace.  Oliveira adds that "Without a significant change in the flow rate, lave could reach businesses by Monday, three days before the holiday."  Aloha, Russ.

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