Incoming…False missile alert rocks Hawaii

“Where are we supposed to go?” Strangers posed the question through open car windows in Kapaa’s standstill traffic that Saturday morning, about an hour after the Hawaii issued an incoming missile alert. Those who were lucky enough to snag tables for breakfast at one of the overflowing restaurants in town swapped the same kinds of […]

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Bird Dogs : how canine detection could save endangered ducks

KILAUEA — Walking through the taro fields at the Quick family farm in Hanalei, it’s nearly impossible to see the koloa ducks between the plants until they take flight. It’s even more difficult to see the dead ones, and for staff members at the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, that’s a problem. Avian botulism has been […]

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Ancient river restoration

WAIPA, KAUAI — O’opu fish have come back to spawn in the Waipa Stream after dense thickets of hau bush were removed, helping to restore the water flow. The fish are integral to Hawaiian culture, with four species of o’opu that were favored for eating and the fifth that was believed to be related to […]

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Saving the ‘i’iwi bird

ALAKAI SWAMP, KAUAI — A little blip of red flits through the ohia trees, chasing nectar all over Kauai’s Alakai plateau. It’s an ‘i‘iwi, Hawaii’s iconic honeycreeper, and it’s slowly disappearing from the forests of the archipelago, mainly due to a low resistance to avian malaria, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. But a new study […]

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