conservation

Manu Minute: 'Akiapōlā'au, The Would-Be Woodpecker

Nov 18, 2020
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson

'Akiapōlā'au get the most buzz about their beak, which is uniquely adapted to their insectivore diet.

First, they use their strong lower bill to peck holes in tree branches. Then, they use their decurved upper bill to forage for insects and larvae within the branch. If you happen upon this "Hawaiian woodpecker" at lunchtime, you might hear the tap-tap-tap sound of their beaks pecking at the trees as they hunt for food.

Manu Minute: 'Ua'u, The Seabird

Nov 11, 2020
Jim Denny

The 'ua'u belongs to the expansive Procellariidae family, which encompasses over 50 species of petrels. These seabirds can be found across all of the world's oceans and nearly all of its seas.

Like its seafaring cousins, our Hawaiian petrel spends nearly all of its time on the open water. But between March and November, 'ua'u will return to the highest peaks on the Hawaiian islands, such as Haleakalā on Maui, in order to breed and raise their fledglings.

Wikimedia

Oahu trash update; Teaching astronomy with today's technology; Honolulu's Building Permit Woes; Land preservation in Kau on the Big Island

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Long before concepts like sustainability and biodiversity became environmentalist buzzwords, native Hawaiians cared for their environment as a natural expression of their belief that the land is chief. Now a growing number of Hawaiian language speakers working in conservation are helping to unlock ancestral wisdom preserved in the ʻōlelo, and changing the industry in the process.

Mr Bullitt / CC BY-SA 3.0 / Wikimedia Commons

In San Francisco last week, the Goldman Environmental Prize recognized six activists from around the world, including Jacqui Evans of the Cook Islands.

Nā Hua Hoʻohuli i ka Pono / Instagram

Applications are being accepted for a Maui-based conservation leadership program this summer.

Phil / Flickr

Overfishing is a concern around the world and here in Hawaii. A new conservation law just signed by President Trump stands to significantly change the way commercial fisherman in Hawaii and U.S. Pacific Territories bring their catch to market. 

The Conversation: Friday, June 8th, 2018

Jun 8, 2018
Tina Mahina

Overtourism in Hawaii; Volcano Photographer Displaced by Flow; Examining Kamehameha’s Legacy; World Ocean’s Day

courtesy of Nik Lacchin of luckydesigns.org

Helping Hand concludes two weeks of featuring nonprofits in the Asia Pacific supporting two of the most vulnerable animals.

David Yee

Final oral arguments in the contested case hearing for the Thirty-Meter Telescope land use permit will be heard today in Hilo. Parties to the contested case will make their case before the state Board of Land and Natural Resources. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi tells us what we can expect.

Andrew Laurence / Malama Maunalua

Invasive seaweeds have taken a stronghold on Hawaiʻi reefs over the last half of the 20th century, contributing to a decline in the health and productivity of once-thriving marine ecosystems. HPR's Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi visits one community that is fighting back. 

Rich Downs / Hui Manu O Kū

Natives are recolonizing urban Honolulu. Native birds, that is. The white tern or Manu O Kū is thriving in Hawaiʻi’s most populous city, and so is its fan base – the Hui Manu O Kū. HPR reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi joined a group of white tern enthusiasts on a bird expedition in downtown Honolulu.

Matthew Shepard, Xerces Society
Matthew Shepard, Xerces Society

It’s a historic but sobering event for Hawai‘i’s native bees.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added seven species of Native Hawaiian yellow-faced bees to the endangered species list.  It’s also the first time any bees in the US have been added to the list.

Ready, Set, IUCN!

Aug 31, 2016

    

The World Conservation Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature or IUCN starts tomorrow at the Hawai‘i Convention Center and the Neal Blaisdell Center.

The Conversation: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

May 25, 2016
Carl Meyer

Proposed Moratorium on Fishing in North Kona; Na Hōkū Nominee Joni Llamedo; Shark Behavior in Maui; Competitive High School Equestrian

Proposed Ka’upulehu Marine Reserve: Aunty Hannah Springer

The Conversation: Monday, May 2nd, 2016

May 2, 2016
Flickr - Ben Wagner

Crowd-funding Open Government; Past and Future Conservation in Hawai‘i; HART Chair Colleen Hanabusa; New Discoveries About Coral Growth

Hui for Good Government Crowd-funding: Keiko Bonk

The Conversation: Friday, April 8th, 2016

Apr 8, 2016
Wikipedia

Hawaiian Homelands; Hula Choreography; Kaho'olawe Update

$17-million Funding Request for DHHL: Sharla Manley

J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

Hawaiʻi has been called by some 'the endangered species capital of the world', but it may not be known as such for long.  There is a group of people working to stem the tide of plant species loss in the islands.  They are the men and women of the Plant Extinction Prevention Program.

Christopher Phillips explains...

J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

The designation of state flower would lead one to believe that the Hawaiian Hibiscus is prolific amongst the Hawaiian Islands. In fact, the populations of these plants are staggeringly small. The primary reason: habitat degradation.

Christopher Phillips explains...

HFIA
HFIA

We are all stewards of the ʻāina; we cannot rely on conservationists alone to shoulder the burden.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Yvonne Yarber Carter
Yvonne Yarber Carter

When we think of forests under threat, we often think of the tropical rainforest; however, on the island of Hawaiʻi, it is the dryland forest that is far more endangered.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Formed in 1997, the goal of the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project is to protect and preserve the numerous endangered birds that inhabit the forests of the island.

Christopher Phillips explains...

J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

The Hawaiʻi Public Seed Initiative aims to improve, increase, and promote biodiversity of crops across the state. By working with local communities, farmers, and gardeners, the Initiative aims to grow, harvest, store, and improve the very best seeds that thrive in Hawaiʻi. This will ensure that local producers can continue to provide locally grown -- not flown -- produce for island dinner tables.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Jill Wagner
Jill Wagner

The banking of seeds is a vital tool in the campaign to protect Hawaiʻi's forests. Hawaʻi Forest Institute's Hawaiʻi Island Native Seed Bank specializes in rare, threatened, and endangered species. This genetic safety net will provide native species with a valuable insurance policy.

Christopher Phillips explains...

J.B. Friday
J.B. Friday

The slopes of Mauna Kea shelter a variety of ecosystems that are as diverse as any in the Hawaiian Islands. The Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project is an effort to protect the precious forest environment and reverse the destructive trends of the past.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Nurseries

Feb 3, 2016
Jill Wagner
Jill Wagner

There are a number of private nurseries in the state which contribute to preserving the rich natural tapestry of Hawaiʻi's forests. They can scale up their nursery operations, supplying vast numbers of plants for use in crisis situations.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Koa Wilt

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

The species of the Hawaiian forests are faced with a variety of different threats to their health and survival. One of the hardest threats to combat is that of disease. The majestic Koa tree is under attack from a microscopic enemy.

Christopher Phillips explains...

J.B. Friday, University of Hawai'i
J.B. Friday, University of Hawai'i

The great outdoors beckons us. We roam the forest trails of Hawaiʻi gazing with wonder and quiet reflection at the forest around us. The trails we walk take us on a journey not only through the beauty of the natural world, but also through paths trodden by those who came before in times past.

Christopher Phillips explains...

J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

Along the Ka'u coastline of Hawaiʻi Island, there is a very special piece of land. It is the Kapapala Canoe Forest. It is a parcel of land over 1200 acres in area. It is a crucial cultural and educational resource and link between land and sea, past and present.

Christopher Phillips explains...

DLNR
DLNR

The Natural Area Reserve System, or NARS, is spread across the state of Hawaiʻi. It was established by the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources to preserve a variety of natural areas which support local communities, areas of natural flora and fauna, and important geological sites.

Christopher Phillips explains...

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