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November 25, 2014
Hawaiian Marine Refuge Now Filled With Garbage

Nov 18, 2014 07:00 AM ET // by Patrick J. Kiger . Discover News Photo: NOAA The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, a World Heritage Site and one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world, is an isolated assortment of tiny uninhabited islands and coral reefs that are home to an amazing array of […]

Possible expansion of the protections of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

On behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), we would like to invite you to participate in a Town Hall meeting on the possible expansion of the protections of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the south-central Pacific Ocean. The Town Hall discussion […]

February 18, 2014
Hawaii Is First State to Ban Plastic Bags

By Tanya Lewis|   February 11, 2014. Plastic bags are the modern environmental scourge — piling up in landfills, polluting the oceans and choking wildlife. Now, Hawaii has taken a stand by becoming the first U.S. state to ban plastic bags at checkout counters. Hawaii has always valued the land, or "Aina," so the step […]

November 28, 2012
In Hawaii, a coral reef infection has biologists alarmed

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles TimesNovember 27, 2012, 5:00 a.m. HANALEI, Hawaii — When compiling a list of places that may be described as paradise, Hanalei Bay on the rugged north shore of the island of Kauai surely qualifies. The perfect crescent bay, rimmed by palm trees, emerald cliffs and stretches of white sand, has […]

September 25, 2012
Scientists investigate reports of a massive coral deaths off Kauai

 By Catherine Cruz. 9:54 AM HST Sep 22, 2012 HONOLULU — A mysterious coral die-off on Kauai’s north shore is prompting a team of scientists to take a closer look at what may be killing large areas of coral reef. Marine biologist Terry Lilley has been monitoring and documenting Kauai’s marine environment for the […]

May 17, 2012
Hawaii Now Has Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

Written by Mat McDermott.  TreeHugger. May 16, 2012 While there are plenty of bans on plastic bags at the city level in the US, with the approval of a ban of plastic bags at point of sale in Honolulu county, Hawaii becomes the first state in the nation to have outlawed plastic bags at every […]

February 20, 2012
Hawaii Plastic Bag Fee Gains Support

AP.   TREENA SHAPIRO 02/17/2012 9:17 am (AP) — A proposal to collect fees from customers who choose disposable paper and plastic shopping bags is gaining support as it works its way through Hawaii’s Legislature. If lawmakers pass the House Bill 2260 this session, Hawaii would become the first state to enact this kind of […]

January 26, 2012
Another Outbreak of Coral Disease Hits the Reefs of Kane’ohe Bay, O’ahu

ScienceDaily (Jan. 6, 2012) — In March 2010 an outbreak of a disease called acute Montipora White Syndrome (MWS) was discovered affecting coral reefs in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu. Follow-up surveys found that the disease left trails of rubble in its wake. It was estimated that over 100 colonies of rice coral (Montipora capitata) died during […]

October 4, 2011
Decline and Recovery of Coral Reefs Linked to 700 Years of Human and Environmental Activities

ScienceDaily (Oct. 3, 2011) — Changing human activities coupled with a dynamic environment over the past few centuries have caused fluctuating periods of decline and recovery of corals reefs in the Hawaiian Islands, according to a study sponsored in part by the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University. Using the reefs and […]