Hawaii Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement

  • Agency: Hawaii Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement
  • Address: Kalanimoku Building, 1151 Punchbowl St. Rm 311, Honolulu, 96813 HI
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Hawaii Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement is located at Kalanimoku Building, 1151 Punchbowl St. Rm 311, Honolulu, 96813 HI. The Hawaii Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement phone number is (808) 587-0400.

Hawaii Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement News

WORK BEGINNING TO PREVENT FURTHER SPREAD OF RAPID ʻŌHIʻA DEATH AT KALŌPĀ STATE RECREATION AREA Next week staff from the Big Island Invasive Species Committee, the DLNR Divisions of State Parks and Forestry and Wildlife will be working to fell and remove several `ohi`a trees that show symptoms of the fungal disease known as Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD). After the first suspected detection at Kalōpā State Recreation Area in late July, three trees were sampled in the park and three in an adjacent forest reserve. Five of the six samples tested positive for C. lukuohia, one of a pair of fungi associated with Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death and the most aggressive of the two. Additional UAV (drone flights) have been conducted as well as additional sampling of trees in the state recreation area, adjacent state forest reserve lands and on adjacent private lands. Crews will use a lift to remove infected and dead trees from Kalōpā and may bring down trees in other areas. They’ll be installing boot-brush stations at trailheads in the state recreation area. These stations have brushes and isopropyl alcohol (70%) to use on footwear to help prevent the spread of the disease. The detection of ROD was done utilizing digital mobile sketch mapping…an aerial mapping technique used quarterly on all islands to check for the spread of the fungal disease. It has impacted an estimated 135,000 acres of forest on Hawai‘i island and a less virulent strain has been detected in an isolated area on Kaua‘i. The Kalōpā detection is roughly 12 miles from the previously known occurrence of the fungus on the Hamakua Coast on the Big Island’s east side. Kalōpā State Recreation Area https://vimeo.com/299559166

The Department of Land and Natural Resources announces the 2018-2019 Game Bird Hunting Season opened on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The fall game bird hunting season will run through Sunday, January 27, 2019. A valid hunting license and a game bird stamp are required for all game bird hunting on public and private lands. All game bird hunting is regulated by Hawaii Administrative Rules Title 13, Chapter 122 (see http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw “Administrative Rules” for all legal hunting days). Detailed information on hunting units on each islands, open days, and other instructions can be found on the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) website under “Hunting Announcements” at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/hunting/hunting-announcements/ All other public hunting areas not listed in the above notice are open to game bird hunting on weekends and State holidays, November 3, 2018 through January 27, 2019 in accordance with Chapter 13-122. PRIVATELY OWNED LANDS are open to game bird hunting on weekends, State holidays and Wednesdays - Thursdays for Units A, G, PTA and private lands during the regular game bird season which is November 3, 2018 through January 27, 2019. Landowner permission is required, in accordance with Chapter 13-122. All game bird hunters should be familiar with Title 13, Chapter 122 “Rules Regulating Game Bird Hunting.” Hunters will be required to check in and out at established hunter check stations. First obtain permission from landowners when seeking to hunt on private land. PLEASE PREVENT WILDFIRES BY NOT PARKING OR DRIVING IN TALL GRASS OR BRUSH! Report fires to 911. Support wildlife conservation: Report game law violators to the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement by calling 643-DLNR (-3567). Further information may be obtained by contacting Division of Forestry & Wildlife offices at the following phone numbers: Kauai: 274-3433; Oahu: 587-0166; Maui: 984-8100; Molokai: 553-1745; Lanai: 565-7916; Hilo: 974-4221; Kamuela: 887-6063.

HELP US PLANT NATIVE COASTAL SPECIES IN KA'ENA POINT STATE PARK THIS WEEKEND Join us this Saturday, Nov. 10, in restoring native vegetation in the Mokuleia Section of Ka‘ena Point State Park. Help with this season’s first planting of native coastal species. We will also use hand tools to cut koa haole and then apply herbicide to the cut stem. Participants can stay for a guided hike of the scenic coast and learn about Ka‘ena's history, plants and wild-life, including Hawaiian monk seals and nesting seabirds in the Natural Area Reserve. What to bring: Long pants, long sleeve shirt and shoes that you don't mind getting muddy. Also ample sunscreen and water (at least 1.5 liters) and lunch. We'll meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking lot on Mokuleia side. Approximately 4 hours of hiking total and 2 hours of service will be involved. To register to help, go to https://dlnr.ivolunteer.com or email Jaime.L.Raduenzel@hawaii.gov. Ka‘ena Point is a remote wilderness area at the westernmost point of O‘ahu. Ka‘ena is rich in fossilized coral reefs with numerous tide pools and diverse intertidal flora and fauna and rare coastal sand dune communities. The Natural Area Reserve provides a nesting area for wedge-tailed shearwaters and Laysan albatross. Ka‘ena is also regularly visited by Hawaiian monk seals.

COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE TO BE UNVEILED MARKING ANNIVERSARY OF HISTORIC SANDY BEACH INITIATIVE VOTE Grassroots groups Ka Iwi Coalition and Livable Hawaii Kai Hui (LHK), together with the DLNR Division of State Parks, will unveil and dedicate a bronze commemorative plaque during a ceremony at noon on Thursday, Nov. 8. The date marks the 30th anniversary of the historic Sandy Beach Initiative vote, a key turning point in the people-powered defense of the open-space wilderness between Hanauma Bay and Makapu’u. The plaque is mounted on a free-standing lava-rock plinth located at the first “hairpin” on the Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail, where sea and coastal views are broadest. Surmounted by a bas-relief rendering of the coalition’s iconic wave logo, the text reads: "In recognition of the many residents from all parts of O’ahu who, over the past four decades, steadfastly opposed urban development along the Ka Iwi coast from Hanauma to Makapu’u, mauka to makai. "Their aloha ‘aina protected the natural landscape, the endemic plant habitats, and the cultural and historic values of Ka Iwi for the enjoyment of present generations -- and those yet to come. Mahalo nui loa! 2018" The ceremony is open to everyone. For more information, go to http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/blog/2018/11/05/nr18-216/.

The DLNR Division of State Parks has closed access to the Wailua River due to a sewage spill at the Wailua Bridge.

KULA FOREST RESERVE AND POLIPOLI SPRING STATE RECREATION AREA REOPENS FOLLOWING ROAD REPAIRS AND FUEL MITIGATION WORK The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) and State Parks Division today opened the Kula Forest Reserve, Waipoli access road, Kahikinui Forest Reserve – Papa‘anui Tract, and Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area, following completion of a two-month project for road repairs, road safety improvements, and fuel mitigation work. Contractor Sonny Vick's Paving, Inc. was contracted to install approximately 3,000 feet of paved swale along designated road sections that had the most runoff issues and damage caused by runoff during high rain events. This step will help minimize debris and sediment displacement along the road shoulders of the Waipoli access road. Placement of the swales will help efficiently and safely divert runoff into natural drainages within the area. This also reduces the frequency for maintenance work requiring heavy machinery and man hours. Vares Contracting Inc was hired to install a drainage culvert across a section of the unpaved access road. In the past several years, heavy rains causing copious amounts of runoff would wash out this section of the road because there was nothing in place to channel runoff/water across the road. This situation often required temporarily closing the forest reserve to conduct road repairs using heavy machinery and man hours. This improvement will now allow for safe travels across this section of road during high rain events. Forestry staff also conducted fuel reduction (cutting and chipping vegetation along the sides of the road) work and improved a few existing firebreaks within the forest reserve.

COMMERCIAL TOUR CREWMAN CHARGED IN NORTH SHORE SHARK CHUMMING Just before 10:30 this morning DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources (DOCARE) officers monitoring fishing activities on the first day of the Akule (Big Eye Scad) season, off Haleiwa on O‘ahu’s north shore, began watching the vessel Isao. It is a commercial shark diving boat based at Haleiwa Small Boat Harbor. Officers witnessed a crew member holding a bucket and chum the water by throwing fish into the ocean. Several sharks appeared, attracted by the chumming. DOCARE officers determined the boat was in State ocean waters. Hawai‘i Revised Statutes prohibit activities relating to the feeding of sharks in state waters. The law provides very narrow exceptions such as for cultural or religious practices, provided the feeding is not part of a commercial activity. "The safety of everyone who uses our ocean resources continues to be a high priority for DOCARE. State law recognizes that sharks are dangerous and prohibits feeding them in state waters to discourage activities that may increase the risk of conflicts with people" said Acting DOCARE Chief Jason Redulla. Officers cited 35-year-old Marden Ribeiro of Pūpūkea for feeding sharks. The violation is petty misdemeanor that upon conviction could have fines and jail time. Ribeiro will be required to appear in Wahiawa District Court.

NEW LOADING DOCK AT KAUNAKAKAI SMALL BOAT HARBOR UNDER CONSTRUCTION A project at Kaunakakai Small Boat Harbor is underway to remove an existing wooden loading dock and replace it with a new aluminum framed loading dock with plastic lumber fenders and fiber reinforced plastic decking. Work is scheduled to be completed by November 15, 2018 The width of the loading dock will be increased from 3 ft. to 5 ft. for ADA compliance. The finished elevation of the dock will also be raised approximately 7 inches, to account for king tides and sea level rise. The existing light pole and light at the boat ramp will also be replaced with a new solar-powered light with LED lamp. Project contractor is Sea Engineering, Inc. and cost is $340,980. The boat ramp was closed today, November 1, 2018 to allow for concrete work at the loading dock approach and installation of the new loading dock via barge. Notices will be posted if any other boat ramp closures are required. Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation held a meeting on October 9, 2018 to inform harbor uses of the upcoming project and boat ramp closures. Notices were also posted around the harbor to inform the public.

STATEWIDE TREE CELEBRATIONS TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND In 1968, Hawai‘i had its first official Arbor Day plant and tree sale or giveaway, building on more than a century of recognizing this internationally designated holiday. It was on Kaua‘i and for the past 50 years the annual celebration of trees and plants has continued, expanding across the state with a multitude of tree and plant giveaways and sales. Earlier this week, thousands of plants were being readied for sale with lots of help from ample rain (see photo gallery below). Kaua‘i holds two events this weekend, beginning with the annual DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) native plant sale on Friday at the DOFAW base yard in Lihue. DOFAW Horticulturist Lynlie Waiamau has spearheaded this Arbor Day event for the past 11 years. She said what makes it particularly unique, even a half-century later, is people can buy threatened and endangered (T&E) species to plant in their home gardens or yards. Prices range between $3 and $40 and Waiamau says it would be challenging to find some of these rare plants for sale in a commercial nursery. In addition to the Kaua‘i 50th anniversary plant sale and two Arbor Day sales on Hawai‘i island, this year, DOFAW’s Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry program is funding tree giveaways of plants and seeds at five events on Oʻahu, one on Maui and one on Kauaʻi. Oʻahu Tree Giveaways Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. Honolulu – Foster Botanical Garden (180 N. Vineyard Blvd.) Pearl City – Urban Garden Center (955 Kamehameha Hwy.) Central Oʻahu – Wahiawa Botanical Garden (1396 California Ave.) North Shore – Waimea Valley Botanical Garden (59-864 Kamehameha Hwy.) Windward – Kailua United Methodist Church (1110 Kailua Road) Kaua‘i Plant Sale Friday, November 2, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. DOFAW Baseyard and Nursery, 4398-D Pua Loke St., Lihue Kaua‘i Tree Giveaway Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. Kukui Grove Center 3-2600 Kaumualii Highway #1400, Lihue (Parking lot behind Walmart) Maui Tree Giveaway Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens 150 Kanaloa Ave., Kahului Hawai’i Plant and Tree Sales Friday, November 2, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. DOFAW Baseyard 19 E. Kawili Street, Hilo DOFAW Tree Nursery 66-1220 Lalamilo Farm Road #A, Kamuela

Plants for Kaua‘i’s 50th anniversary tree sale

PREPARE FOR ARBOR DAY! A soothing Hawaiian rain, featuring native plants and trees to be sold or given away during Arbor Day events around the state this weekend. https://vimeo.com/297862533 Oʻahu Tree Giveaways Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. Honolulu - Foster Botanical Garden (180 N. Vineyard Blvd.) Pearl City - Urban Garden Center (955 Kamehameha Hwy.) Central Oʻahu - Wahiawa Botanical Garden (1396 California Ave.) North Shore - Waimea Valley Botanical Garden (59-864 Kamehameha Hwy.) Windward - Kailua United Methodist Church (1110 Kailua Road) Kaua‘i Plant Sale Friday, November 2, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. DOFAW Baseyard and Nursery, 4398-D Pua Loke St., Lihue Kaua‘i Tree Giveaway Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. Kukui Grove Center 3-2600 Kaumualii Highway #1400, Lihue (Parking lot behind Walmart) Maui Tree Giveaway Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens 150 Kanaloa Ave., Kahului Hawai’i Plant and Tree Sales Friday, November 2, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. DOFAW Baseyard 19 E. Kawili Street, Hilo Friday, November 2, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. DOFAW Tree Nursery 66-1220 Lalamilo Farm Road #A, Kamuela Arbor Day Hawaiʻi information & available species or how to select the right tree: www.ArborDayHawaii.org http://www.arbordayhawaii.org/tree-info/

STATE LEADERS APPLAUD SUPREME COURT DECISION ON THIRTY METER TELESCOPE Gov. David Ige and leaders of the University of Hawai‘i, the Dept. of the Attorney General, and the Dept. of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) thanked the Hawai‘i Supreme Court for its thorough review of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Maunakea, and the decision that was handed down today. “The high court reviewed thousands of pages of documents and testimony over many years, so it’s difficult to imagine the monumental task the justices had in reaching this decision,” said Gov. Ige. “We’re pleased the court carefully considered and weighed all the varied and passionate testimony about TMT. We believe this decision is fair and right and will continue to keep Hawai‘i at the forefront of astronomy.” "The University of Hawaiʻi is pleased with the state Supreme Court’s decision to approve the conservation district use permit for the Thirty Meter Telescope project,” said university president David Lassner. “We will ensure that this project is accomplished appropriately and with deepest respect for the awesomeness of Maunakea. TMT will not only represent a major advance in humankind's knowledge of the universe, it will have tremendously positive educational and economic impacts for the people of Hawaiʻi Island and the entire state. UH stands fully committed to collaborative stewardship that demonstrates Maunakea as an inspiring and harmonious global model for culture, education, the environment and groundbreaking scientific discovery." “We are gratified that the Supreme Court affirmed the Board of Land and Natural Resources’ decision on the Thirty Meter Telescope conservation district use permit,” said DNLR Chair Suzanne Case. “This has been a very long process, and I want to thank Judge Amano and the Land Board members for their careful diligence in ensuring all voices were heard and considered, the law was applied correctly, and the process was followed fairly. DLNR, as the landowners and conservation district regulators on Maunakea, will continue to work closely with UH on next steps to move this project forward.” “The TMT case has wound its way through a drawn out legal process for many years and it’s good to see it come to a successful resolution. The state has a responsibility to follow and apply the appropriate laws and the justices clearly agreed that this is precisely what happened in this case,” said Attorney General Russell Suzuki. TMT must now submit construction plans to the DLNR Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands for review and approval. The decision also requires the state to follow the Maunakea Comprehensive Management Plan which includes attention to cultural protocols and training. Video of press conference courtesy Hawaii News Now. https://www.facebook.com/HawaiiNewsNow/videos/349887145765108/

HISTORIC MOANALUA VALLEY ROAD REOPENS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE Project partners commemorated the reopening of the historic Kamananui Valley Road in Moanalua Valley this past Friday, following completion of a highly-anticipated repair and improvement project which finished within budget and six months ahead of schedule. The Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF), with the generous support of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature -- especially Senators Donna Mercado Kim and Glenn Wakai and Representatives Aaron Ling Johanson and Linda Ichiyama -- have been working to repair and improve the vehicular corridor to the road for the past four years using capital improvement project funds. The goal of the project was to improve safety and accessibility for valley users, regardless of their age and health. The work covered the first two miles of the road, extending from the entrance of the valley to Puʻu Pueo, and included construction repairs to portions of the existing road and 10 of the 11 ford crossings. Besides MGF, other partners who made this project possible included DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Koga Engineering & Construction, Inc., and Community Planning and Engineering, Inc. (Below are before and after photos of the project, plus a photo of Rep. Ichiyama and Sen. Wakai with team members.)

TREE AND PLANT GIVEAWAYS AND SALES ACROSS THE STATE DURING ARBOR DAY FESTIVITIES THIS WEEKEND Arbor Day is a designated holiday around the world dedicated to honoring, planting and enjoying the benefits of trees. The holiday has been recognized in Hawaiʻi for more than a century. This year, the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry program is funding tree giveaways and sales at various events on Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, Maui, and Hawai’i Island. Master gardeners, arborists, and local volunteers will be present at each giveaway to share information on the best growing environments and tree care for each species. Oʻahu Tree Giveaways Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m.: Honolulu - Foster Botanical Garden (180 N. Vineyard Blvd.) Pearl City – UH Urban Garden Center (955 Kamehameha Hwy.) Central Oʻahu - Wahiawa Botanical Garden (1396 California Ave.) North Shore - Waimea Valley Botanical Garden (59-864 Kamehameha Hwy.) Windward - Kailua United Methodist Church (1110 Kailua Road) Kaua‘i Tree Giveaway Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. Kukui Grove Center (3-2600 Kaumualii Hwy. #1400, Lihue, parking lot behind Walmart) Kaua‘i Tree Sale Saturday, November 3, 2018, 8:00 a.m. -- 2 p.m. DOFAW Pua Loke Field Nursery (4398-D Pua Loke St., Lihue) Maui Tree Giveaway Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens (1500 Kanaloa Ave., Kahului) Hawai’i Island Tree Sales Friday, November 2, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. DOFAW Baseyard (19 E. Kawili St., Hilo) and DOFAW Tree Nursery (66-1220 Lalamilo Farm Road #A, Kamuela)

DLNR offers its congratulations to the members of The Hawaii Ant Lab who won the 2018 Conservation Innovation Award by the Hawaii Conservation Alliance. The impacts of the Little Fire Ant are diverse and threaten our agriculture, tourism, environment, human health, and quality of life. On Hawaii Island alone, the ant is estimated to cause approximately $174 million a year in damages. The innovations of the Hawaii Ant Lab have helped Hawaii maintain its goals of growing more local food and protect a tourism industry valued at over $15 billion annually. The Ant Lab has produced several innovations to meet these challenges, with one of the first being a new gel bait that can be applied to tree canopies and other vertical structures. On Kauai, the Ant Lab and partners have rappelled over cliffs on the north shore to remove the sole infestation in Kalihiwai, which is on track for eradication. On Oahu, the team partnered with agencies to remove ants from Mililani Mauka after a population was discovered in December 2013. The area was recently declared free of Little Fire Ant. In Waimanalo, the Ant Lab provides guidance and support to the Department of Agriculture and other partners to remove ants that may be moving in potted plants. On Maui, several small populations have been removed and the team is working with the Maui Invasive Species Committee to design a strategy that will hopefully eradicated the large Nahiku infestation. “Without the excellent work of the Hawaii Ant Lab, it’s possible that we would have dense, intractable populations of Little Fire Ants on all of the main islands by now," said Suzanne Case, DLNR Chair and co-chair of the Hawaii Invasive Species Council. For more information: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/blog/2018/10/26/nr18-211/ # # #

Wednesday was Unity Day nationwide, and Hawai‘i showed its support for the message that bullying is never acceptable behavior. Governor David Ige and members of his cabinet, including DLNR Chair Suzanne Case, shared a video message that we should all live with aloha. https://www.facebook.com/GovernorDavidIge/videos/114648019429717/

HELEMANO WILDERNESS RECREATION AREA ACQUIRED FOR CONSERVATION A recent land acquisition involving federal, state and private-sector partners will result in Oʻahu residents gaining new outdoor recreational opportunities, while protecting the central area's aquifer and improving habitat for native species, many of them endangered. The Trust for Public Land and the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), have completed the purchase of 2,882 acres of Central Oʻahu forest and fallow lands from Dole Food Company. Working with the community, DOFAW will create a multi-resource management plan that offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities and guides forest restoration, water source protection, and native species habitat improvement. For more than a century, access to the public hunting area at the Poamoho Forest Reserve and the entrance to the historic Poamoho trail, the premier route to the Koʻolau summit, has been on private land. Securing public access through purchase of this property, DOFAW will work with interested stakeholders and user groups to provide access in a more comprehensive way than was previously possible. DOFAW will also explore opportunities for ADA-accessible camping areas, places to picnic, forest-product gathering sites, hunting, and diversified recreation. In addition, DOFAW will improve habitat for native species by controlling invasive plants and predators in the mountainous portions of the property, while reforesting other areas with native species, high value forest products, and edible forest plantings. DOFAW will partner with Hawaiʻi’s hunting community to reduce damage to native resources in select areas, while improving hunting opportunities in other areas. This management approach will recharge the Central Oʻahu aquifers fed by the Helemano, Poamoho, and North Fork Kaukonahua streams, securing clean drinking water for generations to come. For more information: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/blog/2018/10/25/nr18-210/ For a video aerial tour of Helemano Wilderness Project area, visit https://vimeo.com/296571740.

STATE CONSERVATION POLICE SEEK SUSPECTS IN APPARENT POISONING OF TAHITIAN PRAWNS The DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) is asking for help in identifying two men they’d like to question in connection with the recent apparent poisonings of several East Hawai‘i streams. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, hundreds of dead Tahitian prawns were found in the streams shortly after the men were picked up on surveillance cameras at the Hawai‘i Tropical Botanical Garden. This happened in the Onomea Papaikou/Pepeekeo area and Alakahi Stream where it crosses Old Mamalahoa Highway to its ocean entrance past the Onomea Na Ala Hele trail. Officers report that the day before, Monday, Oct. 1. at about 10:00 a.m., two men snuck into the garden where they were contacted by staff and told to leave until they paid the entrance fee. It’s believed they re-entered the gardens by crawling under a security fence that crosses over one of the streams. A short time later, their images were picked up on the garden’s cameras. The two male suspects are described as: • Mid-20s, 5’6”, 135 lbs. and black hair • Mid-30s, 5’8”, 145 lbs. and black hair with a short ponytail. Last May, DLNR/DOCARE issued a warning for people to avoid buying prawns from roadside stands or anywhere else when they don’t know the source. While there’s no evidence anyone has gotten sick eating prawns killed by poisons, there are stories in the community of people getting sick after eating them. It is a Class C felony to poison streams or rivers in Hawai‘i. Anyone with information on the suspected stream poisonings or if you can provide help in identifying the persons-of-interest, please contact DOCARE: Hilo Office – 808-933-3460 Statewide Tip Line – 643-DLNR (3567) DLNR Tip411 App, a free download for iPhone or Android devices For more information: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/blog/2018/10/24/nr18-209/ To view the video, "Killing Stream Life to Collect Tahitian Prawns," go to https://vimeo.com/269393431.

HELICOPTER WRECKAGE AIRLIFTED OUT OF KANEOHE BAY The wreckage of a tour helicopter was airlifted out of waist-deep water in Kaneohe Bay just before noon today. Two DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers assisted a rigger from Pacific Helicopters in getting straps and ropes around the chopper, which had turned on one side during or after the accident that happened shortly after 5 p.m. Monday. The helicopter that was owned by Novictor O‘ahu Helicopters was on a tour when it went down on the ocean-side of the Ahu O Laka sandbar. The pilot and two passengers were seriously hurt but it’s reported none of their injuries are considered life-threatening. For more details on this story, go to http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/blog/2018/10/23/nr18-208/. Watch the recovery video at https://vimeo.com/296762595.

Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD), the fungal disease that’s impacted hundreds of thousands of acres of native ‘ōhi‘a forests in Hawai‘i, is the actual reason for the ʻŌhiʻa Love Festival today at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center. Now in its second year, more than a thousand people honored ‘ōhi‘a and the many people working to stop the spread of ROD and find effective treatments for it. The festival goes beyond the disease. Corie Yanger, is one of the primary movers behind today’s celebration. She works for the University of Hawai‘i’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources on ROD outreach and education. She said the primary message she hopes people walked away with is, ʻŌhiʻa are important for many different reasons. Personal, biological and of course culturally. We hope everyone brings their reasons forward so we can celebrate them and all come together to combat Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death.” Yanger added, ‘Ōhi‘a plays an integral role in our ecosystems and culture. We are all connected to ‘ōhi‘a in some way, may it be the water we drink, the ecosystems we protect, the lei we adorn, the mele we compose, the beauty we take in while hiking, hunting, or even driving over the Saddle, or that beloved tree in your backyard or favorite forest. We wanted these connections and our love for ‘ōhi‘a to show.” Some 40 booths took up space outside and inside the astronomy center. The festival included presentations, demonstrations, Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death info, educational displays, crafts, games, photo booth, food, entertainment, face painting, a keiki scavenger hunt and an adult photo scavenger hunt. Yanger was impressed by how much knowledge about ROD has increased since the first year of the festival. Last year, she explained, most everyone knew something about ‘ōhi‘a but maybe not about the disease. “This year a lot more people know about Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death, so we’re trying to build on that knowledge and expand it further into the community. There was a lot of sharing of information back and forth,” she said. The festival began with a Kīpaipai, which in Hawaiian means “to inspire.” The ‘Ōhi‘a Love Festival was hosted by the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) and the University of Hawai‘i. Funding support was provided by the Hawai'i Tourism Authority.

Enjoy a beautiful dawn on Mauna Kea and learn about new game bird surveys being done by hunters and others. https://vimeo.com/296210714

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE KAUAI COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY Kōloa man ordered to pay more than $40K in fines for shooting at nene Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that Steven Cookson, 72, part-time resident of Kōloa, was convicted of five misdemeanor state charges of Taking an Endangered or Threatened Species and ordered to pay more than $40,000 in fines as a result. An investigation conducted by the Department of Land and Natural Resources and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service revealed that on Feb. 7, 2017, Cookson used a pellet gun to kill four nene, and attempted the next day to kill another nene near his residence located in the Kukui‘ula subdivision in Kōloa. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Anthony Herndon prosecuted the case. Cookson was represented by Michael Green, Esq. Judge Robert Goldberg handed down the sentence on Oct. 16, 2018. Cookson entered no contest pleas to each charge in the Environmental Court complaint. For Counts 1, 2, 3, and 4, Cookson was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and $155 in fees, for each count. For Count 5, Cookson was ordered to pay $155 in fees. As a result, he was ordered to pay a total of $40,775. Kollar stated, “We are very grateful to Jean Olbert of the DLNR, and Special Agent Victoria Owens of the USFWS for their thorough and professional investigation of this matter. The protection of our threatened and endangered species is an important part of our mission.”