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Community at odds over mangrove eradication project

Video by David Corrigan | Big Island Video News

A community meeting was held Tuesday (Aug 31) at the Pahoa Community Center to discuss the ongoing mangrove eradication project at several public and private properties on the Big Island, including the Wai‘ Opae Marine Life Conservation District, Isaac Hale Beach Park at Pohoiki, and Onekahakaha beach park in Hilo.

Mayor Billy Kenoi called the meeting to allow residents to make any comments they may have regarding this project.

The County of Hawaii, Big Island Invasive Species Council, U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife, Hawaii Department of Health and Hawaii Tourism Authority are partners in the project to remove the red mangrove, Rhizophora mangle, an invasive species, from the coast using an approved herbicide and manual means of eradication.

Some residents have expressed concerns that the approval process for application of the herbicide to remove the red mangrove did not require a public hearing prior to the start of the project and a legal challenge to the project is currently pending in Third Circuit Court.

The meeting was designed to allow those with concerns, and those who support the project, to make their views known in a public setting sponsored by the Office of the Mayor.

Puna community members speak out about the eradication project

Malama o Puna talks about eradication project

Syd Singer expresses opposition to the project

Mayor Billy Kenoi at the community mangrove meeting

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