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Celebrate Arbor Day, Plant A Tree

Hawaii Arbor Day events statewide November 1-2, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE Celebrate Arbor Day, Plant A Tree On November 2nd, thousands of trees will be given away on Hawaii’s 51st annual Arbor Day. The Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program will be supporting a total of five Arbor Day giveaway events. Kaulunani is part of the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) and […]

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Little Fire Ant (Wasmannia Auropunctata)

Little Fire Ants Awareness Forum in West Hawaii Thursday (Oct 24)

This community forum will focus on one of the world’s top 100 most invasive species, the Little Fire Ant (LFA).

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NELHA Host Park generates over $100M annually

MEDIA RELEASE KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII – An analysis of the economic impact of NELHA’s (National Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority) Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park (HOST Park) at Keahole Point found that total economic impact of the park was $104 million in 2018. The Economic Research Organization at the University of Hawaii (UHERO) completed the report […]

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A new fissure erupted this evening near fissures 2 and 7, beginning with small lava spattering at about 8:44 p.m. HST. By 9:00 p.m., lava fountains as high as about 70 m (230 ft) were erupting from the fissure. Photo taken Saturday, May 5, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Kīlauea Eruption SpeakOuts Scheduled October 4 & 5

MEDIA RELEASE Hawaiʻi Island residents are invited to attend SpeakOut events on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5 to help guide the 2018 Kīlauea eruption recovery efforts. Both events will be held at the Pāhoa High and Intermediate School cafeteria, with the first focusing on Puna’s youth. The October 4 Youth SpeakOut is scheduled […]

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UH JABSOM Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program

Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program study finds pesticides may play a role in cardiovascular disease

The new study emphasizes the importance of using protective gear when handling pesticides on the job and including information about pesticide exposure in your medical history.

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USDA accepting applications to help cover producers’ costs for organic certification

MEDIA RELEASE USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019. OCCSP received continued support through the 2018 Farm […]

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The causes of Rapid Ohia Death. USGS image

Keeping hooved animals out of Ohia forests reduces the spread of Rapid Ohia Death

Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death, or ROD for short, enters trees through wounds to its bark.

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Ka‘u Coffee Festival coming up April 26-May 5, 2019

The 11th annual Ka‘u Coffee Festival celebrates its award-winning brew with a full lineup of activities starting April 26 and culminating May 4-5 with the popular, day-long ho‘olaulea‘a and Ka‘u coffee college educational series.

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Dying Ohia Trees from Rapid Ohia Death (ROD). Photo courtesy of DLNR.

Aggressive strain of Rapid Ohia Death found at Kalopa State Park

During a regularly scheduled quarterly aerial assessment of forests on Hawai‘i island in late July, spotters detected more trees “symptomatic” for the presence of C. lukuohia, the fungus more commonly known as Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death. These trees are in the Kalōpā State Recreation Area on the Hamakua Coast and after the helicopter surveys utilizing digital […]

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The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF)

Fruit Tree Planting Foundation to add 176 trees to Hawaii Island schools

The award-winning international nonprofit Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, which operates a local branch on the Big Island, has just launched an ongoing effort to provide island schools, families, and communities with the bounty of tropical fruit trees through a series of orchard plantings at schools in Kona, Kohala, and Puna.

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Scene from the film: Kumu Hula Kekuhi Keali'ikanaka'oleohaililani in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Photo by Annie Sullivan.

Film ‘Saving ʻŌhiʻa, Hawaii’s Sacred Tree’ to air statewide in August and September

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) announces the release of “Saving ʻŌhiʻa, Hawaii’s Sacred Tree,” a new half-hour documentary on Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death, the disease that is killing ʻōhiʻa lehua, Hawaii’s most widespread and important native tree.

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Pu‘u Nene Cinder cone. DLNR Photo

DLNR allows cinder harvesting from site once used to gather simulated Martian soil

Recent volcanic eruptions on the Big Island have forced the sole source of black cinder to vacate its harvesting plant, jeopardizing the island’s tropical floral business, a major economic industry in East Hawaiʻi. These businesses provide plants and flowers to flower and lei shops and stores for sale statewide and out-of-state exports.

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Hawaii to ban pesticides containing chlorpyrifos

Gov. David Ige signed SB3095 Wednesday, which completely bans the use of pesticides containing the potentially harmful chemical chlorpyrifos starting in 2023. Hawai‘i becomes the first state in the country to prohibit the chemical. Starting Jan. 1, 2019, users of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos or other restricted use pesticides will be required to report annually to […]

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USDA reopens application period for producers recovering from disasters

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting disaster assistance program applications on June 4 from agricultural producers who suffered livestock, honeybees, farm-raised fish and other losses due to natural disasters. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reopening the application period for two disaster assistance programs in response to statutory changes made by Congress […]

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