|`Alala may be reintroduced into the wild in the Ka`u Forest Reserve. Photo from San Diego Zoo program at Volcano|
|Helping hands peel back a shell to allow |
an `Alala chick to hatch safely.
Photo from Keauhou Bird Refuge in Volcano
Several hatchlings’ necks were trapped in a position so they could not use their beaks to break out of the shells on their own. Refuge workers peeled back the shells to help the hatchlings escape. See more at http://blogs.sandiegozoo.org/category/conservation/hawaiian-birds/.
A proposal to reintroduce the `Alala into a high altitude section of the Ka`u Forest Reserve is contained in the management plan for the state land. Call Ron Terry at (808) 969-7090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To download the Ka`u Forest Reserve Management Plan EA, visit http://oeqc.doh.hawaii.gov/Shared%20Documents/EA_and_EIS_Online_Library/Hawaii/2010s/2012-05-23-DEA-Kau-Forest-Reserve-Management-Plan.pdf.
|Rep. Mazie Hirono|
Instead of supporting alternative energy, the majority in the House of Representatives is pushing through an “Energy & Water Development Appropriations bill that promotes an outdated focus on fossil fuels, keeping Hawai`i and our nation dependent on foreign oil,” Hirono wrote.
She referred to the U.S. Census, saying that “last year oil was Hawai`i’s top foreign import costing us $4.5 billion. When oil prices go up, all of us feel an immediate impact: families are forced to stretch paychecks further and businesses have to find even more room in their budgets just to keep their doors open.”
The congresswoman said that “Hawai`i’s families know that we need to embark on a new direction on energy. But the House Majority’s bill slices in half a program to promote saving money through energy efficiency and rolls back efforts to decrease carbon pollution.”
She said the House majority also cut investments by $75 million in clean energy innovation through the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, which supports projects such as algae-based biofuels, smart grid technology and electric cars. “Yet, the bill increased funding for research on fossil fuels to $554 million, an increase of over $200 million from last year’s amount.”
Hirono recently met with clean energy leaders of Hawai`i who told her to keep supporting R&D for clean energy. Warren Bollmeier of the Hawai`i Renewable Energy Alliance told Hirono: “The path we need to take to energy independence is one where we level the playing field for clean energy.”
Hirono said there are more than 11,000 jobs in clean energy in Hawai`i generating $1.2 billion for the local economy. “The clean energy industry keeps jobs and money in Hawai`i, and moves us one step closer to energy self-sustainability,” Hirono declared.
|Naval war games and weapons testing moves to waters around Hawai`i, |
extending to California. Photo from greengopost.com
“Major conflicts, terrorism, lawlessness, and natural disasters all have the potential to threaten national security of the United States. National security, prosperity, and vital interests are increasingly tied to other nations because of the close relationships between the United States and other national economies. The Navy carries out training and testing activities to be able to protect the United States against its enemies, as well as to protect and defend the rights of the United States and its allies to move freely on the oceans. Training and testing activities that prepare the Navy to fulfill its mission to protect and defend the United States and its allies potentially impact the environment. These activities may trigger legal requirements identified in many U.S. federal environmental laws, regulations, and executive orders.”
|Proposed Hawai`i Range Complex Study |
Area for U.S. Navy. Image from U.S. Navy
Read the entire Draft EIS and all about other Navy activities in Hawai`i by visiting http://www.govsupport.us/navynepahawaii/.
The public meeting to submit comments will be held tomorrow at the East Hawai`i Cultural Center at 5 p.m. in Hilo. Comments can also be submitted through July 10 online and to Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, Attn: HSTT EIS/OEIS Project Manager-EV21.CS; 1220 Pacific Highway, Building 1, Floor 3, San Diego, CA 92132-5190.
KA`U FARMERS MARKET begins its second week at Shaka Restaurant in Na`alehu today. Shaka general manager Rory Koi offered the grounds after the market was shut down without notice from Ace Hardware, following a customer threatened a lawsuit after falling down at a previous Ka`u Farmers Market.
HA`AO SPRINGS AG WATER COOPERATIVE meets tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. at Wai`ohinu Park.
Residents are in the preliminary stages of forming a co-op to restore the springs and sugar plantation water delivery systems and develop new delivery systems so that water can be available for crops grown for personal use or markets. All interested parties are invited.
RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS MEET at H.O.V.E. Road Maintenance Corp. office in Ocean View tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Current volunteers and those interested in becoming volunteers are welcome. For more, call Hannah Uribes at 929-9953.
|Artist Ken Charon teaches in Volcano tomorrow. Photo from charon-artfarm.com|
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED Friday for the Volunteer Forest Restoration Project in the Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., volunteers will help locate native plant seedlings and clear vegetation around them in preparation for controlling pasture grass in the area. Pre-registration is required, call 985-7373 or email email@example.com.
KICK ICE sign waiving takes place Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants are asked to meet in front of the Na`alehu School gym.