|Opihi are becoming more rare and the state Department of Land & Natural Resources is |
cracking down on harvesters taking the young ones. Photo from University of Hawai'i
A CRACK-DOWN ON COLLECTING UNDERSIZE OPIHI from the shores of the Hawaiian Islands is underway by the state Department of Land & Natural Resources. DLNR's Division of Conservation & Resource Enforcement asks the public to inform the agency when seeing opihi harvesters with the limpets that are under less than 1.25 inches in diameter. On July 30, a 27-year-old man was cited on Hawai'i Island for harvesting 345 undersized ‘opihi at a beach park. DOCARE officers reported observing Kyle Kaloi taking ‘opihi along the shoreline. They said they contacted Kaloi as he was exiting the shoreline
|Undersized opihi confiscated from a man who|
picked them from the shore near a beach park.
Photo from DOCARE
DLNR asks that anyone who sees possible illegal activity or resource violations report them immediately by calling the 24-hour DOCARE Hotline at 643-DLNR (3567) or via the free DLNRTip App.
The opihi limpets are a popular local food, especially for celebrations, but they are increasingly rare and considered over-harvested, the price soaring in recent years. Many family lu`aus are no longer able to serve opihi or sometimes provide only one opihi per person in the food line where opihi are paired with poi.
Opihi also made its way into gourmet food culture. Chef Alan Wong and others famous for Pacific cuisine was known for his Opihi Shooter, a single raw opihi served in a tiny glass with ume shiso, spicy tomato juice, basil and fennel, good for one gulp.
Opihi live on shorelines with wave action, clinging to rocks with their powerful little muscles inside single conical shells, sometimes called Chinaman's hats and Mt. Fuji's.
Kaʻū's 80 mile uninhabited coast is considered one of their habitats that are hard for humans to reach and still rich with opihi in some places. Ophi picking is sometimes called Hawai'i's most dangerous job as harvesters often climb onto rocks with pounding waves that can sweep them out to sea.
A statement from the County says that "many applications have been received from other regions and are under review. The purpose of CDPs is to: Translate the General Plan’s broad statements into actions specific to the planning area; to improve and advance community resilience; and provide civic dialogue for citizen engagement."
|Read the entire Ka`u Community Development Plan|
Committee members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the County Council. They must reside in the CDP planning area and are: "Willing and able to commit to a term of up to four years; willing and able to attend regular (quarterly) meetings during evenings and weekends; and invest a minimum of eight hours of work each month advancing CDP implementation through work on priority projects/initiatives." The county also asks that Action Committee members have a personal commitment with "a deep love for their community; a passion for equity; and a motivation to work for the greater good of their community."
Regarding learning, the county asks that Action Committee applicants be "willing and able to attend training and workshops relative to facilitation, network development, local government, planning processes, equitable community engagement, and work with the community to identify other capacity building needs and opportunities."
Regarding "Action Commitment," the County is seeking citizens, "willing and able to develop priorities and a work plan to implement community actions in the CDPs; intentionally and explicitly engage all factions of their community with specific attention to those who are marginalized and underrepresented; and organize and attend public meetings and workshops."
Regarding "Collaboration Commitment," the County is seeking citizens "willing and able to be a point of contact for CDP and Action Committee initiatives; develop partnerships with individuals, non-profits, businesses and community groups/associations; transmit project updates and involvement opportunities regularly to their CDP region; document and share lessons learned/successes with CDP Action Committees around the island; and agree to follow meeting ground rules and operating principles of the Action Committee and Planning Department."
For more information or to apply, visit www.hawaiicounty.gov/our-county/boards-and-commissions or https://www.hawaiicountycdp.info/
Just as the Punalu'u fire was being contained, a huge fire with many fronts ran through the northern part of the island, with evacuations of the communities of Waiki'i, Pu'u Kapu Hawaiian Home Lands and the
The fire burned through more than 40,000 acres with at least one ranch home lost, before the winds subsided for the evening, the fire still mostly not contained.
As winds died and the fire was slowing down above Waikoloa Village, Mayor Mitch Roth said that it appeared the wild goats had helped make Waikoloa safer by eating a lot of the range grass around the community. However, he noted the hard work of county and volunteer fire departments, the National Guard and military at Pohakuloa in helping to push back the fast moving fire.
See more on preventing wildfires and making homes, yards, farms and ranches safer through Hawai'i Wildfire Management Organization at https://www.hawaiiwildfire.org/
The County announcement comes after an update on Sunday, with a report of 99 new Coronavirus cases, with 685 active cases and a dozen persons hospitalized on this island.
Today's Civil Defense statement says, "The Department of Health, clinics, and pharmacies offer Coronavirus vaccinations on a regularly basis. By getting vaccinated you are helping to keep your family and friends safe. For information you can also visit the Civil Defense website for a list of all clinics and pharmacies providing vaccinations and testing." See Civil Defense at www.hawaiicounty.gov.
GOLF & MEMBERSHIPS for Discovery Harbour Golf Course and its Clubhouse: The Club offers Social Memberships, with future use of the clubhouse and current use of the pickleball courts as well as walking and running on specified areas of the golf course before 8 a.m. and after 3 p.m. to enjoy the panoramic