|The public is invited to a meeting about Kapāpala Koa Canoe Management Area on Saturday, April 1|
at Robert Herkes Ka'ū District Gym Multi-Purpose Room from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Pāhala. Photo from DLNR
KAPĀPALA KOA CANOE MANAGEMENT AREA will be subject of a public gathering, a status update and informational event, on Saturday, April 1 in Pāhala at Ka'ū District Gym Multi-Purpose Room from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with coffee and refreshments.
State Department of Land & Natural Resources' Division of Forestry & Wildlife is developing a Management Plan for Kapāpala Koa Canoe Management Area. A statement from the organizers of the
"Other management objectives include native forest protection, protection of watershed resources, protection of forest bird habitat, increased regeneration and restoration of koa trees and forest habitat, collaboration with educational groups and community groups, access for recreational activities, and integration of traditional Hawaiian stewardship models with western conservation practices."
A Cultural Impact Assessment has been completed by ASM Affiliates and an Environmental Assessment is being prepared by Geometrician Associates, LLC.
Forest Solutions, Inc., which specializes in land stewardship and commercial forestry, will sponsor the event.
According to DLNR's website, "The Kapāpala Canoe Forest is a 1,257 acre remnant koa forest located in Kaʻū Forest Reserve on the southeastern slopes of Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaiʻi. In 1989, the Department of Land and Natural Resources set aside this unique native forest in response to a significant decline in koa trees due to past commercial harvesting and ranching activities. The primary purpose of the Kapāpala Canoe Forest is a source for koa canoe logs in perpetuity, on a sustainable and self-sustaining basis. The canoe forest also serves as a learning center and community gathering place for traditional Hawaiian practices, and an example of balancing forest use and regeneration.
"At an elevation ranging from 3,640 to 5,100 feet above sea level, the Kapāpala Canoe Forest is located in what the Hawaiian culture considers as the wao akua or 'forest of the gods.' Today, the Kapāpala Canoe Forest is stewarded by multiple partners and the local community, utilizing ancient Hawaiian land management practices to sustainably manage one of the best remaining koa forests in Hawai'i."
|Kapāpala Canoe Forest is 1,257 acres, outlined in red and is subject to a Kapāpala Koa Canoe Management Area plan |
and a public meeting April 1 in Pāhala. Map from DLNR
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AN ECOSYSTEM MONITORING INTERNSHIP IS OFFERED BY FOREST SOLUTIONS, INC. this summer for high school and college students. It is full time for seven to eight weeks and focuses on vegetation monitoring from June to August.
Participants will contribute to a long-term forest ecosystem study, working in teams led by foresters with expertise in native Hawaiian forests. Interns will gain hands-on field experience in ecology, biology, science methodology and leadership. The main activities will include hiking, plant identification, and vegetation measurements, with the opportunity for additional conservation activities such as planting and weed assessments. The experience culminates in an independent project, which interns will present to Kamehameha Schools on the final day of the program. Field sites are located across the island, with a focus in West Hawaiʻi this year.
Previous experience in the following areas is desirable, but not required, as they will be developed during the internship: Hawaiian native and non-native species identification; vegetation sampling methodology; basic orienteering skills; familiarity with Global Positioning Systems (GPS); competence with Microsoft Office (word, excel & access); basic knowledge of and respect for Hawaiian culture and practices.
Contact Aviva Gottesman's cell at 808-640-7118. See more at www.forestsolutionsinc.com. Instagram: @forest_solutionshawaii. To apply, send an email with resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
County of Hawai'i plans to budget Animal Patrol and Protection with $2 million, which it previously provided to Hawai'i Police Department to do the job.
The new agency will be mandated to provide biannual reports to the County Council.
To date, there have been four fatal crashes, resulting in five fatalities, (Rvsd. 02/07/23: one fatal crash reclassified—manner of death was due to natural causes) and (one fatal crash had multiple deaths); compared with six fatal crashes, resulting in eight fatalities (one of which had multiple deaths) for the same time last year. This represents a decrease of 33.3 percent for fatal crashes and 37.5 percent for fatalities.
Police promise DUI roadblocks and patrols will continue island wide.
On Jan. 23, 2 Mandiant, a cybersecurity threat intelligence company, notified the Office of Enterprise Technology Services, Office of Homeland Security and DOH that an external medical certifier account was compromised and the login credentials were placed for sale on the dark web (internet marketplace where cybercriminals can transact illegal products and services). Upon being notified, DOH immediately disabled the account and began an investigation.
The death records contain the decedents name, social security number, address, sex, date of birth, date of death, place of death, and cause of death. Records that had been certified could not be altered, and 99 percent of the records had been certified. DOH reviewed the 1 percent of records that had not been certified, and none were certified by the unauthorized user.
No death certificates were accessed, nor were any able to be generated. However, out of an abundance of caution, DOH encourages affected parties to remain vigilant about any remaining unsettled matters such as accounts, estate, life insurance claim or Social Security survivor benefits.
In response to this incident, DOH reported that is implementing additional security measures and is also conducting a security review of external accounts for all of its systems.