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Have you ever seen someone doing something illegal in the ocean, on the beach, or in the forest on weekends, holidays or afterhours? Maybe you tried to report the illegal activity and ended up listening to an answer machine message. Then, maybe, you realized there was no way the bad guys were going to get caught outside of normal business hours. The police do not generally respond to resource management and enforcement calls. For state lands and conservation areas, this responsibility belongs to the Department of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE). Two years ago, DOCARE launched a new reporting and dispatch system, available through a smart phone app called DLNRTip, through t

Laniakea, Ever Frustrating

What can I say? This subject has been so frustrating and so enduring that everyone is ready to explode. Everyone has known there is a problem at Laniakea for years, every imaginable solution has been presented to the Department of Transportation, and yet there is no relief. We all know a 10-year-old boy was recently struck by a car as he darted through the traffic. Fortunately, he was able to leave the hospital the following day and return home with his family. It was a scary and emotional event for the family and the driver, and an upsetting issue for all of us who have endured the traffic, recognized the urgency for action, and cried out for relief. This accident was not only predictab

Windmills and Vacation Rentals

Na Pua Makani (Wind Flowers), the latest industrial wind development in our region, is under construction near Kahuku High and Intermediate Schools. The service roads and foundation work are being built to support eight new 568’ turbines that will surround the town and loom over the residents of Kahuku. These massive towers will dwarf the exiting wind 428’ turbines. Keep the North Shore Country has challenged the adequacy of Na Pua Makani’s Habitat Conservation Plan over the last two years, and recently filed an appeal with the Intermediate Court of Appeals to reverse approval of the plan. At issue is whether or not the wind project will effectively minimize and mitigate the destruction of

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