In 2017 alone, volunteers with Surfrider Kauai retrieved enough litter from Kauai’s beaches to match the weight of two adult humpback whales. Cigarette butts and plastic straws, derelict fishing nets and microplastics — the organization scoured the coastlines for more than 122,470 pounds of litter and nets.
When the torrential rains from Hurricane Lane started, Hanalei Dolphin manager Morgan Needham got worried. “It was nerve-wracking because I wasn’t there. Last time I was there,” she said. “But it was 5 inches of water this time versus 5 feet.”
The state is cinching down on diagnosing and treating rat lungworm disease, caused by a problematic parasite and causing concern for physicians in Hawaii since it started spreading through the islands in 2009. Sixteen preliminary guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of human neuroangiostrongyliasis (rat lungworm disease) have been released by the state Department of Health.
Kiamo Motooka has a message he wants the world to hear. Thanks to dedication and belief in himself, he’ll be delivering it this weekend. “It’s uncomfortable for sure, but it’s something that needs to be addressed,” he said. “It can’t be ignored.” Motooka will be giving a presentation on teen suicide, as well being interviewed and posing in Speedos, when he travels to Las Vegas with other men from Hawaii to compete in the Mr. All American Man title, under the direction of Jenna Yap.
A two-story house is teetering on crumbling foundations near the repair project on Weke Road, where April floods damaged homes and destroyed the roadway.