A peaceful coexistence at Barking Sands

Contributed The U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands lies along the Kaua‘i coastline between Kekaha and Polihale State Park, and will soon have a large solar project which, by next year, could produce enough electricity to potentially lower rates for all Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative members.

KEKAHA, Hawai‘i (Jan. 19, 2024) Two Hawaiian nene (Hawaiian geese) walks with new goslings on Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Barking Sands, Kekaha, Hawaii. The Hawaiian nene is Hawaii’s state bird and is currently considered endangered by the state of Hawaii. As new infrastructure and predators were introduced to the Hawaiian islands, the population reached an extreme low of roughly 30 birds in the 1950’s according to the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, but with the help of state-wide conservation efforts the birds have made a significant comeback with as many as 637 individual nene documented on PMRF alone.(U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Louis Lea)

MANA — Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Louis Lea of the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands said there has been a significant comeback of the nene through the help of statewide conservation efforts. PMRF has documented as many as 637 individual nene.