Stories by Jackson Healy

UH brings Red Hill water crisis information hub live

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, O‘ahu — Nearly two years after residents in and around Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam first reported chemical contamination in their tap water, The University of Hawai‘i Red Hill (Kapukaki) Task Force (RHTF) has created an online data center to keep residents up to date on the water crisis’s latest information and resources.

UHERO report suggests long road ahead for Maui’s economic recovery

LAHAINA, Hawai‘i — The University of Hawai‘i Economic Research Organization (UHERO) today released an updated financial forecast for Hawai‘i, painting a picture of ongoing hardship and a slow recovery on Maui following the summer wildfires that killed at least 97 and caused $5.5 billion in damages.

Endangered ‘ake‘ake nest discovered after seven-year search

MAUNA LOA FOREST RESERVE, Hawai‘i Island — After seven years of searching, the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) has discovered a nesting burrow for the endangered ‘ake‘ake (band-rumped storm-petrel) on state lands.

Team tests for toxins amid West Maui water contamination concerns

LAHAINA, Hawai‘i — As West Maui continues to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of Hawai‘i’s deadliest wildfires on record, a University of Hawai‘i team has begun working to address the threat of water contamination — a critical step in the region’s long road to recovery.

State Climate Commission calls for a more walkable, bikeable Hawai‘i

LIHU‘E — The Hawai‘i Climate Commission, a multi-jurisdictional board formed to promote climate change adaptation and mitigation measures, has released three new reports analyzing the climate impacts of Hawai‘i’s driving habits and detailing recommended investments to promote walking, biking, rolling and transit as an alternative to car travel.

Kaua‘i’s rivers, streams polluted despite dry season

LIHU‘E — In Kaua‘i, three things are certain — death, taxes, and dirty rivers. Every month, Surfrider Kaua‘i’s Blue Water Task Force analyzes samples of streams, rivers and surf spots across the island to check for the enterococcus bacterium, a federally recognized indicator of fecal presence in water.