Road to the wild country

The road to Polihale State Park on the Westside is notorious for being riddled with large potholes, and though it is the entrance to a state park, managers aren’t in a hurry to pave it.

Hawaiian Airlines reports on company activities

LIHUE — Hawaiian Airlines Chief Financial Officer Peter Ingram didn’t have much to say about Southwest Airlines stepping into Hawaii airspace during his annual talk at the Thursday Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

PMRF eyed for missile defense system

BARKING SANDS — The U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility is being considered as a new location of a ballistic missile defense radar that would take up between 50 and 80 acres at Barking Sands.

Group rallies to protect Princeville fountain

PRINCEVILLE — Neptune rises out of the water, guarding the entrance to Princeville in an iconic, 200-ton fountain. And now there’s a group of residents rallying to preserve the marble god of the sea.

Tents for Healing Horses

WAIPOULI — Shido the horse has an irritated patch of skin on his forehead because he’s minus consistent shelter at Healing Horses here.

Copter crash Report: Visibility low

LIHUE — Safari Helicopters pilot Paul Matero flew the route of the fatal Dec. 26 tour flight successfully seven times the day of the crash that killed all passengers aboard the Airbus AS350 B2 chopper.

U.S. Senate passes ‘Save Our Seas 2.0’

LIHUE — The United States Senate unanimously passed an act that will help coastal cleanup efforts and waste management, aiming to reduce the amount of marine debris collecting on American shores.

Heavy rain runoff affecting water quality

LIHUE — There aren’t any fresh brown water advisories on Kauai after the weekend of rain, but Hawaii Department of Health always suggests avoiding swimming in any brown water because of storm runoff and potential contaminants.

Erosion worries rising

KAPAA — A foundation left over from a 2017 project to remove the Kapaa Beach Park pavilion is now cracked in half and falling into the surf after weekend waves and weather caused damage on the east side.

Shelter sees more surrenders, adoptions

Three month-old Kura was curled up in the arms of Kauai Humane Society animal programs manager Alex Taogoshi on Friday morning, and not interested in joining the rest of the dogs leaving for a day of field trips.

Climate Crew accepting applications

LIHUE — High school students interested in climate science have a chance to join a six-month program in March that focuses on the latest technology, data and strategies to adjust to climate change.

Pushing to halt all aquarium fishing

LIHUE — Some conservation groups and Native Hawaiians are concerned the state isn’t following court orders for the environmental review of aquarium fishing and permit issuance in Hawaii.

Cat kills Hawaiian petrel

LIHUE — A cat has been terrorizing Hawaiian petrel burrows in the mountains of the Hono NaPali Natural Area Reserve, and its latest kill was a chick involved in a scientific tracking project.

Plant protection

LIHUE — Rare plant protection is up for debate at the U.S. Senate, thanks to Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and a team of other legislators that have introduced the Extinction Prevention Act.

‘Chipper’ or bust

Chipper Wichman sat in the Botanical Research Center at National Tropical Botanical Garden headquarters on a sunny Thursday morning, looking at a version of himself he’s never seen before.