Turtles nesting season is here, tread lightly

LIHU‘E — Honu (green sea turtles) and honu‘ea (hawksbill sea turtles) have started hauling themselves out of the ocean and are digging their nests into the sand on beaches on Kaua‘i, and all over the state.

Grants support Native Hawaiian communities

Some nonprofit organizations on Kaua‘i are getting a boost from the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs, thanks to a round of grants that will support community projects and education on care of the ‘aina.

Mom pens book on sons with disabilities

LIHU‘E — Shana Cruz finally has the community she’s been seeking, and she built it by reaching out to other families who are raising children with developmental disorders.

Hawaii panel forecasts more tax revenue this fiscal year

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s Council on Revenues on Tuesday sharply increased its tax revenue forecast for the state to reflect rebounding spending by residents and a growing number of tourists visiting the islands more than a year after the coronavirus pandemic first hit the state.

Southwest adding more gateways to Hawai‘i

LIHU‘E — Southwest Airlines has announced three new mainland flight services to and from Hawai‘i that represent 15 new routes from more than 40 mainland cities to the four main airports in Hawai‘i — including Lihu‘e Airport.

Study: pandemic led to planting

The amount of planted acreage on Kaua‘i increased over the past year, according to an updated study on land use in the state released by the state Department of Agriculture.

COVID spike continues

Health officials reported another record number of new COVID-19 cases on Kaua‘i on Saturday, with 16 new cases reported on May 1 and evidence of several clusters on the island.

Mental health is important, especially in time of pandemic

The Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center on Kaua’i received $1.3 million from combined efforts of local community members and lawmakers, and we’re strongly in support of getting this center up and running for its original purpose as soon as possible.

Federal help offered for restaurants

A $28.6-billion grant program is opening soon, targeted toward restaurants, food trucks and stands, bars and other food-service businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coqui infestation on O‘ahu

State officials are working to get a handle on a coqui frog infestation in a remote area on O‘ahu, and while Kaua‘i was declared coqui-free in 2012, the tiny frogs still crop up once in a while on the island.

Kaua‘i lands an Alternative Fuel Corridor

Motorists on Kaua‘i are going to start seeing signs reading “Alternative Fuel Corridor” along about 70 miles of highway, thanks to a new designation from the Federal Highway Administration.

Lehua Islet declared rat-free

After decades of work, Lehua Island, the tiny island off Ni‘ihau and Kaua‘i’s west shore, has been declared free of damaging, introduced, invasive rats, enabling Hawai‘i’s seabirds to safely nest on the steep, rocky cliffs, and native plants to flourish once again.

$79M for The Headlands of Kalanipu‘u

With views of the Pacific Ocean, Nawiliwili harbor and the Hule‘ia River, The Headlands of Kalanipu‘u is now for sale at a record-breaking price of $79 million for 1,395 acres on Southeast Kaua‘i, along the eastern boundary of Kipu Ranch.

NTBG completes Red List catalogue of endemic plants

NAPALI — Researchers with the National Tropical Botanical Garden were devastated when the last known wild member of the endemic flowering plant Hibiscadelphus woodii was found dead in the Kalalau Valley in 2011.