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Most of Hawaii’s coral proves resilient following 2014 bleaching event

posted by: Meghan Miner on Fri Jan 30, 2015 at 01:28 PM Good news (for now) for Hawaii’s coral reefs! After experiencing a mass bleaching event last fall, coral reefs in the shallow waters off Oahu, Maui and Kauai have begun to recover and regain some of their original color.   More

Hawaii humpback whale sanctuary begins 20th annual volunteer whale census, Jan. 31

posted by: Meghan Miner on Wed Jan 28, 2015 at 12:33 PM Volunteers are wanted for the 20th annual Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary's Ocean Count, which kicks off this weekend. Register for a date and site, grab your binoculars and start counting whales!   More

Hidden reserve of freshwater discovered on Hawaii Island

posted by: Meghan Miner on Mon Jan 26, 2015 at 02:17 PM Surrounded by thousands of miles of salt water, life sustaining freshwater is one of Hawaii’s most precious resources. So it came as a surprise late last week when the University of Hawaii announced its geologists had found a secret reservoir of the stuff on the state’s largest island.  More

Campbell's Coup: Exploring Oahu's James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge

posted by: Mary Vorsino on Wed Jan 21, 2015 at 09:47 AM On a 1,100-acre stretch of pristine North Shore wetlands, biologists at the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge have been quietly working to protect and increase populations of endemic Hawaiian waterbirds, seabirds and their native habitat for nearly four decades.  More

Albatross eggs flown from Kauai to Oahu in attempt to start new North Shore colony

posted by: Meghan Miner on Thu Dec 18, 2014 at 11:21 AM A unique joint project between the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Pacific Rim Conservation seeks to simultaneously disband a colony of Laysan albatross causing navigational hazards on Kauai, and establish a brand new colony of the bird on Oahu’s North Shore.   More

Hawaii's stars perfectly align for total lunar eclipse, Oct. 7. Bishop Museum to host viewing party.

posted by: Meghan Miner on Mon Oct 06, 2014 at 10:31 AM Get ready to stay up late! On Tuesday night, Oct. 7, the Hawaiian Islands will have some of Earth’s best seats for a total lunar eclipse.  More

Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument now largest marine reserve in the world

posted by: Meghan Miner on Thu Oct 02, 2014 at 03:21 PM President Barack Obama signed a proclamation expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument last week, making it six times larger than its original size. The area, south and west of the main Hawaiian Islands, is now the world’s largest marine reserve.  More

Kilauea volcano lava now threatening Pahoa town, sole access roads to Hawaii Island’s eastern tip

posted by: Meghan Miner on Fri Sep 19, 2014 at 11:16 AM A lava flow from Kilauea volcano continued to advance towards residential areas in Hawaii Island’s Puna district this week, turning toward the town of Pahoa and the only access roads connecting it to the rest of the island. Here’s an update on the past week of activity.  More

Nine Hawaiian crow chicks hatch at Hawaii Island endangered bird sanctuary, bringing total world population to 114

posted by: Kristie Castanera on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 10:02 AM The Keauhou Bird Conservation Center recently oversaw the successful hatching of nine alala chicks. Extinct in the wild, the Hawaiian crow species is being bred and raised in captivity for hopeful release back into nature.  More

Expedition to Hawaii seamount Loihi seeks clues about creation of Earth, other worlds

posted by: Kristie Castanera on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 10:25 AM A team of University of Hawaii researchers wrapped up studies today on the submerged Loihi seamount, off the coast of the Big Island. Their mission? Collecting deep-sea samples and creating detailed sea floor maps revealing the history of our world–and perhaps others, too.  More

Hawaii's only alpine lake disappearing fast, with no end in sight

posted by: Catherine E. Toth on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 10:34 AM The water level at Lake Waiau, located just below the summit of 13,803-foot Mauna Kea Volcano on the Big Island, has been dropping dramatically since early 2010. The lake has now almost completely disappeared.  More

Hawaii Pollinator Week focuses on role of bees in maintaining diverse ecosystems

posted by: Stephanie Loui on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 11:13 AM Honey is cultivated on all of Hawaii’s major islands, with each colony producing a unique flavor. Some of the most popular honey varieties come from the ohia lehua blossoms, macadamia nut trees, and kiawe trees. So, what’s the latest buzz about?   More

Stargazing anniversary celebrations slated for two Big Island astronomy sites

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 12:18 PM In mid-March, Mauna Kea’s Keck Observatory, which peers farther into the cosmos than any other astro facility, will hold its 20th anniversary celebration. Also, Imiloa Astronomy Center will mark its seventh anniversary this weekend.   More

Humpback whale counts slated for Maui, Oahu, Kauai and Big Island shorelines

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 01:21 PM Hawaii visitors and residents alike are invited to take part in two shoreline surveys of visiting humpback whales. During the annual winter whale-watching season, some 12,000 whales swim in waters edging the Islands.    More

World’s oldest known wild bird hatches chick in in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 03:06 PM A Laysan albatross believed to be at least 62 years old has hatched a chick on Midway Atoll. The bird, known as “Wisdom,” is rewriting wildlife record books and providing new insights into the biology of seabirds.   More
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