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North Shore Bike Path Report

Kauai North Shore roads are over crowded. And riding a bike on these roads is plain unsafe.

“Imagine riding a bike to the beach, or walking to your local market. Imagine keiki riding safely off to school. Imagine fewer cars, people walking, exercising, spending time outdoors. It’s all possible.”
That’s what the North Shore Path promises, and I [...]

April 9, 2012   No Comments

Kauai Concerns Over Monk Seal Relocation

Will a federal plan to save monk seals disrupt life in the Main Hawaiian Islands?  Some Kauai residents believe it may.
Supporters and opponents of the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Program (HMSRP) recently had a chance to have their say.  The National Marine Fisheries Service held meetings in Hanalei and Hanapepe, where HMSRP had the opportunity [...]

September 5, 2011   No Comments

Kipu Falls Closed

Property owners say they are preventing additional accidents, while locals are lamenting the loss of a favorite swimming spot.  As the result of earning a “beautiful but deadly” reputation, Kipu Falls is being closed off to visitors.
While locals have been coming to the falls for years, tourists are increasingly visiting the spot thanks to recommendations [...]

August 29, 2011   2 Comments

Danger Beyond Beauty

Kauai is known for its natural beauty.  Secluded beaches, secret swimming holes, challenging hikes, breathtaking views, and some of the best surf in the world provide locals and visitors with seemingly endless opportunities for outdoor adventures.  But far too often, these adventures end in injuries and even death.  Some are quick to place the blame [...]

August 13, 2011   No Comments

Controversy Around Construction of Kauai Bike Path

It is not difficult to understand the health benefits and positive environmental impact a coastal bike path can provide. More accessible bike trails mean that more residents may choose to bike rather than drive.  And more bikers mean less fossil fuels used and more calories burned.  With its year-round wonderful weather, Kauai is the perfect [...]

August 7, 2011   No Comments

Kapaia Bridge: Restore or Rebuild?

The Kapaia Swinging Bridge has been called many things in its time.  What began as a footbridge between Lihue and Hanamaulu was deemed “unsafe” in 2006 by county officials and designated a “Historic Place” in 2008 by Hawaii Historic Places Review Board.  Kimo St. John of the Kapaia Foundation compared the bridge to an “endangered [...]

July 25, 2011   No Comments

Kauai Approves New Kekaha Solar Farm

On average, Kauai enjoys 240 days of sunshine per year.  And soon, some of the energy provided by the sunshine will be put to work in Kekaha, where the state’s largest solar farm is slated to be built.
Kauai county Planning Commission approved Kikiaola Solar’s plans for the 3.5-megawatt facility just this week, with construction to [...]

July 16, 2011   1 Comment

Hanalei Residents Respond to Proposed Boating Rules

Many Hanalei residents can agree that there need to be rules in place to regulate and protect the region’s waterways.  But just what the rules will be and how they will be enforced has generated some debate.
This past week, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) held a public meeting at the Hanalei School [...]

July 10, 2011   No Comments

Nene Causes Concern on Kauai

A century ago, nene geese were thriving, at approximately 25, 000 individuals throughout the state.  But just sixty years ago, due to over-hunting, habitat destruction, and predators such as the non-native mongoose, the number of nene had drastically decreased to less than 30.   Around the same time, the species was named the Hawaii state bird [...]

July 2, 2011   No Comments

Hydroelectric Projects on Kauai

Residents Express Concerns Over Exclusive Agreement With Free Flow
Kauai is doing its part to reach the goals of the state’s Clean Energy Initiative and become more self-sufficient and less dependent on oil for energy. Many residents support the development of alternative energy sources, but should not have to forfeit their lands, waterways, and rights [...]

June 1, 2011   5 Comments