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For Immediate Release: October 10, 2012


LĀ‘IE, HAWAI‘I – In the interest of public safety, unexploded ordnance
(UXO) technicians
working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in coordination with the
State of Hawai‘i
Department of Land and Natural Resources, will be conducting controlled
underwater UXO
demolition off the coast of Mālaekahana State Recreation Area on Thursday,
October 11, 2012.

In order to safeguard the public, DLNR Division of Conservation and
Resources Enforcement
(DOCARE) officers will be controlling ocean access at Lā‘ie Bay and DLNR
will close
Mālaekahana State Recreation Area tomorrow from daybreak until 4 p.m.

UXO demolition tomorrow will occur in the waters surrounding Pulemoku
Rock. All operations
are weather dependent. The public is advised to remain clear of these

The UXO were discovered during a remedial investigation conducted by the
Corps on the
formerly used defense sites (FUDS) property called O‘ahu target islands.
The site consists of
four small islands (Moku‘auia, which is also known as Goat Island, Kī
hewamoku, Mokuālai, and
Pulemoku Rock) located between the communities of Lā‘ie and Kahuku on the
northeast shore
of O‘ahu. All four islands are uninhabited and lie in a two-mile stretch,
less than a mile off the

The UXO demolition will be done to the highest standards of safety for its
workers and the
public. There is no immediate risk to the public, and DLNR and the Corps
ask for the public’s
patience during this process. The Corps has coordinated with the Honolulu
Fire Department,
Hawai‘i State Civil Defense, U.S. Coast Guard, and DLNR enforcement
officers in advance of
this operation.

Ordnance, regardless of age, or physical shape, can be dangerous. If you
find any item you
suspect might be ordnance – RECOGNIZE, leave the area immediately warning
others in the
vicinity – RETREAT, and notify local law enforcement officials – REPORT,
note the location of
the suspicious item, but never touch, move, or disturb the item.

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Image courtesy USACOE:
5-inch MK 39 High Capacity found during Oahu Target Island (OTI)

Rip and read: In the interest of public safety, unexploded ordnance (UXO)
working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in coordination with the
State of Hawai‘i
Department of Land and Natural Resources, will be conducting controlled
UXO demolition off the coast of Mālaekahana State Recreation Area on
October 11, 2012.

In order to safeguard the public, DLNR DOCARE enforcement officers will be
ocean access at Lā‘ie Bay and DLNR will close Mālaekahana State Recreation
Area from
daybreak Thursday until 4 p.m.

UXO demolition tomorrow will occur in the waters surrounding Pulemoku
Rock. All
operations are weather dependent. The public is advised to avoid entering
these waters, for
their safety.

Ordnance, regardless of age, or physical shape, can be dangerous. If you
find any item you
suspect might be ordnance – RECOGNIZE, leave the area immediately warning
others in
the vicinity – RETREAT, and notify local law enforcement officials –
REPORT, note the
location of the suspicious item, but never touch, move, or disturb the

For more information news media may contact:
Deborah Ward
DLNR Public information specialist
Phone: (808) 587-0320

For more information about the US Army Corps of Engineers Honolulu
news media may contact:
Joseph Bonfiglio
Honolulu District Chief of Public Affairs
Phone: Office (808) 835-4002 / Blackberry (808) 220-3827

Celebrate The 19th Annual National Trails Day On June 2

On Maui looking for an activity this weekend?

DLNR joins outdoor enthusiasts across the country to celebrate the 19th annual National Trails Day on June 2, 2012, to increase awareness of America’s magnificent trail systems and acknowledge countless supporters and volunteers.

DLNR’s Maui Na Ala Hele Trails and Access Program and the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership are offering an interpretive guided hike on Saturday, June 2, on the scenic Waihe‘e Ridge Trail in the West Maui mountains.

Reservations are required and spaces are limited. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Torrie Nohara at (808) 873-3508.

The Waihe‘e Ridge Trail is about 5 miles long at high elevation (ranging from 1,000 to 2,563 feet elevation) and considered an intermediate to difficult level hike. It climbs the windward slope of West Maui through a brushy guava thicket, a young stand of planted trees, and wet native scrub forest. Views of Waihe‘e Gorge and Makamaka‘ole Gulch can be seen along the way. On the peak, at 2,563 feet elevation are panoramic views of Wailuku and central Maui, the Kahakuloa slopes, and Mount ‘Eke. The trail can be slippery when wet, so shoes with good soles are required. Walking sticks or hiking poles to prevent slipping are recommended.

For full press release visit:

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The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) reminds the public that the moi fishing season is closed beginning Friday, June 1, 2012. State regulations make it unlawful for any person to take, possess, or sell any moi during June, July, and August.

"Moi is one of Hawaii's most significant fish species, from a cultural perspective," said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson. "At one time it was reserved only for royalty. Today we still value it as one of our most sought-after reef fishes."

“The closed season helps sustain moi populations by protecting them during the critical summer spawning period,” he continued.

The early Hawaiians also placed a kapu or prohibition on certain fish during their spawning season as a conservation measure.

"We ask for the fishing public's help in complying with the closed season," added Aila. "If we are to have fish for the future, we need to share the responsibility and take care of our ocean resources."

During the open season – September through May –the minimum size for moi is 11 inches, and the bag limit for possession and/or sale is 15. However, a commercial marine dealer may possess and sell more than 15 moi during the open season with receipts issued for the purchase.

Copies of Hawai‘i's fishing regulations are available at DLNR's Aquatic Resources offices, most fishing supply stores, and online at

To report fishing violations, call 643-DLNR (3567).

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For more information news media may contact:

Deborah Ward

DLNR Public information specialist

Phone: (808) 587-0320



HONOLULU – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and NOAA Fisheries remind the community that sea turtles remain protected under State and Federal laws. In Hawai‘i, sea turtles are protected by the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (Chapter 195D) and Hawai‘i Administrative Rules (13-124). Although Federal and State wildlife conservation laws differ in some respects, all prohibit actions that can harm, injure, kill, or otherwise disturb sea turtles without a permit.

The two types of sea turtles most frequently observed in Hawai‘i nearshore waters are the green and hawksbill sea turtle. The green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) is listed as threatened and the hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Three other listed species – loggerhead, leatherback, and olive ridley sea turtles – generally inhabit offshore environments in the region and are very rarely seen in Hawai‘i’s coastal waters.

“We want to remind the community that all sea turtles are still protected, and that both State and Federal consequences apply to anyone harming a green sea turtle,” said DLNR Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr. The public is urged to act responsibly and not attempt to touch, disturb, feed, pursue, ride, harass, harm, or otherwise injure these animals.

On February 16, 2012, NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (jointly referred to as the Services) received a petition to classify the Hawai‘i population of green sea turtle as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and evaluate that population for de-listing under the ESA. The contents of this petition are currently being reviewed to determine if the petition warrants further consideration. If so, a scientific review of the status of the species will be initiated.

While any person or organization may submit a petition to list or de-list a species, this action alone does not affect the legal status of that species. If the Services propose any changes to the listing status of green sea turtles in the future, public comments will be requested and considered before any final decisions about de-listing are made.

“Even though a petition for de-listing was filed, green sea turtles in Hawai‘i remain protected under State and Federal laws,” said Aila.

Sea turtles across the U.S. face threats including, but not limited to, illegal harvest, destruction and alteration of nesting and feeding areas, incidental capture in commercial and recreational fisheries, entanglement in and ingestion of marine debris, disease, vessel strikes, and climate change. To effectively address all threats to sea turtles, the Services have developed recovery plans to direct research and management efforts for each sea turtle species. In Hawai‘i, on-going sea turtle recovery activities include efforts to reduce and eliminate direct harvest of, and interactions with, sea turtles in nearshore and commercial fisheries; eliminate the threat of fibropapilloma (a tumor disease that can be harmful to sea turtles); protect important nesting and feeding areas; and reduce impacts from boat strikes, disturbance, and marine debris.

To report a sea turtle in distress, please call (808) 983-5730 or visit NOAA’s sea turtle stranding website at:

For more information on the DLNR visit

For more information on NOAA visit

For more information on the USFWS visit

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For more information, news media may contact:


Wende Goo

Communications Officer

Phone: (808) 721-4098


Deborah Ward

DLNR Public Information Specialist

Phone: (808) 587-0320


Ken Foote

Information and Education Specialist

Phone: (808) 792-9535

Marine Conservation in Palau Inspires Hawai‘i Community Groups

Marine Conservation in Palau Inspires Hawai‘i Community Groups

DLNR Chair William Aila Participates in Hawaii-Palau Learning Exchange

Honolulu, HI—A Hawai‘i delegation returned from Palau this past weekend inspired by community-led conservation efforts that are restoring the nation’s marine resources.

“Communities in Palau have merged culture, fisher knowledge, science and government to replenish their fish and marine resources,” said William Aila, director of the Hawai‘i State Department of Land and Natural Resources. “One of the most inspiring aspects of the Palau story is that fishermen and local communities worked together to protect their resources, it was not imposed by government."

Aila was among a group of 20 Hawai‘i delegates who traveled to Palau from communities within the state that are working to restore natural resources and revive Hawaiian culture. The group included residents from O‘ahu, Maui, Lana‘i and Hawai‘i Island, as well as American Samoa. The trip was part of a learning exchange sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, which is working with communities to restore and protect marine resources in both Hawai‘i and Palau.

The Republic of Palau is a Pacific archipelago of 340 islands located 600 miles east of the Philippines. Its waters are among the richest marine areas in the world, containing more than 700 coral species and nearly 1,300 varieties of reef fish. The area has been named one of the “Seven Underwater Wonders of the World” by marine scientists and divers.

According to Noah Idechong, founder of the Palau Conservation Society and Speaker of the Palau House of Delegates, conservation is woven into the fabric of traditional and modern Palauan society. In the past, if a resource became scarce due to climatic changes or overharvesting, a moratorium, or bul, was declared by village chiefs. Local chiefs used bul to ban fishing during key spawning and feeding seasons, allowing fish to reproduce and replenish the waters. Following World War II, Palau’s bul system faded.

In recent decades, Palau has used its extraordinary marine resources to support a growing economy. Like other developing countries, however, it realized that economic growth—especially growth based on commercial fishing and tourism—was pushing its fisheries beyond sustainable levels. Compounding the problem, a 1998 El Nino bleaching event devastated Palau’s corals, further reducing fish populations.

In response, communities in two states, Kayangel and Ngerechlong, revived the traditional bul and had tremendous success in rebuilding coral and fish populations. “When other communities saw that success, they wanted to do the same thing,” said Idechong.

Today, the revival of the bul system has become the basis of a network of more than 20 protected areas. By law, communities within these protected areas look first to local leaders and their traditional guidance, and then to scientists, to identify vulnerable ecosystems and institute the appropriate protection.

“In Palau, the movement to protect their marine resources came from the bottom up, not the top down,” Aila noted. “The bul and legislation complement one another—and they came at the request of the communities for support of their efforts.”

While in Palau, the Hawai‘i delegation learned that dive operators there pay a user fee that helps fund management and enforcement. “Fishers have become active participants in enforcement,” said Manuel Mejia, The Nature Conservancy’s community-based marine program manager for Hawai‘i. “We met fishermen who used to be poachers and are now rangers, helping to enforce the laws that protect their resources.”

Vern Yamanaka of the Ka`ūpūlehu Marine Life Advisory Committee (KMLAC) on Hawai`i Island noted that while conservation benefits both biodiversity and tourism in Palau, those are not the primary benefits. “In Palau they conserve resources for food,” he said. “Our resources should be managed for food in Hawai`i too,” he said.

Kimi Werner, a champion Hawai‘i spearfisher who accompanied the group, was just as inspired by the work being done by the Hawaii communities as by the examples in Palau. “Seeing Palau and learning about how they manage resources is wonderful, and bringing this group together to share our knowledge and the work we are doing in Hawai‘i is inspirational. Although our journey to Palau has come to an end, it’s really just the beginning.”

The visit to Palau completed the Conservancy-sponsored Hawai‘i-Palau Learning Exchange. Last July, a Palau delegation visited communities in Hawai‘i to learn about the potential environmental impacts that can accompany rapid change and development. They learned about the importance of managing sediment, run-off, and fresh water flows; preventing the importation and establishment of invasive species; and working in partnership with developers to manage natural resources.

The Hawai‘i-Palau Learning Exchange was made possible through generous support from the MacArthur Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, the Maui County Office of Economic Development, the Hawaii Fish Trust and The Nature Conservancy.


The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have helped protect 130 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

February 16, 2012 Contact:

For Immediate Release Grady Timmons

Ph: (808) 587-6237; (808) 228-8581 (cell)




Waikiki beach still open for public to enjoy

HONOLULU — An ongoing three-month public-private partnership to improve Waikiki Beach by restoring this valuable and heavily utilized recreational area will shift into active beach-building phase beginning March 12. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is conducting a project to restore sand to approximately 1,730 linear feet of shoreline from the west end of the Kuhio Beach swim basin, near the Duke Kahanamoku statue, to the existing Royal Hawaiian groin.

The affected work area is limited to this relatively small stretch of Waikiki Beach. Ocean accessibility is being maintained at all times during the project. Pedestrian access through the project area will be provided at intervals along the beach to ensure public access to the ocean at all times. The public may also choose to walk around the work area.

This project is a prime example of public and private partnerships, with financial support coming from DLNR’s Beach Fund, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, and Kyo-Ya Hotels and Resorts, LP.

Bringing natural sand from nearshore deposits back to the beach will have significant beneficial impacts to the state’s most famous beach consistent with protecting the local environment, strengthening the desirability of Waikiki as a resort destination, and enhancing the enjoyment of the beach by visitors

Since active work began January 23, a substantial amount of sand has already been recovered from offshore deposits via a suction dredge barge, and placed in a holding area in the Kuhio beach basin. This sand is now ready for distribution along Waikiki beach.

While the preferred method for moving the sand onto Waikiki beach was to blow the dried sand through a pipe along the beach for placement, the desired results were not obtained.

“We recognize the high importance of Waikiki to our visitors, our visitor industry and its employees, and to local residents. To expedite the completion of the project -- on schedule and on budget -- our contractor will activate their secondary plan of using machinery to manually move and place the sand in its final location,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR Chairperson.

“We are thankful for the continuing support of our partners, including the Waikiki Improvement Association, Hawai‘i Hotel Association, and City and County of Honolulu, who recognize that every effort is being made to minimize inconvenience to the public, and who are actively engaged in helping visitors understand that Waikiki beach is still open for use and that this project will bring about a better beach we can all enjoy,” Aila said.

“Everyone worked really hard to consider various options to complete this important project while reducing the inconveniences to residents, businesses and visitors, and still keep Waikiki Beach open,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.

“Waikiki is one of the quintessential images of Hawai‘i that attracts thousands of visitors and residents to its shores each year. When the project is completed, the Waikiki shoreline will be restored and enjoyed by all for years to come. This project is an essential long-term investment in Waikiki, our visitor industry infrastructure and Hawai‘i’s tourism economy,” McCartney said.

“This project to improve Waikiki Beach is long overdue,” said Rick Egged, president of the Waikiki Improvement Association. “Since 1985, this area of shoreline has experienced significant beach loss due to long-term, chronic erosion. By recycling eroded sand that lies just offshore, we can expand the recreational beach and provide significantly more space for visitors and residents to enjoy Waikiki.”

Beginning March 12, areas of the beach will be cordoned-off during active hauling and grading operations between 7 a.m. and noon seven days a week. The project will be done in phases to minimize the impact to beach users.

Pedestrians will be able to access the ocean at the affected work areas during work times from 7 a.m. to noon each day by crossing through designated locations with the help of crossing guards. The only beach closure will occur in the ‘Ewa Basin of Kuhio Beach, but this area will be opened by noon each day.

Work requiring area closures is expected to be completed by April 14, with the entire project finished by the end of April, as scheduled.

Project construction will be performed in close coordination with all appropriate agencies, including: DLNR; the state Department of Health, City and County Ocean Safety, Fire and Rescue; Honolulu Police Department; and city Department of Parks and Recreation.

DLNR, contractor Healy Tibbetts and hotels will be posting notices along the work area, in nearby hotels, and online to notify beach users of the temporary, phased closures.

Project general information, daily updates on the construction schedule and helpful instructions for beach access will be posted at

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For more information, news media may contact:

Deborah Ward

DLNR Public Information Specialist

Phone: (808) 587-0320


State, Counties, team up to support water conservation efforts

HONOLULU - The State Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM) is partnering with island county water departments and the Hawai‘i Rural Water Association, to launch together “Detect-A-Leak Week,” from March 11 to 17, 2012, to encourage all Hawai‘i residents to check for water leaks at their homes, properties and workplaces.

“Nurturing and protecting Hawai‘i’s natural resources are ancient traditions in the islands, and water is the most valuable of these resources.” said William J. Aila, Jr., CWRM Chairperson. “We must ensure that future generations have enough clean, fresh water to use. We can all do our part by conserving water and eliminating waste by finding and repairing leaks in our homes and places of work.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American home can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water every year from running toilets, dripping faucets and other household leaks. This can be significantly reduced in Hawai‘i if all residents statewide check their plumbing fixtures for leaks.

“For more than 20 years, the Detect-A-Leak Week program has served as an excellent reminder to our customers to check for and repair leaks in their homes and on their properties, which helps preserve our water supply,” said Ernest Lau, Board of Water Supply Manager and Chief Engineer. “Practicing water conservation by detecting and fixing leaks at home also helps to lower water and sewer bills.”

“Leak detection is an important part of protecting our most precious resource. Join us in our efforts to find and fix leaks by doing your part at home and in your yard,” said Quirino Antonio, Hawai‘i Department of Water Supply Manager and Chief Engineer.

“With water rates going up, it is ever more important to deal with the leaks while they are small,” said David Craddick, Kaua‘i Department of Water Manager and Chief Engineer.

Maui Department of Water Supply Deputy Director Paul Meyer offered some practical advice: “Is your toilet running needlessly? Flapper valves wear out and it’s sometime hard to tell if you are wasting water. The DWS has free dye tablets with instructions for testing for leaking toilets. It’s easy to test for leaks and takes just a few minutes. Just turn off all your water uses and check your meter. If the dial is spinning, you have leaks that can be wasteful and expensive.

There are three types of leaks that should be checked: toilet, property and underground leaks. For more information on how Detect-A-Leak Week is being observed on each island and for more tips on how to check for leaks at home, visit:

Board of Water Supply, City and County of Honolulu:

County of Hawai‘i Department of Water Supply:

County of Kaua‘i Department of Water:

County of Maui Department of Water Supply:

Hawai‘i Rural Water Association:



For more information news media may contact:


Deborah Ward, for Commission on Water Resource Management, 808-587-0320

Kanani Aton, County of Hawaii Department of Water Supply, 808-961-7204

Faith Shiramizu, County of Kauai Department of Water, 808-245-5461

Jacky Takakura, County of Maui Department of Water Supply, 808-270-8046

Kurt Tsue, Board of Water Supply, City and County of Honolulu, 808-748-5320

Karrie Lasater, Hawaii Rural Water Association, 808-495-0264

Volunteers invited to help install signs and mark designated roads at Ka‘ena Point State Park

Volunteers invited to help install signs and mark designated roads at Ka‘ena Point State Park

MOKULE‘IA -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Ka'ena Point Stewardship Team is again inviting community volunteers to help delineate authorized roads at Ka'ena Point State Park Reserve, Mokule'ia section, by installing posts and signs and marking the edges of designated roadways. Volunteers should meet at the end of the paved road (Farrington Highway) by 8 a.m. Saturday, February 11. Work will continue to noon.

“This has been an effort with community input and involvement all along the way as we attempt to better manage the natural and cultural resources at Ka'ena Point,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson.

Volunteers should bring their own sunscreen, hat, gloves, water and lunch. Volunteers are also asked to bring additional tools such as two wrenches per person (either crescent, open end, box or socket wrenches) to fit a 1/2-inch nut and bolt, a hammer to help expedite the sign installation process and/or a wheel barrow to help with the road marking process. Volunteer tasks will involve attaching signs to sign posts and sign post to a base post or moving already-displaced rocks from the area to mark the edges of designated roads. Posts, signs and other installation equipment will be provided.

Aila added: “We appreciate the large number of park users who came out last fall to help us identify which roads to designate and to install signs and posts to mark these designated roads. Keeping vehicles on a reduced number of selected roads is a major part of our plan to control vehicle use in sensitive areas and to prevent further resource damage.”

Based on community input and resource protection priorities, a main mauka road, a makai coastal road and a limited number of connecting cross roads and parking areas were selected to be the park’s official system of designated roads and parking areas. A map of these roads can be viewed at

Signs marking which roads can be used are being installed as the department’s first step toward better enforcement of State Parks regulations that require drivers to remain on designated roads. Reducing the number of roads used in the park should also curb runoff and erosion aggravated by uncontrolled vehicle use. The signs have been incrementally installed since November as part of an ongoing process.

“Unfortunately, a number of previously installed signs and posts have been stolen,” Aila noted. “If thefts continue, we may have to consider closing the gate and allow vehicle access by permit only.” Removal of the signs and violation of the rules is a petty misdemeanor offense.

The designated road network provides access to the main fishing areas favored by fishers, access to the Natural Area Reserve for hikers; avoids sensitive native vegetation, sand dunes and cultural sites; and will help prevent further erosion damage from off-road vehicles.

For additional information, maps and to view the State Parks Ka‘ena Point management plan, go to

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Designated road sign at Kaena Point State Park. Photo by Division of State Park


For more information news media may contact:

Deborah Ward

DLNR Public information specialist

Phone: (808) 587-0320


“Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation is excited to host Captain Charles Moore on the Oʻahu leg of his “Plastic Ocean” book tour


HALEIWA, HI – JANUARY 11, 2011 Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation’s Plastic Free

Hawaiʻi and Plastic Free Schools programs are pleased to announce a series of

events to promote the publication of “Plastic Ocean” a new book by Captain

Charles Moore, founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. Captain

Moore will be on Oʻahu January 16 & 17 and will be appearing at multiple

locations speaking at schools, bookstores and more!

"Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation is excited to host Captain Charles Moore on the Oʻahu

leg of his “Plastic Ocean” book tour. Captain Mooreʻs work has been an inspiration

for those of us in environmental education. His scientific research at sea helps

those of us on land to educate schools, residents, and visitors of Hawaiʻi on the

environmental and health benefits of going plastic free to minimize the

consumption and pollution of plastics in our islands."

Below is a full listing of Plastic Free events happening in conjunction with Captain

Moore’s visit:

Monday, January 16

• 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Kokua Hawai’i Foundation & Sustainable Coastlines

Hawai’i Beach Cleanup at Kahuku Beach—Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

area. Community invited!

• 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Captain Charles Moore at Bookends in Kailua “Plastic

Ocean” book signing & reception. Open to the public.

Tuesday, January 17

• 8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Captain Charles Moore will speak at Kahuku High

School, Choir Room. Community invited!

• 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m Captain Charles Moore will be the keynote speaker at

the Semester of Sustainability Kick-Off event at UH Manoa Campus Center

Ballroom. Sustainable UH is hosting the event in conjunction with the KYA

Sustainability Studio, Sustainable UH, the Surfrider Foundation, UH Manoa

Sustainability Corps, UH Ecology Club and the Kokua Hawai’i Foundation.

Open to the public.

• 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Joel Paschal founder of Sea of Change and one of the

two Algalita scientists who sailed the JUNKraft from California to Hawaii in

2008 will speak at BYU-Hawaii Campus, Aloha Center Ballroom.


Community invited!

• 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Captain Charles Moore at Indigo Restaurant “Plastic

Ocean” book signing & reception co-sponsored by Surfrider Foundation.

Open to the public.

More detailed information available online at

Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports environmental

education in the schools and communities of Hawai'i. The Plastic Free Schools

program aims to reduce single-use plastics on school campuses. The program

encourages students, faculty, and parents to make plastic free commitments to use

waste free lunches, reusable bottles and tote bags and provides educational

resources to make these commitments come to life.


For Immediate Release

Natalie McKinney




New Years holiday safety reminder from DLNR: Fireworks, alcohol not permitted in State parks, forest & harbors

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is reminding the public about safety prohibitions regarding New Year’s celebrations statewide.

“We would like the public to enjoy the New Year’s holiday and asks that people understand for public safety and the protection of our natural and cultural resources that fireworks are prohibited in State Parks, Forests, and Small Boat Harbors,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR Chairperson.

The DLNR is reminding the public of the following rules that need to be observed:

· Setting off fireworks and consumption of alcohol are prohibited within all state parks, forest reserves, unencumbered lands, and small boat harbors.

· All boats, personal watercraft and kayaks are required by federal and state laws to be equipped with approved operational safety equipment. Rules and regulations established by DLNR and the U.S. Coast Guard also prohibit vessel overloading, and boating under the influence of intoxicants.

· All vessels, including thrill craft and kayaks must stay 300 yards away from land based and floating fireworks launch sites for their own safety.

For more information about Hawai‘i’s cultural and natural resources, and what DLNR is doing to protect these resources, please visit DLNR’s website at or facebook page at

Have a Safe and Happy New Years.


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For more information news media may contact:

Deborah Ward

DLNR Public Information Specialist

Phone: (808) 587-0320


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