DLNR Outplants Native Species at Kaala Natural Area Reserve

Plants that are critically endangered will be reintroduced to their native habitat in a unique bog

Yesterday, volunteers, along with staff of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) conducted an outplanting of native plants at the Mt. Kaala Natural Area Reserve, the highest peak on Oahu.

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DLNR photo. This critically endangered plant had fewer than 75 individuals left in the wild. Today’s outplanting tripled its population. The flowers are traditionally used as lei.

Protection of Mt. Kaala Natural Area Reserve’s watershed forests by restoring native forest ecosystems is critical for maintaining the water supply of West and Central Oahu. Volunteers reintroduced the critically endangered kamakahala – with fewer than 100 individuals remaining in the wild –to its native habitat in the ridges of Mt. Kaala.

Members From DLNR’s  Natural Area Reserves System, Waianae Mountain Watershed Partnership, and volunteers from Oahu Army Natural Resource Program collaborated to outplant 150 Kamakahala plants. DLNR photo.

Members From DLNR’s Natural Area Reserves System, Waianae Mountain Watershed Partnership, and volunteers from Oahu Army Natural Resource Program collaborated to outplant 150 Kamakahala plants. DLNR photo.

A hundred and fifty plants were planted thanks to collaboration the Board of Water Supply, Oahu Army Natural Resource Program, Waianae Mountains Watershed Partnership and DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife and Plant Extinction Prevention (PEP) program.

Members of the Waianae Mountain Watershed Partnership team up with Volunteers from the  Oahu Army Natural Resource Program to support efforts to restore the Kamakahala in its natural habitat. DLNR photo.

Members of the Waianae Mountain Watershed Partnership team up with Volunteers from the Oahu Army Natural Resource Program to support efforts to restore the Kamakahala in its natural habitat. DLNR photo.

These new plantings will help strengthen the integrity of the forest watershed by maintaining the biodiversity of the Hawaiian forest.

For more information on Mt. Kaala Natural Area Reserve go to
http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/nars/reserves/oahu/mountkaala

For information on the DLNR Rare Plant Program check out:
http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/rareplants/rareplantprogram

 

Special Interest Legislation Introduced by Councilwoman Margaret Wille

Councilwoman Margaret Wille sent out a newsletter yesterday and she had the following special interest legislation that she is introducing at the upcoming council meetings on March 12th and March 13th.

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Department of Environmental Management to provide a comprehensive overview of its solid waste programs – Comm. 169 (9:45 am 3/12/13)

I am requesting this presentation so that the Council is not asked to approve solid waste contracts on a piecemeal –case by case basis – without first having a comprehensive understanding of this important responsibility of County government.   

Urging the Mayor to Immediately Implement the West Hawai‘i School Impact Fee – Reso. 75 (10:45 am 3/12/13)

I am introducing this Resolution because of  Mayor Kenoi’s Administration’s on-going refusal to implement DOE’s West Hawaii School Impact Fee program.

Audit of the Police Department’s Receipt, Storage, and Disposal of Evidence – Reso.78  (1 pm 3/12/13)

I am requesting this audit to promote and reinforce trust in government and ensure that all evidence and confiscated property is being properly handled.

Corporation Counsel Conflict of Interest – Reso. 53   (9:20 am 3/13/13)

I introduced this resolution to address the conflict of interest of having one attorney (Corporation Counsel/Lincoln Ashida) have primary responsibility for simultaneously representing the Executive and the Legislative branches of the County government – and at the same time also being a member of the Mayor’s cabinet. A majority of the Council opposed having a separation of representation for the County Council, so this legislation has been forwarded to the full Council with a negative recommendation.

Commission Nominations-

Mr. Oliver “Sonny” Shimaoka of Council District 9 to the County of Hawai‘i Transportation Commission – Comm. 170 (9:15 am 3/12/13)

Other Legislation of Interest

Report of Change Orders Authorized – Comm. 3.5 & 3.6 (1 pm 3/12/13)

There is concern about the large amount of overruns related to contracts with the County – some as high as 8 fold.  

Organic Waste Diversion 10 year contract – Reso 31 (9:20 am 3/13/13)

This is a request for authorization for a long-term contract about an important component of our solid waste program.

To view County Council & Committee TV, link here www.naleo.tv/tv-schedules/channel-52/ To follow state legislation link here www.capitol.hawaii.gov/

Margaret Wille – Council Member, District 9 – North & South Kohala, 64-1067 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamuela, HI 96743,  PH: 808-887-2069; mwille@co.hawaii.hi.us

 

DLNR to Hold Public Information Meeting with Climbers to Discuss Rock Climbing on Public Lands

Mokuleia “Wall” remains closed since June 2012

The Department of Land and Natural Resources will hold a public information meeting on issues concerning rock climbing on public lands from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday March 12, 2013 at Haleiwa Elementary School.

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The meeting with DLNR officials is expected to cover the current status and pros and cons of legislation regarding legal and management actions associated with rock climbing on public lands, as well as possible long-term DLNR actions and solutions if enabling legislation does not pass this session.

On June 12, 2012 DLNR officially closed a cliffside area of State land at Mokuleia in the area adjacent to Kaena Point State Park. The hillside has been a popular climbing area featured on websites by local and visiting rock climbers, who had dubbed it “The Wall.”

It is the same area where a 12-year old girl was critically injured when a rock fell and hit her head the day before while participating in a group activity.

Closure of this state land area was done for the safety and welfare of the public under authority of Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 171-6 and Hawaii Administrative Rules Section 13-221-4.

Warning signs were posted at various access points in the area, advising the public of exposure to potential dangers and the closure. DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers were also stationed in the area to advise the public of the closure.

Although rock climbing is not prohibited by State law, this area was not sanctioned nor managed by DLNR for rock climbing, which may be considered an inherently hazardous activity. This area has remained closed to the present while DLNR officials considered their options.

Soft Opening of Mauka Makai Restaurant in Pahoa

Today was the soft opening on the new restaurant in Pahoa called “Mauka Makai”.

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The business will actually incorporate two restaurants as well as the Hawaii Youth Business Center.

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I took a quick tour of the place and Larry Czerwonka filled me in on some more about the place:

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From what I hear, you will be able to order your food online or through an app on your phone and then simply go and pick it up at the drive-thru or in person.

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Today they were giving out free samples of “Lu’au Pesto Pasta with Grilled Shrimp” and “Balsamic and Kau Orange Chicken on Baby Mixed Greens with Garlic Dressing”

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Their hours of operation once they are officially open will be Monday – Thursday’s 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Fridays and Saturdays 11:00 am to 9:00 pm and their website will be http://www.maukamakai.me (opening soon).