Two visitors approach Kīlauea Overlook in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, which lost more than half of its
visitation numbers in 2020, due to the pandemic. See more below. NPS Photo/Janice Wei
Across the United States, more than 150 national forests receive federal funding to sustain healthy forests, conserve watersheds and wildlife habitats, reduce fire hazards, and provide community recreational access. The national forest designation also allows for further research opportunities as well as other federal support and natural resource management, says a statement from the Congressional Delegation.
Case said, “Advancing establishment of Hawaiʻi’s first National Forest is long overdue, especially given that we have some of the most unique forest resources in the world. A designated National Forest at home would expand upon the Hawaiʻi Experimental Tropical Forest by providing greater support for tropical forest conservation and research throughout the Hawaiian Islands, provide great public access to lands for recreational activities and cultural practice, and help our Hawaiʻi diversify its economy.”
Kahele said, “The potential establishment of Hawaiʻi’s first national forest reserve is an important step toward the conservation and expansion of our unique and vibrant ecosystems. Hawaiʻi’s finite natural resources, wildlife, and endangered plant species must be protected. A national forest reserve here at home will help to ensure that for generations to come.”
In 2018, 1.1 million visited. In 2019. it was 1.3 million. With the pandemic, visitation|
dropped to under .6 million in 2020. Prepandemic photo by Janice Wei/NPS
small group size, wear masks, and frequently sanitize hands,” Loh said. To protect the health of those who live, work and visit America’s national parks, face masks are required in all NPS buildings and facilities. Masks are also required on federally managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, overlooks, and parking lots.
Learn more about National Park Service visitation for all park units on the NPS visitor use statistics website. Plan your visit and find out what’s going on with the volcanoes on the park website: www.nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes.
TENDER LOVING CARE OF MAUNA LOA ROAD BEGAN TODAY. Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park noted that Mauna Loa Road, Hilina Pali Road, the Kīpukapuaulu turnabout and Nāmakanipaio Campground and cabin access roads are receiving roadside vegetation management and pavement preservation work. The TLC requires extended road closures and/or single-lane closures through April 19.
|Mauna Loa Road in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. NPS Photo/Janice Wei|
Hilina Pali Road will be fully closed past Kulanaokuaiki Campground to the Hilina Pali Lookout. No vehicles, bicycles or pedestrians during work hours.
from March 16 to April 19, weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Road will be open to bicycles and pedestrians after 4 p.m. on weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday but will remain closed to vehicles.
Kīpukapuaulu Turnabout will have single-lane closures, no restrictions on access.
on Monday, March 29 (one day), 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nāmakanipaio Campground and Cabin Access Roads will have single-lane closures, no additional restrictions on access, on March 30 and 31, 7 am. to 4 p.m.
Backcountry access to Mauna Loa summit and areas in the southwest rift zone of Kīlauea will be rerouted. All existing backcountry permits will be honored. Contact the Backcountry Office, 808-985-6178 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with questions, or email email@example.com. The Park explained that pavement preservation is needed to maintain and preserve roadways, and includes patchwork like fixing potholes, heaves and depressions. Some areas will be repaved and others will be treated with durable sealant.
|Pacific Islanders commemorate nuclear testing that forced them|
to leave their atolls. Photo from Golden Rule Project
On Hawaiʻi Island, Kitazawa-Johnston raised Marshallese flags on his own outrigger Hawaiian sailing vessel Waʻakaulua at Wailoa River, in consultation with the Marshallese Community, including representatives of the four irradiated atolls.
|The Golden Rule, under the captainship of Kiko |
Kitazawa-Johnston, is expected to sail to U.S. ports
with its anti-nuclear peace message for the public.
Photo from Golden Rule Peace Project
"When I say that the U.S. tricked the Bikinians into moving from Bikini, I mean they really were tricked. There were no lawyers representing Bikini when the U.S. came and asked Bikinians to move in 1946. No one told the Bikinians that there would be 23 nuclear bombs exploded on their islands. For the past 20 years, the current Changed Circumstances Petition in Washington, DC has been tossed around like a beach ball between Congress, the Administration and the Courts.
"The Council and I led the successful effort to get control of the Bikinian Resettlement Trust Fund in order to recognize that the grossly unfunded 'resettlement' would never become a reality unless the people of Bikini raise additional funds. To that end, we have implemented revenue-raising projects , and projects meant to ease the hardships of his people living in exile."
The Bikini Atoll exiles also shared a mournful song, written by a 33-year old Bikinian after being evacuated. The composition has become the Bikinian Anthem. Here are the words, translated into English:
No longer can I live in peace and harmony.
No longer can I rest on my sleeping mat and pillow
because of my island and the life I once knew there.
|Nuclear blast that vaporized homes and natural habitats for U.S. nuclear|
testing at Bikini Atoll in 1954, the loss commemorated in Hawaiʻi this week.
rendering me helpless and in deep despair.
And only then do I find tranquility.
For a comprehensive article on the Castle Bravo disaster, click here.
|The Kahuku Coastal county lands, bought with the Two Percent Fund from property|
taxes, is the subject of a public survey online and a meeting March 20. Photo from PONC
|Read the March edition of The Ka`u Calendar at www.kaucalendar.com|
HIKE ONE OF THE MANY open trails, drive to the overlooks in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park at Volcano and Kahuku units. See nps.gov/havo.
WALK THROUGH A GUIDED NATURE TRAIL & Sculpture Garden, Mondays, 9:30 a.m. at Volcano Art Center Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. No reservations for five or fewer – limited to ten people. Free; donations appreciated. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Garden is open to walk through at one's own pace, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. www.volcanoartcenter.org, 967-8222
KAʻŪ ART GALLERY IS OPEN TO IN-PERSON TRAFFIC in Nāʻālehu, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. It features and sells works by local artists and offers other gift items.
Kaʻū Art Gallery's website has 24/7 access online and is frequently updated to show current inventory items. "We are always looking to collaborate with local artists in our community," said assistant Alexandra Kaupu. Should anyone have an interest in being featured at Kaʻū Art Gallery and Gift Shop, contact gallery owner and director Corrine Kaupu at email@example.com