Category Archives: Just Wondering

Snaring: Is this any way to do game management?

Since the early 1990’s DLNR has been using snares to eradicate the wild pig in the forests of Hawaii.  Denying that the pig as a cultural tradition in the forest and intent on eliminating it,  DLNR and its partners like The Nature Conservancy, Volcanoes National Park and Hakalau Bird Refuge continue to kill pigs by […]

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Hilo Forest Reserve is growing! … and with a 5 mile/$300,000 fence crossing Pu’u O’o trail.

From the Office of Environmental Quality Control “The Environmental Notice” published 5/8/11. Hilo Forest Reserve Fencing Project (FEA)
The Environmental Notice 5/8/11
Status: Finding of No Significant Impact. There is no comment period
The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife has identified the need to construct a cattle fence and access road […]

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Public use of Public Lands. A Right or a Privilege?

Definitions according to

Privilege: “the principle or condition of enjoying special rights or immunities.”
Right: “that which is due to anyone by just claim, legal guarantees, moral principles, etc.”
Conservation: “the careful utilization of a natural resource in order to prevent depletion.”
Utilize: “To put to use, especially to find a profitable or practical use for.”
Trust: […]

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NASA activities on Mauna Kea at Hale Pohaku (follow-up)

I took another trip to Hale Pohaku to see how NASA is doing in cleaning up the area.  Seems they still have some “Resource Remediation” to accomplish. These pictures were taken 2/24/10.
A question to consider.  Similar damage done by renegades at Puu Kanakaleonui is deemed to be sacrilegious by DLNR, but not here?  Is the […]

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NASA activities on Mauna Kea at Hale Pohaku

Some pictures of a field trip today to see whats happening up at Hale Pohaku. Click on the picture to see the original quality image.
I went into the bowl from the mauka R17 road figuring correctly that I would not be challenged right of entry from that direction.  Thus I was able to get a […]

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Who is the Ahahui Ku Mauna anyway?

In 2008 (I’m not sure of the exact time because I lost my notes) I atended a meeting at the Hilo DOFAW office about what to do about illegal off-road riding at Puu Kanalaleonui.  In attendance were members of the Rock Island Riders and officials from DOWFAW, National Parks, Mauna Kea […]

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Hawaiians and Recreation

How do the hawaiian community groups feel about recreational use on Mauna Kea? Many have assumed that they are at best ambivalent. Maybe not?
In a May , 2005 letter from the Royal Order of Kamehameha I which clarifies their position on Mauna Kea is the following quote.
We continue to support:
1. No further […]

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Future observatory at Puu Makanaka?

Is the State planning a future telescope on Puu Makanaka?  The circle shape with the three bumps are the boundary of UH’s Science Reserve.  Those bumps include three Puus, including Puu Makanaka in their lease.  Why are they there?  The UH has paved the summit road within the 2.5 mile radius […]

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Looking for bugs on Puu Makanaka?

In 2002, at the May 7 meeting of the Mauna Kea Management Board the Director reported on a field trip to do a survey of Wekiu bugs on Puu Makanaka.
“During the last two weeks of April and first week of May, a group of biologists and cultural
specialists from the Bishop Museum, U.S. Fish […]

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