Shoreline Setbacks

The newly built seawall fronting property owned by architect Robert Iopa in the Lalakea area of Hilo.
The newly built seawall fronting property owned by architect Robert Iopa in the Lalakea area of Hilo.

While the rest of the world is more concerned than ever about the impacts of rising sea levels, the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation hasn’t yet got the memo. Or so it would seem, at least, from the bizarre way in which its director gave the green light to a new coastal fortification in Keaukaha.

In fact, everything about the genesis of the new wall is unusual, if not bizarre, as our cover article recounts.

More encouraging news is to be found in two natural area reserves: `Ahihi-Kina`u, where wildlife is thriving years after the area was closed to the public, and Pu`u Maka`ala, where the first release of captive-reared `alala in decades is set to occur later this year.

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A correction to our February cover story

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Our February 2016 cover story incorrectly stated that the hearing officer’s recommendations in the East Maui interim instream flow standards (IIFS) contested case hearing was expected early this year, when, in fact, those... READ MORE