A pearl in Pearl Harbor

State expanding project using of oysters to clean Pearl Harbor

Aiming to replicate the water quality impact of oysters on places such as Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, the state Division of Aquatic Resources on Tuesday announced the expansion of its own oyster-growing experiment with the target of helping to clean up Pearl Harbor.

Bruce Anderson, division administrator, said the Department of Land and Natural Resources plans to escalate a project that has successfully grown several thousand oysters in Pearl Harbor’s West Loch over the past year.

“They are doing extremely well,” Anderson said at a news conference at Kualoa Ranch’s Molii Fishpond, where most of the oysters served in Hawaii’s restaurants are raised.

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Oh no, Ono’s?!

Longtime Hawaiian eatery to close after more than 50 years

A longtime restaurant in Honolulu featuring authentic Hawaiian cuisine is preparing to close its doors after serving customers for more than 50 years.

Ono Hawaiian Foods will serve its final meal in August.

Kevin Shimabukuro, whose family owns the restaurant, said the business is closing after family members chose other career paths.

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Free range, maybe organic…

Wild Chickens Are Flocking To Whole Foods In Kailua

In the past two years, regular customers at the upscale Whole Foods grocery store in Kailua have been noticing an odd phenomenon — more and more feral chickens are roosting in the parking lot.

Whole families of birds –roosters, chickens and chicks– are perching in and under the trees near the entrance to the store, nesting near the area where the shopping carts are stored, and strutting up and down the rows of the parking lot. They’re also crowing. A lot.

Inside the store, a 5-pound, free-range chicken from California costs about $20. Outside, in the blocks surrounding the store, about three dozen are roaming free.

“I don’t remember there ever being chickens like this. Never. Maybe on the Pali, but never like this,” said Amanda Gomez, 29, of Kaneohe, scanning the Whole Foods parking lot. “There are so many moms and babies. They love this area right here.”

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No Dave

Shoji enjoying retirement after 42 years as Wahine coach

After 42 years in a job he never expected to turn into a career, Shoji is getting used to a new title: former Hawaii women’s volleyball coach. He officially retired on May 1, turned in the keys to the office, turned in the school-issued car and cell phone, and cleaned out his office and his locker.

Hard?

“It wasn’t difficult but it’s something I never had to do before,” Shoji said. “It’s not weird. We’ve anticipated this and I’m ready for it. It’s time.

“I have no immediate plans to do anything on a regular basis except to golf, get in the water, see the grandkids and try to follow the boys wherever they are.”

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Their tern…

From Hawaii Public Radio:

Native Birds Recolonize Urban Honolulu

Natives are recolonizing urban Honolulu. Native birds, that is. The white tern or Manu O Kū is thriving in Hawaiʻi’s most populous city, and so is its fan base – the Hui Manu O Kū. HPR reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi joined a group of white tern enthusiasts on a bird expedition in downtown Honolulu.

Audio here

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Bikeshare!

Volunteers mark Biki stations ahead of Bikeshare Hawaii launch: Slideshow

Prior to Biki’s official launch, a group of 25 volunteers descended on Honolulu on Tuesday to mark the spot of future bikeshare stations. Armed with spray-on white chalk, the group marked about half, or 40 stations, between Chinatown and Diamond Head.

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tale of two volcanoes

Why Two Volcanoes in Hawaii Are So Close, but So Different

Mauna Loa, the biggest volcano on Earth — and one of the most active — covers half the Island of Hawaii. Just 35 miles to the northeast, Mauna Kea, known to native Hawaiians as Mauna a Wakea, rises nearly 14,000 feet above sea level. To them it represents a spiritual connection between our planet and the heavens above.

These volcanoes, which have beguiled millions of tourists visiting the Hawaiian islands, have also plagued scientists with a long-running mystery: If they are so close together, how did they develop in two parallel tracks along the Hawaiian-Emperor chain formed over the same hot spot in the Pacific Ocean — and why are their chemical compositions so different?

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