Jean Michel Cousteau’s new film, Swains Island: One of the Last Jewels of the Planet, will premiere on Maui Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei. The film chronicles Cousteau’s 2013 visit to the remote atoll and island in American Samoa. The small island, owned by the Jennings family […]
Yesterday I wrote about how the U.S. Coast Guard–with the help of the Navy–had done something bad in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (specifically, bury a bunch of PCB and lead-filled junk in the sand at Tern Island during and after World War II). Today, I’m going to describe something good the Coast Guard did in the […]
As you’ve no doubt heard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says that two hurricanes are currently on track to hit Hawaii later this week. First up is Hurricane Iselle, which is scheduled to hit Maui–as a tropical storm–late Thursday, early Friday. Then Julio, assuming it stays on its current track–hits the Big Island […]
With political candidates like Mufi Hannemann vowing to bring about inter-island high-speed ferry service should he get elected governor, it’s fashionable to look back at the opposition to the Hawaii Superferry five or six years ago and deride it as nothing more than a bunch of pesky environmentalists. In fact, a lot of local residents on […]
New research shows that ocean corals previously thought to be at low risk of extinction may be facing risks after all. A team of scientists are challenging the traditional assumption that corals do not face a risk of extinction unless they become very rare or have a very restricted range. Some coral species are abundant across […]
By Anthony Pignataro It’s hard to imagine these days–especially if you’re standing on any south or west-face Maui beach in the winter for more than a minute–but even just 50 years ago there were fewer than 1,500 humpback whales in the North Pacific. Whaling, which devastated whale populations around the world, had largely been banned […]
Saturday (August 14), Queen Kaahumanu Center, 10am – 2pm, Free Here are a couple cool hurricane factoids, compliments of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA): Hurricanes have “a well defined circulation and sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or higher.” And, interestingly, “the Mayan storm god was named Hunraken, (and) a god considered […]
Samoa Earthquake of magnitude 7.9 reported right now. Check out the report. You can also check the National Weather Service Maui Page for updates. The tsunami watch is at the top of that page and will be updated as the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center gets more info.