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Property

HI - A Sunset Beach property owner is cited for dumping concrete on the public beach

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In a particularly flagrant rebuff of Hawaii conservation laws, a North Shore homeowner faces fines of $15,000 a day after state officials say he used concrete and rebar to fill in the exposed foundation of his beachfront home and harden a stretch of sand with an apparent glue.

Hawaii & Alaska
Aquaculture

HI - Onshore algae farms could feed the world sustainably

How do we increase food production by more than 50%, on a limited amount of arable land, to feed a projected 10 billion people by 2050? The solution could come in the form of nutritious and protein-dense microalgae (single-celled), grown in onshore, seawater-fed aquaculture systems.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Why Tour Groups Are Barred From Stopping At Some Honolulu Beaches But Not Others

The City Council is considering halting commercial activity at Kokololio Beach. Residents and tour companies say beach-by-beach bans push the problem down the road and don’t solve the overall problem.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Winter swells could bring back beach, but long-term fix elusive

Fallen Kaanapali beachwalk reignites debate over future of shoreline properties

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Beachwalk and trees fall into the ocean due to erosion at popular Maui beach

KAANAPALI, Hawaii — Photos reveal that Kaanapali Beach in West Maui has almost completely disappeared, and the concrete boardwalk and coconut trees that line the hotel district are falling into the ocean.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - Many of Hooper Bay's dunes were washed away by the storm. Without them, residents feel exposed.

On the beach in Hooper Bay, Daniel Cernek, a middle school science teacher, is working to wrangle a few dozen of his students. It’s been less than a week since a powerful storm brought flooding and severe winds to the town of 1,300.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

AK - An ancient discovery in Southeast Alaska could help pinpoint how and when the first humans got here

An underwater discovery on the west side of Prince of Wales Island shows that people have lived in what we now know as Southeast Alaska for at least 10,000 years. And scientists say it may support the theory that the Pacific coast was first settled by people traveling along the shoreline, living off the sea.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Hawaii beaches threatened by erosion control structures

Hawaii homeowners are reportedly taking dangerous and illegal measures to prevent their coastal homes from falling and crumbling into the ocean, the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a news release.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - Popular Maui beachwalk, trees fall into ocean, triggering calls for managed retreat

Popular Kāʻanapali Beach was a far cry from paradise on Friday. A concrete section of Kāʻanapali Beachwalk was crumbling into the ocean, tall coconut trees crashed in the high surf and a stretch of walkway pooled with minor flooding and debris.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - No good options for homeowners and the public on Oʻahu’s North Shore, says DLNR

Twenty homes along Oʻahu’s North Shore and the public beaches below the dunes they rest on, face an ongoing battle over impacts of erosion.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

AK - Damage Assessments Begin in Flooded Alaska Villages

Authorities in Alaska were making contact this week with some of the most remote villages in the United States to determine their food and water needs, as well as assess the damage after a massive storm flooded communities on the state’s vast western coast this weekend.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

AK - OPINION: Typhoon Merbok pounded Alaska's vulnerable coastal communities at a critical time

The powerful remnants of Typhoon Merbok pounded Alaska’s western coast on Sept. 17, 2022, pushing homes off their foundations and tearing apart protective berms as water flooded communities.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - 80% of beach parks have 'low resiliency' to sea level rise

Solutions could include restoring dunes, relocating parks, acquiring more land, study says

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

AK - Alaskans assess damage as powerful storm rumbles north

Anchorage (AFP) – Residents in towns and villages on Alaska's western coast were beginning Sunday to assess the damage from one of the most powerful storms to hit the region in decades.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - Larry Ellison's company blocks public from Hawaii beach

Lanai Resorts, a company owned by tech billionaire Larry Ellison, locked the entry gate to Hulopoe Beach Park in July, blocking public access to the island’s only swimmable beach, near the Four Seasons Resort Lanai.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

AK - Historically powerful storm slams Western Alaska. Here's what people experienced across hundreds of miles of coastline.

A historically powerful storm slammed into Western Alaska Friday night and into Saturday, bringing major flooding and high winds to a huge swath of coastal communities.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

AK - Short-term rentals high and climbing on the Kenai Peninsula

Short-term rentals are on the rise in Alaska, a trend that may spell difficulty for long-term renters looking for housing.

Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

HI - There are four green sand beaches on Earth. Hawaii's has been 'desecrated.'

There are only four green sand beaches on Earth, and Hawaii has one of them. Located at Hawaii Island’s South Point in the district of Kau, Papakolea Beach has rare olivine sands, created by a volcanic cinder cone. But the beauty of the area masks the issues around it.

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