Waikiki’s rodent woes city, citizens take lead in Rat control
By Dan Nakaso
July 14, 2012
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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM City rat hunters Edward Pinho, left, Sean Barboza and Donna Algono make their regular check of rat bait stations along the Ala Wai Canal.
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY KIP AOKI / KAOKI@STARADVERTISER.COM The job of fighting rats in Waikiki is in the hands of the city and private contractors now that the state, due to budget cuts, is out of the pest control business. The rats appear to be enjoying a resurgence as a result of the reduced enforcement.
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM With the state out of the pest control business due to budget cuts, Waikiki's rodent population is burgeoning. A rat peered from its hiding spot Tuesday in the banyan tree fronting the Honolulu Zoo.