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Volcanoes park opens overlook after nene family moves on

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has reopened Puu Puai Overlook after a six-month closure that allowed a pair of endangered Hawaiian geese to raise their gosling, the park announced Monday.

The nene parents and their gosling have moved on to their summer grounds, the park said.

The gosling was the first to be reared in the area in a decade and is the grand-gosling of the last goose raised there 10 years ago, a park biologist said in a statement.

“This year’s gosling was the fifth generation of the same nene family I’ve monitored over the years,” said Kathleen Misajon, a wildlife biologist at the park, in the statement. “After a 10-year hiatus, it is really exciting to see this female return to a favored family spot.”

During the closure, park workers replaced missing boards and added a fresh coat of paint to the deck at Puu Puai Overlook that offers vistas of Kilauea Iki crater and trail. Puu Puai is a cinder cone that formed during an eruption at Kilauea Iki crater in 1959.

More than 2,500 nene now live across the state, but in 1952 the population dwindled to just 30 geese, the park said. Park officials began trying to save the species from extinction in the 1970s, and today more than 250 wild birds live in the park.

Vehicle blaze in Honokaa sparks 10-acre brush fire

A vehicle fire caused a 10-acre brush fire Monday along Highway 19 in Honokaa.

Just before 3:30 p.m. firefighters responded to the fire at the 33.5-mile marker of the highway. Strong, gusty wind caused flames to spread to pastureland and a eucalyptus grove.

Police shut down the highway in both directions as firefighters brought the fire under control at 4:30 p.m.

Firefighters continued to battle the brush fire Tuesday.

No injuries were reported.

The department said the cause of the vehicle fire was unknown.

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