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                                According to volunteer turtle protectors Malama na Honu, incidents of turtle harassment and crowding have worsened at Laniakea Beach as Oahu sees more tourists. Above, a crowd watched turtles Wednesday at the popular North Shore beach.
Patrols increase at Oahu’s Laniakea Beach to protect sea turtles as visitors increase

Oahu’s surge in tourism has generated larger waves of visitors to the North Shore’s Laniakea Beach Park, popularly dubbed Turtle Beach, and people continue to break the law by harassing the endangered green sea turtles there, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and the turtle conservation group Malama na Honu report. Read more

                                ”<strong>More than 88,000 cesspools … discharge over 53 million gallons of raw sewage into the ground every day.”</strong>
                                <strong>Stuart Coleman</strong>
                                <em>Executive director, Wastewater Alternatives & Innovations</em>
Nonprofit to hold meeting on cesspool solutions

The state Department of Health’s familiar beachwater bacteria notifications and brown-water advisories are issued several times a year when heavy rain or even big waves cause polluted runoff, such as happened Monday on Oahu’s North Shore. Read more

                                Sign wavers participate in the Domestic Violence Action Center’s Mahalo to Moms event in May.
Hawaii domestic violence nonprofit seeks financial help

In late March 2020, when Hawaii was placed under stay-at-home orders as COVID-19 infections began to spread, incidents of domestic violence also began to rise and have remained high ever since, according to the Domestic Violence Action Center, which last week issued a public appeal for financial help. Read more

                                Five positive cases of <a href="" target="_blank">COVID-19</a> have been reported among members of the production of the reality show “Love Island,” which is filmed on Hawaii island. Cast members are seen here in a publicity shot from the CBS’ show.
5 from ‘Love Island’ TV program test positive for virus

On Hawaii Island recently, five positive cases of COVID-­ 19 were reported among members of the production of “Love Island U.S.A.,” a CBS reality TV show currently filming in Hilo, according to state Film Commissioner Donne Dawson. Read more

                                Carissa Moore showed her gold medal for surfing Thursday after receiving a proclamation from Gov. David Ige at the state Capitol.
Gold medalist Carissa Moore is lauded at the state Capitol

After her gold medal in the first-ever Olympic surfing event in the Tokyo Summer Games made her an overnight international celebrity well beyond surfing’s shores, Hawaii’s Carissa Moore was honored Thursday morning by Gov. David Ige at the state Capitol, showing pride in the islands and the personal humility of a true keiki o ka aina. Read more

                                Residents complain new paid parking spaces take up what once was a traffic lane, making the thoroughfare effectively one-way with a sign ordering vehicles to yield to oncoming traffic, above.
Recent changes to Leahi Avenue pose a hazard for children, neighbors say

When classes begin Aug. 3, students and teachers returning to Waikiki Elementary School on Leahi Avenue will face changes made over the summer that many residents complain have made traffic conditions more dangerous, especially for the children who walk to school along the narrow, privately owned street, which lacks a continuous sidewalk on either side. Read more

                                Rachel Arashiro, right, purchased T-shirts Friday for her son Daniel, center, at the Saint Louis School school store as Principal Devin Oshiro, left, looked on.
Major Honolulu private schools commit to in-person learning

As COVID case numbers surged and the state Education and Health departments said they were updating pandemic guidelines for schools, seven Honolulu private K-12 schools queried last week by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser said they were sticking to their plans for the new academic year. Read more

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