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Jun 26, 2019
Published in Hawaii Fishing
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release
DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release: June 26, 2019

DLNR POSITIONS AVAILABLE AT STATE OF HAWAII CAREER FAIR

(Honolulu)-The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will be participating in the State of Hawaii Career Fair on Saturday, June 29, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hawaii State Capitol, 4th Floor Lanai, at 415 S. Beretania Street.

Employees from the Human Resources Office and Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), Engineering Division (ENG), and State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) will be on-site at the Career Fair to answer your questions related to the hiring process, job duties of vacant positions, program/department mission, etc. 

Metered parking will be available at the ‘Iolani Palace grounds, Kinau Hale, and nearby streets (Punchbowl, Richards, King, Queen Emma, S. Kukui).  Private parking is also available at Ali’i Place (1099 Alakea Street), parking lot on the corner of Alakea Street and S. Beretania Street (1192 Alakea Street), and the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

The following DLNR civil service vacancies are currently being advertised through the Department of Human Resources Development (DHRD) at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/hawaii:

Office of the Chairperson

  • Information Specialist III (Communications Specialist)

Bureau of Conveyances

  • Abstractor VI (Oahu)
  • Deputy Registrar of Conveyances (Oahu)
  • Office Assistant III (Oahu)

Commission of Water Resource Management

  • Engineering Aid III/IV (Oahu)
  • Engineering Technician V/VI (Oahu)
  • Planner III/IV (Oahu)

Division of Aquatic Resources

  • Aquatic Biologist IV (Kauai)
  • Education Specialist III (Oahu)
  • Fishery Technician IV (Oahu)

Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation

  • Account Clerk II (Maui)
  • Boating and Ocean Recreation Harbor Agent II (Maui, Oahu)
  • Boating and Ocean Recreation Harbor Agent III/IV (Maui)
  • Boating and Ocean Recreation Manager I (Kauai)
  • Engineer III/IV/V (Oahu)
  • General Laborer II (Maui, Hawaii)
  • Office Assistant III (Oahu, Maui)
  • Secretary II (Oahu)

Division of Forestry and Wildlife

  • Forester II/III/IV (Oahu)
  • Forestry and Wildlife Tech IV (Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Oahu)
  • Forestry and Wildlife Worker II (Hawaii)
  • Heavy Equipment Operator (Kauai)
  • Natural Area Reserves Specialist III (Hawaii)
  • Natural Area Reserves Specialist IV (Kauai, Hawaii)
  • Office Assistant III (Kauai, Maui)

Division of State Parks

  • Educational Assistant II (Hawaii)
  • General Laborer I (Hawaii, Oahu)
  • General Professional IV (Oahu)
  • Park Interpretive Program Specialist (Oahu)
  • Park Interpretive Technician (Hawaii, Kauai, Oahu)

Engineering Division

  • Engineer I/II/III/IV/V (Oahu)
  • Office Assistant III (Oahu)

Land Division

  • Abstracting Assistant IV (Oahu)
  • Land Agent II/III/IV (Maui)
  • Land Agent V (Oahu)
  • Planner V (Oahu)

Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands

  • Planner IV/V (Oahu)

State Historic Preservation Division

  • Office Assistant III (Oahu)

The following DLNR non-civil service vacancies are currently being advertised through the DHRD at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/hawaii/transferjobs:

Land Division

  • Project Development Specialist (Oahu)
  • Special Projects & Development Specialist (Oahu)

State Historic Preservation Division

  • Architectural Historian (Oahu)
  • Architecture Branch Chief (Oahu)
  • Burial Sites Specialist (Oahu)
  • Historic Preservation Archaeologist III (Oahu)
  • Historic Preservation Archaeologist IV (Hawaii)
  • Librarian/Archivist (Oahu)

For questions related to the DLNR’s participation in the Career Fair, please contact the DLNR Human Resources Office at 587-0180.  For all other questions related to the Career Fair, please contact DHRD at 587-1111.

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Media contact:

AJ McWhorter
Communications Specialist
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
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808-587-0396 (Communications Office)

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Jun 25, 2019
Published in Hawaii Fishing
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release
DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release: June 25, 2019

KAULUNANI URBAN AND COMMUNITY FORESTRY PROGRAM CALL FOR 2019 GRANT PROPOSALS

 

(Honolulu) — Do you know a school, community group, non-profit organization, or business that cares about greening our environment? Funding is available to help get your project off the ground.  The DLNR’s Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program announces a call for statewide grant applications that support urban and community forestry.

Grants are awarded to projects that respond to a need identified in DLNR’s Forest Action Plan, Urban Forestry Chapter, which can be found on Kaulunani’s website. With urban tree canopy in decline in urban areas and benefits that trees provide for communities ever more valuable, now is an excellent time to start a project. The Kaulunani Grant Program has awarded hundreds of grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, community groups, parks, museums and arboretums across the State of Hawai‘i for a diverse range of urban and community forestry projects.

Several different levels of grants are available:

  • “Cool Your School” Grants: School grant requests between $500 and $3,000.
  • ‘ILIMA Grants: Requests under $2,500.
  • MMAKI Grants: Requests between $2,500 and $14,999.
  • ‘ULU Grants: Grant Requests OVER $15,000, targeting specific special funding opportunities. ‘Ulu grants consider requests up to $300,000. The complete list of grant opportunities is available on the Kaulunani website.

Kaulunani grant recipients have made our communities greener, healthier, and more beautiful. This state and federally funded grant program has enabled the planting of countless trees, raised awareness of the importance of trees and our environment in dozens of communities and has involved hundreds of Hawai‘i residents in caring for the ‘ina.

Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis with the following deadlines for 2019: February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1Applications received by August 1st will receive priority consideration for current year funds. The Kaulunani Advisory Council reviews proposals at the subsequent quarterly meeting following each deadline. Grants are made to projects that match or exceed the federal grant funds in cash and in-kind contributions. One grant request per applicant will be considered.

Upcoming informational workshops in June: We will teach you how to write an application that meets the grant requirements. This informational session is a great opportunity to ask questions and get feedback for your ideas. Our staff are available to actively work with you through the application process.

Grant Information In-person Workshop:

Date: Wednesday, June 26th, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Place: DLNR Board Room, 1151 Punchbowl St., Honolulu, HI  96813

RSVP by June 25th to Jolie Dollar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Grant Information Webinar:

Date: Friday, June 28th, noon to 1pm

Who: Perfect for neighbor island participants to take advantage of the workshop and ask questions.

Place: At your own computer. Instructions about how to join will be given when you RSVP.

RSVP by June 27th to Jolie Dollar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information about the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program and cost-share grants please contact Heather McMillen, DOFAW Urban & Community Forester, at 808-587-0054; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kaulunani is a USDA Forest Service federally funded urban forestry program of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and is managed by the non-profit organization Smart Trees Pacific. This work is being funded entirely or in part by the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program of the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife and State and Private Forestry branch of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Region 5. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Media contact:

AJ McWhorter
Communications Specialist
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
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808-587-0396 (Communications Office)

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Jun 24, 2019
Published in North Carolina Fishing
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (June 24, 2019) — The news continues to be bad for bats in the Tar Heel state. After receiving results from winter bat surveys recently, biologists with the N.C. Wildlife ...

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Jun 24, 2019
Published in Hawaii Fishing
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release
DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release: June 24, 2019

NEW FEES AT KOKE‘E & WAIMEA CANYON STATE PARKS

Only For Commercial Tours & Out-Of-State Visitors

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(Honolulu) –  Out-of-state visitors and commercial tour buses will begin paying parking fees at Koke‘e and Waimea Canyon State Parks on Kaua‘i beginning Friday, June 28, 2019.

These fees were approved by Governor Ige in December of 2015 and had previously been approved by the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) in 2010. A DLNR Division of State Parks analysis of parking and entry fees for large state parks frequented by visitors and commercial tours companies were identified as a source for critically needed operating funds.

In April the BLNR approved the issuance of Revocable Permits to Republic Parking for the management of parking and entry to H»ena State Park and to Waimea Canyon and Koke’e State Parks. Parking and entrance fees at Ha’ena were instituted in conjunction with the park’s reopening on June 17.

Due to the devastating Kauai floods in April of 2018, H»ena State Park, Npali Coast State Wilderness Park and the popular Kalalau trail and campground were closed and State Parks issued thousands of dollars in camping refunds. This also means no camping fees were collected during the 14-month-long closure.

Additionally, the closure of the Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout on O‘ahu due to rockslides also contributed to an additional loss of fee based parking and entry revenue. State Parks estimates this will be a $100,000 shortfall by August. These events collectively resulted in a significant loss in State Park revenue to supplement park unit operating funds.  

Division of State Parks Assistant Administrator Alan Carpenter commented, “With H»ena reopening, there is an increase in operating and maintenance costs. As we now establish visitor limits, the parking and entrance fees generated at H»ena will be modest and this revenue is extra important.”

DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “With Hawai‘i seeing record numbers of tourists (over 10 million projected for this year) we are simply at the point where we need visitors to share in the increased costs to maintain our parks.”

Division of State Parks Administrator Curt Cottrell concluded, While fees are an essential fiscal tool for enhancing park operating funds, they can be severely jeopardized by devastating natural events that force the revenue generating park to be closed. As such, increases in both general funds and allocations of the transient accommodation tax are also needed for a stable, balanced and resilient State Park operating fund portfolio.”

Waimea Canyon and Kokee’ State Park fees: 

  • Resident:                                             no charge
  • Visitor:                                                 $5.00 per vehicle
  • Pedestrian, moped, motorcycle         $1.00 dollar per person 

Commercial PUC vehicle:

  • 1-7 passenger vehicles:                     $10.00
  • 8-25 passenger vehicles:                   $20.00
  • 26 + passenger vehicles:                    $40.00 (Waimea Canyon SP only)    

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Media Contact:
Dan Dennison
Senior Communications Manager
(808) 587-0396
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Jun 21, 2019
Published in Hawaii Fishing
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release
DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release: June 21, 2019

HALF DAY CLOSURES AT KUA BAY NEXT WEEK

(Kona)-Preparations have begun for lifeguards to be stationed at Kekaha Kai State Park, Manini‘Mwali Beach (Kua Bay) section and as a result the park will be opening later than usual on three days next week at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday June 25, Wednesday June 26 and Friday June 28, 2019.

State House Bill 558 provides funding for lifeguards to be stationed at the park.

“We thank the people for their understanding and patience, in allowing us to prepare the location for added safety to our swimmers and beach goers who visit Kua Bay”, said Dean Takebayashi, DLNR Hawaii Island State Parks Superintendent.

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Media contact:

AJ McWhorter
Communications Specialist
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
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808-587-0396 (Communications Office)

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Jun 21, 2019
Published in Hawaii Fishing
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release
DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release: June 21, 2019

HEARING SCHEDULED FOR WITHDRAWAL OF MAUNA KEA FOREST RESERVE LANDS
Lands Currently Part of the System to be Withdrawn & Set Aside for New Purposes

(Hilo) – Lands in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve are proposed to be withdrawn and set aside to the County of Hawai»i and the Department of Transportation. A two-point-nine acre and 32.572 acre parcel are being proposed for withdrawal from the State Forest Reserve System. The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) is inviting community comments on the two proposed withdrawals:

In light of increased efficiency in use of taxpayer resources, 2.9 acres will be withdrawn from the Reserve and set aside to the Department of Transportation for a centrally located maintenance baseyard to efficiently operate and maintain the Daniel K. Inouye Highway, also known as Saddle Road. The Saddle Road realignment project was a partnership of federal and state agencies to upgrade and modernize the highway from milepost six in South Hilo to the junction with Mamalahoa Highway in South Kohala, to provide safe and efficient travel between east and west Hawaii.

Gilbert Kahele Recreation Area, currently owned by DLNR and designated as part of the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve, is a 32.572 acre parcel which has been managed by the County of Hawai»i through a Memorandum of Understanding between the County and DOFAW.

Interested people are invited to attend a public hearing on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hawai»i Island DOFAW Conference Room, 19 E. Kawili St., Hilo, HI, 96720. People unable to attend or who want to provide additional comments can submit written testimony postmarked no later than July 10, 2019:

By mail to the Forestry Program Manager, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, 1151 Punchbowl St., #325, Honolulu, Hawai»i 96813.

By email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Media Contact:
Dan Dennison
Senior Communications Manager
Phone: 587-0396
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Jun 21, 2019
Published in Hawaii Fishing
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release
DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release: June 21, 2019

KIHEI BOAT RAMP MAINTENANCE DREDGING

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(Kihei)-The DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) has awarded a $680, 880 contract to Goodfellow Bros. LLC to dredge the entrance channel of Kihei Boat Ramp. This project will begin on July 1, 2019 with an estimated completion of November 4, 2019.

DOBOR specifically set up the contract so that there will be no closures during the dredging.  The contractor will open and close the silt curtains whenever operators ingress/egress the boat ramp.

The Kihei Boat Ramp turning basin and portion of the entrance channel will be dredged to a depth of 6.0 feet below the mean lower low water level. The estimated total quantity of material is 4,500 cubic yards. The dredged material will be stockpiled at the gravel parking area above the trailer parking lot. Dredged beach quality sand will be used for future beach nourishment at a location to be determined later.

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Media contact:
Dan Dennison
Senior Communication Manager
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808-587-0396 (Communications Office)

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Jun 21, 2019
Published in North Carolina Fishing
RALEIGH, N.C. (June 21, 2019) — Results from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s wild turkey harvest summary show this year’s harvest was the second highest ever recorded, with hunters across ...

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Jun 20, 2019
Published in Hawaii Fishing
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release
DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release: June 20, 2019

FOUR BOTTOMFISH RESTRICTED FISHING AREAS WILL RE-OPEN JULY 1st

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(Honolulu)-Four of the 12 Bottomfish Restricted Fishing Areas (BRFAs) around the state are scheduled to re-open to Deep-7 bottomfish fishing on July 1, 2019.  They include BRFA C (Makahk‘ena, Kaua‘i), BRFA F (Penguin Banks), BRFA J (Mokumana-Umalei Pt, Maui), and BRFA L (Leleiwi Pt, Hawai‘i Island). 

Non-commercial fishers are still limited to taking or possessing a combined total of five “Deep 7” bottomfish per day. The “Deep 7” are:

a) ‘ula‘ula koa‘eor onaga (Etelis coruscans);
b) ‘ula‘ulaor ehu ( carbunculus);
c) kalekale(Pristipomoides sieboldii);
d) ‘Mpakapaka( filamentosus);
e) ‘kk+kikior gindai ( zonatus);
f) hpu‘u(Epinephelus quernus); and
g) lehi(Aphareus rutilans).

Non-commercial bottom fishers are also subject to federal permit and reporting requirements if fishing in federal waters.

Commercial bottom fishers who fish the re-opened BRFAs will have new, refined reporting requirements. They will need to provide the commercial catch reporting area number followed by the BRFA letter from which each fish was taken. Maps displaying the updated BRFA reporting requirements and more detailed instructions have been sent to licensed commercial bottom fishers and will be available on the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) website after July 1.

The new BRFA reporting requirement is based on a condition placed on DAR by the Board of Land of Natural Resources’ (BLNR) during a Public Meeting held in January 2019. DAR must monitor catch in the re-opened BRFAs, including pounds of fish taken and Catch Per Unit Effort, relative to other commercial catch reporting areas. DAR will use that data to prepare a report for the BLNR, due in January 2022.

Please contact your nearest DAR office with any questions about the new reporting requirements.

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Media contact:

AJ McWhorter
Communications Specialist
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
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808-587-0396 (Communications Office)

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Jun 20, 2019
Published in North Carolina Fishing
RALEIGH, N.C. (June 20, 2019) — July 4 is Free Fishing Day in North Carolina. From 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in North Carolina can fish for free in any public body of water, including ...

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