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February 23, 2014
The Associated Press

Hawaii's sister park has 14 volcanoes

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is forming a sister park relationship with a national park in China.

Wudalianchi National Park is located near China's border with Russia and has 14 volcanoes. Two of the volcanoes are active but aren't currently erupting.

The park is also known for its mineral springs, giant boulders and lava tubes. About 1 million people visit the park each year.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island has two active volcanoes. Kilauea is currently erupting at two locations while Mauna Loa last erupted in 1984.

The Hawaii park said Friday that the new partners will exchange managerial, technical and professional knowledge.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park also has a sister park agreement with Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes of South Korea.


Comments sought on protection of hawk

HONOLULU - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking for the public's input on a proposal to remove the Hawaiian hawk, or io, from the endangered species list.

The agency said Wednesday that comments previously submitted on the proposal don't need to be sent again.

The hawk was originally listed as endangered in 1967. At the time, the hawk population was believed to number in the low hundreds.

Due to various conservation efforts, there are now an estimated 3,000 of the birds in existence and the population has been stable for at least two decades.

The species is found throughout the Big Island. The hawk lives in native forest, pasture land and other habitats.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act would protect the bird even if it's taken off the endangered species list.


State official: Palace must be respected

HONOLULU - The chairman of the state land board says the people who damaged the front door of the Iolani Palace in Honolulu should be fined.

William Aila said a strong message needs to be sent that the palace must be respected.

Surveillance cameras Feb. 15 showed a woman kicking and smashing glass panes of a palace door.

The woman and a man were arrested but not charged.

They appeared Monday in Honolulu District Court and pleaded guilty to unrelated misdemeanors connected to citations for violating park closure rules and illegal placement of tents in parks.

They were credited for time served and set free.

Honolulu police spokeswoman Michelle Yu says the city continues to investigate the palace property damage case.



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