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Hawaii officially became part of the industrial hemp industry last month after issuing its first hemp grower licenses to three farmers in the islands.
- Hawaii News Now - July 6, 2018
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- ABC 8 News - July 4, 2018
Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed a bill into law Tuesday that bans the sale of sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate.
Senate Bill 2571, now Act 104, bans the sale of oxybenzone and octinoxate starting Jan. 1, 2021. This excludes certain prescription sunscreen products intended for use as a cosmetic for the face.
The delayed effective date allows for reformulation of sunscreens that are free of oxybenzone or octinoxate, but are also effective in preventing skin cancer.
- Fox News - June 26, 2018
Investigators in Hawaii are working to determine how nearly 100 baby hammerhead sharks died after they were found dumped Tuesday morning near a lagoon outside Honolulu.
Andrew Rossiter, director of the Waikiki Aquarium, told Honolulu’s FOX 2 that he has never seen so many baby sharks killed at one time, and that the pups were probably caught in a gill net.
"To breathe they have to keep moving, so once they're in the net for even two to three minutes, they're unable to breathe and they suffocate," Rossiter said.
- KHON - June 26, 2018
HONOLULU (KHON2) - Shocking and disheartening! that's how some people are describing the discovery of nearly 100 dead baby hammerhead sharks near Keehi Lagoon.
Some experts are calling for tougher laws to prevent more incidents like this. They say the sharks were probably caught in a gill net. Summer is known as the pupping season for hammerhead sharks so there are a lot of them being born in that area this time of the year.
The baby sharks were dumped by the La Mariana Sailing Club, and worker Samuel Etrata was in disbelief when he came across them.
- KITV - June 14, 2018
HONOLULU (KITV) -Governor David Ige signed a law Wednesday, banning the use of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos.
Under the new law, only businesses with special permits can use banned pesticides. The full ban on chlorpyrifos takes effect in 2023.
The new law also prevents spraying pesticides within 100 feet of schools.
- Hawaii News Now - June 13, 2018
- KITV - June 8, 2018
The Leilani Estates eruption is also affecting farmers in lower Puna.
The Hawaii Farm Bureau's latest estimate is that nearly 80 percent of all papaya grown in the state comes from the Kapoho area. Now much of it is gone.
Hundreds of farming jobs could be in jeopardy as lava continues to threaten lower Puna.
2,200 acres of land where papaya once thrived has been destroyed. Hawaii Island with just 300 acres of papaya lands remaining.
According to the State Department of Agriculture, the rest of the islands combined have about 300 acres as well.
- Hawaii News Now - May 30, 2018
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The possibility of a thriving industrial hemp market in Hawaii is slowly starting to take root.
Beginning in June, the state will begin issuing licenses for its first-ever industrial hemp research and cultivation program, providing research to farmers across Hawaii.
Three people, including Big Island resident Gail Byrne Baber, have already applied for the Department of Agriculture's pilot program.