Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-09-17 00:44:52 GMT
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Flat revenue streams across the state are staging a serious budget battle for the upcoming legislative session. As it stands now, the 2016 General Fund budget has a $150-200 million shortfall and noMore >>
Flat revenue streams across the state are staging a serious budget battle for the upcoming legislative session. As it stands now, the 2016 General Fund budget has a $150-200 million shortfall and no real solutions on the table. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:42 PM EDT2014-09-17 00:42:18 GMT
President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism after more...More >>
American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an...More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:28 PM EDT2014-09-17 00:28:27 GMT
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The Selma Police Department has made an arrest in reference to a case of two 13-year-old girls being sexually abused. Police say that they have arrested 39-year-old Christopher Jimmie Wilson in referenceMore >>
The Selma Police Department has made an arrest in reference to a case of two 13-year-old girls being sexually abused.More >>
HANALEI, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Underwater photographer and marine biologist Terry Lilley has been shooting video and taking photographs of dead and dying coral off Kauai's north shore, including Hanalei Bay.
"We've had that terrible cyanobacterial coral disease that's killed a lot of the reef over the last couple of years. But now the big giant old mound corals are starting to actually dissolve into mud," he said.
Lilley said he's counted about 3,000 mound corals that are sick at 20 different sites. He said several of the large formations -- some as tall as six feet -- recently broke off the reef and sank to the ocean floor.
"This is very disturbing because these corals have lived through almost all of the major problems in Hawaii over the last 500 to 1000 years," he said.
Greta Aeby of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology said it's still unknown what bacteria is infecting the large mound coral, but she believes the reefs off Kauai are being stressed by land based pollution and over-fishing.
"That is where the reefs are starting to decline. That is not what you want. You want to maintain the healthy corals so they can keep growing," she said.
Lilley is convinced military microwave radar is to blame. He said it's changing the chemistry of the salt water and breaking down the calcium in the coral.
"Whatever is killing this amount of large coral this quickly has to be a large magnitude event," he said.
The reefs are feeding areas and cleaning stations for turtles. Lilley warns that the coral illness puts them at risk. Aeby said the eroding of the reefs is a wake up call.
"What that is telling us is that our reefs that were at a tipping point because of the chronic stressors are starting to go," she said.
Lilley makes daily dives to update the photographs and videos on his Facebook page, creating a timeline for the coral's decline.
"The world cares, so we're getting it out there for everyone to view equally," he said.
He wants officials in charge of Hawaii's oceans to investigate for themselves, and do something to stem the tide.
Check out the photos on a mobile device: http://bit.ly/1nc4K1U and watch our story tonight on Hawaii News Now.
Experts are keeping a close eye on the 'June 27th lava flow' it is not an immediate threat to residential areas , however officials may soon issue evacuations for Kaohe Homesteads after the lava flow changed direction. More >>
Experts are keeping a close eye on the 'June 27th lava flow' it is not an immediate threat to residential areas , however officials may soon issue evacuations for Kaohe Homesteads after the lava flow changed direction.More >>