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Neighborhood Opposes Cemetery Expansion

Dan Polhemus

Bats and birds have been collateral damage in the footprint of wind turbines-- its a conversation we’ve been addressing recently but another endangered species has come in the spotlight. Will the Hawaiian Blackline Damselfly be next on the list?

Longtime Kaneohe resident  Rich McCreedy has opposed the expansion plan of Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. He tells us the discovery of the native damselfly-- has gotten little attention in the review of the Environmental Impact Statement. The damselfly is normally found at higher elevations of the Koolau mountains. So, the discovery came as a surprise to biologists. A damselfly is smaller than a dragonfly. Its nickname-- Rainbow eye damselfly-- is due to its three colored eye according to testimony submitted in the EIS. And its believed that only about a thousand of this species left here on Oahu.  McCreedy believes the issue has largely been under the radar in the media and he reached out to us to continue the conversation.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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