Volunteer saves shearwaters
Earlier this month, the state Department of Natural Resources awarded Isao Nakagawa the Harvard Kennedy School for Public Leadership’s Award for Innovations in Government. The award was presented to Nakagawa at Hawea Point in Kapalua, where Nakagawa’s work helped save a struggling population of wedge-tailed shearwaters. The fisherman and retired Maui Land & Pineapple Co. worker frequented the area and found remains of shearwaters in 2001. At the time there were only about 16 known burrows. Today, the colony has grown to more than 1,000 burrows, the island’s largest colony of shearwaters or uau kani on the island – due to Nakagawa’s work.