State/In Brief

Hawaii, Bali set to become sister states

HONOLULU – Hawaii and Bali are to become sister states.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Indonesian Consul General Hadi Martono will attend a signing ceremony at the governor’s chambers today.

A reception featuring hula and Balinese dance will follow.

The Indonesian island of Bali is one of Asia’s top tourist destinations. Its beaches are favored by sun-seekers and waves are sought after by surfers.


Scientists seek help for state butterfly

HONOLULU – Scientists in Hawaii are seeking the public’s help in documenting locations where the state butterfly can be found, saying they don’t believe that the insect’s population is doing as well as it should be.

University of Hawaii professor Dan Rubinoff said the Kamehameha butterfly is not in a lot of locations where it used to be.

Another researcher, Will Haines, said the Kamehameha butterfly is one of only two native butterflies in Hawaii.

Rubinoff, Haines and others are hoping the public will get involved in a study called the Pulelehua Project. It’s a collaboration between researchers and the public. Researchers are asking that people who see the butterfly, caterpillar, egg or chrysalis submit the observations to the project website,


Scientists at UH monitor shark behavior

HONOLULU – Researchers with the University of Hawaii have captured hours of shark-cam video that reinforces the fear tiger sharks strike in other animals.

The video cams of different shark species off the Oahu coast have provided insights about survival behavior.

“It seems to be the case, that nothing really seems to want to hang out with a tiger shark,” said Carl Meyer, a researcher with the university’s Institute of Marine Biology.

Researchers say sandbar sharks, Galapagos and hammerheads prefer to swim together despite being different species.

“So by being in a school of sharks you decrease your odds of being the one that’s being caught when a big tiger shark comes through and wants to eat you,” Meyer said.

Tiger sharks also congregate in schools to survive.

“It stays together throughout the day, but then they gradually swim higher and higher like a tornado of sharks, until sometime in the later afternoon or evening, then they go off on their own to do their own thing,” Meyer said.