Tree Snail Mating Season Delays Repairs To Hawaii Public Radio North Shore Boosters, Kaua'i Relay
October 8, 2014 at 3:59 AM (PT)
HAWAII PUBLIC RADIO has lost its booster signals for Classical-News-Talk KHPR and News-Talk-Jazz KIPO (HPR2)/HONOLULU on OAHU's NORTH SHORE and for the east and south sides of KAUA'I, plus its microwave relay to feed KIPL/LIHU'E after storms knocked out power lines to the relay facility at MOUNT KA'ALA, but the damage can't be repaired yet... because it's mating season for endangered tree snails.
The station says that after generators ran out of fuel, the boosters and relay went dark on the eve of HPR's Celebration 2014 pledge drive on SEPTEMBER 30th, and while repairs would normally have been quickly accomplished, HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANY (HECO) could not make the repair without coordination with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and Division of Forestry and Wildlife.
While HPR and HECO wait out the snails and work with the state, listeners in the affected areas are being told to listen online, through the HPR mobile app, or on cable television.