Kauai luxury hotel settles lawsuit over seabirds

HONOLULU (AP) - A Kauai luxury hotel has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by environmental groups over its alleged failure to protect endangered and threatened seabirds.

Under the agreement announced Monday, the St. Regis Princeville Resort will further reduce its lighting and fund programs aimed at restoring the threatened Newell's shearwater - known as ao in

Hawaiian - and the endangered Hawaiian petrel or uau.

Four groups represented by Earthjustice sued the hotel in May, alleging it violated federal law by failing to prevent seabird deaths.

The seabirds follow moonlight to sea. But many of them mistake bright lights at hotels, sports stadiums and other places for the moon, causing them to repeatedly circle the artificial lights and fall to the ground exhausted.

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