Some say efforts to rescue Hawaii's native seabirds too costly

State Rep. Jimmy Tokioka
State Rep. Jimmy Tokioka

LIHUE, Kauai (KHNL) - While there are many who feel efforts to rescue Newell's shearwaters are worth it, some feel it's too costly, especially when the seabirds crash into lights at Kauai Vidinha Stadium.

State Representative Jimmy Tokioka says if one of them dies from crashing into the lights, the county could be fined $25,000 per bird.

Some are also against changing the lights at stadiums around the island or even adjusting high school football games to different times.

Tokioka does feel the birds should be protected, but not at the expense of other important programs on the Garden Isle.

"Their only habitat is here on Kauai, so we need to make sure we preserve that, but we need to find that balance," said Rep. Jimmy Tokioka (D) Lihue, Koloa.  "I would hate to see a situation where high school football is played during the day on Kauai."

Kauai County does not yet have a lighting ordinance to regulate existing and new outdoor lights so that light attraction of seabirds can be minimized.