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Species Highlight: False Killer Whales

February 04, 2018
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Hawaii’s pelagic world is as beautiful as it is dangerous, but for the false killer whale, it’s a place called home. The false killer whale is considered to be the most socially advanced whale species in Hawaii and is a resident of the islands.

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Operation Nest Defense

November 02, 2017
Hawaiian Sergeant Fish

War is about to break out on the reef. Squadrons of fish circle overhead like fighter planes poised to strike. One by one, the attackers commence their dive on a vulnerable nest of eggs. Reacting with lightning speed, a Hawaiian sergeant fish intercepts the predators and engages in a “dogfight” to defend its nest, repelling barrages of attacks until forcing a retreat. While some causalities are sustained, the nest remains intact.

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Sunscreen Alternatives

October 26, 2017
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With sunny weather, sandy beaches, and protected waters, it’s no surprise that our island lifestyle often revolves around the sea. Sunscreen use is significant when you consider millions of visitors and residents enjoy the beach throughout the year. While sunscreen is effective at protecting us from harmful UV rays, the unfortunate reality is it poses a substantial threat to our coral reef ecosystems.

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Hawksbill Sea Turtle

While green sea turtles have captured the hearts of millions in Hawaii, the hawksbill tells a more somber tale. It was not long ago that both species were on the brink of collapse before receiving federal and state-level protection as an endangered species in 1978.

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The Coral Renaissance

July 03, 2017

Under a sky of fluorescent lights, young corals rest in a trough of seawater. The only sounds are of flowing water and bubbles churning at the surface. But all is calm in this sanctuary known as the Aquarium Lab where Hawaiian corals grow unrestricted by the barriers of climate change or dangers posed by anthropogenic influences. While they currently live in a controlled environment, these corals are being groomed for a special purpose and mission.

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Illuminating the Past

May 08, 2017
Kukui nut tree

The kukui nut, or candlenut, is one of nature’s engineering marvels used by Hawaiians for centuries. Go back in time and learn how kukui nuts were used in fishing traditions, medicinal applications, and more!

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Sea Shepherds

April 10, 2017

Lawai‘a were highly skilled and greatly respected in Hawaiian society. They were trained to understand cloud formations, ocean currents and wind direction, moon phases, and star patterns. But the lawai‘a did not always look to the sky to find fish – the answer would often come with the aid of the ‘ōpelu māmā.

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Symbiotic Relationships

November 09, 2016

Author: Evan Pascual As we head into the holiday season, many people take the time to appreciate what they have in their lives while looking for ways to help those in need. But what about those little creatures that live in the sea? While they may not be able to say thank you, they definitely […]

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Hawaii is world-renowned for its beautiful beaches and frequently pictured as an ideal paradise. Despite being an island, Maui, like its neighbors, is susceptible to pressures including litter and other man-made debris that flows downstream and is deposited onto our beaches. Nevertheless, the good news is we can mitigate and even prevent these harmful additions to our marine environment.

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The Honu’s Lost Years

August 08, 2016

A lot remains unknown during the “Lost Years” of a Hawaiian’s green sea turtle’s life, a period of drifting through the ocean.

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