ʻĀkoʻakoʻa News

Restoring West Hawaiʻi's coral reefs through science, culture, education, and government

January 24, 2024

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Welcome to our community!

This is the start of a new and exciting initiative, developed by and for West Hawaiʻi. As the program grows, so will our stories and initiatives, starting with a brand new website. Give it a look and let us know what you think.

New Scientific Findings

  • 20-year study of West Hawaiʻi's reefs shows need for reduced land-based threats. Read More
  • New research on fish recruitment in unusual sea temperatures along West Hawaiʻi. Read More
  • ʻĀkoʻakoʻa Scientist's research in Miloliʻi shows importance of reef structure for coral keiki. Read More

Identifying Chemicals That Reach the Reef

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Cindi Punihaole, Director of The Kahaluʻu Bay Education Center

The ʻĀkoʻakoʻa science team is partnering with organizations in two bays, Kahaluʻu Bay and Hōnaunau, to place devices that catch and identify pollutants reaching their reefs.

The devices were placed in both bays for 4 weeks and taken out earlier this month. Next, our team will test the device's samples, share results with partners in both communities, and work with them to determine how to go forward.

To see our findings as they unfold, follow us on social media!

Come Work With Us

See our Careers page for specifics.

Social Media Assistant

We're looking for a part-time passionate digital content creator to lead our team's outreach efforts on social media.

Business Operations Specialist

We're looking for a part-time individual to support operations of the people, assets, and vendors of our program.

Research Vessel Operator

We're looking for a part-time experienced individual to take ownership of marine operations, vessel handling and towing.

Team Member Spotlight

Kater Hiney

Kater Hiney is the ʻĀkoʻakoʻa Program’s Education Coordinator based at the Ridge to Reef Restoration Center (3RC) in Kailua-Kona. She has been sharing her biological knowledge with students and the public for over 25 years in Hawaiʻi.  A passionate member of the team, Kater is working to educate future generations and the public about coral reef restoration both locally and globally.