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Kahalu’u Bay Education Center Seeks Volunteers

May 10, 2016, 3:37 PM HST
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Kahalu'u Beach Park file photo by Jamilia Epping.

Kahalu’u Beach Park file photo by Jamilia Epping.

Volunteers are currently being sought in helping to protect Kahalu’u Bay and its coral reefs, fish, and turtles.

The Kohala Center’s Kahalu’u Bay Education Center is on the search for ReefTeach volunteers who act as ambassadors of aloha at the beach park, welcoming residents and visitors while also teaching proper reef etiquette.

ReefTeach volunteers also help snorkelers and swimmers identify fish, turtles, and invertebrates in the bay.

With over 400,000 people visiting Kahalu’u Bay on a yearly basis, the Kahalu’u Bay Education Center says that it is volunteers who help protect the bay.

In addition, Citizen Science volunteers monitor and track environmental conditions at the bay by collecting weekly samples at specific sites.

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Data gathered by Citizen Science volunteers helps to keep track of the health of the bay and understand events like algae blooms and how they impact water quality and the bay’s overall health. The testing also helps to correct issues before they become larger.

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Those interested in becoming a Citizen Science volunteer are welcome to help. No previous experience or scientific knowledge is required.

To learn more or to sign up for either program, contact Cindi Punihaole by e-mailing [email protected] or calling 887-6411.

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