E KOMO MAI!

WELCOME TO HAWAIICORAL

 

Welcome to HAWAIICORAL, a community resource for learning about, and sharing information on,
Hawaiʻi’s 1200 miles of coral reefs.

Join the Koʻa Corps to unite in protecting and stewarding Hawaiʻi’s coral reefs.
Visit the Coral Classroom to learn from reef scientists, managers, and community members.
Track and share our outreach and publications.
Monitor our reefs using cutting edge aircraft and satellite technology.
Report coral bleaching with our online reporting app.

For Hawaiʻi’s coral reefs to survive and thrive, we need everyone to play a part.
Mahalo nui loa!

Are Coral Reefs Bleaching in your area?

Help our scientists mitigate secondary stress to vulnerable reefs by reporting coral bleaching using our interactive tool.

The coral classroom

Coral class is in session!
We’ve curated the best reef resources available to help you learn all about coral reef ecosystems.

What is coral disease and how does it spread?

What is coral disease and how does it spread?

Bryant Grady, Field Technician The Nature Conservancy  Dive in with this episode's guest, Bryant Grady. Nicknamed the underwater doctor by colleagues and friends, Bryant was a graduate student at the Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science at the...

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How do invasive species affect reefs?

How do invasive species affect reefs?

KimBerly fuller, Graduate Student Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science at Arizona State UniversityDive in with this episode's guest, Kimberly Fuller. Kim is a graduate student at the Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science. She also works...

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Explore our Coral Maps

See Hawaiʻi’s reefs as you never have before with cutting-edge technology.

Outreach and Publications

MEDIA COVERAGE

SCIENTISTS MAP LIVING CORALS FOR FIRST TIME BEFORE, AFTER MARINE HEATWAVE

Media coverage

CONDUCTING CLIMATE RESEARCH THROUGH A HAWAIIAN PERSPECTIVE

MEDIA COVERAGE

SCIENTISTS REPORT NEW FINDINGS ON THE ROLE THAT FISH PLAY IN BALANCING CORAL, ALGAE ON REEFS

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Did you know that many of Hawaii’s iconic surf breaks are created by coral reefs? Coral reefs create the classic barrel that Native Hawaiians have enjoyed surfing for centuries. 

📸 Kimberly Jeffries / Ocean Image Bank

Did you know that many of Hawaii’s iconic surf breaks are created by coral reefs? Coral reefs create the classic barrel that Native Hawaiians have enjoyed surfing for centuries.

📸 Kimberly Jeffries / Ocean Image Bank
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Did you know that the health of Hawaii’s forests is important to the health of Hawaii's coral reefs? According to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Without a healthy forest to anchor soil and temper the erosive effects of heavy rainfall, sediment can wash off the mountains and enter ocean ecosystems. Sediment increases stress on the corals, making them more prone to mortality. 

Although they may seem far apart, Hawaii’s different ecosystems exist in a tightly connected system that relies on the health of all parts. When we work to protect one, we work to protect all. 

Learn more about the scientists and their research on Hawaii's interconnected ecosystems from @asnerlab

📸 Hawaii association of watershed partnerships

Did you know that the health of Hawaii’s forests is important to the health of Hawaii's coral reefs? According to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Without a healthy forest to anchor soil and temper the erosive effects of heavy rainfall, sediment can wash off the mountains and enter ocean ecosystems. Sediment increases stress on the corals, making them more prone to mortality.

Although they may seem far apart, Hawaii’s different ecosystems exist in a tightly connected system that relies on the health of all parts. When we work to protect one, we work to protect all.

Learn more about the scientists and their research on Hawaii's interconnected ecosystems from @asnerlab

📸 Hawaii association of watershed partnerships
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Coral reefs are often described as the medicine cabinets of the 21st century. The flora and fauna of coral reefs are important sources of new medicines being developed to treat cancer, arthritis, human bacterial infections, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, viruses, and other diseases.

Learn how you can conserve Hawaii’s coral reefs at hawaiicoral.org

📸 Shaune Wolf / Ocean Image Bank

Coral reefs are often described as the medicine cabinets of the 21st century. The flora and fauna of coral reefs are important sources of new medicines being developed to treat cancer, arthritis, human bacterial infections, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, viruses, and other diseases.

Learn how you can conserve Hawaii’s coral reefs at hawaiicoral.org

📸 Shaune Wolf / Ocean Image Bank
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Did you know that juvenile coral are the foundation of coral reefs? Juvenile coral’s ability to settle and establish new coral reef is essential to the health of our marine ecosystem. @Asnerlab graduate student , Rachel Carlson, is currently analyzing 320 limestone tiles that she placed throughout South Kona’s reefs. Comparing the coral growth from different locations will give us a better understanding of what promotes young coral’s settling ability. 

📸Rachel Carlson

Did you know that juvenile coral are the foundation of coral reefs? Juvenile coral’s ability to settle and establish new coral reef is essential to the health of our marine ecosystem. @Asnerlab graduate student , Rachel Carlson, is currently analyzing 320 limestone tiles that she placed throughout South Kona’s reefs. Comparing the coral growth from different locations will give us a better understanding of what promotes young coral’s settling ability.

📸Rachel Carlson
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Using reef-safe sunscreen every time you get into the ocean is a great way to protect our coral reefs! Make sure to check your sunscreen’s label when buying a new bottle, or using an old one.

Using reef-safe sunscreen every time you get into the ocean is a great way to protect our coral reefs! Make sure to check your sunscreen’s label when buying a new bottle, or using an old one. ...

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