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Hanauma Bay Education Program
The Hanauma Bay Education Program, founded in 1990 and administered by the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program (UH Sea Grant), promotes ownership and stewardship of Hawai‘i’s marine and coastal resources by providing a unique educational experience to the millions of visitors to the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. The program strives to reduce the environmental impact of Hanauma Bay visitors by teaching them appropriate reef etiquette, and lessons learned at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve remain with visitors as they travel to other shores around the islands and beyond. Since its inception, the Hanauma Bay Education Program has boasted impressive successes, including receiving worldwide recognition and awards—the 2006 Exemplary Service Award from the City and County of Honolulu, for example—and reducing the amount of Hanauma Bay visitors that trample coral reefs from approximately fifty percent to less than two percent.
The Hanauma Bay Education Program concentrates its efforts into two main areas to achieve its goals: community outreach and park education. Every Thursday, excluding holidays, the program holds presentations by university researchers, graduate students, resource conservation managers, and renowned marine biologists, among others, for the benefit of community members. The presentations, which are held at the Nature Preserve’s theatre, address specific topics each month. In addition, the Hanauma Bay Education Program serves Hawai‘i’s schools and communities, as well as various visiting groups from across the globe, by conducting scheduled group orientations.
In addition, the program is always in need of volunteers! Volunteers are the backbone of the program - greeting visitors, promoting good reef etiquette, staffing information desks, and leading local students on natural history tours. These dedicated community members are committed to being stewards of Hanauma Bay (and reefs everywhere!) by helping visitors understand how to enjoy their visit without harming the reef ecosystem.
To learn more please visit our website; email Hanauma@hawaii.edu; or call (808) 397-5840.