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Gifts from the Sea
The legendary Dr. Isabella (Izzie) Kauakea Aiona Abbott, fondly (and aptly) nicknamed “The First Lady of Limu,” would have celebrated her 100th birthday this year. In tribute to her, and to celebrate the importance of limu (seaweed) to Hawai‘i dating back more than a century, we are dedicating this issue of Ka Pili Kai to Izzie and her legacy. Not only was she a world-renowned scientist, author, professor, mentor, and inspiration to all who knew her, but she also embodied the true spirit of one who dedicated her life to ensuring that the next generation of students of all different backgrounds and cultures had invaluable opportunities to learn and thrive. In the pages of this issue you will read firsthand accounts from just a handful of people, among many, whose lives she shaped, and who are now in a position to carry on her legacy.
In another very special tribute to Izzie this year, a brand-new species of red algae, Martensia abbottiae, first found on the deep coral reefs off the coast of Molokaʻi, Hawaiʻi, was named after her.
I invite you to browse this issue to read more about Izzie through engaging stories and images, and also learn how limu has helped shape the history of Hawai‘i and its people.
Hawai‘i Sea Grant Communications Leader
A Community Approach
Removing Invasive Algae to Restore Native Ecosystems
by Paula Moehlenkamp
by Lurline Wailana McGregor
The Joy of Limu
by Miwa Tamanaha